Gicquel wins praise as Portsmouth smash Chobham

Young star Rob Gicquel
Young star Rob Gicquel
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

Double trouble for heroic Heathens

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Portsmouth scored five tries as they cruised to a comfortable 32-6 win at bottom-club Chobham in London League division one south.

The home side, without a win all season, put up some stubborn resistance but the visitors proved too powerful in the end.

‘We played well and it was a good win with the players doing exactly what we asked,’ said head coach Ian Chandler.

‘I was surprised at the amount of commitment Chobham showed and they put us under pressure at times in the first half.

‘In the end, though, the combination between our forwards and backs proved too much for them and we scored five tries to their nil.

‘If anything we tried too hard to score at times and we could have won by more.’

The home side started well and went ahead with a penalty only for Portsmouth to strike with two tries before half-time.

Patrick Bion, playing at inside-centre, crossed first.

Then, inevitably, leading try scorer Ben Whitley got his name on the scoresheet to seal a 12-3 interval lead.

In the second half, a Tom Whitehouse brace and another from Whitley – which he converted – rounded off the scoring.

‘When Whitley gets one on one with a defender you know it is going to be a score,’ said Chandler.

Chandler was also full of praise for 18 year-old debut-making wing-forward Rob Gicquel.

‘Rob has a terrific future ahead of him,’ said Chandler.

‘At six foot four he has a big presence and he set up two of our second-half tries.’

Simon Morgan struck one conversion and a penalty.