Portsmouth coach Ian Chandler had few complaints about his side’s heavy 36-0 London two south west defeat at Tottonians.
‘We were well beaten,’ said the Rugby Camp chief.
‘Tottonians are a good unit who have been together for four or five years and it showed.
‘We were hit by having to make a number of late changes and our squad isn’t capable of dealing with that at the moment.
‘There were plenty of positives, though.
‘We kept tackling to the very end and there were a lot of good individual performances.
‘As a team, though, we lacked cohesion.’
Forwards Adam Long and Tony Fookes, along with three-quarters Dan Gates and Dave Jones, were magnificent in defence – stemming the flow of Tottonians attacks.
United Services got their Hampshire one campaign off to a cracking start with a 65-14 win over Isle of Wight.
New head coach Graeme Butterworth paid tribute to the work put in by director of rugby Matt Davis.
‘I don’t think all the players realise the amount of work Matt puts in to make sure everything is in place,’ he said.
‘He was the person who took over the reins when things were difficult at the end of last season.
‘We have been working hard all summer and have lots of players now who turn up at training.
‘It is no longer a case of ringing around on a Friday trying to get people to play.’
After a slow start, Services took charge against the hosts and scored tries through Martin Hoskins (two), Sam Porter, Butterworth, Steve Gee and Kelvin Roberts.
Captain Gareth Guyll led the side well and wing-forward Liam Gagan was named man-of-the-match.
Outside-half Scott Carter also got Services into good positions with cool kicking.
‘It was a very good win and patterns started to emerge,’ said Butterworth.
‘We were quite effective at providing quick ball.
‘Things are looking up and we are looking to resurrect some of the old spirit.’
Southsea Nomads crashed to a heavy 85-3 defeat at Chineham in their opening Hampshire two game.