Phillips delivers timely boost for Portsmouth

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Portsmouth have Will Phillips in their ranks for the first time this season as they entertain KCS Old Boys in London two south west at Rugby Camp.

The return of the number eight is a massive boost for the Rugby Camp club.

As is the comeback of leading try-scorer Adam Long in the back-row.

‘They are both fit, mobile players who carry the ball well,’ said head coach Ian Chandler.

‘As a team we are reverting back to the old style of an open-running Portsmouth rugby.

‘The way they play suits that style and they can be destructive players.’

Portsmouth also welcome back Greg Hoolihan, who was struck down by illness last weekend.

Although they were well beaten by leaders London Cornish a week ago, Chandler was able to take a lot of positives from the game.

He was forced to blood a number of inexperienced players at short notice .

But they all rose to the challenge in front of them.

‘The players who came in at the last minute all performed well,’ said Chandler.

In Hampshire one, United Services host Alton at Burnaby Road.

Graeme Butterworth’s team will be keen to build on their outstanding 40-20 win at powerful Fordingbridge.

‘Fordingbridge found it difficult to cope with our intensity,’ said the coach.

‘We must look to reproduce the same level of effort and commitment.’

Unbeaten Fareham Heathens take on winless Romsey at Cams Alders.

Coach Bernie Rhodes was pleased with his team’s 43-7 win over the Isle of Wight last weekend but wants more.

‘After running in four tries in the opening 20 minutes I am not sure what happened next,’ said Rhodes.

‘Maybe we switched off because it wasn’t until the last 20 minutes that we re-imposed ourselves.’

Petersfield return after a three-week break against Isle of Wight at Penns Place.

Last time out they ran in seven tries in a 41-36 win over Team Solent. Field were left hanging on at the end, though.

‘We will want to tighten up and reduce the number of unforced errors,’ said Petersfield spokesman Paul Harrington.