Portsmouth boosted by Duffus return

Cameron Duffus   Picture: Mick Young
Cameron Duffus Picture: Mick Young
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Portsmouth are boosted by the return of outside-half Cameron Duffus for their London two south west trip to KCS Old Boys.

Duffus has been in Australia, where he helped Manly Marlins – fourth grade – win the Grand Final in August.

He produced an awesome kicking display in the semi-final and helped his side overcome Easts in the final.

Player-coach Ben Dudley is excited by the prospect of seeing him in action.

‘He, along with his brother, have been playing in Australia and I am looking forward to seeing him play,’ said Dudley.

‘Our league is very tight at the moment, and though we are seventh, we are only one point behind third-placed Winchester.

‘This will be an opportunity for us to move up into the top three.

‘It won’t be easy though because we expect our opponents to be boosted by a number of players returning from university.

‘We had a good win against Weybridge in our last game and scored seven tries which was pleasing.

‘So far this season we have had a couple of good wins on the road which is something that was missing in the past.

‘We can approach the game with confidence but will have to be prepared to work hard.’

The re-appearance of Duffus is a timely one, with Dudley ruled out by injury.

Last week’s try hat-trick hero Curtis Barnes moves from the wing into the centre and Josh Palmer returns at full-back after injury.

Winger Tom Whitehouse is also back after spending three months out injured.

United Services Portsmouth travel to third-placed Teddington looking for the win that can propel them into the top three of London three south west.

Matt Davis’ side know they will face a stiffer test than the one they faced in their 87-0 win over basement side Purley John Fisher.

Sixth-placed Services have coped well with the step up in standard after being promoted as Hampshire One champions last season.

In Snows Group Hampshire Two, Southsea Nomads are hoping for a change of luck on their visit to Alresford.

Nomads went down narrowly 12-11 at Southampton last time out.