Portsmouth take down Trojans

Greg Hoolihan
Greg Hoolihan
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

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Portsmouth completed their pre-season preparations with a crushing 66-5 win over Southampton Trojans at Rugby Camp.

The home side ran in 10 tries as they comfortably saw off their London south-west three visitors.

Assistant coach Jim Pearce believes his squad are now ready for when they start their competitive campaign with an RFU Intermediate Cup clash at Dartfordians on Saturday.

‘It was a pleasing performance which was nice to see,’ said Pearce.

‘There are certainly areas still to work on but you can definitely see the play and phases coming together.

‘It was good to see scores coming from open play, with the backs moving the ball wide, as well as the forwards trucking it upfield.

‘Trojans were a good side and played their part.

‘They were well organised in defence and made us work for the full 80 minutes.

‘Their score just after half-time meant we had to keep focused.

‘It was good that we did that because so many times you can get dragged into a dog fight after an early couple of scores, but that was not the case.

‘Most encouraging was seeing the boys stick to the task, work for each other and have smiles on their faces.

‘All players did well with the new players at the club fitting in well and forming good partnerships.

‘This was particularly the case with the two Darrens, Crabb and Leggott, in the second row.

‘Both are big men and certainly put their hands up with good defence, strong carries and having the lineout sewn up in both attack and defence.’

Winger Stuart Forbes crossed for two tries in the opening eight minutes with Josh Palmer and Greg Hoolihan adding further tries before the break.

After Trojans crossed for their only try Crabb (two), Leggett, Damian Gibbs, Anthony Fooks and Simon Morgan completed the Portsmouth scoring.

Simon Morgan added six conversions with Palmer and Andy Barnes also converting tries.