Revenge is name of the game for Portsmouth

085028-847_RUGBY_PORTSMOUTH_13/12/08''Greg Hoolihan runs with the ball. ''Portsmouth Rugby Club in action at The Rugby Camp against Bury St Edmonds.''PICTURE: ALLAN HUTCHINGS (085028-847)
085028-847_RUGBY_PORTSMOUTH_13/12/08''Greg Hoolihan runs with the ball. ''Portsmouth Rugby Club in action at The Rugby Camp against Bury St Edmonds.''PICTURE: ALLAN HUTCHINGS (085028-847)
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Portsmouth host an attractive London One South contest against fourth-placed Beckenham at Rugby Camp (2.30pm).

The city club have been in marvellous form at home, with only one loss, and will be keen to exact revenge for a heavy defeat by the visitors earlier in the season.

‘When we went to Beckenham we were slightly under strength and found ourselves overawed,’ said Portsmouth captain Greg Hoolihan.

‘They have a big pack and strong running centres so we will look to get on top of that early on.

‘Once we have done that then we can set about playing our own running brand of rugby.

‘Since October, we have come a long way with a few new players coming in and staking their claim.

‘We have settled as a team and know how each other plays.

‘There is a winning mentality in the side and we fear no-one.

‘Our home form has been terrific, with only third-placed London Irish Amateurs getting the better of us. We have had good crowds turning up to get behind us and that is down to the type of rugby we play.

‘Rugby Camp is not a place other teams look forward to coming to, to get a result.’

Portsmouth lost heavily at runaway leaders Tonbridge Juddians last weekend but felt the final scoreline wasn’t a true reflection.

‘We gave a good account of ourselves,’ said Hoolihan.

‘There are a tough run of games coming up in the next few weeks so a win this weekend will set us up for that.’

Portsmouth: Whitely, Hazeldine, Ealey, Gates, Carpenter, Cartmill, Botten, Sargent, Hoolihan, Hankey, French, Leach, Brock, Long, Crabb J, Lynch, Lloyd, Graham.