Nice bonus for Portsmouth who show they are not rusty
Neil McRoberts was delighted to seeÂ PortsmouthÂ pick up a 29-15 bonus-point win in their return to London three south west action at Old Whitgiftians.
'˜It was a good performance considering we hadn't played for the best part of a month.
'˜In the first 20 minutes we camped in their 22 and were in complete control.
'˜When you dominate an opponent that much, though, you must make it count and get points on the board.
'˜Though we led 15-0 we should have scored a lot more.
'˜It was inevitable the game would get a bit looser later on.
'˜I am pleased though to come away with a bonus-point win away from home.'
The win keeps the city club in fourth place with a game in hand on the teams above them.
Cameron Duffus monopolised theÂ early scoring with two tries, a penalty, and a conversion.
By 10 minutes into the second half, though, the home side had dragged themselves level at 15-15.
Will Brock restored Portsmouth's lead, crashing over from 10 yards and Mark Ovens added the bonus-point try.
United Services PortsmouthÂ lost ground with a 22-14 defeat at Trojans.
PetersfieldÂ continued their improvement by beating Andover 34-22 at Penns Place.
Southsea NomadsÂ came unstuck in their Hampshire two key clash with a 32-5 defeat againstÂ league-leaders Fawley.
The top side showed their class and Southsea Nomads captain Ben Horrod had to praise the defence for his team who did well.
He said: '˜Fawley are a good side and you can easily see from their performanceÂ why they are unbeaten this season.
'˜They dominated possession but our defenceÂ was great and the defeat could have been much heavier.
'˜We were great at the set piece, at the scrum, and stealing the ball at the lineout.Â
'˜I felt that weÂ were just a little rusty after the Christmas break and didn't quite continue how we finished off last year.'
Jonathan Branston opened the scoring for Nomads with a try wide out on the right but the visitors displayed their power after that.
Man of the match for Nomads was awarded to Murray Hobson for his work-rate around the field andÂ how he applied himself in the defensive effort for the team.
Horrod added: '˜He tackledÂ everything that came near him and won lots of turnovers at the Fawley breakdown.'