Nice bonus for Portsmouth who show they are not rusty

Neil McRoberts was delighted to see Portsmouth pick up a 29-15 bonus-point win in their return to London three south west action at Old Whitgiftians.

Sunday, 6th January 2019, 5:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:32 pm
Portsmouth had a good start to the new year. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

'˜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.

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'˜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 the 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 Portsmouth lost ground with a 22-14 defeat at Trojans.

Petersfield continued their improvement by beating Andover 34-22 at Penns Place.

Southsea Nomads came unstuck in their Hampshire two key clash with a 32-5 defeat against 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 performance why they are unbeaten this season.

'˜They dominated possession but our defence 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. 

'˜I felt that we 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 and how he applied himself in the defensive effort for the team.

Horrod added: '˜He tackled everything that came near him and won lots of turnovers at the Fawley breakdown.'