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FORWARDS coach Jason Ford is confident Portsmouth can go to second-placed Old Cranleighans and cause an upset in London three south west.

He believes the key to success will be going there determined to enjoy themselves.

Portsmouth had a good home win against Weybridge Vandals in their previous outing.

After a good run of form when they were really firing, the team have not quite been playing to their best in recent matches.

Ford said: ‘Going to Old Cranleighans is a good challenge for us at this stage of the season.

‘We have not been at the top of our game for a number of different reasons.

‘It was a better performance against Weybridge and on our day we are capable of beating anyone in our league.

‘Sometimes, though, we let the weight of expectation get to us and damage our game.

‘We have to get back to playing with smiles on our faces and then the results will take care of themselves.

‘It is important we get back to playing the brand of rugby everyone enjoys playing.’

Portsmouth welcome the return of two influential players to their replacements bench.

Prop forward Jackson Clark is back after a long lay-off following knee surgery.

Luke Richardson is also back on the bench.

They give Portsmouth two powerful options to call upon.

Clark is a dynamic converted back-row player who can bring good ball carrying into play.

Richardson’s work commitments have changed and this should see him available on a more regular basis.

The only change in the three-quarters sees winger Sully CauCau return to the starting 15.

Southsea Nomads are looking for a big improvement as they take on Farnborough for the second successive game.

Nomads endured a 54-3 thumping at the hands of the north Hampshire visitors last time out.

Home captain Ben Horrod is expecting a far better showing, he knows the Nomads must be on top form.

He said: ‘It was a tough day against them.

‘Now, though, we know the style they play and will look to combat it.

‘In the first game there were strong performances from Jack Barnard, Gregory Stewart, Chris Hall and John Marsden.

‘We need all the players to perform if we are to beat them.’