McRoberts demands Gosport ‘knuckle down’

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GOSPORT & Fareham are hoping to plug their leaking defence as they go to Charlton Park in London One South.

The Blue & Golds have conceded 50 points or more in their opening two games and head coach Neil McRoberts is demanding greater resilience.

‘We have to knuckle down and do the hard work required in defence,’ said McRoberts.

‘In our two games we have shown that we are good and we can play on the front foot and score tries.

‘Now it is about possessing the mentality to make the first-up tackles and stop letting opponents back into it.’

Fareham Heathens coach Bernie Rhodes is under no illusions to the difficulty of the task as his side host Millbrook at Cams Alders.

Heathens beat the Southampton-based club on the way to lifting the Hampshire Plate last season.

‘We know that Millbrook will come at us all guns blazing after last season,’ said Rhodes.

‘They finished second in our league before losing in the play-offs. I am expecting the usual tight, robust game between the two of us.’

Locks Heath Pumas start life in Hampshire One with a home outing against the Isle of Wight (2.30pm).

The Pumas give league debuts to wing-forward Lee Mellor and outside-centre Sailosi Vatanitawake.

New coach Nathan ‘Pony’ Moore is looking to build on last season’s promotion-winning season and insists his team will be competitive.

‘It is nice to kick off at home and hopefully with a win,’ said Moore. ‘I am looking to continue the momentum from last season.’

Southsea Nomads begin their home Hampshire Two campaign against Kingsclere at Furze Lane (2pm).

The home side have had a good summer under new coach James Clayson and recruited England Deaf international Aaron Beesley.

In a novel recruitment drive, the club are offering to waive the first year’s membership fee for the first five players to join before the end of the Rugby World Cup.