Portsmouth ‘accuracy’ must be improved

Portsmouth beat United Services but feel they can be more clinical when on the attack. Picture: Neil Marshall
Portsmouth beat United Services but feel they can be more clinical when on the attack. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Portsmouth have been told to be more clinical with their finishing when they take on Andover at Rugby Camp on Saturday (2.30pm).

The derby win against United Services Portsmouth saw them move up to third in London three south west.

They are aiming to keep climbing towards the summit.

Head coach Neil McRoberts wants to see his team convert good play into more points.

He said: ‘I am looking for us to push on after two good wins.

‘Against United Services we were fantastic in defence.

‘Where we could have been better was with our accuracy in the final third.

‘That is the one thing that stopped us from winning by a bigger margin.

‘If we can add this to our game then things will be looking good.

‘Andover will present us with similar problems to United Services.

‘They have a big powerful pack so we will need to show the same physicality.’

Portsmouth are boosted by the inclusion of Simon Morgan who comes in for the unavailable Chris Morgan.

Simon has the versatility to play at outside-half or scrum-half.

His goal kicking and general distribution of the ball are also strengths.

The forwards remain unchanged but Elliott Worrall returns to the bench after injury.

McRoberts added: ‘It is all very tight at the top of our league leaving little margin for error.

‘A win will enable us to keep the pressure on the top two.

‘Winning has to be our focus and after that to push for the bonus points.’

United Services Portsmouth are keen to bounce back from their derby defeat with Old Tiffinians visiting Burnaby Road on Saturday.

Player-coach Rich Neil felt his side put in a below-par performance against Portsmouth.

Petersfield travel to Trojans for a London three south west relegation battle with the two teams struggling.

It will be the perfect time for the visitors to pick up a first win of the campaign.

In Hampshire two Southsea Nomads host third-placed Stoneham at Furze Lane.

Portsmouth Valkyries go to Guernsey to take on the Women’s National Championship south east league leaders.

On Sunday Havant Ladies travel to Windsor Ladies.