Portsmouth aiming to make it three on the spin

Portsmouth are looking to make home advantage count on Saturday. Picture: Neil Marshall
Portsmouth are looking to make home advantage count on Saturday. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Portsmouth are targeting a third straight win as they host Old Whitgiftians at Rugby Camp in London three south west on Saturday (3pm).

Head coach Neil McRoberts is happy with the encouraging signs from the team recently and knows they have plenty of scope to improve as well.

He said: ‘We must be aiming to get as many maximum-point wins from our home games as we can.

‘The team showed a big improvement in their performance at Trojans.

‘We are still very much a work in progress and there are areas still to be developed.

‘I am looking for us to be a lot meaner in defence.

‘Going forward against Trojans we looked threatening, now we just need to tighten up at the back.’

Rhys Bowen comes in at number eight and veteran prop Ian French has come out of retirement. He will be among the replacements.

In the backs the experienced Matt Farnes moves from full-back to outside-half.

Luke Peters adds his power on the wing.

Petersfield take to the road again with a visit to fellow league-strugglers Andover.

Head Coach, James Alder, has done his homework ahead of the encounter and is trusting the hard work his players have put in on the training pitch will tip the balance in his charges favour.

He said: ‘Andover are well known for having a strong pack and know how to use the slope on their pitch to their advantage.

‘So we will have to work hard to nullify their advantage.

‘While we have a young side, the players have shown over our first two matches they have the grit and determination to take the game to Andover.

‘We have a side here that is learning all the time. 

‘I hope to see them continue to develop their all-round game with forwards and backs supporting each other in defence as well as attack.

‘We also need clinical finishing and finesse in the final third.’

United Services Portsmouth host Trojans at Burnaby Road on Saturday (3pm).

Southsea Nomads travel to Fawley in Hampshire two.