Portsmouth happy to be underdogs at London Cornish

Curtis Barnes. Picture: Mick Young
Curtis Barnes. Picture: Mick Young
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Ben Dudley reckons Portsmouth are in the right frame of mind as they travel to take on league-leaders London Cornish (2.15pm).

In recent years the two sides have been involved in some very tight high-scoring affairs.

In seven previous matches Cornish have won five.

But there has been an average of 48 points scored in each game – which has made for some incredible encounters.

The Rugby Camp club head into the game in good spirits after securing two successive wins in the league.

‘We feel we are heading in the right direction,’ said Dudley.

‘London Cornish are top but we will be looking to compete and believe we can come back with something.

‘We are happy to be going into the game as underdogs.

‘A bonus point on the road will be a good return but if we are in it at the business end we will look to win it.’

Dudley makes one switch, moving Jackson Clark to hooker and Greg Hoolihan to wing-forward.

Darren Crabb returns to the pack from injury and Curtis Barnes plays at outside-half.

That means Simon Morgan moves to scrum-half to cover for Sam Ellis, who received a knock against Andover.

United Services are at full strength for their visit to New Milton & District in London three south west.

Coach Matt Davis is optimistic his team can halt a run of three defeats and get back on the up.

‘We won our first two games of the season and it would be nice to get back into a winning habit again,’ said Davis.

‘I am expecting us to get back to playing our patterns a bit more.

‘It has been good to have a two-week break during which we have had a couple of good training sessions.

‘We know New Milton well from our Hampshire one days and are expecting an aggressive physical battle.’

Southsea Nomads host Romsey at Furze Lane in Hampshire two.

Nomads are looking to recover from a heavy defeat suffered by their depleted squad at Ventnor.