Coach frustrated after Portsmouth receive two walkovers 

Portsmouth coach Neil McRoberts, right. Picture: Neil Marshall
Portsmouth coach Neil McRoberts, right. Picture: Neil Marshall

NEIL McROBERTS was hugely disappointed to see Portsmouth miss out on two cup games at the weekend.

The Rugby Camp outfit were due to meet Sussex side Hellingly in the RFU Senior Vase, as well as taking on Petersfield in the Hampshire Bowl at the same time.

McRoberts had selected and prepared two squads to fulfil the fixtures – only to see both opponents pull out.

The senior coach told of his frustration and believes it is a situation that shouldn't happen.

He said: ‘The onus is on clubs to take their commitments seriously.

‘We feel let down after preparing for both games. Personally I don't understand it.

‘Hampshire got the cup dates out early so clubs could plan for them.

‘Clubs need to face up to the fact that once they enter the competitions they have a commitment to them.

‘It is disappointing because if you look at the Hampshire competitions this weekend they have been peppered with walkovers.

‘It might suggest the days of the county cup games are numbered. I hope that is not the case.’

Portsmouth will make up for their lack of action by playing a Royal Navy under-23 side at Burnaby Road on Wednesday (7.30pm).

Gosport & Fareham and Locksheath Pumas were also left kicking their heels.

Gosport were set to play Winchester in the Hampshire Bowl but received a bye. 

Locksheath were handed a walkover against Southampton in the Plate.