Services shine bright in Vase... Dudley’s Portsmouth grab win

United Services on the charge against Camberley. Picture: Keith Woodland
United Services on the charge against Camberley. Picture: Keith Woodland
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A good second-half performance saw United Services Portsmouth beat Camberley 23-19 in the RFU Senior Vase at Burnaby Road.

The Sailors trailed 19-15 at half-time but scored the only points of the second half with a try and a penalty.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth gave new coach Ben Dudley a fine start by winning 11-10 at Dartfordians in the RFU Intermediate Cup.

Dudley took over at Rugby Camp as player-coach after moving from National League Worthing during the summer.

Assistant coach Jim Pearce was pleased with the character the team showed.

‘It is nice to start with a win going into the league season,’ said Pearce.

‘We found ourselves under a lot of pressure in the final 10 minutes but we managed to clear our lines.

‘To be fair we were up against young opponents on a hot sunny afternoon.’

A Tom Whitehouse try put Portsmouth ahead, after full-back Tom Cantwell’s charge.

The home side hit back with a try of their own before a Simon Morgan penalty gave the visitors an 8-5 lead at the break.

Dartfordians responded but Morgan knocked over the decisive 40-metre penalty.

Portsmouth Rugby Club came to the aid of Locks Heath Pumas by lending them their mini-bus for the RFU Junior Vase trip to Old Georgians.

However, the Pumas suffered a 41-3 defeat in the first round tie, after the misery of having their bus stolen.

The Pumas start their Hampshire one season next week.

Petersfield stormed into the next round with a comprehensive 57-17 win at Woking.