Saturday 10th November 2018
RFU Senior Vase
Match Report by Kevin Ricketts
Portsmouth 24 – 10 Bromley
Portsmouth kept their league and cup double aspirations alive with a 24-10 win against Bromley in the RFU Senior Vase.
The home side came out on top in a hard fought game played in horrendous conditions at Rugby Camp.
For the second successive week however Portsmouth were guilty of poor discipline and finished the game with only thirteen players on the pitch.
In their last two games Portsmouth have conceded fifty penalties had two red cards and ten yellow cards.
Coach Adam Long, standing in for the absent Neil McRoberts admits this has to change.
‘ We were our own worst enemies again today,’ said Long.
‘ Once more we gave away a lot of penalties and picked up four yellow cards.
‘ We can’t give that many penalties away in any conditions.
‘ It is something that we seriously need to address.
‘ The coaching staff and the players need to pull together on this one.
‘ We have to cut it out because when we come to the tight games that really count it will really hurt us.
‘ Good teams will punish us.
‘ We were lucky to get away with it.
‘ Fortunately our structure was there for us and it got us through.’
Conditions were made treacherous by a torrential downpour just before the kick-off.
Portsmouth were slow out of the blocks and the Kent visitors were on the front foot in the opening stages.
The home midfield defence were busy early on and were breached in the sixth minutes.
A good break from just outside the home twenty-two and a clever offload saw Bromley go over for a converted try.
It wasn’t until midway through the half that the juggernaut home pack started to apply pressure
On 21 minutes a penalty kick to the corner led to a line-out and hooker Tim Snowdon was driven over from close-in.
In contrast the second try was forged by the three-quarters.
Simon Morgan and Mark Ovens cut through the Bromley midfield and winger Noah Cannon was on hand to take the scoring pass.
‘ I felt once we got going we played the conditions better,’ said Long.
‘ Our half-backs pinned Bromley back by kicking into the corners whenever they could.
‘ Then we let the big heavy boys do all the hard work.
‘ We knew before hand how we played the conditions would either win or lose us the game.
‘ Our scrummage and set piece play was really decent
‘ Our third try came from a fantastic piece of rugby in the conditions.’
Cannon making his debut was on the end of a brilliant move that started inside Portsmouth’s own half.
In the closing stages it was the superb defence of the home side that saw them through.
Next week is away to Old Georgians. They got promoted through the playoffs last season by beating Bognor. This will be the first time we have played each other. Georgians are mid table and have won and lost four games.All support will be welcomed