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Saturday 9th December 2017
London South West 3
Match Report by Jim Dixon
PRFC 17– 14  Battersea Ironsides
Portsmouth welcomed Battersea Ironsides to Rugby Camp for this, their first ever encounter. Battersea came with the best defensive record in the league and with an identical playing record to date so they knew that they were in for a hard match.
Portsmouth kicked off and were soon pressing Battersea into defending in their half. For the first 10 minutes or so Battersea were unable to get out of their half but were also showing why they had the best defensive record with some good tackling which prevented Portsmouth from playing their usual running game. Gradually Battersea were able to make inroads into the Portsmouth half and for a while the game was then played between the two 22 metre lines. From a home side scrum the Battersea scrum half was yellow carded for slapping the ball down as the Portsmouth scrum half passed the ball back. From the penalty Portsmouth found a good touch but were penalised for a crooked throw resulting in a scrum to Battersea. The Portsmouth pack were able to push the Visitors off the ball and as scrum half Duffus passed the ball out, the Battersea replacement No.9 was also carded for the same offence meaning that Battersea were reduced to 13 players. Only good defensive work from the Visitors pack denied Portsmouth the attacking opportunities they were seeking but eventually from a scrum Portsmouth were able to move the ball into the Battersea half through No.10 Gareth Richards who made good ground before being tackled. As he laid the ball back No.9 Duffus followed up with a great pickup and ran in from just outside the 22 metre line to score close to the posts. Chandlers conversion was successful and Portsmouth held a 7 – 0 lead after 26 minutes. Portsmouth then lost winger Tom Whitehouse to a yellow card as he tried to intercept a pass but was adjudged to have knocked it forward. With the game swinging from end to end the Portsmouth pack were getting much the better of the set piece and from a penalty, Portsmouth were able to work the ball through several pairs of hand for the move to be finished off by full back Davies with a try wide out. The conversion just fell short but Portsmouth had increased their lead to 12 – 0 with 36 minutes gone. Battersea then took the ball deep into the Portsmouth half and from a line out set up a good catch and drive to cross for their first score. The conversion was on target and the score was now 12 – 7 to the home side with only a few minutes of the half remaining. Portsmouth then lost No.6 Fitzpatrick to a yellow card for a dangerous tackle. With Whitehouse already back on the home side were reduced to 14 players for the second time.
Battersea kicked off the second half and soon had Portsmouth defending their line as they drove the ball into the 22 metre area. Their main line of attack was through their driving maul and 7 minutes into the restart, from a series of pick and drives they managed to level the score with a try between the touch line and posts. The conversion was successful which saw them take the lead 12 – 14. Portsmouth were then forced to defend for a period as Battersea pressed to increase their lead but good defence by the home side saw them keep their line intact. Fitzpatrick was then back on so Portsmouth were back to full strength. Suli Caucau then came on to replace Whitehouse on the wing. An attempted drop goal by the visitors came to nothing and resulted in a drop out to Portsmouth. With Battersea still pressing they had a penalty kick at goal but the attempt fell short and Portsmouth were able to clear their lines. After more pressure from Battersea, Portsmouth, through a good run by Caucau, were able to take the ball deep into the visitors half and Battersea had a player yellow carded for collapsing a maul. From the resulting scrum Portsmouth were able to drive their opponents back towards the try line and eventually No.8 Brock was able to pick up the
ball and cross for a try thus restoring their lead. The conversion just shaved the outside of the post but the home side had re-taken the lead 17 -14 with 26 minutes of the second half gone. Jordan Cracknell then came off to be replaced by Ian French in the second row. The Portsmouth pack were now going well and from a Battersea scrum, they were able to drive them off the ball and take the ball into the Battersea ’22’. However good defence from Battersea kept their line intact and with a couple of Portsmouth line outs going astray they were unable to add to the score. A good powerful run from 2nd.row Daz Leggott saw the home side again set up a good attacking move but equally good defence from Battersea saw the attack thwarted. As Portsmouth pressed for that all important 4th.try they were finally beaten by the referees’ whistle signalling the end of the game and Portsmouth were able to maintain their unbeaten home run this season with a 17 – 14 victory.
This was always going to be a closely fought match and that was exactly what it was with Battersea denying Portsmouth opportunities to get their backs going. This is the first time this season that Portsmouth have been denied a bonus point 4th.try, testament to the visitors defence. Battersea also played a more forward orientated game with their pick and drives but Portsmouth were able to match that, especially in the set piece where they were dominant. It was good to see winger Luke Peters back in his first outing this season for the 1st’s. With a few more players back in the mix for next week there will be some selection headaches for the Coaches but that only means that training will be that much more important to help the Coaches in selection. This win leaves Portsmouth still in on 43 points, 3 points ahead of Trojans in 4th.
Next week sees Portsmouth visit near neighbours Basingstoke for their last league fixture before Christmas. Although Basingstoke are bottom of the league and without a win, let’s hope that complacency is not allowed to creep into the game. They had a narrow 25 – 19 loss away to Warlingham on Saturday.
On Saturday 23rd.December, Portsmouth are playing Millbrook at Rugby Camp, in the semi-final of the Hampshire Cup. 2.00pm kick off. The Club are hoping to organise a pre-match Christmas lunch so please watch the website for details. Millbrook play in Hampshire One, one level below Portsmouth and are currently lying in having beaten Fareham Heathens 35 – 24 so it promises to be an exciting game. Let’s hope there is a good crowd in attendance to set everyone up for a great Christmas!
Clark, Hoolihan, Wilkie.
Cracknell, Leggott.
Fitzpatrick, brook, Fooks.
Duffus, Richards,
Whitehouse, Chandler, Simmons,
Davies (C)
French, Nichols, Caucau.
Link to Other League results

Professor Geoff Kneale RIP

David Harris writes:-

I am very sorry to bring you the news that Geoff Kneale has passed away.

I quote the his family announcement:

“With great sadness our family announce that Geoff passed away suddenly but peacefully on 24th June  2019 aged 69.

Geoff was a fantastic husband, father, grandfather and scientist and will be greatly missed by so many.

The arrangements are as follows. All are welcome to attend


The Oaks Crematorium,  Barton’s Road Havant at 1430 hrs on Wednesday 17th July 2019

A Wake will be held after the service at The Carlton Club, 16-18 Portsdown Ave, Drayton, PO6 1EJ.

All who knew Geoff or would like to pay their respects are welcome.

We politely request that flowers will be from immediate family only. If you would like to make a donation to Crohn’s and Colitis UK in Geoff’s memory this can be sent via virgin money giving:





Portsmouth Rugby Club – Final Calling Notice Annual AGM Tuesday 2nd July 2019 2000h


Our AGM will be held in the Main Clubhouse at Rugby Camp, Norway, Hilsea,
Portsmouth, PO3 5EP. The meeting will start at 8.00pm and members are kindly requested
to fill in the attendance sheets and be seated by 7.45pm.

Herewith the Agenda for the Meeting:

1. Attendance & Apologies
2. Adoption of Minutes from AGM held Tuesday 17th July 2018
3. Chairman’s Report for Season 2018/19
4. Financial Report for Season 2018/19
5. Election of Officers & Committee Representatives for 2019/20
6. Club Redevelopment – Ian Morris
7. Appointment of Independent Examiners
8. Setting of Subscriptions and Fees
9. Appointment of Trustees
10. Any Other Business – No A.O.B received.
11. Date of Next AGM – T.B.C.

Adam Long RIP

David Harris writes:-

This is the most painful club email I have written.

Dear Adam long passed away on Monday morning, 6th May 2019 aged 27.









Adam was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer at the age of 23.

Supported wonderfully by his wife, Georgia, his Family and friends, Adam fought with great spirit through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, major surgeries and radiotherapy.

His strength of character was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and, in fact, to many who did not. It is a staggering legacy that 3354 people contributed to a funding appeal to raise £105000 to provide him with the chance to undergo a groundbreaking Immunotherapy treatment.

Adam continued a long tradition at Portsmouth Rugby Club. His Grandfather (Gerald) and Father (Ian) developed reputations as hard tackling, no-nonsense back row players and Adam took up that mantle when he graduated from the colts to become something of an icon among Portsmouth forwards. He was relentless in his work ethic and passionate about the club and his team mates.

By way of illustration, I have been asked to mention the 2015 Old Alleynians last game of the season.

Ian Chandler takes up the story:

“11th April 2015

We had to win our last game of the season and score 4 tries to get a bonus point win to avoid relegation from London 2 South. We were playing Old Alleynians away from home, and not secured an away bonus point win all season, and Old Alleynians were 4th in the league.

It was our best performance of the season and the forwards with Adam to the fore were dominating the game offensively and defensively. We were winning comfortably but had only scored three tries with 7 seven minutes to go.

We attacked down the left wing and were stopped 5 yards short. From the ensuing ruck, Adam appeared from nowhere at great pace, took the ball and crashed over through 3 men, to score the 4th try and secure our status in the league. Without doubt the most important try in our clubs recent history. The effort to make the ground, and determination to score despite the defensive barrier typified Adam and all he stood for, both personally and the club and team mates he loved so much.”












There will be a celebration of Adams life at The Oaks Crematorium on Saturday 18th May 2019 beginning at 1045hrs.

All are welcome at the service. Please make sure you leave the seating available for Adams family and closes friends, I suspect there is going to be quite a crowd.

You will be able to hear the service well from the standing and outside areas.


Adam asked for folk not to wear black, his life was full of colour and this celebration should be as well. The brighter the better.


Adam’s family have asked that those attending should not bring children.


If you wish to send flowers, please direct them to Barrels Funeral Directors, Lawnswood, 245 Fratton Road, PO1 5PA.

If you would like to make a donation to Adam’s chosen charities, PLANETS or the Teenage and Young Adult Unit at Southampton General Hospital, there will be a collection on the day.


There will be an invitation only (due to the expected numbers) party afterwards at Adam’s favourite venue, Portsmouth Rugby club.





North Allerton vs Honiton, Sunday 5th May, RFU Senior Vase Final

For those interested in the result of the final, Honiton won a pulsating match 29  –  27  having been trailing 22 -27 with 5 minutes left.   A converted try won them the match but they still had to play out the remaining couple of minutes.   8 bus loads of supporters travelled to Twickenham plus others by road and rail.  There was about 600 of their supporters present.  For North Allerton it was a case of second time unlucky.   At least we lost to the winning finalists!

Jim Dixon