Fixtures weekend 16th and 17th December 2017

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Saturday 16th December 2017

Basingstoke RFC 1st team vs Portsmouth 1st XV at 3:00pm 16th December 2017 (Active)

Portsmouth 2nd XV   Winchester called off league fixture for 16th December 2017 (AWO)

Portsmouth 3rd XV vs Tottonians Rugby Club 3rd team at 2:00pm 16th December 2017 (Active)

Portsmouth Veterans vs Sandown & Shanklin RFC 2nd team at 2:00pm 16th December 2017 (Active)

Sunday 17th December 2017

Portsmouth Women’s vs New Ash Green Ladies RFC Women’s team   17th December 2017 (HWO The Valkyries are through to the next round on 7th January)

Match Report Saturday 9th December 2017 PRFC vs Battersea Ironsides

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.
HALF 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 3rd.place 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 3rd.place 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!
Team:
Clark, Hoolihan, Wilkie.
Cracknell, Leggott.
Fitzpatrick, brook, Fooks.
Duffus, Richards,
Whitehouse, Chandler, Simmons,
Davies (C)
Replacements:
French, Nichols, Caucau.
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Match Report, Saturday 25th November 2017, Old Cranleighans vs PRFC

Stuart Davies

 

 

 

 

Saturday 25th November 2017

London South West 3

Match Report by Jim Dixon

 

Old Cranleighans 38– 29 PRFC

 

Another first for Portsmouth as they travelled to Thames Ditton for this first ever fixture against Old Cranleighans.  With Rob Gicquel a late withdrawal his place was taken by Luke Richardson making his first 1st XV start of the season. He had originally been selected on the bench. Curtis Barnes was also unavailable so Luke Simmons kept his place from last week. Suli Caucau was also on the bench having recovered from his H.I.A .  Skipper Stewart Davies moved from fullback to centre with player/coach Matt Farnes taking the fullback slot.

 

Portsmouth kicked off and were soon under pressure as O. C’s took the game deep into the Portsmouth 22. From a line out O. C’s drove over the line but excellent work by Prop Ian French who had got under the ball,  prevented a score. However they continued to press their advantage and eventually from a scrum 5 metres out, their scrum half crossed for the first score of the day.  The conversion was successful and they took a deserved 7 – 0 with 8 minutes on the clock.  The Portsmouth pack had been very quiet up till then and it was hoped that this would soon be corrected.  From the kick off Portsmouth were able to get into the O. C’s half for the first time and looked a bit sharper as a result. A good passing movement took them right up to the Opposition line but the final pass just went astray and O. C’s were able to clear their line. From the resultant line out Portsmouth put a good movement together which resulted in skipper Davies crossing for their first try. The conversion missed but they had closed the gap to 7 – 5 with 13 minutes gone. Portsmouth were now playing with a bit more passion and from a 5 metre scrum Duffus took the ball to the left and then stepped back to the right before passing to Farnes who crossed for their second try.  This was converted by Chandler and they now took the lead 7 – 12 on 23 minutes. The Portsmouth pack were now getting into their stride and were being quite dominant at the set piece.  More Portsmouth pressure saw them force O. C’s into kicking for touch, giving Portsmouth a line out deep into the O. C’s 22.  From the line out they set up a catch and drive which saw No. 7 Fooks cross for a try to extend the Portsmouth lead to 7 – 17 as the conversion missed.  Prop Ian French then came off to be replaced by Jackson Clark with about 10 minutes of the half remaining.  O.C’s then began to up their game and that saw Portsmouth defending well but they were forced to touch the ball down over their line thus giving O. C’s a 5 metre scrum. Winning good ball from the scrum they were able to move the ball across the field and eventually scored wide out.  The conversion was successful and the score was now 14 – 17 with just a couple of minutes of the half remaining.  The final whistle went with Portsmouth marking a kick ahead and clearing into touch.

 

HALF TIME

 

The second half started much as the first had done with O. C’s deep in the Portsmouth half and eventually they scored out wide thus re-taking the lead.  The conversion was successful and the score was now 21 – 17 with a couple of minutes of the second half gone. With both teams putting in some big hits it was the Home side that scored again from a penalty which saw second row Daz Leggott yellow carded taking the score to 24 – 17 with 8 minutes of the second half gone.  Rhys Bowen then came off to be replaced by Ian French.  French went into the second row with Richardson going to No.8.  O.C’s were now getting into their stride and from the kick off were able to win the ball and scored under the posts. This was converted and the score was now 31 – 17.  Portsmouth then made another change with Suli Caucau coming on in place of Lee Chandler. Matt Farnes then moved from full back to No.10, with Davies going back to No.15 and Caucau going into the centre.  For the next 10 minutes or so the game was largely played between the 22’s with both teams trying to gain the upper hand.  Portsmouth then lost hooker Hoolihan to a yellow card and reducing them to 13 players.  Bowen then came back on and Richardson came off with Fooks moving to hooker.  A good interception by Caucau saw him take the ball deep into the O. C’s half and followed by a kick ahead from Davies they forced a line out 10 metres from the Opposition try line.  With Leggott now back on Portsmouth were now back to 14.  Portsmouth, through some dogged persistence eventually managed to score their 4th. bonus point try though Alex Duffus.  The conversion was successful and the gap closed to 31- 24 in favour of the Hosts with the second half 20 minutes old.  8 minutes later O.C’s were able to further extend their lead with a try from a good attacking move. The conversion was successful and their lead extended to 38 -24 on 28 minutes.  Luke Richardson then came back on in place of the carded Hoolihan and Chandler also came on to replace Davies. This saw Farnes move back to No.15 and Chandler going back to No.!0.  and Portsmouth were now back to full strength.  From the re-start the kick went directly into touch giving O.C’s a scrum on the half way line.  Portsmouth then put in a great drive and managed to push the Opposition off the ball. The ball was moved across the backs and eventually winger Tom Whitehouse crossed for a try wide out.  The conversion missed and the score now stood at 38 – 29 with 28 minutes gone.  The remaining 12 minutes saw both teams trying to add the their score and with some big defensive efforts from both sides neither side was able to gain any real advantage as the final whistle went.

 

O.C’s were very aggressive in attack and too many missed first up tackles by Portsmouth cost them both tries and territory.  It was a very entertaining match and once Portsmouth had got into their stride they gave a really good account of themselves and yet again scored a bonus point. In fact they have scored bonus points for 4 tries in every game played so far this season.  5 tries apiece shows how close the sides were with the big difference being in the place kicking.  O.C’s managed to convert all of their tries plus 1 penalty whereas Portsmouth only managed 2 from 5.  It was good to see both Richardson and Clark back on the pitch after such long absences and will bode well for the remainder of the season.  There was a big defensive commitment from both sides and no doubt there will be some sore bodies on Sunday.  Despite this loss Portsmouth still retain 3rd.place on 39 points but are now 7 points off second placed Old Cranleighans on 46 points. Old Emanual remain top on 49 points and are still undefeated.  Trojans in 4th place, are just one point behind Portsmouth and Battersea Ironsides are in 5thposition on 36 points. Portsmouths point’s difference is the second best in the league on 241 against O.C’s on 296.

There is no fixture for the 1st XV next week and the Coaches are looking for a couple of good coaching sessions to make up for the lack of game time.  Their next match is on Saturday 9th December,  at home to Battersea Ironsides who beat New Milton 46 – 3 so that promises to be a close fought encounter but one that Portsmouth will no doubt be targeting to close the gap on the teams above them.

Team

French, Hoolihan, Wilkie,

Richardson, Leggott.

Bowen, Fooks, Brock.

Duffus, Chandler.

Whitehouse, Richards, Davies (C).Simmons.

Farnes.

Replacements.

Clark, Parry, Caucau

 

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Match report: PRFC vs Warlingham

Saturday 21st October 2017.

1st Team match report by Jim Dixon

PRFC 62 – 20 Warlingham

Portsmouth continued their rich vein of bonus point wins with a comprehensive defeat of Warlingham at Rugby Camp by 10 tries to 3, despite losing 3 key players to injury following the Bowl Quarter final win against U.S. last Friday. Mark Ovens, knee, Curtis Barnes, HIA and Daz Leggott, groin, were all unable to take part. This meant a slight re-arrangement to the usual selection with Gareth Fitzpatrick moving from No.6 to the second row, Matt Farnes taking the No.10 spot and Suli Caucau moving from the centre to the wing. Continue reading “Match report: PRFC vs Warlingham”

Match report: Teddington vs PRFC

Saturday 7th October 2017.

1st Team match report by Jim Dixon.

Teddington 7 – 55 PRFC

Portsmouth travelled to Teddington for their 5th league fixture. Having lost skipper Darren Crabb to a twisted knee injury sustained at Thursday night’s training session they then lost player/coach Matt Farnes who turned his ankle over in a hole in the Teddington pitch whilst running a warming up session. Continue reading “Match report: Teddington vs PRFC”

Match report: PRFC vs Petersfield

Saturday 30th September 2017.

1st Team match report by Jim Dixon.

PRFC 39 – 15 Petersfield.

Portsmouth welcomed almost 100 Former Players to a pre-match lunch at Rugby Camp prior to playing Petersfield in their first ever meeting in League rugby, having only met previously in friendlies or Cup matches, and put on a show they did running out winners by 7 tries to 2 despite having 4 yellow cards issued and at one time being reduced to 13 players.

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Match report: Trojans vs PRFC

Saturday 23rd September 2017.

1st Team match report by Nigel Morgan.

Trojans 35 – 37 PRFC.

Portsmouth travelled to Stoneham Lane, on Saturday, to take on the league leaders and local rivals, Trojans. Unfortunately, Andy Barnes had to drop out, injured, on Friday, so player coach, Matt Farnes, returned to make his appearance of the season.

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