Dan Wells writes
Portsmouth 3’s made the short trip along the A27 to face Chichester 3’s. Despite the wind and the rain. Despite a few late call ups to the 2nd XV, the side saw some new faces making their first starts for Portsmouth as well as a few returning players to the club. Everyone was in good spirits, looking to keep the good run of form going after the win against Locks Heath Pumas last Saturday. As expected the game was dominated by the number of scrums due to the wet conditions. Both sides made good possession going forward in the early stages but came up short due to finding it difficult to hold on to the ball. Portsmouth defended well from the line outs. Jordan Carrington getting the better of his opposite jumper on a number of occasions. Excellent kick clearances from Thomas Hare but Portsmouth were unlucky to be down 12-0 at half time. The second half saw the arrival of some new faces coming on to the pitch thanks to Portsmouth’s own Sully bringing some friends from the army, who wanted a game. They made a big impact from the kickoff, making a lot of line breaks, offloads and stretching the Chichester defence and after 10 minutes Portsmouth were ahead 14-12. A first senior try went to scrum half Frazer MacKenzie. Another stand out moment in the second half was Ian ‘Dory’ Douglas catching two consecutive kick offs with only being able to see out of one eye whilst sliding across the soaked Chichester pitch!! Final score Chichester 3XV 19 – 59 Portsmouth 3XV.