It was a very busy Saturday at Rugby Camp with the visit of a coachload of Welshmen from the Rhonnda, whilst the firsts took on New Milton with a commanding performance, winning 47-5. See Jim Dixons match report. There was also the Rugby Against Cancer Bottomless Brunch in the clubhouse which was well supported on RAC sock takeover week.
The seconds went away to Alresford coming away with the points in a narrow 14-15 victory.
The 3rd XV went down by 35 to 20 against United Services and I assume the Vets won by the customary 76-0 against Abercwmboi who provided the soundtrack in the bar during Wales narrow defeat to Scotland.
Sunday saw our U14s take on Alton in the cup semi final, they weathered the early pressure from the visitors to bounce back winning 24-17 in a highly physical, attritional match against skillful and determined opposition. As coach Chris Morrow said “It was ugly, but we were immense”. They play the U14s Cup Final on March 17, opponents to be announced.
The Under 12s Hosted Havant in a friendly and came out winners by eight tries to three in a well drilled, clinical performance. Both sides running with ball in hand and equally defending well. The Portsmouth boys defended with great stamina and didn’t give the visitors much space or possession to exploit.
Portsmouth Valkyries first XV played at home on Sunday against Cullompton in the RFU Intermediate Cup quarter final. The visitors showed why they’re a league above our women with a 25-61 victory. Their speedsters on the wing doing the majority of the scoring. The Valkyries really put in a shift and can hold their heads high despite the score which doesn’t reflect the amount of possession they had.
This weekend coming
There is only one senior mens game this Saturday with the 2s away to Andover, however, the club is open on Saturday for the Six nations games in the Peter Golding Bar.
On Sunday the 11th The Valkyries 1st XV travel west to take on Bath Ladies while the 2nds host East Dorset Dockers at Rugby Camp.
In other news the 100 club winners for February were drawn on Monday the 5th, the £50 winner was Nigel Morgan and the £30 went to T Golding.