University of Portsmouth 2nds narrowly lost to high flying Brunel 1sts in an entertaining encounter at Langstone.
Pompey played well for the duration of the game, closing the deficit to three points with ten minutes remaining.
However, a late try for the away side was enough to clinch all three points with a 22-12 scoreline.
Despite starting well, Pompey found themselves behind after four minutes. Brunel were awarded a penalty, and kicked for three points.
The home side continued to play well despite the early setback and captain Chris Torley almost powered through to score a try, but was halted by the Brunel back line.
On 22 minutes, Pompey were given the chance to level after the away side were penalised. However, the kick went wide.Just three minutes later, Pompey got the try that their good play had deserved. After good pressure, 3 picked up the ball after a maul and managed to charge over the line. The try was converted, giving Pompey a 7-3 lead.
With six minutes until the interval, the away side were able to put themselves back in front. After kicking possession back to Pompey, Brunel applied pressure and were able to get the ball back, crossing the line and converting. Pompey were let off the hook two minutes later when Brunel missed a penalty.
Two minutes into the second half, Brunel pushed themselves further into the lead. Good incisive play from the right flank broke through the Pompey line, giving the way side an eight point lead. The resulting kick was missed.
With ten minutes remaining, Pompey gave themselves a great chance to get something from the game. 13 played a clever ball to 7 following a line out from the left touchline, and shot over the line. The kick was missed, hitting the right post, giving the home side ten minutes to find three points to level the game.
However just three minutes later, Brunel scored a converted try to give themselves a ten point cushion and all three points.
Captain Chris Torley was pleased with his side, despite the result, following the Christmas break.
“It was a good start for us after Christmas, last week we had to cancel one of our games because quite a lot of people have had exams. It was a great restart to the season, even though we lost,” he said.
“We were camped in their 22 quite a lot in both halves, so it’s quite unfortunate but we’ve obviously still got a few problems converting. Beginning the second half of the season, we are still a bit rusty and still a bit unfit, but that will build throughout the rest of the season.”