The Portsmouth Mens Rugby 2nds came off second best against Reading’s 2nds, as a last minute penalty handed the visitors a 15-14 victory.
It was an extremely scrappy affair at Langstone as both sides struggled to adapt to the heavy pitch and wet ball, following a heavy deluge of rain shortly prior to kick off. Neither team did much to assert their dominance upon the other; however it was the home side that scored first.
A quick lineout on the halfway line caught the Reading defence out of position. The ball was worked from left to right by the Portsmouth back line, and saw the home team go over in the corner to put them ahead. The conversion was successfully added, giving Portsmouth a 7-0 lead.
It was a lead they held until shortly before half time. A lineout close to the Portsmouth line was driven over by a strong Reading maul. The subsequent conversion was missed, but Reading went over again just two minutes later, and this time the visiting fly half made no mistake. As a result the hosts trailed 12-7 at half time
The second half started, and continued, in much the same way as the majority of the first half. Mistakes from both sides led to an extremely scrappy game, with the very little momentum being gained by either team.
A period of sustained pressure did eventually come for Portsmouth though, and they were able to capitalise. Several infringements from Reading gave the home team a series of penalties, and one, a quick penalty five metres out, saw the hosts go over for the second time in the game.
With a 14-12 lead heading into the final stages of the match, it looked as though Portsmouth would claim the victory. However, a penalty, with the final kick of the game handed Reading a 15-14 win.