The University of Portsmouth Men’s 3rd team got the day underway in positive fashion, running out 26-15 winners over their Southampton counterparts.
Tries from Ryan Chafer, Iestyn Harris and Bertie Wells helped Pompey to four valuable Varsity points.
The visitors took the lead after just two minutes through the boot of fly half Dan Barrett. Southampton were penalised for being offside at the breakdown and Barrett slotted the penalty coolly through the posts.
Southampton were continually deemed to be encroaching at the breakdown and Barrett made them pay, slotting two more penalties through the uprights after the hosts were again caught offside.
Southampton responded with a penalty of their own in the 29th minute after their dominance at scrum time lead the referee to penalise Pompey. The Southampton fly half pulled the score back to 9-3 in Portsmouth’s favour.
The first try of the game arrived shortly before the break. A penalty was awarded to Portsmouth 30 metres out after Southampton illegally slowed the ball down.
The visitors took the bold call to go for the corner rather than taking the points, and their guts were rewarded.
After good work at the lineout secured Pompey ball, a series of pick and go’s from the Portsmouth pack eventually saw hooker, Ryan Chafer go over for the score.
A second try followed immediately after the break in similar circumstances, but this time it was second row, Iestyn Harris who forced his way over from close range and gave Portsmouth a 19-3 lead.
Southampton answered back with two tries of their own. The first coming far too easily from Portsmouth’s point of view as the Southampton flanker waltzed through the defence and over the whitewash.
The second came in more controversial fashion after the referee missed two blatant knock ons from the hosts before they eventually worked the ball wide to their winger who went down in the corner, brining the scores back to 19-15.
Only one more score would follow however, and it would be a try for the visitors.
The ball was worked wide to winger, Josh Lockey. After recognising he was about to be hit, Lockey put in a gorgeous grubber, splitting the Southampton back line before finding the hands of fellow winger, Bertie Wells.
Wells touched down in the corner and Barrett added a tricky conversion to make the final score Portsmouth 26-15 Southampton.