The University of Portsmouth’s men’s 2nd team fell to a disappointing 32-16 defeat at the hands of Southampton’s second team.
It was a scrappy, tightly contested game in the opening exchanges and that helped Portsmouth keep it tight.
The game eventually opened up though, and as it became freer flowing Southampton came into their own.
In the 13th minute a knock on from Portsmouth just outside of their own 22 allowed Southampton the window of opportunity they needed.
The ball was recovered by the Southampton left wing, and he turned on the jets to beat three men in quick succession and touch down over the line for the opening score of the game.
The conversion attempt was good and the hosts led 7-0.
Pompey quickly answered back through the boot of Will Berry, the fullback sending his penalty through the uprights after Southampton were penalised at the scrum.
Southampton soon increased their lead again however, as eight minutes later a series of pick and drives by the home pack saw the walk the ball over the line in the corner, to make it 12-3.
The play was even after that until, in the 30th minute, Portsmouth scrum half, Rhodri Phillips was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock on, and Southampton took full advantage of their numerical advantage.
No sooner had Phillips left the field, than Southampton had run in another try.
From the subsequent penalty after Phillips’ infringement Southampton went to the corner, secured the lineout, and mauled their way over the Portsmouth.
Right on the break Portsmouth clawed some points back through the boot of Berry who slotted a tricky kick through the posts and took the score to 19-6 heading into the break.
Southampton answered back with a penalty of their own after the restart and then Portsmouth responded with their first try of the encounter.
Strong work from the Pompey pack helped the visitors gain yards to the Southampton goal line, and, after a series of pick and drives, second row, Mike Rodgers, crossed over for the score.
Southampton hit back with a further two tries of their own.
With time ticking down and trailing 32-11, Portsmouth grabbed a consolation try through centre Tom Wood who took a lovely angle to glide through the Southampton defence and cross under the posts.
It was too little too late for Portsmouth however, and they succumbed to a 32-16 defeat.