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Varsity 2016: Touch Rugby Loose At Hands of Southampton

Southampton University 10 - 2 University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth were unlucky not to walk away with more as they lost 10-2 to Southampton in the Touch Rugby.

The weather was bitterly cold as the game kicked off at 10am. Southampton started much the stronger side, racing into a commanding early lead as Portsmouth struggled to get a proper foothold in the game.

The team showed flashes of their skill in the first half, with the most memorable being a very well worked try, with almost every player touching the ball as Pompey passed the ball through the middle of the Southampton defence to touch down.

Yet it was fairly simple for Southampton to score in the first half as Pompey failed to maintain a defensive shape, and Southampton led the game 5-2 at half time.

The second half brought with it a strong resurgence from Portsmouth, with the team talk at half time clearly paying dividends.

The defence was much improved, and Pompey started to thwart a large amount of Southampton’s attempts at scoring.

The attacking plays progressed too as Portsmouth’s confidence grew, the quality of passing went up a level, giving more of a chance for penetrative runs.

Pompey’s fourth try was probably the best of their lot, as a very well worked interchange between three players opened up a large amount of space on the wing to run into and touch down for a well deserved try.

Sadly the second half improvements were not enough for Portsmouth to get anything out of the game, but the team can certainly take a lot of credit from their performance, especially in the second half.

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