On a very blustery day if it could go wrong it went wrong. The conditions did not help the Pumas use their backs to great effect as we have seen over the last few weeks. On an afternoon where the Pumas felt the win was theirs for the taking but the teams failure to get that last pass away proved to be something they need to take away from the game.
Portsmouth came with a big pack and proved to match the Pumas up front with most of the days action played in the middle of the field as both packs tried to dominate.
It was Pompey though that opened the scoring after 27 mins with a converted try and with the Pumas now chasing the game the ball was moved wider. Defence on both sides was evenly matched for much of the first half but the Pumas did score through winger Dan Croft following some good forward pressure. The conversion was missed to make the score 5 – 7 at HT.
The Pumas took this momentum into the second-half and were awarded a penalty with a Pompey player getting a yellow card. But with a blowing wind the Penalty hit the posts. The Pumas forwards continued to move the game more towards the Pompey try line but again the defence held. Frustration grew as the Pumas could not get the final pass away or took a wrong option and the match added no further points with Portsmouth 2XV winning 5 – 7.
Pumas Director of Rugby Alan Palmer said “our main takeaway today was our defence but we did not get any luck plus we also did not execute that final pass well. With so much possession we need to learn from this narrow defeat”