Portsmouth recover to secure draw
Portsmouth started in confident fashion but were rocked after 12 minutes when a quick penalty and a couple of missed tackles saw them concede a converted try.
The visitors knocked over three more good penalties with the wind before the hosts hit back jordan retro with a vital try on the stroke of half time.
When Haywards Heath failed to find touch with a clearing kick, debut making Kiwi full back Ben Whitley punished them with a try in the corner.
Lee Chandler missed the conversion but the score gave the home side the platform they needed to take charge after the break.
Portsmouth dominated the second period with Chandler notching two penalties and new winger Jack Hazeldine producing an outstanding finish to score a 51st minute try in the corner, after a spell of concerted pressure.
At the death, Chandler’s 35 yard penalty drifted narrowly wide of the upright.
‘Some of our rugby was a pleasure to watch and for the first time for a few years we kept possession through a series of phases,’ said Ian Chandler.
‘We now have a young, fit side who can be a little over eager at times.
‘But that is the nature of youngsters.
‘The side showed today that they have bags of promise and we are pleased with the start even though we didn’t win.’
Portsmouth II lost 19 10 in a friendly against Haywards Heath with Tom Harkin scoring a try and Simon Morgan notching a penalty and a conversion.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth IV suffered a hefty 50 3 away defeat against the Isle of Wight.
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