Portsmouth’s purple passion pipped to the post

Team Portsmouth supporters came out in their hundreds to watch this year’s Varsity Cup against Southampton. 33471639706_27651ee017_z

Southampton won by 36 points, with the final scores being 206 to Southampton and 170 to Portsmouth, with only the cycling result left to be confirmed.

A win for Portsmouth was looking promising around 12pm when results for lacrosse, rowing and athletics came in. It wasn’t until around 2pm that Southampton began to close the gap on the Portsmouth lead.

One of the last fixtures of the day, Portsmouth men’s rugby (1st team) won 20 points to 18 – it was the first time in five years that they have won their Varsity fixture against Southampton.

VP Sports at UPSU, Ben Conway, said: ‘Portsmouth teams for men’s rugby, mixed lacrosse and dodgeball played particularly well in comparison to previous years. This was the closest Varsity score in recent years. I went in expecting a whitewash but Team Portsmouth exceeded expectations today. At the end of the day we lost by less than ten wins to a much bigger University with better resourced clubs – I think we can be proud of what Portsmouth achieved today.’

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