THE Portsmouth Dreadnoughts got their winning season back on track with an emphatic 58-6 win over the Hastings Conquerors.
Head coach Luke Head-Rapson said he was delighted with his side’s performance away at Hastings and Bexhill Rugby Club on Sunday.
It was the Dreadnoughts’ biggest win ever and the most touchdowns they have scored in a game.
Head-Rapson said: ‘It is brilliant to get the win. Losing against Berkshire Renegades wasn’t a good feeling so to get this win is good.
‘Losing isn’t what this team is working towards and it isn’t why we push hard and practice.
‘Although it was a big win, there were areas where we could have improved. There were drops, penalties and mistakes so I am not overly confident but I do feel we can get another win in the next game.’
The Dreadnoughts pulled ahead at Hastings shortly after kick-off with quarterback Jason Parker throwing the ball to John Cowen who ran it into the endzone giving the visitors a 6-0 lead.
That was soon added to when running back Will Purkiss rushed the ball for a touchdown. They secured the extra point leading 13-0.
But the home side got back into the game as the second quarter started, catching the ball and finding the endzone pulling back the lead to 13-6.
However, the Dreadnoughts did not let it phase them and took control of the game.
Wide receiver Jake Smith went on to score the Dreadnoughts’ third and fourth touchdowns before safety Matt Timms intercepted the ball, giving the offence another chance on the pitch.
Parker took full of advantage of the play and ran the ball in for a fifth touchdown.
At half-time the visitors led 34-6.
After the break, they continued their scoring momentum and kicker George Evans extended the lead to 37-6 with a field goal.
Smith, who got high praise off Head-Rapson after the game, then went on to score two more touchdowns making the score 51-6.
With the final quarter still to go, the Dreadnoughts pushed on still keen to add more touchdowns and Smith finished the scoring with his fifth of the game.
The Dreadnoughts do not have time to rest though following the win as they face the Bournemouth Bobcats on Sunday at Hook Lane, in Havant at 2.30pm – their first back-to-back of the season.
Head-Rapson added: ‘It is tiring playing back to back games and you get niggling injuries that carry over.
‘We have less time to prepare and adapt to Bournemouth’s game but hopefully we can take the momentum of win straight into the next game.
‘If we do win, it will be our fifth of the season making it a record for the team.
‘It will also give us a good chance of the play-offs as we need three wins from our last four games.
‘We could sneak in with two wins but that would give us a tough time and not an ideal situation.’