Month: December 2015

Report: 1sts v Farnborough (H), Sat. 12 Dec. 2015

IW 15 Farnborough 22

The Isle of Wight’s last home game before Christmas was met by strong winds and a determined Farnborough side.

Playing with the wind in the first half, the home side could not subdue wholly the driving  game of the visitors and it was them who scored first from a lineout drive. The Island came straight back with their own line drive and Ryan Stewart touched down. Harry Dye added the conversion.

Much of the rest of the first half saw Farnborough drive close ball, making inroads, and the Island playing the ball back with the wind. A Dye penalty from half way cancelled out a close range Farnborough penalty gave the home aside a two point half time lead.

 An early yellow card for Andy Brown presented the Island with a ten minute spell of pressure, with the defence in outstanding form to only allow one visitor try and conversion. However a further try meant that the home side were 12 points down.

Determined and sustained effort from the Island saw them held up over the visitors line on four occasions, but a well worked try from Mikey Wood brought them within seven points and a league bonus. Despite further effort, a further try was not forthcoming and the bonus point had to be settled for.

Rouse Intelligent Financial Solutions Man of the match went to Ollie Boulter.

The final 15 minutes saw a historical event as Sam Spencer-Brading came on for his 1st XV debut, following his uncle Neil and grandfather Stuart to be the third generation of that family to put on the club colours.

IWRFC: D Stirrup, A Rann, G Huish, M Wood, C Williams, H Dye, B Evans, M Newnham, M Tucker, D Tennant, A Brown, O Boulter, A Raunigger, R Stewart, E Lynch, A Smith,S Spencer-Brading.

Report: 2nds v Portsmouth (A), Sat. 5 Dec. 2015

Portsmouth IV 22 IW II 39

The Isle of Wight second team broke a three game losing streak with a merited victory at Hilsea. Travelling with the bare 15, IW overcame injuries during the game to emerge victorious.

With a very brief warmup due to travel issues, IW faced the strong breeze in the opening half, but started like a whirlwind, taking the game to the opposition and scoring inside the first few minutes. The forward pack drove at the heart of the Portsmouth pack, before swift hands allowed Ricky Keyes to crash over. This pattern was repeated soon afterwards as IW ran the ball from deep, Tom Turtle this time the scorer. Keyes converted both, and IW had the ideal start.

As the half progressed, Portsmouth settled and had more territory. IW defence was by and large equal to the task, though an efficient rolling maul was their undoing and yielded the hosts’ initial score. Back came IW, carrying numerous threats and engineering another try for Keyes, again converted.

The period either side of half-time was by far IW’s poorest, as they perhaps felt the job was done and neglected their primary duties. Credit was of course also due to Portsmouth, who were direct and exploited IW slackness for a score on the stroke of half-time. IW led 21-10 at this stage.

Matters took a worrying turn at this stage, as highly impressive debutant fullback Harri Wavell was forced off with a neck injury, while other IW players sustained knocks and were forced to play on due to lack of alternatives. Portsmouth took advantage and scored a good try, converted to narrow the gap to four points. Meanwhile, the dominant IW scrum was depowered when a Portsmouth injury forced uncontested scrums for the remainder of the match.

It was to IW’s credit that they now raised their game. Rouse Ltd man of the match Ashley Wright made hay at the breakdown, and former player Jason Corney was prominent in the engine room. Debutants Adan Wilson and Chris Cansdale also showed up well. A period of pressure was rewarded when Keyes rumbled over by the corner flag for his hat-trick. After some stalemate, IW then scored one of their best tries courtesy of a series of phases, crowned by a Sam McQueen break.

Portsmouth were not finished, breaking through for another try to keep the game alive. However, IW were now controlling territory and earned a penalty, kicked expertly from the ten-metre line by the influential Alex Smith, whose carrying was a thorn in the hosts’ side throughout. Finishing strongly, the superb Wright broke through for IW’s sixth try in the closing minutes, copper-fastening a good win, IW’s first away victory of the season.

IW: Wavell, Wynyard-Wright, McQueen, Turtle, Cansdale, Cotter, Leahy, G Smith, Love, Keyes, Corney, Greedy, A Wilson, A Wright, A Smith.


Report: 1sts v Petersfield (H), Sat. 21 Nov. 2015

IW 57 Petersfield 10

Long awaited and well deserved, was the conclusion to IWRFC 1st XV’s first league win  of the season. In scoring seven tries, the home side dominated the scoring, if not all aspects of the game. In fact for much of the game they struggled at the scrummage. This was evident early on as Petersfield applied pressure, chipping over the Island defence to score.
This seemed to galvanise the home side who struck back with a Harry Dye penalty, starting off an excellent kicking day for Dye in windy and inconsistent weather. Further home pressure from a kick and chase saw ball recycled for Ryan Stewart to score, Dye adding the kick, followed by another penalty.
But now the Island were driving inroads in the Petersfield defence and threatening with each attack, despite the continued scrummage problems. Another kick and chase resulted in a turn over; Andy Brown drove forward and recycled ball went wide for Neil Brading to score.
A determined start to the second half pinned the visitors back and Dan Stirrup stepped through their defence to reach out and score, Dye adding the kick. With good lineout ball the pressure continued and a further drive saw Stewart claim his second try. Back came Petersfield and from a driving line, a gap was seized on by their scrum half to score.
Again the Island used this as motivation. Dye now scored and converted before a turn over at a reinvigorated Island scrum saw Brett Evans touch down. It was Evans who scored the final try, in a characteristic break from the scrum and pace and power seeing him in from seventy yards. Dye brought up the 50 with the final kick from wide out.
Performances were impressive from many of the side, with the bench all making effective contributions, but outstanding and a constant focus for the forwards was Rouse Intelligent Financial Solutions Man of the Match Dan Tennant.
IWRFC: D Stirrup, M Wood, N Brading, M Vann, A Rann, H Dye, B Evans, R Stewart, E Lynch, A Hay, A Brown, R Freeman, M Newnham, D Tennant, D Tanner, O Boulter, A Raunigger, G Huish.