IW II 17-45 Stoneham
IW’s second team suffered their first home defeat of the season to a strong visiting side at Wootton Rec. The final score was not at all reflective of a game in which one score separated the sides for the majority, but Stoneham’s greater firepower and determination garnered them a deserved win and moved them to the top of the league.
A try inside the opening two minutes was a tonic for IW, as they regained their own kickoff and built pressure on the Stoneham defence, before Jayme Bishop touched down for the score. Yet Stoneham were unfazed, and soon showed why they have only been defeated once this season. They upped their forward work-rate and provided opportunities for a variety of strike runners in their back division, which yielded an equalising try, followed by three more in the opening half and a 24-5 lead. IW were looking good when in possession, but defensively contributed to some of Stoneham’s success with inconsistent line speed and some poor tackling in this period. The loss of Ian Puzey to injury was a further blow to home prospects.
In the last ten minutes of the half, IW tightened up and forced their way into Stoneham territory. Some excellent phase play led to a try by Chris Williams, converted by Dan Greaves. Buoyed by this play, IW mounted a further attack and generated plenty of quick ball. This resulted in play being moved wide for speedster Greaves to score in the corner. This was the last action of the half, and IW now only trailed 24-17.
Now came the game’s most competitive and tightly contested phase, as the third quarter was scoreless, both teams vying for superiority as the breakdown became more competitive and rather messy. Rouse Ltd man of the match Alex Hay was his usual effective self in the unfamiliar surrounds of centre, while the pack was competing manfully in the set-pieces, led by the front row of Willetts, Love and Brine. Just when it seemed IW might be able to level the scores, Stoneham broke free of the shackles and constructed a fine converted try, moving them clear with 15 minutes to play.
This score would prove decisive, as Stoneham dominated most of the remaining time, and scored twice more against a tiring IW team, leading to a conclusive winning margin which reflected Stoneham’s attacking prowess but was harsh on a spirited IW effort.
IW: T Turtle, Greaves, McQueen, Puzey, Wilson, Williams, Cotter, Brine, Love, Willetts, Harrison, J Bishop, Kearney, Hay, Greedy. Reps: J Wright, Pettifer, Leahy.
A busy day is upon us at IWRFC. The Fortress welcomes its VP’s for a lunch, prior to both teams being at home today. This is followed by a fundraising Race Night.
Big thanks to Clear View Cleaning for getting the club house ready.
Dumpling Dumpling supply the food for the Race Night and it’s looking good.
So if you’re looking for a day and night out, get to IWRFC. Games kick off at 3pm, see you there.
IW II 27-26 Alresford II
In the proverbial game of two halves, Isle of Wight RFC’s second team held on for a hard earned victory over table toppers Alresford. A stunning opening 25 minutes had IW anticipating a cricket score, but the second half told a different tale and the minimum was between the sides at the final whistle.
IW started strongly, carrying directly and playing at pace. They would dominate the scrums for the whole game; in contrast, the lineout was a less reliable source of possession. Though an early try was chalked off when the referee adjudged the final pass to be forward, they were soon on the scoreboard as Tom Turtle scored after good work by Chris Williams. A second score soon followed, as Alex Smith crashed over, and Lewis Murray added the conversion.
Alresford worked hard to get into the game, but were struggling to attain field position against the wind, and IW made them pay. Flanker and Rouse Ltd man of the match Louis Morton stood out on debut, while Grant Smith and stand-in captain Andi Raunigger were prominent in the tight exchanges. Further tries by Raunigger and Sam McQueen extended the lead, and though Alresford managed a penalty to open their account, Turtle’s second try saw IW leading 27-3 at half-time.
The second half essentially mirrored the first, except that while Alresford had some time in IW territory during the opening 40 minutes, IW had great difficulty doing the same in return. The home side were guilty of failing to exit efficiently when they got the opportunity, and at times also played too loosely in their own half. However, most credit for the turn-around goes to Alresford, who showed determination and belief from an unpromising position. The best feature of IW’s second half was their defence, which absorbed plenty of pressure. The home side were repeatedly penalised though, Alresford generally opting to kick at goal with mixed success; they struck the post once and missed another, but also landed two to make the score 27-9 after 55 minutes.
IW remained pinned back as the wind strengthened and rain began to pour down, and eventually conceded a converted try out wide to a quick Alresford back. When an overthrown lineout was pounced on gleefully by the visitors, they were within a score, and their fourth penalty goal with five minutes remaining trimmed the gap to one point. Belatedly, IW roused themselves and spent most of the last few minutes on the attack, crucially out of their own half. The end of the game was greeted with relief by the hosts, but the victory was merited based on a try count of 5-2 in the winners’ favour. IW reflected on a good result in the end, against previously unbeaten opposition, and climb the table ahead of a trip to Farnborough next time out.
IW: Harley, Wilson, McQueen, Brown, T Turtle, Murray, Williams, G Smith, Keyes, Newnham, D Bishop, J Bishop, Raunigger ©, Morton, A Smith. Reps: Stewart, Harrison, Love.
The winner of the 100 club prize for the month of October 2016, is………..Stuart Brading, well done Stuart.
The IWRFC faithful (some a little worse for wear after helping club stalwart Colman to celebrate his big birthday the previous night) gathered in strength after a two-week break, for a much anticipated first team game against table-toppers Petersfield. After a shocking opener at Romsey and then a comprehensive win over Chineham, some felt that this would give an accurate reading of where the side is at. And did it? Well…
It was a lovely day for rugby (as is every day.) Petersfield looked slick early on, with a much changed back division from last year, and a penalty goal rewarded their early efforts. IW looked good too though, retaining the ball and making some inroads. It was gutting then, to see a long spell of pressure end with an interception and eventually a try at the other end – 10-0 down.
O’Pinion watched with interest how the home Rangers would react to this setback. Very well, as it turned out. Captain Futa showed the way with some cracking bursts, Scots scrummie Ramsay sniped and buzzed, and debut full-back Owen oozed class. It was no more than we deserved when Broon crashed over, and Gary Gary nailed the kick; game on.
Petersfield look to have elements of the real deal, though – their 10 was a serious handful and things didn’t go so well in the second quarter – 20-7 at the break. O’Pinion retired to the bar for to finish off his Diet Coke, and his mood was not improved to see Munster get beaten by Leinster on the telly box. Never mind – back to the main event.
We’d lost Gary in the first half, but our other newbie H (Henry? Harry? Hilton? from Steps?) slotted in well at fly-half and also had a good debut. The pattern of the match was now well established, and can be summed up as follows – IW had their fair share of the play, and spent plenty of time in the coveted ‘green zone’, but didn’t make it count. Petersfield deserved the win because they came away with points when they had chances, but we didn’t. Ryan got in another ruckus, but we forgot to score a try, and soon were 20 points down.
Encouragingly, IW finished strongly. Owen scored a cracking try, and though Petersfield were always dangerous, the home side played good stuff – being let down by handling errors or miscommunication. The day it all clicks will be a lot of fun. Fun may be defined as watching Martin Tanner empty an opposition player with a monstrous tackle seconds before the final whistle. 27-12 it finished – could have been worse, could have been better. Petersfield definitely look like contenders, but IW might have run them very close on another day. This team knows it can go to Farnborough in two weeks and win, but only if the dreaded travel sickness is kept at bay. That is in IWRFC’s power, by the way.
O’Pinion soon learned by the miracle of modern technology that the 2nds had been defeated at Basingstoke, but had put in a valiant showing – as has become the norm, against their2s rather than the advertised 3s. Tim Greedy’s Rangers also seem to be having a good old drink judging by the photos. Well done fellas. Onwards and upwards.
PS – by way of a short diversion, there were plenty of Ventnor and Sandown/Shanklin spectators at the Rec. today. This arose from the latter having a free week, while Ventnor received a walkover from Romsey. A handy five points for the South Wighters, but no doubt they would have preferred to play the game. One is bothered by the number of cancellations that seem to be creeping in recently, last season and now this campaign. It’s nothing new to see 2nds games melt away, but walkovers at 1st team level are becoming an unwelcome and more regular occurrence.
O’Pinion read an interesting article during the week, explaining a drop off in participation in sports such as golf, football, rugby and others, and speculating about possible causes: increased work pressures, squeezing of family time maybe, but also people not getting off their arses because they’re addicted to Netflix and their frigging phones. Worrying trend, or just a phase we’re going through? Who knows. Hopefully, Saturday will always be rugby day, for us and the generations who follow us.
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