Month: September 2017

Match report: 2nds v Romsey (H), Sat. 23 Sept. 2017

IW II 43-26 Romsey II

After an agonising late defeat in their season opener at Farnborough, the Isle of Wight seconds opened their account for the season with victory over Romsey. The visitors deserve eternal credit for travelling over though severely depleted; guest players from Sandown/Shanklin and Ryde, along with IW themselves, ensured even team numbers and a competitive game in glorious conditions.

On a warm day and a fast pitch, attacking rugby was always likely to pay dividends and both teams ran the ball at every opportunity. Tries came regularly, the sides sharing six equally between them in the opening half. Fielding a youthful team full of pace and several new players, IW created and then exploited space, while Romsey’s approach was more direct but also paid dividends at times. IW fly-half James Fitton started the scoring by regathering his own kick forward, before the returning Ali Gates added another. IW loan player James Curran touched down twice for Romsey, while Chris Ormerod was next to cross for the hosts. Half-time arrived with the score at 19-19.

The spoils were up for grabs and would remain so during the third quarter, before Romsey tired and IW pulled away. Among those to impress were newcomers Sam Johnson and Dylan Egan, before both succumbed to injuries. Another IW loan player, Jayme Bishop, scored Romsey’s final try, but Gates added his second after a jinking run and debutant Jonty Sweatman scored after a fine team move. Scrum-half Tom Turtle also got on the scoresheet, and Rouse Ltd man of the match Fitton scored his second to cap a fine display. He also landed four conversions, helping to ensure a clearcut margin of victory in a sporting and keenly contested tussle.

IW: Johnson, Wraxton, Sweatman, Ormerod, Gates, Fitton, Turtle, Brine, McQueen, Bassett, Egan, J Bishop, Jones, Bennett, Curran, Leahy.

Match report: 2nds v Farnborough (A), Sat. 16 Sep. 2017

Farnborough 2nds 21-19 Isle of Wight 2nds

On Saturday the Isle of Wight 2s gave debuts to six newcomers and as half had played before 3 were starting a new paragraph on their sport cv!
All 6 lads turned in great performances with some excellent work by Dillan Egan in the line outs looking like he was a regular and Rory Ridley was rewarded for his display scoring an excellent 2nd Half try.
The island started on the front foot and was camped in the opposition half when man of the match Ben Ridley fort three defenders and took them over for the islands 1st try,  Lewis Murray slotting the conversion for a 7 point lead after 15 minutes.
Farnborough bounced back and despite some excellent hard tackles the overlapping man and converted try was the difference for the scores to be levelled.
The island youngsters  did not shrink or hide despite the score and some fine runs from Alex smith, Jamie (Owen Herbert) Bishop as well as excellent displays from the ever reliable Ollie Boulter and Martin (Freeda) Newnham the island was soon back in front with a well worked try.out wide for smith to touch down. The difficult kick was narrowly missed by Murray and that proved to be the only difference between the teams.
Just before half time some strong running and ball carrying allowed Farnboro to score a converted try to go in 14-12 up at the break.
Half time team talk and use of the fresh legs on the bench rallied the boys.
Everyone responded well and debut player Rory crashing over from a quick tap penalty for Murray to convert for a 5 point lead.
Farnborough then had to bring on their experienced and much physical senior players and the Isle of Wight youngsters tasted some old fashioned rugby. The island responded with grit of their own and their was fisty performances from James Curran and George huish as well as Tom Turtle and Sam McQueen who performed one noteable rip and steal from an old Wiley Farnborough forward.
Unfortunately island could not hold on and the experienced old guard from Farnborough lifted their players who then scored a converted try with 2 minutes to go.
The island did not give up and was banging at the Farnborogh defence when the ref blew for full time.
It was a good Spirited performance against a experienced side who edged the win.
Despite the defeat the boys were in good spirits as they knew they had put in a excellent display.
On the way home the debutants gave solo singing performances as is tradition…..but the singing performance of the night went to Lewis Murray.
On this display the club look to be in a healthy position with some good young prospects coming through and fringe players showing their Hunger for 1st team action.