Month: November 2017

Match report: 1sts v Fareham Heathens (H), Sat. 11 Nov. 2017

IW 12-14 Fareham Heathens                         Report by Dave Metcalfe

The Island were defeated with the last kick, awarded for a debatable and crucial decision. In damp conditions, both sides were off the pace in the first half, with some confusion caused by strange decisions and a constant stop-start game.

Visitors Fareham were first to register with a penalty and went further ahead with their second kick.

Lewis Murray responded with the Island’s first points.

The half then came to life as Fareham pounded the Island line, yet solid and physical defence kept them at bay.

The second half saw Murray add his second penalty.

Again the Island defended their line, but after winning a turn over failed to exit the ball, allowing the visitors to have a five metre scrum.

However with the scrum over 90 degrees and the visitors’ front row standing up, the play was allowed to continue and Fareham crossed for a score.

This drove the home side forward and the pressure led to two more Murray penalties.

So coming to the last five minutes the Island were defending a one point lead.

Stout defence kept Fareham at bay until the final play. With a defensive scrum, Number 8 Alex Hay picked and went to ground. The scrum was then driven back and fell on him. A penalty was awarded, to all dismay.

Up stepped the visitors’ kicker who managed to clear the bar to win the game.

IWRFC: G Warvill, C Williams, L Chandler, M Wood, G Huish, L Murray, T Marriott, A Hay, D Egan, D Tennant, O Boulter, R Tulloch, R Keyes, S McQueen, M Newnham. Rhys Martin, C Pudney, J Sweatman.

Match report: 1sts v Ellingham & Ringwood (A), Sat. 4 Nov. 2017

Ellingham & Ringwood 42 IWRFC 12

The Island were unable to follow up their previous weeks performance and ran out a good second to Ellingham & Ringwood.

Following an early home penalty,  the Island crossed the line with a James Fitton try following forward pressure. Against the run of play, the home side crossed for a converted try, before adding a further penalty.

With only a score between the sides, it had been the Islanders who had created most in the first half.

But the second half was dominated by the home side as they added a further try. The Island responded with Tom Marriott throwing a dummy to the Ellingham defence and sprinting in, Lewis Murray adding the kick.

From here on the home side took control to stretch away to victory.

IWRFC: G Warvill, J Fitton, L Chandler, G Huish, J Sweatman, L Murray, T Marriott, A Smith, D Blackman, A Hay, O Boulter, R Tulloch, R Keyes, D Tennant, M Newnham, C Pudney, C Williams

Match report: 1sts v Fordingbridge (H), Sat. 28 Oct. 2017

IW 32 Fordingbridge 29                     Report by Dave Metcalfe

The Isle of Wight returned to winning ways with a well-earned victory against Fordingbridge rugby club. The first half saw the Island dominate both territory and possession through the cool heads of halfbacks Lewis Murray and Tom Marriott. After a couple of first half penalties from Murray, the Isle of Wight scored from a push over try with Alex Smith being the grateful recipient. The Island continued to heap pressure through the forwards with stella work from Keyes, Blackman and McQueen. The forwards hard work resulted in a scrum which saw Smith picking up from the base and running forty meters whilst swatting off several defenders to score in the corner.

Minutes later Isle of Wight super star Owen Herbert, feeling that his title as ‘leading try scorer’ was under threat, decided to take on half the Fordingbridge pack and then run 45 meters to score under the posts.

The second half saw the Island relinquish some of their control with Fordingbridge capitalising on some loose handling. Up stepped man on the match Andi Raunigger who brought physicality and intensity to the Island’s defence effort which helped to steady the ship, many spectators likening his performance to rugby great Paul Simpson! The island continued to aggressively defend which saw super sub Mikey Wood smash his opposite number, collect the ball and sprint clear to score under the posts.

Fordingbridge did not lie down and continued to press scoring a couple of late tries which brought them to within touching distance of a win. The Isle of Wight dug deep with Boulter and Blackman turning into tackling machines to shut down the Fordingbridge comeback and give the Island a much deserved victory.


O Herbert, T Turtle, L Chandler, G Huish, G Warvill, L Murray, T Marriott, A Smith, D Blackman, A Hay, A Raunigger, O Boulter, R Keyes, S McQueen, M Newnham. J Willetts, D Egan, M Wood.