Match report: 1sts v US Portsmouth (A), Sat. 21 Oct. 2017

US Portsmouth 52-10 IW

The Island travelled to their near mainland neighbours on a blustery Saturday. Despite the continued injury list at the club, players stepped up to the challenge of playing the second placed side in Hampshire One.

Playing with the wind, the Island struck first with a Lewis Murray 45 metre penalty.

The home side used their larger pack to force back the visitors and their scrum, close to the line allowed them to gain a 21 to 3 half time lead.

However the second half saw a focussed and determined Island team, playing in to the wind, dominate much of the possession and territory for some 25 minutes. Constant solid defence and aggressive ball carrying allowed the Islands backs to make headway.

A break by Owen Herbert, linking with Tom Turtle to carry up the wing, saw the ball back inside to Herbert to score. Murray adding the conversion.

However the last 15 minutes saw the Island understandably tire and USP crossed for three tries.

All players performed well, with James Curran, Dillan Egan and Andi Raunigger standing out in the forwards, while Murray led the team with thought and focus.

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