IW 31 Chichester III 19
Isle of Wight’s second preseason game was again a success, with a win over the visiting Chichester side. With a changed squad, the Island continued where they left off last week, playing some encouraging rugby.
Early home pressure allowed Alex Smith to smash through the defence for the opening try, with Rouse Ltd man of the match Gary Warvill adding the conversion. Chichester responded with a quick tap catching the Island defence on the hop.
The second half started with both sides looking for the upper hand. The Island recycled ball from the lineout and moved it wide. Again Smith latched on to the ball to score. Again back came Chichester, with a jinking run from their no 10, bringing the scores level.
This seemed to galvanise the home side and captain Dan Stirrup supported a backs break to score, Warvill adding the kick. Aaron James then capped off an impressive centre display with his first try for the club.
Back came the visitors with a converted try, but the Island weren’t finished as Warville broke away to be supported by Brett Evans to wrap up the win.
Next Saturday the Island take a squad over to Lymington for their final pre-season match. Coach Dave Metcalfe was pleased with the progressa to date, having seen 36 players over the last two games.
IWRFC: R Freeman, M Tucker, R Stewart, T Hatch, K Wallace, R Mitchell, R Tulloch, A Smith, D Tennant, D Tanner, R Keyes, S Brine, A James, SA McQueen, D Blackman, A Vince, D Stirrup, M Wood, A James, G Warville, C Cotter, B Evans, M Barrett.