Report: 2nds v Portsmouth Vets (A), Sat. 4 Feb. 2017

Portsmouth Vets 14-56 IW II

Travelling over the water on an international weekend can be fraught with problems, but the Island second string’s main problems were from the replacement bus service.

With Portsmouth playing a classic vets game, keeping the ball tight and driving, the Island set about moving the ball at all opportunities, using their pace in the backs.

Ability to match their hosts in the scrum allowed the backs, run by George Huish, to cut loose, resulting in a double hat trick for Evan Toms.

With the returning Andrew Brown and Grant Smith adding their experience to the pack, Alex Smith added a further try and eight conversions.

The final try was scored by James Webster.

Team: T Turtle, A Law, E Toms, J Webster, C Ormerod, G Huish, R Stewart, A Smith, T Kearney, A Brown, D Bishop, G Smith, R Keyes, T Love, M Newnham, L Herbert, D Ward.