Report: 2nds v Romsey (A), Sat. 5 Nov. 2016

Romsey II 12-44 IW II

An exciting all-court performance earned the Isle of Wight RFC’s second string a first away win of the season at Romsey. Fielding a very young side, IW were fitter and faster than their gallant opposition and deserved an eventually clearcut victory.

The game was close early on, and mainly due to IW wastefulness, remained in the balance until close to the hour mark. Romsey scored first and the opening 15 minutes were even, but IW would then dominate territory for the remainder of the half. With Ryan Tulloch ruling the lineout, debutant Ciaran Lowe showing up well and Rouse Ltd man of the match Stuart Browne rolling back the years in the centre, IW were always threatening, but handling errors often blighted their attempts to score when it seemed the Romsey defence had been breached. Tom Turtle did score out wide to level matters after 20 minutes, and IW took a 10-5 lead close to half-time courtesy of the strong running of Dan Bishop.

When fly-half George Huish broke clear in the first minute of the second half to score, it looked as though it might be the score that broke Romsey resistance. On the contrary, the hosts enjoyed their best spell, putting together some concerted forward drives. IW defence was strong, but eventually lapsed to yield a converted try, making the score 15-12.

Though captain Tim Greedy had departed due to injury by now, IW resolved to raise their game and play at pace, and it worked to great effect. The forward pack scrummaged well and offered great support and ball retention, while half-backs Huish and Tom Marriott dictated the game, running everything and rushing Romsey off their feet. Tries by the impressive Evan Toms and Tulloch put the game beyond the home side, while Huish completed his hat-trick and Jayme Bishop rounded off the scoring by the corner flag. Huish and Marriott added a conversion each, and IW were free to savour an entertaining game and victory.

IW: Lowe, Kearney, Toms, Browne, Huish, Marriott, McQueen, Love, T Turtle, D Bishop, J Bishop, Greedy, Tulloch, Leahy.