Report: 2nds v Southampton (H), Sat. 12 Nov. 2016

IW II 42-26 Southampton II

In a hastily arranged friendly, IW and Southampton served up an entertaining encounter at Wootton Rec, in which the home side prevailed.

Southampton were hit by late defections, so IW agreed to even up the teams to ensure a fair contest, Tom Turtle performing strongly for the visitors. Southampton started the stronger, dominating territory with wind advantage for the opening quarter and scoring a converted try. The returning Ashley Wright, Rouse Ltd man of the match, broke away down the touchline to reply for IW, but Southampton were soon back on the scoresheet for a 14-5 lead. IW were starting to edge matters as half-time approached, and a cross-kick by stand-in captain Kieran Leahy bounced well for Sam McQueen to touch down. Southampton led 14-10 at half-time.

IW had a job on their hands to win this game, but they had better pace and fitness overall which told in the second half. Veteran Stuart Browne sidestepped over for the lead score after a thrilling team move, then debutant Alex Hill blocked down a kick and regathered for a try. Southampton responded by taking advantage of some poor IW tackling, and the hosts led 20-19 with 15 minutes to play.

IW controlled the remainder of the game, as scrum-half Leahy’s kicks from the base pinned Southampton back, and crucially were chased superbly, leading to two tries for speed merchant Dan Greaves. A deserved try followed for the energetic Lewy Morton, before the strong running McQueen added his second, converted by Leahy. To their credit, the determined visitors finished on the attack, and finished the scoring with a converted try.

IW were pleased to back up the previous week’s away victory, and will look to complete a three in a row when they travel to Alresford next week.

IW: Greaves, N Smith, Hill, McQueen, Browne, Leahy ©, J Wright, Kearney, A Wright, Morton, Hay, T Turtle.