Report: Preseason tournament v Lymington and Romsey

The Island went away to Lymington to play in a three way tournament against the hosts and Romsey.
With a mixed club squad, the Islanders stamped their authority in the first game against Romsey. Dominating possession and position, Aaron James, impressive all day, crashed through the Romsey defence. Brett Evans broke from half way to add a second, Mark Tucker picked a line off Lewis Murray for the third, and Ryan Stewart added the fourth of the first half. Murray kicked all four conversions.
Despite second half changes, the Islanders continued with the same focus and determination. Stewart added his second; Dave Blackman and George Huish also crossed. The game was completed with tries for Silas Gregory and Mikey Wood. Huish added two conversions.
The Island’s second game was against hosts Lymington Mariners. Early pressure on the hosts’ line ended up with a scrum which the Island drove over for Evans to get the touch down. James then continued to show his power and pace with two more tries, Murray adding one of the kicks.
With further tries from captain Dan Stirrup and Huish, the Island had a comfortable half time lead.
But the hosts were not giving in and pushed the Islanders in the second half. Both teams showed a willingness to counter attack and the defences took charge. Lymington’s number 10 then struck a 40 metre drop goal for the only score of the half.
The Island now look forward to their first Hampshire One league game of the season at newly promoted Locksheath Pumas on Saturday 19th September.
IWRFC:
D Stirrup, A James, G Huish,L Murray, T Hatch, G Smith, A Brown, M Tucker, M Newnham, B Evans, O Boulter, M Wood, S Gregory, R Stewart, R Tulloch, D Tennant, D Tanner, D Blackman, A Vince, A Gates, R Sice, A Raunigger.

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