Ventnor 1XV 63 – 22 Southampton 1XV
In the dwindling autumn sun, Ventnor have the home crowd another win to cheer about. The game started hesitantly from Ventnor as the mental challenge of playing against a side short of full numbers took some overcoming.
The key to the game would be unselfish expansive play, and this came after 10 minutes with Ed Blake scoring from the wing. Tries soon followed from Max Wheeler and Todd Riches. However it wasn’t all one way traffic as Southampton’s well drilled pack gained a couple of scores from set plays to keep the game interesting.
The second half saw the game fully swing in Ventnor’s favour with Wheeler and Blake completing their braces, Chris Hill and Justinas Urbonas getting on the score sheet too. Todd Riches had a 100% kick rate that with his try gave him a personal haul of 21 points. The final try for the home side came from scrum half Andy Gough, which when converted by Ricky Keyes took the Ventnor total to 9 converted tries.
AJ Wells Man of the Match went to Max Wheeler
Red Funnel Moment of the Match was Andy Gough
Team – Stemmet, Keyes, Pratt, Teague, Savill, Marsh, Hill, Colson, Gough, Riches, Turner, Urbonas, Wheeler, Blake, Babington. Subs – Edwards, Noyes, Annadale, Green, Jones
Ventnor RFC would like to thank the following for sponsoring the match: The Crab and Lobster Tap, The Bistro, Northwood Garage, The White Horse, and The Garlic Farm.
Images from the game will appear in the Autumn edition of the Ventnor RFC Magazine and the Autumn 2018 edition of the Isle of Wight Rugby Magazine.