Hurricanes Provide Christmas Treat in Miserable Weather Conditions
Sandown & Shanklin completed 2018 with an impressive 52 – 0 victory over Fareham Heathens.
Sandown & Shanklinwelcomed Fareham Heathens to the Fairway for the last competitive fixture of 2018. However, filthy weather conditions meant that it would be a cold and long afternoon for both teams, as well a difficult to play any fast or
The Hurricanes started the game and playing down the hill, had the opportunity to immediately apply pressure, with the visitors finding it difficult to clear their lines against the wind and rain. The first score of the game came from centre Sam Tyson. After the Hurricanes forwards provided a solid platform, fly-half Cam Mitchell fed Tyson who stepped past a defender to score under the posts. Flux
Both teams emerged from the changing rooms at the break, but the conditions were not letting up and with the rain coming down harder, there was a clear layer of water across the pitch making playing conditions even more difficult. Chiverton got the scoring in the second half underway with his second try of the game. After breaking off the back of an impressive maul, Chiverton stepped around the Heathens defender to dot down. Fluxmissed his first conversion of the game, from a tight angle, 33 – 0.
With the home side playing the territorial game better than their rivals, they could put the pressure on the Heathens in their half and then capitalise on their mistakes. This meant that the Hurricanes could use their strong maul to gain important headway. A few phases later, the ball found its way to captain Sam Flux, who went on a mazy run from outside theHeathens 22 to sprint in for his first try of the season. From a similar angle of the previous conversion, Flux narrowly missed
From the restart, Fluxclaimed the ball within the Sandown 22, and made a break into the Heathens half before being brought down 40 metres further up the field. As
Director of Rugby, Damien Marriott, shared his thoughts on the game:
“That was a great way to end 2018. It definitely was not the weather for a good game