Kingsclere RFC 5-21 Isle of Wight RFC 2XV
Isle of Wight RFC’s second team maintained their blemish-free Hampshire Three campaign with a hard earned win at Kingsclere. In a scrappy game where defences dominated, two great team tries and an individual score were needed to secure the points.
Travelling with only 16 players owing to unavailability of some regulars, Isle of Wight knew they needed a strong start after a long journey and losing the toss, therefore playing into the wind for the first 40 minutes. As for most of the game, Kingsclere had the majority of possession and used it by playing a direct, ball-in-hand style which forced the Islanders to defend for long periods, though importantly outside their own 22.
The victory would be built on this supreme rearguard action, with very few tackles being missed throughout the 80 minutes. Though all the team contributed to this effort, the
With wind advantage in the second half, the Islanders had more favourable territory but there was still little between the sides, with rain showers causing some issues. IW did not help themselves by some sloppy lineout play, giving Biffa man of the day Harry Elsom some difficult moments at scrum-half. However, it was from clean lineout ball that Isle of Wight scored their critical second try. The ball was moved swiftly wide to captain Matt Hallam who sped down his wing and flung a pass inside, fielded by Margham who touched down. IW now led by two scores after the successful conversion.
Kingsclere still had time to come back but
IW: Leahy, Blowers, Edmonds, White, Hallam (C), Margham, Elsom, Metcalfe, Wilson, Davey, Harrison, Biles, T Groves, Bettum, N Joyce, Jones.