Hurricanes put Petersfield to the Sword
Sandown & Shanklin RFC 2nd XV 61 – 14 Petersfield RFC 3rd XV
The mighty Sandown & Shanklin RFC 2’s welcomed Petersfield RFC 3’rds to the Fairway for the first second-team home fixture of the new year.
Before the game got underway, the home side kindly lent four players to the visitors to even up the sides and play a complete game of rugby.
The hosts started the strongest, playing down the famous slope with the sun at their back and producing some good rugby particularly ball in hand, as a young and exciting backline got the ball moving. Young starlet Rob Newton Jnr got the Hurricanes on the board early, following up last weeks performance, with an impressive run to finish in a try for the home side. This was to be the first of an impressive hat-trick for the young 18-year-old. After this good start, the second try came about from good forward play to take the home side up the pitch, to then be finished off by Zac Davis close to the posts. Both were converted by Vectis Colts captain and stand-off Jack Sothcott, who finished with an impressive eight conversions from nine attempts.
The Hurricanes had to withstand the territory play from the visitors as they kicked to touch from successive penalties, bringing them five metres from the line. A stolen ball at the line out was untidily tapped back and had to be grounded over the line by the Hurricanes. It was lock was Pete Swallow who managed to ground the ball, but in doing so sustained a nasty shoulder injury, dislocating it and was immediately removed from the pitch. Thoughts are with Pete and we wish him a speedy recovery. After this and an injury for the opposition, both sides dropped to 14 men. The pressure was relieved at scrum time when possession was won against the head. The lines were cleared convincingly, to then set up a brilliant finish to the half, with a further two tries. One from the impressive Dan Sayers, and then another well-worked team try for Jack Winter.
The second half there was much of the same good play between both sides battling up front. Impressive defensive work by the backs out wide, most notably as well from returning Hurricane Joe Dove, although he was playing for Petersfield. Strong running from Mark Tindall, another Hurricane playing for the away side, set the tone for the rest of the and was the catalyst for the two Petersfield tries. One shifted wide to find a powerhouse front row to bundle over the try line, and the other a cheeky snipe from the opposition fly-half, to smash through the tackle one metre out.
Not to be outdone, Sandown & Shanklin had power runners of their own with Darren Carew and Dan Sayers both stepping up, with the latter running in a try straight from the restart. Carew then also followed up with a score of his own. That was quickly followed up by a brilliant solo run by Newton Jnr replicating his effort last week against Romsey, but not quite scoring this time around.
The final try came from Charles Little, to complete the Hurricanes rout over the visiting Petersfield side, in front of a decent home crowd.
Sandown & Shanklin RFC 2nd XV Captain, Liam Little, was delighted with the team’s performance, and also to those who volunteered to wear the Petersfield shirt to make an entertaining and even game.
Another break week this Saturday (2nd February), with no league action for either Sandown & Shanklin side. The Club has been invited to put a team (or teams) into a Touch Rugby Tournament at Isle of Wight RFC, to help prepare the Wight Wolves for their first league tournament. More details can be found here – Wight Wolves host Island mixed touch rugby tournament
The 2nd XV return to action when they make the massive “away” trip to Ventnor RFC 2nd XV, looking to continue their excellent form as of late, on Saturday 9th February.