Match report: Farnborough RFC 1XV 21-27 Isle of Wight RFC 1XV, 23 March 2019


“The performance of the season” was the unanimous view of this impressive victory, as a much-changed Island side dominated much of the match with fast movement, quick handling and aggressive defence.

Always a tough ground to visit, Farnborough RFC were hammered back from the start by an aggressive Island defence, who when turning over the ball, countered with pace and vision.

Early pressure on the home sideline saw Rouse Man of the Match Luke Blackman crash over, Lewis Murray adding the conversion. Throughout the game, much of what the Islanders did involve Blackman, be it in attack or defence.

Handling with confidence, the ball whizzed along the back line for Owain Hooper to score. Murray added a conversion for a 15-0 half time lead, even with them being reduced to 14 as Biffa Man of the Day, Chris Ormorod was yellow carded.

Farnborough looked out of ideas and totally stunned, much to the frustration of a vocal local crowd. This was further added to as Hooper showed his pace, outflanking the home defence for his second score. A further score was added, through sustained pressure, with Murrays conversion giving the visitors a 27 – 0 lead, with 15 minutes left.

The yellow carding of Murray led to a tough last 15 minutes as the Islanders began to tire and Farnborough found some form with the ball. Three tries by the home side brought them back into contention, but the determined defence was not going to allow the home side to score further.

Match report: David Metcalfe

Related links:

Isle of Wight RFC

Farnborough RFC