Resilient and Hardworking Hurricanes pick up Victory with only 14 men!
On a blustery day in the New Forest, fourteen dedicated Hurricanes made the trip to Fordingbridge RFC 2nd XV, a team who had topped the table for the first 10 games with 100% win rate. The visitors lost the
Straight after the restart, the Hurricanes were under pressure as the kick, again taken down the blindside by J Sayers, was well defended this time and driven out of play by three men in sky blue. This meant the hosts had a line out 30m out of the Sandown try line. Despite good work in the air from Farrant to disrupt the Fordingbridge line, they still managed the ball away to the backs and after picking off the men, one by one, they had the overlap to score in in the corner, 5 – 7.
From the restart, Sandown & Shanklin worked hard to recover possession and they were rewarded with a penalty just outside the opposition 22. The decision to kick for the posts was elected by Captain Little, and Farrant kicked the goal to keep SSRFC ahead, 5 – 10. Again, from the restart, it was big Number 8, J Sayers, who took the ball in and after recycling possession well, the Hurricanes had found themselves in the opposition half and on the front foot. The ball was spun out to stand off Charles Little who created a gap and then popped the ball to Rob Newton Jnr, who duly obliged and skipped through to find himself 1v1 with the fullback. An excellent tackle from the opposition fullback meant that even after an offload to centre Sam Buckingham, the defence were back to make the cover tackle on Bucko. However, Buckingham then managed to free his arms, five metres from the try line, to offload to the human wrecking ball, George Law, who barged over to score, 5 – 17. The hosts struck back to finish the first half with a flourish, pinning the Hurricanes back with some good kicking deep into the Sandown territory. Tackle of the game came from Charles Little on the hosts big number 6, crippling him to the floor and spilling the ball in the process. in spite of this, Fordingbrigde managed two late tries both scored out wide, tightened the score line at the halfway point, 15 – 17.
The Hurricanes started the second half the faster and stronger. Rob Newton Snr scoring a well-deserved try from a tap penalty, and despite the best efforts of the Fordingbridge defence, broke through numerous tackles and running in from 50m. Rob was the pack leader for the game and lead well with his solo effort. Moments before his try, Rob Jnr had been sin-binned minutes for a try-saving high tackle. Despite this leaving the visitors down to 13 men but, 15 – 24 up. Shortly after, another penalty was kicked by Farrant to give the Hurricanes a commanding lead, as young Rob Newton re-entered the fray, 15 – 27.
The home side then scored their final points with a fantastic run from deep from a pacy