Isle of Wight RFC’s second team recorded a crushing victory at Portsmouth RFC to maintain their three-point lead at the top of Hampshire Three.
The form book suggested that Isle of Wight would comfortably win and so it proved, as the home side had no answer to the Islanders’ brand of direct running rugby. A whirlwind start saw the outcome decided early on, with tries from Andy White, Salar Bettum and Alex Cole giving Isle of Wight a 21-0 lead inside 17 minutes. The tries kept coming with regularity, as Isle of Wight led 42-0 inside 30 minutes and built a remarkable 63-0 lead by half-time. Cole and Bettum each added their second, while Tom Blowers registered two and George Biles also got on the scoresheet.
Isle of Wight were able to make 7 changes at half-time and maintained intensity, though the scoring rate dropped as the home side dug in. Tom Marriott added a brace off the bench, while the irrepressible Bettum completed his hat-trick. Lewis Murray and Martin Smith converted all but one of the tries. As the 70-minute mark arrived, Portsmouth requested and were granted an early final whistle, as Isle of Wight had more than established their superiority.
Isle of Wight now look forward to their three remaining fixtures, all away from home on consecutive Saturdays, starting at Farnborough on 23 March.