A sunny and dry day meant there was some fast-paced rugby to be played, which would inevitably play into the young Southampton Medics hands. However Isle of Wight started well and working through their phases, engineered an opening try, with Andrew Brown crossing the line.
An error in the IWRFC 22 gave the home team an opportunity to kick for the posts, securing 3 points. Further pressure and a few warnings from the referee saw Lewis Murray sent to the bin, allowing the home team to make use of the extra man and further their lead. The remainder of the first half was frustrating for IWRFC, with missed tackles allowing the home team to use their pace in their preferred conditions, with the score reaching 34-7.
IWRFC had some promising passages of play after half time, with Rouse Ltd man of the match Luke Chandler making several barrelling runs. A quick tap and go penalty in the home 22 led to Biffa man of the match Luke Blackman scoring in the corner.
With the clock running down, IWRFC focussed on trying to secure the four-try bonus point, but came up one short. IW’s third score came from a series of rumbling slow ball phases and Martin Newnham getting his token try of the season.
Isle of Wight have had a difficult start to their league campaign, but arguably now have put their two hardest fixtures of the season behind them. They open their home fixtures this coming Saturday against Romsey, in a bid to secure their first league win. Kick-off at Wootton Rec will be at 3 pm.
Isle of Wight RFC: Blowers, Fitton, Huish, D Blackman, Langdon, Murray, Marriott, Blackburn, McQueen, Newnham, Jones, G Smith, Brown, Chandler, L Blackman. Replacements: Bennett, Hughes.
Match report: Isle of Wight RFC
Isle of Wight RFC