Filled with patriotic pride following England securing a place in the World Cup final, Isle of Wight RFC headed to bottom of the league Southampton RFC with the idea of replicating the national side’s thundering performance. The side was captained by Andrew Brown, due to the unfortunate absence of Dave Blackman as a result of a head injury. Blackman will now miss the remainder of the season.
With the weather certainly taking a turn from the previous games this season, strong wind and heavy rain made it clear what sort of rugby would be played. Isle of Wight got going early on showing a strong dominance in the scrum, not only securing their own ball every time but causing trouble for Southampton on their put in as well. Through disciplined rugby and some hard grit, early tries from Luke Blackman and Biffa Man of the Match Tom Marriott gave IW the lead, and already focusing on a bonus-point win.
However, some unfortunate decisions saw Southampton work their way back into the game and a few consecutive penalties allowed them to trundle up the pitch and convert their efforts into a try. The score stood at 14-5 going into half time.
With flashbacks of the previous week’s defeat fresh in the mind, IW knew that it was crunch time, and that they would need to take back control of the game and shut out any hopes of a Southampton win. Rouse Man of The Match Angus Brown secured another try for the Island, only to fall into the shadow of older brother Andrew Brown who scored twice. Lewis Murray found his kicking form again in the difficult conditions, converting all bar one of the tries and a penalty.
Despite Southampton’s late efforts to try and scramble for a losing bonus point, IW defence held strong and secured a 36-10 victory at the final whistle. The team move back into the top half of Hampshire One, and sights are now set on Saturday 9th November, where IW welcome Portsmouth II to Wootton Rec, kicking off at 2.30 pm.
Isle of Wight RFC: Ward, C Browne, Cole, L Blackman, Ormerod, Murray, Marriott, Blackburn, McQueen, Newnham, G Smith, Jones, Pudney, Bennett, Andrew Brown, Tennant, Angus Brown, Wallace.
Match report: Isle of Wight RFC
Isle of Wight RFC