As neither side had a first-team fixture both sides were subsidised by first-team players, which made for an equal match up.
The Hurricanes took the early initiative from the off, when Flux stepped through the Romsey defence and then fed the onrushing Damian Seder. Seder then showed great strength and pace to ward off defenders and dot down in the corner. The early conversion missed by 1st XV captain Sam Flux, 0-5. The visitor’s pressure was amplified by another try from Number 8 Dean, following a charging run from second row Pete Swallow.
The scoring wasn’t all in the Hurricanes favour… following some bitty off the ball antics, play returned to the middle of the park and with Sandown & Shanklin on the attack captain Liam Little tried to move the ball away quickly only for his attempted offload to fall into the hands of the Romsey stand-off. Romsey showed brilliant pace to score, despite the best efforts of fullback Charles Little, 7 – 12.
After a period of strong carrying from the Sandown forwards, winger Wayne Williams came in off his wing to find a hole in the Romsey defence and then sprint away to splash down besides the posts. Flux converting, the away side took a 7 – 19 lead into the half time break.
After the half time break, the home side were desperate to find a route back into the game. After a sustained period of pressure and possession, they soon found themselves on the Hurricanes 5m line. Next came a penalty in favour of the home side, and with a quick tap, they were soon in for their second try, 12 – 19.
After a string of infringements, Romsey were pinned back in their half by the boot of Ben Sanderson. The resulting line out and then catch drive were hard to stop, and presented good ball for Man of the Match Dean to again dot over, 12 – 26. This got Sandown & Shanklin firing again and the pick of the tries came to the youngest member of the side – and Man of the Match – Rob Newton Jnr, playing alongside his dad. Picking the ball up on the halfway line, Newton found a gap in the Romsey defence and slipped through it with his quick feet. Newton then continued his run and had the strength to bounce off the onrushing centre, then still managed to round the fast approaching full back. He crossed the whitewash to finish a well-earned try for the young centre. Flux, somehow managed to miss the simple conversion in front of the posts, provided by the young Hurricane, 12 – 31.
It didn’t stop Sandown & Shanklin from picking up the sixth try, when another strong lineout catch and drive was formed, No 8 Dean found himself on the end again, for his hat-trick of tries. Flux picking up the difficult conversion for a resounding 12 – 38 victory.
Romsey RFC 2nd XV 12 – 38 Sandown & Shanklin RFC 2nd XV
Sandown & Shanklin turn their attention to next weekend, when the 1st XV travel away to Millbrook RFC to cement their 2nd spot in Hampshire Premier, and the 2nd XV are at home to welcome Petersfield RFC 3rd to the Fairway and look to continue their good form and climb up the table in Hampshire Division 4.
The full match report can be found on the Sandown & Shanklin RFC website.