The Hurricanes started brightly, and the first try was scored by Josh Wetherick who finished well and converted his own try, to provide the Hurricanes with an early, 7-0 lead. A missed penalty kick at the Hurricanes’ posts was a let off. However, the home side fired back with debutante Rob Newton Jnr, who managed to score on his 1st XV debut. Wetherick duly converted, and doubled the hosts lead, 14-0.
Despite the ascendancy, E&R still put up a strong fight, and following a period of sustained pressure on the S&S 22, were awarded a penalty, which their captain kicked for their first points of the game, 14 – 3.
The hosts fired back with 2 further scores to extend their lead. The first from the man of the match, Owen Williams, who completed a move by the Hurricanes backs. The fourth try came following another strong line-out, catch and drive, which was again halted short of the try line, but this couldn’t stop Darren Carew on the charge. Both tries accurately converted by Wetherick, 28-3. The Hurricanes then completed the half with another Owen Williams try, but an uncustomary miss from the reliable Wetherick, sending the teams into the break, 33-3.
The Hurricanes picked up momentum from the first half, and after another period of carrying from the forwards, managed to create an overlap, for debuting winger Alipate Ulunisau to streak down the wing. ‘Pate’ was more or less certain to score, however, the brave E&R fullback managed to stop the winger, but the referee deemed it illegal after diving at ‘Pate’s’ legs and not attempting to use any arms in the tackle. This resulted in the fullback being sin-binned and the penalty try awarded, 40 – 3.
Despite being a man down, the Hurricanes managed to press the visitor’s defence and keep the play in their half. Then when both sides had each brought a man back on to the field, the hosts scored again, this time managing to pick off the numbers and allowing hooker Zak Chiverton the space to dart in under the posts. Wetherick converted, to push the advantage to 47 – 3.
With a quarter of the game remaining, Sandown & Shanklin brought on to further debutantes in Sam Dawson and James Pemberton, who immediately helped increase the physicality of the Hurricanes carrying. As the Hurricanes looked to attack again, they again created space out wide, and this time ‘Pate’ had the freedom to dot down out wide. Wetherick slid the conversion wide, but the score was increased to 52 – 3.
The game didn’t end in the best manner for the home side, as their defence lapsed and allowed E&R to break from their own 22 and go the length of the field to score under the sticks. The try converted, the final score was 52 – 10 to the hosts.
Sandown & Shanklin RFC 52 | 10 Ellingham & Ringwood RFC
With the 1st XV receiving a bye next week, all focus will be on the 2nd XV who return to action, by hosting Eastleigh RFC 3rd XV to the Fairway. A brilliant fixture from last years campaign, this contest will be one to watch. Kick-off will be at 15:00.
You can read the full match report on the SSRFC website.