Rugby Sport

SANDOWN & SHANKLIN CRACK TOUGH GOSPORT & FAREHAM NUT

Sandown & Shanklin made the much shorter trip this week to Gosport in a return to league action against Gosport & Fareham RFC 2nd in the Hampshire Premier last weekend.

The Hurricanes got off to the better start, after building a number of phases, and strong carries from Darren Carew and Jack Wedderkop got the attack moving forward for the away side. After a couple of phases, the ball ended up in the hands of fly-half Josh Wetherick who slid in for the first score of the game. Tom Borrer converted and Sandown & Shanklin were in an early and well deserved 0 – 7 lead.

Yet the home side in due course got themselves on the scoreboard. Another penalty attempt was kicked and got the hosts going, 3 – 7.

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When Sandown & Shanklin eventually managed to string a number of phases and carries together the ball was then passed down the line to Owen Williams, he drew the final defender which allowed Zak Chiverton in to dot down for the Hurricanes second try of the game. Tom Borrer’s conversion dropped just short, but the lead was extended 3 – 12 before the break.

Following the half time break, some great handling skills eventually got the ball into Zak Chiverton’s hands, who had them a run in from the 22 to dot down under the posts for his second score. The try was converted, 3 – 19.

After the restart, the Hurricanes were now in a ruthless mood, and with the ball moved quickly to the Ben Sanderson who broke the line, some smart offloading by the away side soon found the returning Sam Branston who sprinted away and scored under the posts to complete the Sandown double salvo. Despite Borrer missing only his second conversion, the Hurricanes were now in a commanding position, 3 – 24.

With Sandown & Shanklin in the ascendancy, and quicker ball to play with, fullback and man of the match, Ben Sanderson, broke the line and dashed for the Hurricanes fifth try of the game, converted by Borrer, 3 – 31.

The home side restarted and as the ball was spun wide to Wedderkop of the Luke variety, his strong running took the Hurricanes up into the Gosport half again. A penalty was kicked into touch, and the following line out was securely set up again by the hard-working Hurricanes forwards and marched over the try line for, man of the match Zak Chiverton’s, hat-trick. Again, Borrer’s consistency from the tee pushed the score to 3 – 38.

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The scoring didn’t stop there for the Hurricanes, with space out wide, the Sandown back line got the ball wide to winger Owen Williams, who then out sprinted the defence from forty metres for his first score. the try converted with the Hurricanes then breaking the 40-point mark, 3 – 45.

Owen then followed up moments later with his second score of the game, to complete the scoring and the Hurricanes 8th try of the game. Borrer converted for a final 3 – 52 score line.

Gosport & Fareham RFC 2nd XV 3 – 52 Sandown & Shanklin RFC

On Saturday (8th December) the Hurricanes will play Alresford RFC. The fixture is scheduled to be at home, however, the Club is working to reverse the fixture, due to a function at the Clubhouse.

The 2nd XV will travel to Romsey RFC 2nd XV for a re-arranged league fixture. This is well timed, following the disappointing forfeited fixture against Chineham RFC the past weekend.

The full match report can be found on the Sandown & Shanklin RFC website.

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