Millbrook got off to possibly the best start possible, catching the Hurricanes napping with an early try around the edges of their defence. With the conversion successful the away side were already facing a 7 – 0 deficit to overcome. With fly-half Cameron Mitchell directing traffic, and the Hurricanes starting to stretch the pitch with their play, penalties were starting to arise in favour of the visitors. This presented the opportunity for Flux to convert an early penalty and get the Hurricanes on the scoreboard.
Sandown & Shanklin claimed possession from the restart and were soon back in the Millbrook territory thanks to strong running from centres Jack Wedderkop and Sam Tyson. A well-caught line out and strong set maul presented the opportunity for the man of the match, Harry Hopper to score, and for Flux to convert to provide a 7 – 10 lead.
Despite the upturn in momentum, the Hurricanes could not prevent the hosts from scoring, and again catching the away side cold, when they found numbers down the blind side and put their flanker away to score. The conversion successful the lead of the game swung back in favour of Millbrook, 14 – 10. Nevertheless, Sandown & Shanklin rolled up their sleeves and returned into Millbrook territory. Another well-set maul from the line out, allowed hooker Zak Chiverton to dot down for his 20th league try of the season. Flux converted, 14 – 17.
The second half began with perhaps a change of fortune, a line-out catch and drive halted short of the try line, the blind side was left empty for prop Martin Richomme to dive over and extend the visitors lead to 14 – 22, with the conversion going awry.
Strong running play got outside the hosts 22, another penalty came the way of the visitors. Flux converted the penalty to edge the Hurricanes up to 14 – 25.
This spurred the Millbrook side onto to find a way back into the game, and ten minutes later, eventually had barged their way over the try line to cut the score to 19 – 25, following a Zak Chiverton spell in the sin bin. Yet, Sandown & Shanklin finished the game with a flourish. With barely a minute remaining, Flux kicked a penalty to secure the result and deny the hosts a losing bonus point, 19 – 28. Then from the resulting kick-off, Sandown & Shanklin’s play took them up the field, and with no time left, winger and man of the match Owen Williams scored in the corner, for the bonus point try. The conversion falling just wide, the Hurricanes were victorious with a 19 – 33 result and five points in the bag.
Millbrook RFC 19 – 33 Sandown & Shanklin RFC
Another break week this Saturday (2nd February), with no league action for either Sandown & Shanklin side. The Club has been invited to put a team into a Touch Rugby Tournament at Isle of Wight RFC, to help prepare the Wight Wolves for their first league tournament. More details can be found here – Wight Wolves host Island mixed touch rugby tournament.
League action returns on the 9th February with the 1st XV travelling away to Tottonians RFC 2nd XV and the 2nd XV making the massive “away” trip to Ventnor RFC 2nd XV, looking to continue their excellent form as of late.
The full match report can be found on the Sandown & Shanklin RFC website.