Rugby Sport


Despite a large number of players unavailable for selection and travelling with a bare 15, Ventnor RFC gained a bonus point win over at the Southampton-based Trojans 2VX on Saturday. 

This was Ventnor’s first playing experience of one of the newly introduced second teams of some of the bigger clubs in Hampshire. These second teams have to play with their own registered players, as part of Hampshire’s experimental new league structure.

The start of the game came with some good phases of rugby at points by Ventnor but they were unable to settle in to a rhythm. The Trojans made a strong break and looked like they were going to put the first points of the game on the board. However, winger Ben Atkins was able to track across the field to make the tackle allowing Ventnor to steal the ball back.

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Soon though, Ventnor were able to put points on the board, thanks to Calvin Edwards. Some good displays of rugby followed and a second try was scored, again by Calvin Edwards. The kick was put wide making the score 0-10.

Ventnor would put more points on the board straight from kick off, with some excellent running lines and quick hands leading to James Green being able to pop the ball to Sam Lines to score under the posts. The kick was successful making the score 0-17 going in at the half.

Ventnor carried on their strong display, but wet conditions slowed the game up with scrums taking time from the game. Approximately 15 minutes in to the half, captain Sam Dawson was able to break away and cross the line to score Ventnor’s fourth try. The kick was successful putting the score at 0-24. 10 minutes later Calvin Edwards completed his hat trick scoring Ventnor’s fifth try. The kick was unsuccessful, making the score 0-29.

The Island side then had the Trojans knocking at the door, as by no means were they ready to roll over and give up. The more experienced pack looked to utilise mauls to their advantage. Ventnor defended well, but did give up penalties meaning they were unable to get out of their own half. With 8 minutes of the game left Ventnor went down to 14 men, after Sam Lines received a yellow card for batting the ball down off a Trojans pass while trying to intercept it. Trojans were soon able to capitalise on their extra man and scored their first and only try of the game. They were unable to convert the kick, making the score 5-29 as the game came to a close.

Trojans 2XV 5 v 29 Ventnor 1XV

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AJ Wells Man of the Match – Simon Blow
Red Funnel Moment of the Match – Calvin Edwards

Team: Pratt, Jones, Keyes, Green, Savill, Edwards, Hill, Colson, Blake, Lines, Turner, Dawson, Urbonas, Atkins, Blow.

Ventnor now head into their first cup game of the season against Cranleigh, with a 14:00 KO on Saturday at Watcombe Bottom, Ventnor.

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