Hurricanes Maintain Impressive Form
Sandown continued winning ways with another impressive victory.
A new era for Sandown & Shanklin began this weekend with new coach, Andrew John at the helm of the Hurricanes for the remainder of the season. The Hurricanes welcomed New Forest based side Ellingham & Ringwood, who like Sandown have been challenging for the top spots in the league since both were relegated in 2013/14.
The game began in almost perfect fashion, as a fumbled clearance by the visitors and some quick thinking and sharp hands allowed Ben Allman to capatilise. This handed the home side an early 5 - 0 lead as the conversion was pushed across the face of the posts, with an uncustomary wind blowing across the field.
Following the ideal start, the Ellingham side set about trying to work a way through the Hurricanes defence. Playing down the hill, the Hurricanes patterns were causing some issues in the visitors defence, with the powerful Chris Skelley at the forefront. Following a late injury drop out, as Joel Carey unfortunately could not make it through the warm up, Harrison Booth depsuited well at centre again, in a tweaked back line.
The second score of the game came about when Ellingham had managed to turn the ball over and began attacking, however a spilled ball was captilised upon by Booth, who managed to evade his way to the line and score. Flux converted and the score midway through the first half 12 - 0 to the home side. In an unfortunate icident flanker Ben Allman sustained a nasty cut above the eye, which resulted into Andrew John coming on and a quick jig around in personnel for the forward pack. From the restart, the Hurricanes could not gather the ball cleanly and when an infringement was give against the home side, Ellingham elected to kick the points. A few moments later, Ellingham had a carbon copy situation and again slotted over a penalty to close the gap up to 12 - 6.
Following the slight blip in momentum of the game for the Hurricanes, the half time whistle came, to give the home side a 12 - 6 lead.
The second half began with Ellingham maintaining their end of first half threat, with the Hurricanes infringing on the edge of their 22,it allowed Ringwood to close up the gap in the score line to 12 - 9. This was the closest the score line got and the closest the visitors would come to threatening the Hurricanes try line. As the forwards began to make in roads into the Ellingham defence, this created space for Matt Miselbach to feed his wingers outside of him. However the next score was came from an attack with Sam Tyson dictating the play and putting his forwards into space. Once close the line Harrison Booth got through the defence to score 19 - 9. The Ellingham defence were attempting to keep the home side at bay for long periods, however there was not much let up, as Man of the Match David Graham was a constant threat ball in hand, returning the ball with urgency and danger. This created space and disarray in the visiting defence, and in turn a smart move between himself and Josh Wetherick on wing almost secured him a try. A phase of strong scrummaging from the Hurricanes allowed Sam Branston to dot over 24 -9.
Following the restart, the all action hooker Zak Chiverton collected the ball and burst through the defence. The scramble defence could not catch him and Zak had increased the Hurricanes lead to 29 - 9. From the restart Zak claimed the bll again and with the defence monitoring him more closely, wasn't allowed to get away this time. The Hurricanes gained field position when Sam Tyson played through a lovely kick, with the bounce foruntely holding up for the home side and allowing winger Tom Borrer to collect. He was brought down short of the line, but after a few more phases, Sam Flux powered his way to the line and converting his own kick edged Sandown to a 36 - 9 score.
With the result virtually secured, the valiant Ellingham side still trying to take something from the game. However, a turnover by Flux at the breakdown, allowed scrum half Jacob Jordan to clear with a sublime box kick, which instantly turned a defending situation into an attacking one as the Hurricanes were now challenging the visitors line out in their 22. Following a series of scrums and a few phases later, Harrison Booth completed his hat-trick. The final try came down the the blindside of a ruck when Chiverton and Flux combined to provide space for Luke Hunter to power down the touch line and score, 46 - 9.
Final score 46 - 9 to the triumphant home side, but a well played game between to the two perennial rivals. The attention of the Hurricanes now turns to their penultimate fixture of the season, when they make the short trip to Watcombe Bottom for the last derby game of the season.
SSRFC: 1. Henry Bagnall, 2. Zak Chiverton, 3. Chris Skelley, 4. Luke Hunter, 5. Sam Flux (c), 6. Ben Allman, 7. Ryan Carey, 8. Sam Branston; 9. Jacob Jordan, 10. Sam Tyson, 11. Josh Wetherick, 12. Harrison Booth, 13. Matt Miselbach, 14. Harry Miselbach, 15. David Graham.
Subs: 16. Andrew John, 17. Tom Borrer, 18. Sam Rees