Hurricanes defeat Overton at The Fairway
In the midst of Storm Brian, the wind and the rain weren't the only things that poured down on Saturday afternoon...
What a difference the weather makes! Following the Plate success and a warming afternoon away in Fordingbridge the past weekend, Sandown & Shanklin returned home to the Fairway to host newly promoted Overton RFC. Although, Saturday afternoon was not the best of conditions for a free flowing game of rugby! With storm Brian battering the UK and causing issues across the country, it wasn't just the rain and wind that were excessive. A staggering 12 tries were scored by Sandown & Shanklin as they routed Overton.
With Overton struggling to make the pre-arranged 1515 kick-off, kick-off was then pushed back until 1530, until they arrived. A few strong carries from the forwards created the space for winger Michael Barrett to touch down in the corner, and get the Hurricanes off to a dream start within 5 minutes, 5-0. The pressure of man of the match Henry Bagnall around the park was not allowing the Overton attackers much time to do anything and causing them to rush their decisions.
In the first half, a further five tries were scored through Jack Wedderkop, Luke Hunter, Harrison Booth, David Graham and Ben Shannon getting his first score for the Club. Man of the match Tom Borrer converting two of the six, in tough conditions against the wind and up the hill. This presented the Hurricanes with a 34-0 lead at the halftime break, and the ability to play down the hill in the second half.
The second half began in the same vein as the second, with the Hurricanes in control as Overton struggled into the wind. A Zak Chiverton score got the half off to a good start, but a wonder try from second-row Sam Flux, caused the visitors' heads to drop. With winger Michael Barrett and Fullback David Graham completing their braces, and the scoreline set up at 62-0, Overton coaches enquired with their players if they wanted to throw in the towel. To their credit, the Overton players stuck at it, and the final 20 minutes was a real turnaround, as the Overton lads got themselves a score under the posts with persistence and a lapse from the Hurricanes, 62-7.
The final two tries came from hooker Zak Chiverton who completed his brace when a fine a break from fly-half Cameron Mitchell saw him draw the final man and offload to Zak. And the last try from Tom Borrer, following a fine break from a returning Todd Eldridge who was stopped short of the line, and in a moment of quick thinking, Tom burrowed over the try line from a short distance. Borrer completed his fine points haul with the conversion, a total of 21 points in all, and this concluded the game, 76-7.
Next week the Hurricanes face a much sterner test, as they travel away to Millbrook, who are sitting just above the Hurricanes in the table in second place.