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1st XV - Match centre

Sandown & Shanklin
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C Mitchell, T Borrer, M Barrett
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T Borrer (2)
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Sat 25 Nov 14:00 - London & SE Division - Snows Group Hampshire 1 Full time

Sandown put in a good performance against the odds.

Last time out against Fordingbridge, the Hurricanes managed to come from behind to defeat the hosts in the Hampshire Plate. Keen to repeat the feat, factors working against the Hurricanes made this a more difficult task, but would not dampen the mood!

Following another weekend of cup exploits, Sandown & Shanklin returned to Fordingbridge RFC for League action. Having already visited the hosts a few weeks beforehand for the first round of the Hampshire Plate, it would't have been a miss to say that the hosts fancied revenge after being knocked out of the Plate. With a weakened, and just the sole 15, the hopes weren't as high for the Hurricanes as they were the last time they travelled away to Fordingbridge. Nevertheless, despite a slight chill, it was a perfect afternoon for rugby in the New Forest.

The opening exchanges from the start were relatively even, as both sides probed the opposition defence trying to find a gap. Following a spate of penalties, the home side elected to kick three penalties, as they could not break down the Hurricanes defence within their 22. With Fordingbridge gaining control of the score board, and having slightly better territory, their pressure was soon converted into the first try of the game, as the hosts managed to get around the Sandown defence. With the try not converted, this presented Fordingbrigde with a commanding 14-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the half.
With the game slowly slipping through the hands of the Hurricanes, and momentum firmly in the favour of the hosts, a glimmer of hope was provided by fly half Cameron Mitchell. A quick defensive push and even quicker foresight from the stand-off saw him collect an intercept pass and sprint under the posts for the Hurricanes first score of the game. With Tom Borrer duly adding the extras, 14-7. Both sides headed into the, with Sandown managing to halt the tide against the Fordingbridge attacks.

As the second half restarted, Fordingbridge sought hard to put the game back in their favour, firstly scoring a try out wide, and then again as scrum half Jacob Jordan was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes, 26-7, with the hosts a man up.
Yet, despite the Hurricanes facing all of the odds in an uphill battle, they were the ones to strike back next. After getting hold of possession and working their way up the field, thanks to a turnover penalty from stand in captain Sam Flux, Sandown could attack from the line out and with their driving maul becoming highly effective, the hosts were starting to give away penalties at the breakdown. Man of the Match Henry Bagnall was at the fore, with his tireless work around the park, as he chopped down defenders and carried well.
As a few phases moved into the middle of the field and deep into the Fordingbridge 22, another penalty came the way of Sandown, as full back Tom Borrer took a quick tap and found himself over the try line to cut the deficit, 26-14, Borrer's conversion successful. This ignited the Hurricanes and all of a sudden the momentum had swung back in their favour. With the ball recovered from the kick-off, Sandown set about attacking again, and were soon inside the Fordingbridge half. The returning Ben Harvey to the starting line up and his fellow prop Ben Shannon began to make holes in the home sides defences, and with the offloads now sticking to hand, the Hurricanes attack was stretching the hosts defence. Following some swift hands down the line, this provided winger Michael Barrett with the space to sprint to the try line, doing his best to get as close to the posts as possible. Unfortunately Borrer's conversion just went wide, but with the score now at 26-19, momentum was in the favour of the visitors.

With the feeling the hosts a little rattled and perhaps suffering from Déjà vu, Sandown had the opportunity to kick to the corner and mount another assault on the Fordinbridge try line. As the first attempt went down, it allowed the Hurricanes another attempt at the line out. With the maul stopped legally this time around, the home sides defence holding firm. The ball was spun wide and then with a pass intercepted in midfield, Fordingbridge could immediately relieve the pressure. They did so by running the ball straight back into the Sandown 22, and with the scramble defence seemingly holding the line, another line break saw the attacker make for the try line. With the attacker seemingly held up, the referee awarded the score, and the collective sigh of relief from the Fordinbridge supporters could be felt. With the conversion going over, this dented the Hurricanes morale and momentum.
The clock ticking away, and the game sliding away from the visitors, a late run and break through the Sandown defence from Fordingbridge had defenders grasping at thin air. A late attempt and continued holding on from Alex Loftus, resulted in a penalty try and yellow card. This score more than sealed the result for the hosts, with barely moments remaining in the fixture - the final score to 39 – 19.

An enthralling game played in the best manner by both sides, stand in captain Sam Flux saluted the effort and heart from his charges as they fought back valiantly, and almost recreated the same result they achieved a few weeks previous. A nod also to Zac Davies and Dave Owen for making their debuts on the day. The only sour note being that the Hurricanes could not manage to take any tangible points home with them, but the beers following the game were more than well earned today!

The Hurricanes will now host Surrey 1 side Old Wimbledonians in the London & SE - Junior Vase, on Saturday 2nd December, as the Fairway.

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Key moments

Penalty Penalty kicked for Fordingbridge
Try Try for Fordingbridge
Penalty Penalty kicked for Fordingbridge
Penalty Penalty kicked for Fordingbridge
Try Cameron Mitchell scores for Sandown & Shanklin
Conversion Tom Borrer kicks a conversion for Sandown & Shanklin
Try Try for Fordingbridge
Conversion Conversion for Fordingbridge
Try Try for Fordingbridge
Conversion Conversion for Fordingbridge
Try Tom Borrer scores for Sandown & Shanklin
Conversion Tom Borrer kicks a conversion for Sandown & Shanklin
Try Michael Barrett scores for Sandown & Shanklin
Try Try for Fordingbridge
Try Try for Fordingbridge


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80:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Fordingbridge
79:00 Yellow Card
Alex Loftus is yellow carded for Sandown & Shanklin
79:00 Try 38 - 19
Try for Fordingbridge
73:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Fordingbridge
72:00 Try 33 - 19
Try for Fordingbridge
68:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Borrer misses a conversion for Sandown & Shanklin
67:00 Try 28 - 19
Michael Barrett scores for Sandown & Shanklin
56:00 Conversion 28 - 14
Tom Borrer kicks a conversion for Sandown & Shanklin
55:00 Try 28 - 12
Tom Borrer scores for Sandown & Shanklin
53:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Fordingbridge
51:00 Conversion 28 - 7
Conversion for Fordingbridge
50:00 Try 26 - 7
Try for Fordingbridge
45:00 Conversion 21 - 7
Conversion for Fordingbridge
44:00 Try 19 - 7
Try for Fordingbridge
43:00 Yellow Card
Jacob Jordan is yellow carded for Sandown & Shanklin
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 14 - 7
Tom Borrer kicks a conversion for Sandown & Shanklin
30:00 Try 14 - 5
Cameron Mitchell scores for Sandown & Shanklin
25:00 Penalty 14 - 0
Penalty kicked for Fordingbridge
18:00 Penalty 11 - 0
Penalty kicked for Fordingbridge
12:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Fordingbridge
12:00 Try 8 - 0
Try for Fordingbridge
8:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for Fordingbridge
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Fordingbridge
  • Sandown & Shanklin
  • 0
  • Penalty 8:00'
  • Try 12:00'
  • Penalty 18:00'
  • Penalty 25:00'
  • Cameron Mitchell Try 30:00'
  • Tom Borrer Conversion 31:00'
  • Jacob Jordan Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Try 44:00'
  • Conversion 45:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • Conversion 51:00'
  • Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Tom Borrer Try 55:00'
  • Tom Borrer Conversion 56:00'
  • Michael Barrett Try 67:00'
  • Try 72:00'
  • Alex Loftus Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Try 79:00'

Team selection

Borrer, Tom Borrer, Tom
Chiverton, Zak Chiverton, Zak
Loftus, Alex Loftus, Alex
Tyson, Sam Tyson, Sam
Barrett, Michael Barrett, Michael
Mitchell, Cameron Mitchell, Cameron
Jordan, Jacob Jordan, Jacob
Seder, Damian Seder, Damian
Hopper, Harry Hopper, Harry
Davis, Zac Davis, Zac
Flux, Sam Flux, Sam
Owen, Dave Owen, Dave
Shannon, Ben Shannon, Ben
Tyas, Adam Tyas, Adam
Harvey, Ben Harvey, Ben

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. United Services Portsmouth 20 87
2. Bognor 20 82
3. Millbrook 20 70
4. Fordingbridge 20 69
5. Sandown & Shanklin 20 64
6. Fareham Heathens 20 49
7. Alresford 20 43

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