Hurricanes Dazzle on the Road
Sandown & Shanklin RFC defeat old rivals Ellingham & Ringwood RFC in a 10 try haul.
Sandown & Shanklin RFC traveled away for their penultimate game of the 2017/18 season, to take on old rivals Ellingham & Ringwood RFC.
On a glorious afternoon with the track in good shape and the signs that Spring and even Summer were on the way, it was perfect conditions for an game of rugby.
The Hurricanes got off to the best start possible, after reclaiming the kick off, and a couple of patient phases, they had the opposition defence stretched and with the sublime handling from the forwards, Captain Sam Flux found Adam Tyas out wide for the first score, with the game barely 2 minutes old. The fast pace start to the fixture was not relented from the visitors however, as soon as they received possession from the restart, they were soon threatening inside the Ellingham half again.
This time fantastic foot work from winger Jack Wedderkop, who then beat his opposite number in the space of phonebox, was sprinting to the try line for the second score of the game, this time Tom Borrer converting 0 - 12. Again a solid restart and carrying from Aidan Price and Zak Chiverton found the the Ellingham defence wanting. This time around, Cameron Mitchell found man of the match Michael Barrett in space and he barged himself over for his first score, Borrer converting again 0 - 19.
This time around with the clearance not going so far, the hosts managed to apply some pressure. With a penalty given up on the halfway line, E&R optimistically went for the posts and missed. The resulting clearance from the Hurricanes however, was not the best and a few phases later through a very opportunistic tap and go penalty, the home side had their first and only score of the game, 5 - 19.
From the restart, the momentum swung back in the favour of the Hurricanes, after some great work by Harry Hopper and Ben Shannon, possession was retrieved and after being held up on the try line, Henry Bagnall stepped in and dived over the line, 5 - 24.
The half ended with two more tries from Sandown & Shanklin, both scored by the returning man of the match Aidan Price to the starting line up. His first, he initiated after a strong carry from the kick-off carried the possession up the Ellingham 22. With a few quick phases following that, Price was on the end to score, with Fullback Sam Tyson converting, 5 - 31. The final try of the half came, following some swift handling from the back line putting Price into space, who then turned on the turbos to race away into the corner, with the Hurricanes finishing the first half strongly 5 - 36.
The second half began much in the same verve as the first, with the visitors commanding the phases of play. Some quick thinking by scrum-half Jacob Jordan taking a quick tap penalty got Sandown & Shanklin on the front foot. Then with the defence stretched the ball found its way to Michael Barrett who used his pace to sprint away and get his second of the game, this time converted by Flux, 5 - 43.
The tide did slow up in the next period of the game, as the home side made changes and began to threaten the defensive line. Despite this, the Hurricanes held firm, and were determined to not let another score come against them. With the resilient defence holding out, the visitors set about attacking once again, and after some impressive hands from the forwards, they found Michael Barrett found again sliced his way through the line. This time he was tackled short, but managed to offload to his centre partner David Graham who scored, with Flux converting, 5 - 50. Sadly, Jack Wedderkop received a blow to head during this phase, and was forced to leave the field due to HIA protocols, and will also be ruled out of the final league of the season next week.
Nonetheless, the Hurricanes finished the game with a flourish, as both Michael Barrett and Aidan Price both scored their third tries of the game to complete their hat tricks. Price scored his first, following a mazy run by substitute Charles Little, who came on for Wedderkop. With the ball recycled in the midfield, Sam Tyson stepped through the line and offloaded to Price who scored, 5 - 57 with Tyson adding the extras this time around. Barrett's third try and the games final score came from within the Hurricanes own 22. Following a brilliant line out steal by Harry Hopper, the ball was spun wide and Barrett burst through the line and couldn't be caught, 5 - 62.
Ellingham were gracious in defeat and admitted there were a few things they will be picking up on from this game. Stand in Captain, Sam Flux, saluted the hosts for sticking in the game, and providing a good test, but did admit there was one side much happier than the other!
The Hurricanes now turn their attention to the final 1st XV league fixture of the season on the 14th April, when they host Fareham Heathens.
The 2nd XV will also host Isle of Wight 2nd XV at the Fairway, in what should be a great day and double header down at the club, with a VPs lunch being hosted beforehand.