Hurricanes Finish Season in Style
Sandown & Shanklin RFC defeated Fareham Heathens at the Fairway, in a strong second half showing, 40 - 10
Sandown & Shanklin welcome Fareham Heathens to the Fairway for the final league fixture of the 2017/18 season, and with the sun breaking through the low cloud and fog, the afternoons prospects were looking up for a good game of rugby.
The Hurricanes got off to the brightest start, as they won a penalty in the Heathens half, after securing the kick off. Tom Borrer duly opened the home sides account for the afternoon, 3 - 0. Nevertheless, the visitors struck back almost immediately. Following a few indiscretions at the breakdown, Fareham gained territory and from some strong carrying the midfield had created an overlap and scored in the corner, 3 - 5.
Sandown & Shanklin struck back almost immediately themselves, as they set about getting back on even terms. A break from Man of the Match Cameron Mitchell saw the Hurricanes progress up the field, and with some strong phases of carrying from Sam Rees and Luke Hunter, the home side were threatening the try line. A smart line from Michael Barrett, saw the winger come in and score his first score of the game and get the Hurricanes back into the game, Tom Borrer converted to make things all square, 10 - 5.
Heathens still managed to stay in the game, following the sin-binning of Zak Chiverton, the away side managed to score their second try of the game. After the Hurricanes managed to prevent the visitors scoring in three attempts in a row, the Heathens eventually managed to score a try in the corner, 10 - 10. With the half coming to end, both sides were relatively happy, although the home side felt they had much more in the tank.
The Hurricanes started the 2nd half much quicker than their opposition and some heavy duty carrying from the forwards began to stretch the away sides defences. When the ball was spun wide, Andrew John could not be denied from short distance, however in the act of scoring also was shown a yellow card for dissent, when throwing the ball at the player who tackled much higher than he should have. The second try of the second half came off the back of catch and drive at the line out the subsequent maul, having started just outside the Fareham ten metre line, marching up the field and then being brought down illegally as it crossed the try line. This resulted in the referee awarding a penalty try, 22 - 10.
Shortly after Tom Borrer added another penalty to increase the lead to 25 - 10. This provide the impetus for the Hurricanes to go up gear and increase the intensity of the game, with play taking place more and more in the opposition half. The Sandown & Shanklin 4th try of the afternoon came, following some strong carrying from Man of the Match Sam Flux, who broke the gain line and got the Hurricanes in behind the Heathens defensive line. With the Fareham defence in retreat, some quick recycling and hands, found Sam Tyson on the end of the move who darted his way in over the try line, 30 - 10.
Michael Barrett scored his second try of the afternoon to extend the leading margin and take the score up to 35 - 10. The afternoon was complete when flanker Harry Hopper went over for the 6th try of the afternoon and capped off a fine season for himself and the Hurricanes. In the huddle afterwards Sam Rees and Andrew 'Taff' John, wanted to remind everyone that the hard work needs to be put in over the Summer, to push the Club on to bigger and better things. The Hurricanes also thanked, Taff and Sam for their efforts as Coach and Captain this year.
The Hurricanes 2nd XV will play the final game of the 2017/19 season next weekend (Saturday 22nd April), when they travel away to Kingsclere RFC, in hopes to boost their final league standing, in the Merit Leagues.
Credit: Ben Harvey for images / Darren Carew for video