Sandown & Shanklin blow out the cobwebs in pre-season
By SSRFC Webmaster
Hurricanes travelled away to Millbrook RFC for a pre-season warm up game
The first taste of action for Sandown & Shanklin RFC was a pre-season fixture, on the road to Millbrook RFC. The rain managed to subside early and made way for bright sunshine, almost perfect and ideal conditions for an afternoon blow out.
The game kicked off and both sides were strong in defence, limiting the number of opportunities for each to build attacking phases. The first real opportunity fell the way of Charles Little. The left winger received the ball in the wide channel, and after stepping inside and beating two men, he used his pace and darted away from the defenders. Hauled short a few inches from the try line, after some good work on the ground with a clean presentation for his team mates, the Hurricanes managed to re-launch an attack. It was then the quick thinking of the seasoned operator Henry Bagnall who managed to pick and go on the blindside and squeeze himself over the line for the Hurricanes first score.
After the restart some good play by both sides tested each teams scramble defence and were it not for fumbles from either sides pressure, there could have been further scores. After a couple of well worked phases from Millbrook resulted in a try and a penalty, Sandown & Shanklin managed to get the ball to new boy Owen Williams, who’s mesmerising pace took him past the despairing opposition centres and into a pocket which he chipped through and almost collected on the other side if it had not been for the touch line.
After the break the Hurricanes came out fighting with great runs from Sam Lines and name sake Sam Tyson. The away side found themselves in the centre of the pitch on the halfway mark and newbie back-row George Law made a beautifully incisive break that any centre would have been proud of. George then put the hammer down to run in the Hurricanes second score of the game, leaving a trail of defenders in his wake. The hosts rung the changes and with fresh legs, led an onslaught that in the third quarter of the game which earned a haul of points. SSRFC’s reply was a well worked backs move, with everyone providing a touch of the ball which, eventually seeing Harrison Fyfe score in the corner and with a celebration to match. The extras were added from wide by Sam Tyson with an outstanding kick off the tee. A few more late tries from Millbrook killed off what was a well fought game, but a very good run out for both sides ahead of a tough season. The final score on the day 33 - 19.