RUGBY Solent University 55, IW 29
IW SECURED a potentially significant bonus point in their final Hampshire One game of 2013 against second-placed Solent University.
In blustery conditions at Test Park, IW gifted the well-drilled home side a flurry of first half points through a combination of poor tackling, bad luck and the ability of their opponents.
Solent racked up a total of 41 points, countered only by an early IW score when Lewis Murray grounded his own kick and then converted, to make it 41-7 at the break.
The second half saw a turnaround in fortunes for IW, although it didn't start well with the influential number eight Ed Lynch sustaining a broken hand. This forced personnel and positional changes, and adopting a "nothing to lose" attitude. This resulted the in Islanders winning the second half.
Rouse Ltd man of the match Brett Evans was at his elusive and aggressive best, scoring a fine solo try from his own 22 and being involved in much of the play. Winger Mike Wood also put in yet another impressive performance in his fledgling career.
With their tails up, IW drove for the bonus point that four tries would bring.
Following pressure in the Solent 22, a 12-man line-out was called, which resulted in a pushover try, Dan Taylor emerging from the bottom of the pile.
A fine series of rucks and pick and drives resulted in hooker Dan Tennant touching down for the IWs fourth and the game’s final try, making it 55-29.
IW: Newnham, Tennant, Tanner, Boulter, Andy Brown, Ridley, Hatch, Lynch, Evans, Murray, Woods, Taylor, Marsh, Warvill, Stirrup. Subs: Angus Brown, Jennings, Courtney.