Sandown and Shanklin 20, Old Midwhigiftians 3
DESPITE very testing conditions, rugby fans were treated to an entertaining London South West 3 battle between Sandown and Shanklin and London side Old Midwhitgiftians at the Fairway on Saturday.
Whoever had the slope of the pitch, had the gale force winds behind them as well. Old Midwhitgiftians had that advantage but never seemed to adapt, with Sandown camped in their end of the pitch.
However, the half was littered with penalties, and scrappy play. Line-outs and rucks were being turned over on both sides and both missed early penalty kick attempts.
The breakthrough finally came when, from a line-out ten metres from the Old Midwhitgiftian line, the ball completely missed the jumpers and Kemp Price caught it and and sprinted in unopposed.
With the lead in the bag, Sandown started looking dangerous, attacking wide at every opportunity with Booth linking well with Baxendall kicking superbly against the wind. They then doubled their advantage when Wightlink man of the match Luke Chandler touched down.
The half finished with the visitors kicking a penalty.
The second half started with most of the play in the centre of the field with both defences working overtime, but then from turnover ball, Sandown extended their lead when Ben Kulik made a strong run and fed Baxandall to score.
Sandown were so keen to further the score, their discipline slipped at the ruck and they soon lost a player to the sin bin for a ruck offence. Despite this, they did manage to get a fourth score, and a bonus point, when Joel Carey outsprinted three defenders to touch down.
Hurricanes lost another player to the sin bin for a second ruck offence soon after but the game was won.
Vikoma man of the match was Sam Rees.
Sandown and Shanklin: Flux, Kulik, Wolfenden, Hunter, Rees, A. Price, K. Price, Branston, Booth, Baxendall, Chiverton, Graham, Chandler, Tyson, Robinson, Carey, Dean, Steele.
• Sandown and Shanklin’s second team suffered a heavy 72-10 defeat at Basingstoke Griffins in Merit One on Saturday. No match report was forthcoming.