IW II 36, Southsea Nomads II 22
A STRONG second half performance was the key as IW II started their league campaign with a win at Wootton.
After a difficult opening 50 minutes, the IW cut loose and entertained the large attendance with some good scores.
Nomads travelled short of players and were reliant on the IW lending them four players to make the teams more competitive.
This was certainly how things turned out from the start, in a game partly shaped by a strong breeze which the IW faced in the first half. Despite this, IW opened the scoring after eight minutes when captain Gary Warvill released Tom Woodhouse to score.
Nomads settled and began to dominate territory and levelled the scores on 28 minutes, and took the lead just before half time courtesy of IW loan player Tom Hatch.
In the second half, the IW got back on terms when a series of forward drives led to flanker Kierhan Dry crashing over.
This score was probably the turning point of the game, as the IW took control, dominating scrums and posing a number of threats, with replacement Charles Courtney making a big impression. A Warvill blindside break was supported by Adam Thomas for the lead score, before Dry took advantage of a misfiring Nomads lineout to score his second try. Warvill converted and the IW now led 22-10.
Rouse Ltd man of the match Josh Collinson provided a superb service from scrum-half, while Chris Williams made a polished return from a long injury absence. It was the latter who drew two defenders and passed to Keith Wallace to crash over out wide. Warvill converted this, as well as his own try shortly afterwards. To Nomads’ credit, they did not lose heart and scored two tries of their own in the last ten minutes, one from Andy Brown, another IW loanee.
IW II: Harley, Woodhouse, Angus Brown, Mitchell, Warvill, Collinson, Wright, Tennant, Newnham, Thomas, Moffat, Dry, Wallace, Williams, Courtney, Andy Brown, Hatch.