The Club House, Footways, Wootton Bridge, Ryde PO33 4NQ

Report: 1sts v Farnborough (A), Sat. 23 Mar. 2019

Farnborough 21 IWRFC 27        by Dave Metcalfe

“The performance of the season” was the unanimous view of this impressive victory, as a much changed Island side dominated much of the match with fast movement, quick handling and aggressive defence.

Always a tough ground to visit, Farnborough were hammered back from the start by an aggressive Island defence, who when turning over ball, countered with pace and vision.

Early pressure on the home side line saw Rouse Man of the Match Luke Blackman crash over, Lewis Murray adding the conversion. Throughout the game, much of what the Islanders did involved Blackman, be it in attack or defence.

Handling with confidence, the ball wizzed along the back line for Owain Hooper to score. Murray added a conversion for a 15-0 half time lead, even with them being reduced to 14 as Biffa Man of the Day, Chris Ormorod was yellow carded.

Farnborough looked out of ideas and totally stunned, much to the frustration of a vocal local crowd. This was further added to as Hooper showed his pace, outflanking the home defence for his second score. A further score was added, through sustained pressure, with Murrays conversion giving the visitors a 27 – 0 lead, with 15 minutes left.

The yellow carding of Murray led to a tough last 15 minutes as the Islanders began to tire and Farnborough found some form with the ball. Three tries by the home side brought them back in to contention, but determined defence was not going to allow the home side to score further.

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