IW 20-45 New Milton & District
The Island hosted Hants Premier side New Milton in a pre-season four quarters game at sunny Wootton Rec. With both sides wanting a run out, despite both being under-strength, initial pressure was applied by the Islanders, pinning the visitors back on their line. However a New Milton breakout led to their first try. Lewis Murray responded with a penalty, before the visitors scored again. The second quarter remained scoreless as both sides settled back into rugby. IW trailed 12-3 at half-time.
In the third quarter, Island defence was breached twice by New Milton, before Chris Ormerod crossed for the Islanders. The final quarter saw tired players slip off tackles as the visitors crossed three further times, yet the home side ended up with domination, with two tries for Rouse Ltd Man of the Match Karl Davey.
The game was a good workout before the season proper starts next Saturday with IW's 1st XV away at Ventnor in the Hampshire Plate Quarter Final (kickoff 3 pm) and the 2nd XV entertaining tourists Old Isleworthians at Wootton Rec, with a 2 pm start.