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Report: Layla's Trust charity match, Sat. 28 Dec. 2019

Isle of Wight RFC XV 31-42 Layla’s Trust XV

An IWRFC selection took on a Layla’s Trust XV in the club's annual charity match. With the Trust side made up of past players and returning students, the game was eagerly anticipated, and both sides entered in to the spirit of the day, with commitment and no little skill on show.

 

It was some 20 minutes before either side could make an impression on the score sheet. It was the Trust who stretched away to a 3 try lead as firstly Jack Davis crossed, followed by Angus Brown reacting to a loose ball and galloping in from 40 metres. A backs flowing move then released Rob Sice to score.

Not to be outdone, the Island XV drove deep into the 22 and Andi Raunigger crashed over from a 5 metre scrum to leave the score 17-5 at half time.

The Trust opened the scoring in the second half with James Reed crossing. George Huish grounded for the Island team, with Lewis Murray converting, before a break and chip by Huish led to a try by Luke Blackman. This was then soon added to as Callum Pudney crossed, bringing the score to 27-24 to the Trust side.

This raised the tempo of the Trust players as Brown scored his second and Jevon Dry threw three dummies to sprint free. Pudney finished off his second try, again converted by Murray, only for the Trust to have the last say in the match as Dan Bishop crashed over, leaving the Trust to win for the second year in a row.

More importantly was the meeting of old friends and the raising of £300 for Layla’s Trust. Sarah Leahy, representative of the charity, said: "We continue to be grateful to the rugby club for their ongoing support of Layla's Trust over the years. They have raised funds regularly in that time, all of which goes to support Isle of Wight children with serious illnesses and their families."

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