Vectis -v-US Portsmouth
By Andrew Hatch
Big away win for dominant Vectis.
The day started with both sides and other USP teams participating in a well observed two minute silence for remembrance day, marked by cannon in the Royal Dockyard. In a poignant moment a list of England rugby players from the Grand Slam team of 1914 who were killed in the First World War was read out which brought home to everybody the reality of the loss suffered in that and other wars.
Once the game started Vectis were dominant with the game being played almost exclusively in the home side's half. The backs received an almost endless stream of possession from the hard working forwards and the pace of Rory Taylor and Jesse Butchers was too much for the home defence, despite their often desperate tackling. Rory scored the first two tries with typically strong and evasive running, with a third try coming from Emile's sniping at scrum half. Jesse ran strongly for two tries, and with Finn scoring as well a healthy 30-0 lead was built up at half time.
The second half started as the first had finished with a try from Jesse followed by an interception score from Rory who scored another shortly afterwards following up his own very speculative kick. The home side were able to rotate several players with their larger squad and as Vectis began to tire US Portsmouth scored four tries of their own. Vectis retaliated with a 90m try from Finn, who probably wished the pitch was a bit smaller, which topped off a very good 30 point win. The strength being developed in the squad showed with every player again making telling contributions. Congratulations to Sam on a strong debut.
Scorers: Taylor (4);Butchers (3);Mahoney (2);Bleriot.
Squad:Bleriot;Butchers;Caddick;Hatch;Howard W;Howard L;Johnson ;Keywood;Lawel-Rieley;Mahoney;Puckett;Nicholls;Rees;Smith;Thomas;Taylor.