Vectis - Havant
By Glennis Mundell
Vectis take advantage of the strong wind
Havant were our visitors today and they brought with them a squad of 22, sunshine and a strong wind!
The pre match chat seemed to work and for the first time this year Vectis started off strongly. Playing with the wind we camped in the Havant 22 and good forward pressure enabled Connor to spot a gap and he neatly exploited this to get our first score. This was quickly doubled as Archy powered through and touched down out wide.
The constant pressure really took its toll as Havant struggled to clear their lines, and two more tries came in this quarter as Sam J showed a clean pair of heels to score out wide on the right, then Edward danced through a gap and touched down also. Vectis went into the first break 4-1 up as Havant put some pressure on us and finished off a well worked try in the left corner.
The second quarter was a very different affair as we turned around and played into the very strong wind. Havant put us under constant pressure and scored two good tries before Archy got on the end of a few passes and found the far right try line. We lost this quarter 2-1 meaning at half time we were 5-3 up.
The Third quarter was the defining quarter as we played some sublime rugby and won this quarter 5-0. Edward made a couple of lovely runs to score twice in quick succession giving him his hat trick. Theo spotted the dogleg defence to sidestep and dive over, and Andrew who had a solid game at fly half, powered through to get the fourth. Edward finished the quarter with the final Vectis score of the match after a break by Rueben and an audacious offload landed in his hands and he touched down in the corner.
This left the score at 10-3 after the third quarter.
The final quarter was tough as the wind did not relent and to be fair, nor did Havant as they threw everything at Vectis.
They ran in two quick tries and this really spurred them on as Vectis struggled to get out of their quarter let alone half. Kicking by Vectis was not the right option and this out us under even more pressure and we coughed up another two tries, meaning a 4-0 loss in the last quarter.
The final score line was 10-7 and was our first ever win over Havant which the coaches were delighted with.
Thomas D, one of his best performances of the season as he put in some great tackles and runs. He is becoming a very accomplished prop who really gets around the park.
Sam N, much more aggressive on the field today and he carried the ball well into contact, enabling us some quick ball.
Ollie, becoming much more confident on the field and starting to get stuck into the rucks.
Hamish, a real thorn in Havant’s side as he was destructive in the loose and did the dirty work for Vectis.
Henry, one of his best performances today, as he got around the park well and carried the ball superbly.
Reuben, offload of the day to set up a try. Dynamic around the pitch with some great tackles put in.
Rhys, Mom today as he had his best performance in a Vectis shirt. I can remember a couple of rampaging runs straight through the heart of Havant which set up great field position.
Finn, played well today with good work around the park. Good supporting lines to do some of the hard yards in congested areas.
Archie, put in a good shift today as he covered the whole pitch. Some good cover tackles stopped Havant in their tracks.
Thomas C, his usual self, great energy around the park putting in some good tackles and great counter rucking.
Connor, great to have him back in a game, scored our first try and marshalled he pack well today.
Theo, put in a text book tackle whilst playing out of position on the wing, and played another quarter at his usual position with clear authority.
George, played out of position for a quarter too and did the team proud. had the other quarter at scrum half and kept their scrum half on his toes.
Andrew, with Hugh side lined, stepped into fly half and put in an accomplished performance, Captain today and led from the front in defence.
Archy, strong carries again today for his two scores, with one into the wind! Good tackling today too, although must not kick into the wind..........
Edward, dangerous all day as he ran in 4. Supported well too, with some good chases and tackles.
Leo, better defence today as he slowed down Havant attacks on several occasions, kept his width well today as we really stretched Havant.
Jack, great to see him back in a Vectis shirt and he did not disappoint. Put in some great tackles and also played at 10 for a quarter to great effect.
Sam J, showed his wheels on the outside for his score, but unfortunately hurt his ankle, so his time on the field was cut short.
Ben, lovely footwork shown again, and look forward to seeing him in full flight with those long strides.
Hugo, had a great game at fullback and ran the back at Havant with aplomb. Also tackled well today and made some timely cover tackles.