Play it Safe Course
There are spaces are still available on a Play it Safe course that will be held
at Millbrook RFC on Saturday 8th April. Address: Millbrook RFC, Redbridge Lane, SO16 0XN
To book a place on the course please go to the following link;
Friday Night Under Lights: Round 3 - Millbrook RFC – 24th March - KO 1915
This popular event is building momentum! I am delighted to report that Romsey RFC joined in with the fun at our last event. To date we have now had representation from Locksheath Pumas, Tottonians, Southampton and our host Millbrook
I would like to invite you to our Third Friday night under lights event that will be held on Friday 24rd March once again at Millbrook RFC; KO 1915.
The relaxed format of the evening will continue with the rules to be adapted to the ability and fitness of the players and this will ensure that the games continue to be played in a competitive but friendly manner that caters for all ages and abilities of the players on the paddock.
Remember the idea is to engage those players who are not getting enough game time or perhaps are not playing competitive Saturday Rugby anymore.
This is an ideal time for ‘Father and sons’; Brothers and Cousins; Old school / college / Uni friends; ex-team mates to have a run out and enjoy some rugby time together.
If you are not part of a club but have a group of players that would like to form a team for the evening you are most welcome
Whoever turns up is guaranteed game time, the evening caters for squads of any number. (Clubs have joined forces on previous evenings especially when fatigue sets in with a few players)!
As with previous events the games will be refereed by the England rugby development team;
A qualified first aider / physio will be in attendance and a free drinkand food for all participants will be provided post-match.
Entries: Millbrook RFC have already confirmed. If you would like to join them please let me know no later than Tuesday 21stMarch firstname.lastname@example.org 07764 960384
HAMPSHIRE UNDER 20s 25 CORNWALL UNDER 20s 19
by Richard V Isaacs
Hampshire Under 20’s have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Under 20 County Championship after maintaining their 100% Pool 4 record with a 25-19 success over Cornwall at Overton on Sunday.
But they had to withstand a stern test from the Black and Golds late on as they came perilously close to snatching the win at the death that could have knocked Hampshire out of the competition.
Hampshire survived and they will tackle Pool 3 runners-up Surrey in the quarter-finals on April 2 as the undefeated Pool 4 winners.
It was little more than they deserved though as they stormed into a 20-0 lead just after half-time with a mix of speed and considerable skill which left the Cornish clutching at air.
The hosts took the lead on six minutes when Trojans’ Matt Evenhand cracked a 50 yard penalty, with the assistance of the stiff wind.
That advantage was extended just before the midway point of the half when winger James Wise sprinted and weaved his way to the line following excellent play through the backs to cross for the opening try.
And, playing with the elements at their backs, a second try was almost crucial and so it proved when the forwards stole the ball from the ruck and quickly fed full-back Adam Musa (Camberley) to score under the posts which Evenhand improved to give the hosts a 15-0 interval lead.
The momentum of the game remained with the home side and when Eddie Lewis’ delicate chip through found Cameron Smith getting the last touch on the ball for Hampshire’s third try.
At 20-0 up, the West Countrymen were staring the competition exit but they hit back strongly when replacement prop Jack Osborne (Launceston) grabbed the ball as Hampshire tried to clear their lines to get them on the board.
Just eight minutes later and Hampshire grabbed a fourth try, clinching what could have been a crucial bonus point, when Wise once again showed his speed to beat the chasing defence to score in the corner.
With just ten minutes left, Hampshire led 25-7 and could have sat back, safe in the knowledge they were heading into the quarter-finals.
But the Cornish were having none of it and when Camborne’s Cameron Sayer scored and then, five minutes later, full-back Toby Robinson was on the end of a break out of defence passing move to cut the arrears to just six points, Hampshire were in danger.
However, despite Cornwall finishing the game on the attack and forcing Hampshire cut down to 14 men with a sin-binning, Stefan Younghusband’s side held on for a famous victory.
The achievement to top the group with three wins from three, in a group that contained last season’s semi-finalists Gloucestershire and the much vaunted Cornwall is a fine effort.
They now stand just two matches away from being the third Hampshire XV to play in a Championship final in succession and given the way they are playing, you may not wish to bet against it.
Hampshire U20 team: Adam Musa (Camberley), Jerome Rudder (Havant), Matt Evenhand (Trojans), Cameron Smith (London Scottish Academy), James Wise (Leicester University), Eddie Lewis (Havant), Ben Holt (Cardiff Met University); Oliver Baker-Clipston (New Milton & District), Stefan Younghusband (capt) (Loughborough University), Elliott Bellman (Havant), Rob Cuffe (Havant), Ed Grinsted (Chichester), Seb Herold (Cardiff University), Josh Moore (Esher), Jordan Gray (Plymouth University). Replacements: Rhys Driver (Overton), George Cotterell (Trojans), Kevin Raqio (Tottonians), Matt Whitehead (Havant), Joe Holland (Durham University), Jonny Glendening (Cardiff Met University), Sam Bloomer (Winchester).
ROYAL NAVY 28 HAMPSHIRE 5 – match report
by Richard V Isaacs
The Royal Navy retained the Wightlink Bowl for a second successive year when they ran out 28-5 victors over Hampshire at a fog-bound Burnaby Road on Wednesday evening.
With both sides edging ever closer to their respective Championship tournaments, it was more than a decent run out although it was clear that the Navy side were the sharper of the two outfits.
However, it was Hampshire who were the stronger of the sides in the opening quarter, making some keen runs into Navy territory but failed to come away with any reward for their efforts.
They did have a chance to get points on the board on 16 minutes but Alex Sutherland’s 25 yard penalty shot sailed wide.
Having soaked up that incessant pressure, the Navy broke the shackles and opened the scoring when skipper Ed Pascoe took advantage of Hampshire’s miscommunication at the line-out and stole over, with Cadywould adding the extras.
And having gotten a foothold into the contest, number 8 David Fairbrother had a mixed last few minutes of the first-half.
On 36 minutes, he was on the end of a good attacking move to score, which was improved by Cadywould, although he was spending ten minutes in the sin-bin shortly after.
Like the first half, Hampshire started the second with purpose and, after a sustained period of pressure on the Navy line, Sutherland burrowed his way to the line and after some discussion between referee and assistant, the try was awarded.
As the fog continued to descend, making visibility tricky, the game ebbed and flowed with both sides trying to break through the stubborn defence.
It wasn’t until the last couple of minutes that the scoreline took a unfair reflection on the contest overall as the Navy’s superior fitness today and they scored twice.
Firstly, Dave Pascoe cut through the Hampshire back line to score under the posts and then with the final move of the game, replacement Bowden made a 40 yard break and outrun the defence. Cadywould competed a full-house of conversions.
All in all, it was more than a useful run out for Hampshire as they begin their preparations for the County Championship campaign, which kicks off on May 6 against North Midlands.
The coaching staff have some tough decisions to make over the next six weeks.
The Wightlink Bowl was presented by Stuart James, Wightlink’s Marketing and Innovation Director.