Isle of Wight first kept up their winning record with a clear-cut win over novel opponents Christchurch, scoring tries in the process and pleasingly keeping a clean sheet.

IW 32 – 0 Christchurch

Despite the final scoreline, this was no cakewalk for the Islanders, who had to work hard for much of the game. 

After some end-to-end rugby, young second-row Brad Martin crashed over in the corner on 15 minutes to open his team’s account.

The first half, and indeed the whole match, was blighted by stoppages due to injuries on both sides, but the closing stages of the half saw IW cut loose and effectively clinch the game.

Captain Luke Blackman barrelled over for the second try, and this was soon followed by a good score by Danny Rackett. 

There was time for another try for the prolific Blackman just before half time, securing the bonus point and a 24-0 lead.

George Huish had converted two of the four first-half tries and kicked a penalty to extend the lead early in the second half. 

This period equalled the first half in its lack of flow and frequent stoppages.

IW began to incur the displeasure of the referee, not least when Huish was controversially red-carded after a collision.

Despite this, in the last minute, Aidan Martin, not to be outdone by his brother, barged over for the IW’s fifth try.

IW remain third in the table, behind second-placed Fareham Heathens on points difference. They next travel to league leaders Havant.