Sandown and Shanklin Rugby Club emerged victorious after a thrilling top of the table clash at the weekend.

A commanding 59-24 win against Guernsey solidified the Hurricanes standing at the top of the table.

A powerful carry from Ben Shannon set the tone for the contest early on, but Guernsey were able to respond with a penalty to make it 5-3.

The highlight of the first half came from Zak Chiverton and his standout try. The hooker beat the winger before carrying the full-back over his own try line.

Antony Burr's kicking contributed to a 19-10 halftime lead.

In the second-half, the Hurricanes kept it simple and played rugby in Guernsey's half.

Pressure from Josh Braham deep in Guernsey's 22 led to a pivotal lineout, resulting in Chiverton securing his hat-trick through a rolling maul.

The try-fest continued as second-row Sam Flux delivered the assist of the season with a spectacular grubber kick that set up Ash Smith for another memorable try.

With their backs against the wall, Guernsey showcased resilience, scoring two tries out wide and narrowing the margin to 33-22.

But, undeterred by Guernsey's resurgence, the home team regained control and continued to dominate.

A further three tries came from Jack Wedderkop, back in action following a recent spell on the side lines, Ash Smith, and Michael Barrett.

Final score: Hurricanes 59-24 Guernsey.

Director of rugby, Damien Marriott, said: "That performance was nothing short of exceptional.

"The team showcased adaptability, resilience, and effective execution of the game plan today.

"Obviously Chiverton's four-try masterclass stood out, but special mention has to go to the back row of Sam Rees, Matt Mislebach and Michael Barrett who simply was tremendous, while the overall team effort, especially in responding to Guernsey's comeback, demonstrated such a high level of skill and determination.

"This victory solidifies our standing at the top and sets a positive tone for the upcoming matches."