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A Disappointing Display by OLRFC

Old Leamingtonians 3 - Nuneaton Old Edwardians 18

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2013 05:34pm
Blackdown, Warwick
By Denis Fisher
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An Angus Rose penalty was all OL’s had to show for a disappointing display against a well drilled Nuneaton Old Edwardians.

The game was played with a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch and the visitors played the first half with the wind at their backs and took full advantage of it with long kicks into OL’s defensive areas and it was only resolute defence and wind disrupted handling errors that prevented Old Ed’s from scoring during the first half.  That said OL’s enjoyed the better of the first half with good forward breaks, particularly the first 10 minutes when they put Old Ed’s under pressure and were unlucky not to cross the Old Ed’s goal line.  There was little doubt however that the strong wind was influencing the run of the game and whenever OL’s threatened, a long clearance kick by the visitors relieved the pressure on their defence.

OL’s held out well against the wind until the 33rd minute when following a mistake at a line out throw in Old Ed’s were awarded a scrum that was won and following forward pressure the pack managed to create an opening for the first try of the game.  The try went unconverted and half time was reached with OL’s only five points adrift having defended stoutly under pressure and unlucky not to be on the score card after a half that they shaded despite the conditions.

The second half was hardly underway when OL’s were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Angus Rose converted to reduce the deficit and this should have heralded a strong second half performance with the strong wind at their backs, but it was Nuneaton Old Ed’s that began to put pressure on the home side and OL’s adopted a defensive attitude similar to the Leamington game last week, and allowed Old Ed’s to dominate.  The majority of the second half was played in the OL’s half and it appeared that the strong wind advantage was ignored creating the situation that OL’s forwards were defending their own territory instead of playing an attacking game in the visitors half of the field.

This tactical error resulted in continuous pressure on the home defence and with OL’s line out repeatedly disrupted by the strong wind, Old Ed’s were given every advantage and made good use of it by scoring a converted penalty and two unconverted tries to give the visitors and 18 points to 3 away victory.

This was a disappointing second half display by OL’s despite all players giving total commitment the tactical failure to use the strong second half advantage cost them what should have been a home victory. Next week sees OL’s visit Old Coventrians with a 2.15pm kick off.

Photo by Tim Nunan.

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