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Bad Day for Old Leamingtonians

Ships ton 1st XV 16 - 13 Old Leamingtonians

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2015 07:07pm
Blackdown, Warwick
By Nick Crighton
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The OL side versus Shipston (away) was without Captain, Rob Smith (out with concussion for four weeks) and also without a couple of other stalwarts.

Nevertheless, playing downhill on Shipston's sloping ground OLs attacked from the kick off and after only four minutes won a penalty in a kickable position which was converted into three points by Stand Off, Brad James.

After seven minutes the Shipston 13 retired injured and OLs returned to the attack with at least 80% territorial advantage. OLs bravely? took tap penalties in possibly kickable positions but in spite of camping near the Shipston line they were unable to penetrate the home defence and came away with nothing to show for their effort.

An injury to Sam Brittain saw him replaced with another Sam (Brown of that ilk) and shortly after OLs were penalised in front of their own goal for what looked like a punch and Shipston's Stand Off, Rob James, kicked the three points.

Almost on half time Shipston had a go at attacking but a great defence by OLs Threequarters kept them out and returning to the Shipston half won a penalty which was converted by Brad James with a prodigious kick. At half time OLs led 3 - 6.

After the break OLs found themselves under pressure as Shipston used the slope advantage and gave away another penalty to allow Shipston Stand Off Rob James to tie the score and not long after OLs conceded a further penalty and Rob James put the home side ahead 9 - 3.

OLs came back at Shipston and through some excellent threequarter play and good handling got to the home 22. From a tap penalty OLs got to the 5 metre line and won a scrum. The ball was recycled and Scrum Half, Toby Lord, went over for a try on the right.

The kick by Brad James looked to the spectators to have missed but the conversion was given by the Referee making the score 9 - 13.

After 45 minutes in the second half OLs must have thought they had won, but the Referee continued the game for another five minutes allowing Shipston the opportunity to gain a pushover try in the right downhill corner in the final seconds of the game. The successful conversion by Rob James gave Shipston the spoils after a hard fought encounter with the final score giving Old Leamingtonians a losing bonus point at 16 - 13.

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