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Banbury Use Elements to Pin OL's

Old Leamingtonians 10 - 25 Banbury

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2015 09:36am
Blackdown, Warwick
By Gemma Lewis
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In a game that OL’s need to win to move from the bottom of the league the match started with OL’s playing with a strong wind in their favour and a strong sun in the faces of Banbury and for the first ten minutes it appeared that OL’s were using the elements to good affect, pushing Banbury back into their own 22 metre area,before the dominant OL’s pack took control of the opposition forwards and drove them back over the goal line for a well taken try, converted by stand-off Brad James.  OL’s continued to make use of the elements and with Banbury under pressure the visitors conceded a penalty that was well converted by James to give OL’s a ten point lead.  Unfortunately OL’s failed to take advantage of the elements from this point and allowed Banbury to play the remainder of the first half in mid pitch, preventing the domination by the pack to take any good affect.  This was the order of play for the remainder of the first half and allowed Banbury to hold the score down to 10 points deficit at half time.

From the restart it was clear that the Banbury game plan was to use the elements and pin OL’s back in their own half and despite committed defence it was only a matter of time before Banbury began to chip away at the OL’s lead.  Good pressure by Banbury saw ex-OL’s player Brock to touch down for Banbury and within minutes two penalties were awarded against OL’s indiscipline that provided Banbury with six points to take the lead.

Banbury continued to exert pressure despite the OL’s pack dominating the loose scrums but the Banbury scrum half was enjoying an excellent game with quick ball from a back pedalling pack that allowed his backs to create chances as the game went on and produce two further converted tries to give a final score of 10 points to 25.

This was yet another game that OL’s should have won had they used the elements of the wind and sun to greater advantage. The OL’s pack was dominant and had the opposition forwards in all sorts of trouble but the game plan prevented the pack from capitalising on their superiority by having to compete for the best part in their own half of the field instead of the opposition 22 metre area, particularly in the first 40 minutes.

Next week is a rest week and then away to Droitwich on 21st March, kick off 3.0pm.

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