Droitwich 13 - 7 Old Leamingtonians

Midlands Two West South

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015 07:32pm
Hanbury, Wychavon
By Gemma Lewis
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Old Leamingtonians played some of the best rugby they had played all season in creating chances but yet again failed to capitalize on good possession when scoring opportunities presented.  It is almost as though the team has a collective phobia inside the five meter area that has cost them victories throughout the season.  This game was no exception and OL’s had yet again to settle for a losing bonus point to keep them rooted at the foot of the table.

The first half was a pretty even affair with OL’s having the better possession and better scoring chances but determined defence by  both sides prevented any scoring until a penalty was awarded to Droitwich on the stroke of half time that was converted to give the home side a three point advantage at the interval.

The second half started with Droitwich adding another penalty score within five minutes to increase the lead but it was OL’s that scored next when a Droitwich move was fumbled and centre Keiran O’Connor picked up the ball, broke through the defence and ran 60 meters to outrun the Droitwich defence to score between the posts for a well taken try.  Converted by Bradley James, OL’s took a deserved lead on the balance of play.

OL’s dominated the second half with the OL’s pack competing well against the bigger Droitwich pack but as the game went on it became increasingly frustrating to the OL’s as they could not convert possession into points .  When they did force the Droitwich pack over the goal line the match official determined that the ball had been held up.  OL’s repeatedly forced Droitwich back into their own 22 metre area but could not finalise the move due to a combination of determined defence by the home side and unfortunate errors by the OL’s.

Droitwich continued to respond and from a misdirected attacking kick ahead by OL’s the home side were able to gain ground for the length of the field and from a series of mauls pushed OL’s back over the goal line to score a push over try to regain the lead with a conversion.

Whilst OL’s continued to dominate the match they failed to add to the scoreline and had to settle for yet another losing bonus point .

Next week sees OL’s host Leamington RFC in a game that could determine the fate of either or both clubs.  It should make for an interesting game.  Kick off 3.0pm.


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