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Newbold 38 - Old Leamingtonians 6

Strong opposition test Old Leam's in run up to new season

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2013 09:12pm
Blackdown, Warwick
By Denis Fisher & Lester Hunt
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In a final practice session before the season begins next week OL’s travelled to Newbold where they met an experienced Newbold team that provided strong opposition to test out the OL’s.

In a full blown practice match OL’s switched players from time to time to sort out a number of set plays and Newbold were able to demonstrate periods of good play, particularly from the threequarters that resulted in a number of tries, whilst OL’s created a number of good scoring chances but failed to capitalize, having to settle for two penalties, one in each half.

The game was not allowed to flow with a penalty count approaching 40 during the game, mostly it seemed penalising OL’s, and two lengthy hold ups allowing ambulance attention to OL’s prop Craig Ellis who suffered a serious back injury.

With the score being mainly irrelevant, this was a good all round performance from OL’s as a final warm up. The team commitment was excellent with a number of good forward moves and interchanging with the backs.  As usual the defence was well structured but unable to cope at times with Newbold’s back moves that sometimes involved 8 or 9 players, but as a credit to OL’s the majority of Newbold’s scores came in the last 10 minutes of play.

Next week sees OL’s travel to Droitwich in the season league opener, kick off 3.0pm.

 

OL’s 2 XV 7  Newbold 2 XV 19

OL’s kicked off their season with a ‘friendly’ fixture against a strong Newbold outfit.  Newbold started strongly and camped in the OL’s territory for the first 20 minutes.  However excellent defence from all 15 OL’s players kept Newbold at bay, with Niall Golden particularly effective.

OL’s weathered the early storm and took play into Newbold’s 22.  An excellent catch and drive from a line out led to the outstanding Will Andrews scoring a try.  Tom Hyam added the conversion.  OL’s continued to threaten but could not breach the Newbold line again.

Newbold did succeed in gaining a score of their own to even up the scores.

The second half saw the OL’s scrimmage disrupt Newbold with Andy Hemming to the fore and skipper Ollie Wright leading by example. OL’s came desperately close to another score from Tom Eales but the referee disallowed the try.  Newbold struck back to notch a further two tries.  An excelle4nt run out for OL’s with all players performing well.

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