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Old Leams Settle for Losing Bonus Point

Leamington 22 - Old Leamingtonians 16

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2013 07:14am
Blackdown, Warwick
By Hannah Leyland
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OL’s had to settle for a losing bonus point after seeing the home side score a winning try as the game entered time added on with OL’s defending a one point lead.

The game was played in front of a large crowd of partisan supporters from both local clubs and it was OL’s that took the game to the hosts from the kick off,  not allowing Leamington to settle into any rhythm forcing the hosts to defend in numbers.  The pressure on the home defence eventually found a way through and following good forward mauls back row Oli Burnam forced the ball over for the opening try. Converted by Angus Rose it gave OL’s the initial lead and with the pressure continuing to be exerted on the Leamington defence it was OL’s that were dominant for the first half hour.  But it was Leamington that put the next score on the board when fly half Tom Secker converted a long range penalty to reduce the arrears.

The first half was still being won by OL’s and it was only desperate defence at times that kept the score down, but the pressure caused home side defensive errors that led to two penalties being awarded that Rose converted to give the visitors a half time advantage at 13 points to 3.

The second half saw a turn around with Leamington beginning to exert more pressure on the OL’s defence and after 10 minutes of the half the OL’s defence was breached to bring Leamington back into the game with a converted try and the impetus was now with the home side. A second try was scored but went unconverted but took Leamington into a two point lead going into the final quarter but an infringement by Leamington gave a penalty chance to OL’s that was well converted by Rose to put OL’s back into a slender lead which was held until time added on for injuries with OL’s under constant pressure but defending well.  Leamington used the ground advantage well and kept OL’s back inside their own 22 metre area and from a relieving kick that didn’t find touch the ball was passed in field to Secker who created an opening for the final try of the game to be scored. Neither side deserved to lose this game but the home advantage of Leamington carried them through with fly half Secker having a fine game.

Next week sees OL’s play host to Nuneaton Old Ed’s with an early kick off at 2.15pm.

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