OLRFC 12 - 13 Old Laurentians

Midlands 2 West South

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2014 09:51pm
Blackdown, Warwick
By Gemma Lewis
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Despite scoring two tries to Old Laurentians one a large crowd at The Crofts saw the home side go down by a single point thanks to two long range penalties by the visiting stand-off Dan O’Brien.
The game kicked off in sunshine with a strong wind favouring the visitors but it was Old Leams that put pressure on for the first ten minutes with good forward and back play taking the game into the Old Laurentians half of the field, but all early efforts were thwarted by long clearance kicks from the visiting stand-off that took play far back into the Old Leams half of the field and from a penalty just inside the Old Leams half the kick was converted to give the visitors a lead against the run of play. Following this converted penalty the visitors began to exert more attacking pressure on the home defence and from a threequarter move that saw winger Troy Owen switch inside, the home defence was broken for a try under the posts which was converted.
The game continued with Old Leams pressurising the visitors defence but Old Laurentians held out and using the wind to great advantage kept pushing the home side back into the centre field. Eventually the pressure on the visiting defence paid off when, following a series of pick and drives prop Craig Ellis picked up from the back of a driving maul to cross for a well earned try. The conversion was wide. Just before the interval from a penalty awarded on the half way line the Old Laurentians stand off again converted to give Old laurentians a 13 points to 5 half time lead.
The second half was evenly shared with both sides having opportunities but good defensive play by both sides restricted the scoring and it was left to outside centre Liam Wellings to break the visitors defensive line from well inside his own half of the field to outstrip the chasing defence and break through a number of tackles before touching down for the only try of the second half. This was converted by Tom Eales to reduce the deficit to one point.
The final fifteen minutes again saw chances for both sides but Old Leams had to settle for a losing bonus point from this game following another display of good rugby that belies the low league position they find themselves in.
This was a game of rugby played in good spirit and enjoyed by a large crowd with Will Johnson returning from a long period of injury having a fine game, particularly in the line outs.
The next game for OL’s is again at The Crofts versus Spartans on 25th October – kick off 3.0pm
3rd Team Match Report: Old Laurentians 14 v Old Leamingtonians 24
The 3rd team travelled away to Old Laurentians 14 The day got off to a good start with the announcement of Laurent 2s having a game, which meant this was a real 3rd team fixture and then Cawail actually remembering to take the shirts. as we were the only match  at Laurents,  we got to play on the main pitch in front of an impressive stand. Laurents 3s being a similar team to Leamingtonians - grizzled forwards, a few young backs. 
Starting line up - Andy, Moley, Bodders, Craig, Woody, Simsy, Mike, Ollie, Deano, Bevo, Pat, Parky, Les, Jake, Rod. Subs - Cawail, Ed, Damo, Jase, Charles, Timan.
Laurents failed to make the most of the wind in the first half. Bevo again kicking brilliantly, carrying on from his performance at Manor Park. The 2 packs were evenly matched in the ruck, maul, lineout to start with. But then Leamingtonians getting the  upper hand, Simsy, Ollie, Mike all having a storming game. Almost 64, Sonny Bill Grafton played well in defence , with Laurents looking to target him.
First try from 15 metres out, a sniping run & (trademark) dummy by Deano, a subtle offload to the sprinting Mike to score under the posts. 7-0.
The backs orchestrated by Bevo, then pulled off a rehearsed 'Barrel' with Bevo & Pat exchanging passes, to put in Parky cutting in to sprint & side step past 3 Laurents backs to score between the posts. 14-0. Apparently, the 3s backs move are named after their less than svelte physiques Emoji 
Laurents marshalled by an experienced 9 & 10 fought back. A well worked move targetted Les' wing, for his opposite winger to score. 14-7 at the break.
A number of changes - Cawail for Les, Charles for the injured Craig, Ed on at prop for Andy. Credit to Ed for his versatility, usually a back row he now joins Bodders with both making very decent props. Ed - the Fat Boys Union welcomes you ...
Second half saw the pack continue winning their battle. The rolling maul  fast becoming the 3s signature move, ended with Ed dropping on the ball. 21-7. More power play from the forwards lead to a pen. 24-7. Cawail making some hard (straight) yards on the wing, Charles being joined by his brother Timan in the second row.
With Leamingtonians attacking, Bevo  tried a chip over the defence. Laurents gathered and ran the ball through hands and a broken field to score under the posts. 24-14. Sustained Laurents pressure close to the try line was defended well with all players 1 to 15 throwing themselves at Laurents. Parky denied a try in a foot chase for a cleared ball, with the ref missing their winger tugging Parky back by his shirt. Has obviously come from football ... The game ended with Leamingtonians forwards being held up twice over the line. Final score 24-14 & 2nd win in a row.
Man of the Match - every player put in a shift. Would be easy to give it to a forward. Simsy, Ollie, Mike for their back row work. Deano sniping & dummying from No9, and playing like a 4th back row in defence. Rod his usual immaculate tackling at full back. But for the way he has kicked against Manor Park, and now Laurents, to give the forwards the territory needed for the rolling maul, and for his work rate & defence, 3 conversions & a pen, Bevo gets MoM.
Diva of the Day - very little to consider. Simmsy can have it for taking a late quick pen for a lineout. Almost took the refs head off, and he's only 5ft tall. Gave both sides a bit of a laugh. Leave the kicking to Bevo ...


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