OLs Disappointing Start Continues

OLRFC 1st XV 15 - 35 Nuneaton Old Edwardians 1st XV

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014 06:44pm
Blackdown, Warwick
By Nick Crighton
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OLs continue their disappointing start to the Midlands 2 West (South) League 2014 -  2015 season with their third lost game in a row.On a beautiful sunny Autumn day ideal for open rugby and in front over 100 supporters it was only a few minutes before Nuns applied attacking pressure resulting in a penalty for not releasing. 
Fortunately for OLs the kick at goal was missed but the message was clear. Before ten minutes had gone Nuneaton Old Edwardians came storming back and provoked OLs into a further infringement in front of their posts. 
This time the kick by Nuns No.10, Adam Jones, was successful.   
From the restart OLs made a foray into Nuns territory but turned over the ball which led to an  Old Eds runawaymove which was only stopped by a  last gasp tackle from Full Back Brad James. However the territory gained inthe move provided the platform that allowed Nuneaton scrum half  Brad Darleston to break from the next scrummage to score half way out on the right. 
The kick was missed making the score 0 - 8 .At the twenty minute point OLs worked their way upfield and by means of a penalty kick arrived at the Nuneaton 22 . They caught the throw and  in one of their best displays of forward power they drove to within 10metres of the NOE line only to turn over the ball again allowing the visitors to escape downfield.  Once more giving territory OLs were penalised for holding and Nuns kicked to within 5 metres of their line. From the line out the Nuneaton Old Eds pack drove at OLs and thheir Flanker, Alex Cape, darted into touch down wide on the left side. Again the kick was missed and OLs were adrift 13 points to nil.
Old Leamingtonians continued to battle in midfield but a combination of lack of speed of thought and poor handling in the three cost them dearly. 
A couple of maizey runs from Wellings and Canning looked good but ultimately went nowhere. OLs hung on reach half time with no further score.
Following the break OLs ran the ball into Nuns territory but knocked on at the 5metre line. Nuns won the scrum and kicked for touch. OLs won the line out and a penalty and kicked to the NOE 5 metre line. A brilliant catch and drive from the forwards allowed quick release but the ball squirted away from the OL centre grasp as he crossed the line and what should have been a certain try became another escape for the visitors.The next onslaught from Nuneaton got them a line out on the OL 22. In an excellent fluent move the ball went so quickly to centre Stu Holes that he  was able to waltz through the defence to score under the posts. The conversion was added by Adam Jones and the score had reached 0 - 20.
Seconds later OLs allowed another breakaway run and Nuneaton OE centre, Tay Brown, touched down in the left corner for 0 -25 and a fourth try bonus point. At last after an hour's play, OLs woke up and from a line out, catch and drive, OL No.8 Liam Jones got over the line to put the home side on the score board at 5 - 25.
However it wasn't long before messy ball at the back of the OL scrum allowed Nuneaton to steal the ball and visiting centre,Stu Holes handed off three players to go in half way out on the right. The kick was missed. Score 5 -30. From the restart Old Leamingtonians showed more enterprise and backs and forwards combined to allow centre, Tom Eales to score a try in the left corner. The kick was missed making it 10 30.From the Kick Off Nuneaton Old Edwardians ran riot and scored their 5th try in the corner through Winger Dan Elkerton,  again no kick. 10 -35 The last score was an OL try by Reece Jones charging through from a stolen line out near Old
Old Leamingtonians RFC 3rds 18 -  Wellesbourne 26
OLs 3rd took the short trip to Wellesbourne on a lovely sunny saturday. Ols had a great start putting Wellesbounre on the back foot and taking the lead,with a try and then a pen from Pat, Wellesbourne bit back with two tries where the ball was kicked into space for their wingers to go onto score.
Man of the Match - goes to the silver haired Irishman Pat. He directed play, kicked well, tackled & defended, never stopped trying to win the game, setting up the tries.


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