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OL’s exit the Intermediate Cup

Old Leamingtonians 19 Bridgnorth 34

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2013 02:58pm
Blackdown, Warwick
By Hannah Leyland
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OL’s exited the Intermediate Cup in an entertaining match that saw a well drilled Bridgnorth side score 5 tries against three.

OL’s took to the field with a much changed side providing first team match experience to a number of squad players who had not featured in either of the first two league games in order to identify strengths in depth and identify potential.  The first half of the game showed plenty of commitment from the home side but too often moves broke down and presented Bridgnorth with plenty of possession.  The visitors had a well drilled pack and with OL’s playing a number of changed squad forwards the home side were under the hammer to a great extent.  The Bridgnorth backs were fast and well drilled and had the home side defence not been excellent the visitors would have scored on many occasions.  As it was all the visitors had to their advantage was a penalty and a defensive lapse that saw Bridgnorth cross for the first of two first half tries wide out on the left field. The conversion was missed but another good Bridgnorth move saw a converted try to give them a half time lead of 15 points to nil.

The second half followed much the same pattern with Bridgnorth dictating play for the first 20 minutes and their dominance saw three more tries and two conversions added to the total to give them a 34 points to nil lead going into the last 15 minutes of the game. At this time tactical changes saw the introduction of replacement players Craig Ellis and Liam Wellings and the game turned on itself.  Bridgnorth found themselves under pressure from the OL’s forwards and with Ellis making surging runs at the defence and good follow up ball to the threequarters that was spun out quickly saw winger Wellings go over for try number one, converted by Angus Rose, A similar move in the other direction saw winger Paul Salvin break the defence and score try number two, again converted by Rose, and with time running out another well worked threequarters move saw left winger Wellings come into the line on the right and break a number of defensive tackles to score try number three.

The better team won on the day but the use of the cup game to try out new combinations of players and assess the strengths of the team in depth was seen as an important step in what is going to be a hard season in league 2.

Next Saturday sees OL’s visit Earlsden, kick off 3.0pm.

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