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Storming victory for Old Leam Ladies

OLRFC Ladies 36 - 5 Lutterworth Ladies

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2013 07:42am
Blackdown, Warwick
By Rosie Spiegelhalter
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Old Leamingtonians Ladies have kept their barely contested lead in the league table with a storming 36-5 victory against Lutterworth Ladies.

Following their veritable massacre of Hucclecote last week, Lutterworth were fired up to bring the OLs down a peg, decked out in their fine red and green kit like a group of highly menacing elves. A previous clash between these two teams had resulted in the crippling of the OLs’ beloved captain Caroline Spence from which she has yet to recover, so this time it was personal.

The game kicked off with the weather decorating the pitch in drizzle and mud, and within five minutes centre Yoli Sempere Padilla had lived up to her usual standard and scored the first try, gracefully converted by scrum-half Danni Benge. With the backs under the direction of some great decision play by fly-half Sarah Munday, it was not long before barely-legal newbie Tash Barnes ploughed through their hefty defence to score as well. After a tackle taken off the ball by Lutterworth, OLs were rewarded a penalty that Danni Benge gladly took up. Yoli rounded off the first half with another try.

After half time, Lutterworth managed to get a try in after ten minutes of brilliant defence by OLs at very close distance to the try line. This was quickly rectified by a brilliant breakthrough of the defensive line by Sarah Munday allowing Jasmine Kalin, also new to OLs this season, to plant the ball over their try line and gain OLs another bonus point. Yoli then sealed her place as man of the match with another try.

In a tragic moment, the team’s seemingly unstoppable scrum-half Danni Benge was taken down and rapidly transferred from the pitch to A&E. OLs veteran Victoria “Stokesey” Stokes stepped up to the mark and carried the remainder of the game admirably. The entire front row, along with various other positions, was also able to utilise subs, demonstrating that Old Leamingtonians is truly spoilt for talent. The game’s final try was scored by Tash Barnes, and finished off with a last conversion by Sarah Munday.

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