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Earlsdon RFC
Old Laurents RFC
Sat 30 Dec 14:00 - Cup Full time Attendance 157



The Red and Whites gave the home fans one last Christmas present with an excellent all-round performance to defeat an injury-stricken Old Laurentians 72-7 and progress through to the semi-finals of the Warwickshire Shield. With a few players returning from injury, Earlsdon fielded a near full-strength team, twins Robert and Rory Fisher returning to the back-line at 10 and 12, Paddy Darcy returning on to the wing, and Kiwi sensation James Duncan making his debut at Scrum-Half.
Earlsdon had the wind behind their backs for the first half and soon made good territory, forcing the visitors to kick to touch from which the red and whites secured and drove 15m to the line for Terry Hicks to dot down after 8 mins. Shortly after, Centre Sam Chare made one of his ghosting runs from 50m out, eluding 3 or 4 defenders to score under the posts (Hicks converting). 19 minutes gone and Earlsdon found themselves back in the OLs 22, a penalty to the hosts was quickly taken by No.8 Martin Wood who barrelled over from 10m (Hicks converting). Hicks adding a penalty shortly after to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The next score coming on the 30-minute mark when Centre Rory Fisher went through a hole on his own 22 and fed the supporting Terry Hicks 20m from the line for him to win the footrace and score out wide. Winger Josh Darcy increased his tally for the season with a 30m run to the line, fending off the full-back twice on route (Hicks converting). Some smart handling and decision-making from Fly-Half Robert Fisher enabled Josh Darcy to bag another try before halftime (Hicks converting).
HT 41-0
Despite the wind being against them, Earlsdon managed to dominant the possession and territory throughout the second half and the inevitable try came through Martin Wood as the dominant Earlsdon pack pushed the visitors back over their line from a 5m scrum for Wood to flop on the ball (Hicks converting). The next try came almost straight away as the OLs kick off went straight out, and from the elected scrum Wood again rampaged through the defence from 50m to score under the posts for his hat-trick (Hicks converting). Eventually, on the 60-minute mark, a tired OLs defence allowed Wood to break through again and feed Full-Back Leo Craddock who scored in the corner. 5 minutes later the visitors managed to grab a consolation try when a loose pass was picked off by the full-back who fed his fellow winger to go over for the score. With around 10 minutes left on the clock, the red and whites went looking for more tries and the next one came when Fly-Half Robert Fisher found some room in the defence to break through and offload to the supporting Dale Bowyer who scored under the posts (Hicks converting). Winger Paddy Darcy had the final say of the game as the ball was shipped wide quickly for him to outpace the covering defence and score in the corner.
FT Score 72-7
An emphatic performance by the Rangers, orchestrated well by debutant James Duncan and Fly-Half Robert Fisher. Much improved tempo, decision-making and most importantly DISCIPLINE were key in the win. With relegation or promotion seemingly both off the cards, Earlsdon can look to see what other options they have in different positions and what young talent is coming through the Colts team

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