Harborough dish out a crowd pleaser
Harborough met Oakham in their final home game of the season in front of a large crowd following the Annual Kibworth Reunion Lunch. With the amount of rain we have experienced the pitch although a little soft was in excellent condition and showed the bene
Harborough met Oakham in their final home game of the season in front of a large crowd following the Annual Kibworth Reunion Lunch. With the amount of rain we have experienced the pitch although a little soft was in excellent condition and showed the benefits of the new drainage and the tireless work of our Groundsman, Jack Morris. With Harborough no longer in the promotion hunt and Oakham well above the relegation places there was little to play for except the annual bragging rights of these close rivals. It was Harborough who started the best with Ed Sumpter running from well inside his own half through despairing tackles to touch down for a try within a couple of minutes and the conversion by Josh Purnell put Harborough 7-0 in the lead. Not to be outdone Oakham attacked from the kick off and although Harborough initially defended valiantly Oakham found a gap to score the try and reduce the deficit to 7-5. It did not however take long for Harborough to extend their lead; first Laurence Joel broke down the wing and when he was tackled Lawrence Plant was on hand to protect the ball and ensure quick ball that went through the backs to Sumpter who once again ran through under the posts and with Purnells conversion they were 14-5 up. Harborough continued to attack and this time it was Ethan Godefroy who made excellent ground from a storming run and following a number of phases the ball found Joel on the wing and he touched down to increase the lead to 19-5. Oakham however upped their defensive game and came back on the attack and shortly before half time went over for a try of their own that was converted to put the half time score to 19-12 to Harborough.
The second half saw Harborough creating the early pressure but a series of penalties saw them on the defence and strong running led to another converted try that drew them level at 19-19. This seemed to spur Harborough on and their forwards started to dominate the set piece scrum and after a series of penalties their prop was given a yellow card. Harborough took full advantage and from the next scrum, Purnell who was having an excellent game at scrum half picked up and drove over the line taking 3 defenders with him. The conversion was missed but some excellent work by the industrious Timmy Waterfield ensured quick ball that found Sumpter who created space for Joel on the wing and he was able to break the tackle and run in under the posts that with Purnell converting to bring the score to 31-19. Harborough and Purnell were not yet finished however and Purnell found a gap on the 10 metre line and raced clear of the defence to touch down for Harborough’s 6th try, this time converted by Joel to bring the final score to 38-19. This leaves Harborough in 3rd and in their final game next week they travel to 4th placed Old Laurentians for what promises to be a thrilling game.