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1st XV - Match centre

Old Leamingtonians
Old Wheatleyans
Sat 30 Sep TBC - Midlands Division - Midlands 3 West (South) Full time

Senior Mens' Match Report Saturday 30th September 2017

From the kick off Old Leams took control of the game and produced a far better performance than that of last week putting the visitors under immediate pressure with committed forwards play and free flowing running from the backs.

Old Leamingtonians RFC 1st XV v Old Wheatleyans RFC 1st XV

Result: Old Leamingtonians RFC 1st XV 41 - 0 Old Wheatleyans RFC 1st XV

From the kick off Old Leams took control of the game and produced a far better performance than that of last week putting the visitors under immediate pressure with committed forwards play and free flowing running from the backs.

1st XV Pictures 30th September vs Old Wheatleyans
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Old Wheats were having trouble creating any forward movement and when they did they met with solid defensive tackles from the home side. After only five minutes play, mostly in the Old Wheats half of the field, the ball was quickly fed out to winger Liam Wellings who crossed for his first of his two tries in the match.

The conversion was missed but Old Leams again took control of play from the kick off and from good forward drives deep into the visitors’ 22 metre area, back row Tom Smith picked up and drove through the disrupted defence to touch down for a try converted by Bradley James. Old Leams had moved into a 12 point lead after 10 minutes of play.

The game continued in the same vein as Old Leams dominated in both the forwards and three-quarters keeping Old Wheats under pressure and the pressure paid off with three more first half tries. The first from stand-off Bradley James, followed by Liam Wellings second try (7th try for him in his last 3 games) which he chased down from a well-judged kick ahead outpacing the retreating defence to touch down. This try was converted by Brad James.

The fifth try of the half went to Tom Eales. Following good forward possession and quick ball from scrum half Toby Lord, the ball was moved to Eales in the Centre who drew his opposite number, kicked ahead and collected in space to cross the line. This try went unconverted to give Old Leams a 29 points to 0 half time advantage.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Old Leamingtonians dominating. Time and time again the Old Leams forwards out-rucked and out drove the opposition to gain control and it was only a combination of a slippery ball and some over anxious passing in the three-quarters that frustrated a number of good scoring chances.

As it was, Stand-off Bradley James scored his second and team try number 6 from good possession and a 30 metre run into the goal area. Following further strong pressure from the Old Leams forwards Club Captain and Hooker, Reece Jones, burst through the Old Wheats defences to score the final try close to the final whistle. This last try was converted by Brad James to give Old Leamingtonians a 41 points to nil victory securing a bonus point and moving the side up to third place in the Midlands 3 West (South) League.

This display was vast improvement on the disappointing show of last week. There is no game as yet arranged at The Crofts on 7th October and Old Leams visit Rugby St.Andrews on 14th.

Report by Den Fisher
Photos by Tim Nunan 1. 1st XV Captain Reece Jones en-route to the final try
2. 2nd Row Ollie Sarginson soars to take Line Out ball
3. David Canning distributes to the three’s

Nick Crighton
OLRFC Press & Publicity Officer
07768 775601

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