Old Leamingtonians Colts v Stratford Upon Avon Colts
Cup Final Joy for the Colts
This game was played under lights last night. Result - Old Leamingtonians 33 Stratford 0
Match report :-
OLs had never reached a final before and brought with them a travelling band of club officials , parents , friends and current and ex-players – they were not to be disappointed .
Conditions were not favourable for both teams with the April drizzle a constant companion . OLs were awarded two early penalties and the trusty boot of Will Davies ensured OLs were off to a good start with 6 points . SOA looked up for the game and the early exchanges were tight with some big hits from both teams . However it was OLs who took charge half way into the second half as the OLs pack started to dominate the set piece and provide the backs with plenty of ball and territory . A late tackle from the SOA No8
saw him yellowed for 7 mins – OLs pounced and scored a super try through a neat training ground move – finished off by Callum Semple out wide , 11-0 to OLs . The Old
Leams forwards remained on top and several "pick and goes" deep into the first half allowed the lively Brenan Lumby to dot down – the resulting conversion missed but OLs were now 16-0 to the good . SOA struggled for answers to the OLs clever chip and chase game and another try was scored via this method by Alex Witchell without even breaking stride from a Will Davies chip . A well deserved lead at half time 21-0.
An early try in the second half saw OLs off to a flyer – Kai Bailey , alert at the ruck base , going over under the posts , 28-0 . SOA , to their credit , did not fall off many tackles but
the waves of attack were proving just too much on the day . SOA rang the changes , as did OLs , the game then became a little disjointed with handing errors from both sides
In testing conditions sapping energy from both teams . The game was then wrapped up with yet another kick and chase from Will Davies – this time a lengthy grubber was expertly
gathered by Ben Hawkes who used his express pace to go over in the corner , 33-0 to Old Leams and game over …..
This was a testament to the effort put in by a dedicated coaching team - bring on the last two games to secure the cup and league double .
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