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Old Leamingtonians RFC
Newbold RFC
Sat 17 Feb 14:15 - Warwickshire Colts League - Warwickshire Colts League Full time Attendance 33

Newbold RFC Colts v Old Leamingtonians Colts

OLs suffer first league defeat of the season ...

OLs relinquished their unbeaten league run away to Newbold RFC in another close encounter . OLs had gained the bragging rights by beating Newbold earlier in the season and by knocking them out of the Warwickshire cup .
This game was on a knife edge all the way to the final whistle and the result was always only ever going to be one score either way . OLs started well with some fine breaks from Archie Semple and Will Davies but turning the pressure into points proved difficult for both teams . Upfront the two packs once again battled fiercely for supremacy but as with the backs there was little between the players in terms of quality . Mid-way through the half Newbold were first to score , Nathan Chant was carded for slowing the ball down and from the resulting penalty the Newbold centre burst through and caught the OLs defence off guard , score 5-0 as the conversion was missed . OLs pressed for points and a fine break from Alex Witchell down the left hand flank nearly made the line but the offload went to ground . However the continued OLs pressure lead to a penalty being awarded on the 22 - Will Davies stepped up and slotted , score now 5-3 in Newbolds favour . Half Time .
The second half was again a tight affair with neither side yielding territory , tackles were being made all over the pitch from both teams . A penalty was given to OLs ten minutes into the half on the 40 metre line . A tough chance , Will Davies stepped up but was unfortunate with his effort as the ball hit the left hand upright and bounced back into play and Newbold cleared their lines . The game remained very even for long periods with equal play in both halves . With 10 minutes left OLs were awarded a lineout deep into Newbold territory , the pack gathered their thoughts (and some of the coaches ) and came up with the move of the game that saw George Smith touch down out wide - the TMO might have been called into action as the home crowd felt the ball was not grounded but the referee gave the try , score now 5-8 in OLs favour . The next five mintues were a tense affair with Newbold giving everything to the cause and with 2 minutes to go OLs found the themselves deep in their own 22 and on the other end of a charge down which bounced nicely for the Newbold flanker to drop over the line , the resulting conversion was missed . The score was now 10-8 to Newbold and there was no time left for OLs to mount another attack . Kenilworth in the cup up next .

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Old Leamingtonians RFC 18 51
2. Old Coventrians RFC 18 49
3. Barkers Butts RFC 18 40
4. Broadstreet RFC 18 38
5. Newbold RFC 18 36
6. Stratford RFC 17 35
7. Kenilworth RFC 18 30

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