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Old Merchant Taylors'
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - North West 3 Full time

Match Report- OMT vs Welwyn

OMT come from behind for bonus point victory

OMT showed strength of character to fight back from a 15point deficit with only twenty minutes to go, having dominated the opening quarter of the game. The team will be perhaps disappointed not to have played the middle 40minutes with the same ferocity and attacking nature they that showed towards the end.
Kicking off the season at home, with the pitch looking like a carpet, OMT were always going to be looking to play expansive running rugby and out of the blocks they came. With the OMT set piece dominating early doors, no thanks to Ciprian Chiriac scrummaging on the tight head, allowed for the flare of the backs to unleash quick ball for Gov Kandola to touch down in the corner, after just seven minutes.
With the set piece continuing to be strong, statistics being provided by Joe Little, a slow reaction from the back row enabled the Welwyn number 8, Dave Wells, to go for a trundle before creating an opportunity for fly half Callum Tormey to dot down out wide after 20minutes. Welwyn had plenty of opportunities at goal, with only one being converted to give Welwyn the lead 5-8. Forays into the Welwyn half by OMT often ended in ill discipline, leading to the menace that is Brian Bernadez at the breakdown, to receive a team yellow before the half was out. With a perhaps slightly more solid scrum when there are seven versus eight, Welwyn managed to get across the whitewash just before the half.
OMT were slow to start the second half, still with only 14 on the pitch, with some unforced errors, leading to another Welwyn try, 5-20 to the visitors. This is when OMT decided enough was enough, with continued excellent service from the partnership of Razvan Barbu and Seva Turagabeci, Mike Lovelock ran a glorious line to slice through the Welwyn defence untouched to dot down under the sticks, an easy conversion, 10-20. He had been sucking in the Welwyn midfield all afternoon with his Fijian magic, comprising of one handed offloads, Naca Kinikinilau, raced out of his own half, before linking with debutant Tesh Edwards, who must have been a close second to metres made with the ball in hand, seamlessly linking up for Naca to score. With OMT searching for the bonus point, the backs were unleashed again, this time the somewhat small and elusive Gavin Lubczanksi darted down the right wing, before the ball worked back inside to Naca and loose head prop Tom Kenison to “sprint” from somewhere outside the 22 to make it 22-20.
OMT dominated in attack again with superb carrying from skipper Matt Sinderberry and Chris Wombell, but struggled to penetrate the Welwyn defence. It took a solo run from Joe Little to score for OMT’s fifth try of the afternoon. OMT held out the dying few minutes of the game for the score to remain at 27-20. OMT are away to Finchley next week, with a top of the table clash after they too picked up the bonus point, from the first game following a victory over Hitchin.

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Kilburn Cosmos 22 63
7. Finchley 22 57
8. Datchworth 22 54
9. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 51
10. Cheshunt 22 43
11. St Albans 22 42
12. Hitchin 22 17

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