Old Laurentians 2's 8 - 15 Southam 2’s
With a solid team effort, Southam 2's progress to the final with 2 tries from Ryan Stephens
By Phil Nichols
Southam started the match poorly by giving away silly penalties at the breakdown and players being offside they struggling to maintain possession and territory.
Their defence held strong however. Southam managed to get quick ball and with a good pass from flanker Joe Bagshaw to Josh Tolley in open play, the ball made its way through the Southam backs allowing winger Ryan Stephens to score in the corner, Tolley missing the conversation making the score 0 - 5.
With more pressure coming from Old Laurentians, flanker Adam Webster turned the ball over and scrum half Phil Nichols made a sniping 25 metre run, drawing the opposition winger and full back, in the tackle he managed to get the pass away for Tolley to score in the corner, he was unable to convert., making he score 0 - 10 at half time.
Old Laurentians started the 2nd half well and had a lot of the territory and possession. Southam’s defence held strong for 10 minutes with some crunching tackles from the Southam forwards, with number eight Flo Neale to the fore. A penalty was awarded for offside, opting for the posts Old Laurentians fly half slotted the kick, making the score 3 - 10.
Southam were unable to stop the Old Laurentians forwards from scoring a try in the corner through a driving maul. The kicker missed the conversion making the score 8 - 10.
Southam never gave up and with a strong set piece from the Southam pack they made ground my getting the ball to the centre partnership of Dylan Robinson & Kiron Phillips who linked up with full back Ricky Hughes to make valuable territory.
Southam were awarded a penalty, but Tolley missed the kick. Old Laurentians kicked to replacement winger Bay toner, who made good ground from a run. Southam had their tales up and with captain Phil Nichols switching the side of attack whizzed the ball out to Tolley, who passed to Ryan Stephens to score his 2nd try of the game, Tolley was unable to convert.
This score sealed the Southam win @ 8 - 15.
Man of the match was captain Phil Nichols for his blinding run and try saving tackle. But everyone who played could have been. It was a true team effort and a fantastic result for the Southam 2’s to make it through to the Cromwell Cup Final.