As expected Cents reached the Combination Senior cup final,but Old Boys did not give up without a fight.
Old Boys played typical cup rugby and played the conditions whereas Cents tried to play their normal expansive game that did not quite come off.In the wet conditions Cents spilled the ball too many times when they were in dangerous attacking positions.
Although Cents were never in any danger of losing this match, Old Boys can be proud of the the way they played and like Longlevens in the previous rounds you wonder why they are struggling in the leagues.They have a solid lineout and srum and tackled well plus they tried to run the ball as well.
Playing with the wind and slope,Cents built up a 0-24 half time lead which should have been much more but for some uncharacteristic handling mistakes and good tackling by the Old Boys side.
Cents scored their tries through Rich Pinkney,Matt Humphries and Rob Jones(2).Liam Hemming converted two of the tries to complete Cents scoring in the first half.
Playing up the slope and against the elements Cents again tried to play their expansive game and again made too many handling mistakes in the damp conditions.Old Boys in contrast played for field position and played through their big pack,keeping the ball away from Cents.
Old Boys scored a converted penalty to narrow the score to 3-24 before Cents scored a converted try through Alex Mathers.Liam Hemming converted the try and Cents led 3-31 before at the end Old Boys scored a push over try from a five metre scrum.The try was not converted and it was just rewards for the efforts put in by the Old Boys side.
There was no more scoring and Cents had reached their Second Senior cup final on the trott.Cents were expected to win and their performance suggested they played within themselves because of the play off game which takes place on Saturday.Cents did not play at the intensity and pace they normally play at,plus players did not want to get injured before the weekend.However nothing should be taken away from Old Boys who gave Cents a fight and did not lie down and surrender.