On a switched fixture due to Bedworth’s ground being unfit OLs took full advantage of being at The Crofts with a resounding eight try display of open rugby to which the visitors had no answer.
On a day that was very cold the game kicked off with Bedworth having the advantage of a strong gusty wind but it was the home side that started the better. Playing fifteen man rugby they stormed forward and from one flowing three-quarter move OLs centre Simon Hemming crossed the goal line for a well worked try in the left corner of the field with only five minutes on the clock.
The conversion attempt failed. From the restart OLs continued to pressurise the Bedworth defence but the visitors cause was not help by losing a player through injury after only ten minutes of the game and with no replacement they played the remainder of the game with 14 men.
OLs continued to dominate the game and good forward pressure saw OLs camped inside the Bedworth 22 metre area before Prop Forward Kai Cott claimed try number two wide out. Again the conversion failed. With OLs having the better of the game and Bedworth having to defend it wasn’t long before another sweeping OLs three-quarters move ended with full back Calum Semple overlapping on the left wing to touch down try number three wide out on the left. This conversion was successful making the score 17 – 0.
With this sizeable point advantage OLs took their foot of the gas and let Bedworth back into the game. A period of strong pressure ended with Bedworth scoring a well-deserved try after a forward surge that OLs failed to defend. The try was converted to reduce the lead further but it only served as a wake-up call to OLs who again took the game to the visitors and in the final five minutes of the first half notched up two further well worked running tries, firstly by right wing Liam Wellings and then a second by overlapping full back Calum Semple for his second try of the game. This try was converted to give OLs a half time lead of 29 points to 7.
The second half was again dominated by OLs and though Bedworth continued to defend well. After only five minutes of the half another flowing move by OLs saw wing three-quarter Liam Wellings cross for his second try of the game. This was unconverted with the score at 34 – 7. In spite of OLs having all the advantages of the conditions Bedworth were allowed back into game again and an unusual failure of defence allowed the visitors to touch down for a second try. The conversion failed and the score was 34 – 12.
This was the end of Bedworth’s resistance and OLs gained complete control. A number of defence splitting runs should have produced tries but time and again the final pass either went astray or failed to be delivered. One such defence breaking burst saw the forwards interchanging close passes when second row Joe Talamini broke from the maul and ran twenty metres through a receding defence before passing to prop forward Mike Robertson who drew the last defender before popping the ball to back row Andrew O’Toole to touch down between the posts.
The final score of the match was by winger and MAN OF THE MATCH Liam Wellings to give him a hat trick of tries after another fine three-quarter move to bring the final score to 44 points to 12 and give OLs a well-deserved bonus point win.
Report provided by Den Fisher