Another impressive display of running rugby saw OL’s overcome a stubborn home side that at times put the OL’s defence under strong pressure whilst the fast running game of the OL’s three-quarters kept St Andrews under constant defensive pressure.
From the kick off OL’s took the match to the home side and it was only seven minutes into the game when a sweeping move from the OL’s backs saw the ball taken deep into the home 22 metre area where the OL’s forwards took control and forced the home pack backwards creating space for scrum half Toby Lord to pick up and cross the line for the first of OL’s four first half tries. The conversion by fullback Bradley James was successful. OL’s continued to put pressure on the home side with a running game strongly supported by forwards pressure and the second try followed on the 12 minute mark when back row forward Callum Gosse broke the defensive line to touch down between the posts. The conversion attempt struck the post.
The next ten minutes of the game was equally shared with Rugby St Andrews coming more into the game putting pressure on the OL’s defence. With the game now well into the OL’s 22 metre area two poor OL’s line outs were won by the home side, the second one allowing the home forwards to maul the OL’s pack over the line for the home sides only try of the game. The conversion was successful. With the game approaching half time OL’s superiority in the three-quarters took control of the game and a successful turnover from the restart allowed prop forward Mike Robertson to make good ground into the home sides 22. Following a number of strong forward carries, a cross field kick from fly half Henry Reynolds was collected by winger Callum Semple in the goal area for a touchdown without a home player within metres of him. The conversion followed.
With half-time fast approaching OL’s forwards were camped on the St. Andrews goal line and following a number of infringements by the home side the match official awarded a penalty try to OL’s with the half time break arriving with an OL’s bonus point lead of 26 points to seven.
The second half was a more even affair with both sides cancelling each other out but it was another well constructed try that allowed Callum Semple to increase the OL’s lead. The try was created from a kick return that saw winger Joe O’Loghlen make good ground from within the OLs 22 before quick ball allowed Toby Lord to break before passing to Callum Semple to run the ball in from 30 yards. The conversion failed. The last ten minutes of the game saw all out attack by the home side but every attempt to break through the OL’s defence was met with outstanding tackling and cover defence preventing any breakthrough.
This win keeps OL’s in second place on the same points as Ledbury.
There is no First XV game next Saturday but will be a Second XV fixture against Pinley at home. The next game is at The Crofts on 29th Jan versus Southam with a 2.15 pm kick-off.