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1st XV - Match centre

Old Northamptonians
Oundle
M Love, J Spencer, B Rivans
Tries
B Rivans (2)
Conversions
B Rivans
Penalties
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 East Full time

OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS 22-29 OUNDLE

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The ONs’ season ends as it began

OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS 22-29 OUNDLE

The ONs’ season ended as it began with a defeat to Oundle.A young and inexperienced team had been well beaten by 46-17 in the opening fixture and although a squad featuring just 5 players from that September fixture led 17-12 at half time at Billing Road on Saturday some of the failings that had contributed to their inconsistent results resurfaced as the game progressed.Tackles which had been made in the previous two games were missed and misdirected and poorly executed kicks out of hand heaped the pressure back on the ONs and led directly to the visitors first try.

Mark Edwards came in at prop and Aaron Cort replaced the injured Guy Holt in the back row.The replacements were Jake Diggin,Zach Draper and Gareth Richards,making just his second appearance of the season(the first being against the same opponents).

The ONs kicked off playing down the Billing Road slope and after squandering an early chance when they lost possession in the Oundle 22,took the lead with Matt Love going over close to the posts and Ben Rivans converting and he added a penalty shortly after before the visitors hit back.A poor clearance kick was returned with interest to the ONs 22 and when the lineout was overthrown Oundle scrum half Harry Winch pounced and strolled through some half hearted tackles to touch down.Joe Sagoe added the two points but was unable to convert when the visitors scored their second wide out on 20 minutes as the ONs’ defence was again found wanting.A well executed lineout drive took the ONs close and although it was stopped the ball was released and moved across field,Jake Spencer hitting the line at pace to dive over and with Rivans converting they led 17-12.Matt Bedden was yellow carded as Oundle stormed forward but the ONs defence was much improved and they managed to hold up a drive over the line as the half time whistle blew.

The onslaught continued on resumption but Oundle spilled the ball forward,Drew Hudson picked up from the base of the ensuing scrum and took play into the visitors half.Quick recycling and inter passing sustained the attack and Rivans squeezed over in the corner to give the ONs a 10 point lead.Oundle regained possession from the restart eventually forcing a scrum 15 metres out and although Hudson managed to tidy up as the ONs eight were driven backwards he was penalised for holding on as support was slow to arrive.Oundle chose to re-scrum and Rob Shingles drove over from close range,Sagoe adding the simple conversion,22-19.Hudson was injured attempting to stop the score and whisked off the A&E and towards the end of the third quarter Oundle second row Dan Page powered in for the bonus point try and a 24-22 lead.Full back Gabriel Smithson finished another prolonged Oundle attack to extend that lead to 29-22 but there was still time for the ONs to come back however after another sweeping move took them deep into opposition territory a poor final pass went to ground and the opportunity was lost leaving Oundle the victors.

ONs:Ben Rivans,Ollie Spencer,Jake Spencer,Alex Crofts,Mike Bellamy,Matt Love,Matt Watts,Aaron Cort,Drew Hudson,Ash Fullthorpe,Chris Reid,Matt Bedden,Craig Stewart,Dave Irvine,Mark Edwards.

Replacements:Jake Diggin,Zach Draper,Gareth Richards.

Man of the Match:Ben Rivans

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Ben Rivans

Player of the Match

Ben Rivans

Key moments

7:00
Try Matt Love scores for Old Northamptonians
8:00
Conversion Ben Rivans kicks a conversion for Old Northamptonians
14:00
Penalty Ben Rivans kicks a penalty for Old Northamptonians
32:00
Try Jake Spencer scores for Old Northamptonians
33:00
Conversion Ben Rivans kicks a conversion for Old Northamptonians
43:00
Try Ben Rivans scores for Old Northamptonians

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ben Rivans is awarded player of the match for Old Northamptonians
58:00 Sub Off
Mark Edwards is substituted off for Old Northamptonians
58:00 Sub On
David Irvine is substituted on for Old Northamptonians
50:00 Sub On
Gareth Richards is substituted on for Old Northamptonians
50:00 Sub Off
Drew Hudson is substituted off for Old Northamptonians
43:00 Try 22 - 0
Ben Rivans scores for Old Northamptonians
40:00 Sub Off
David Irvine is substituted off for Old Northamptonians
40:00 Sub On
Jake Diggin is substituted on for Old Northamptonians
End of period 1
37:00 Yellow Card
Matt Bedden is yellow carded for Old Northamptonians
33:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Ben Rivans kicks a conversion for Old Northamptonians
32:00 Try 15 - 0
Jake Spencer scores for Old Northamptonians
14:00 Penalty 10 - 0
Ben Rivans kicks a penalty for Old Northamptonians
8:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Ben Rivans kicks a conversion for Old Northamptonians
7:00 Try 5 - 0
Matt Love scores for Old Northamptonians
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As it happened

  • Old Northamptonians
  • Oundle
  • 0
  • Matt Love Try 7:00'
  • Ben Rivans Conversion 8:00'
  • Ben Rivans Penalty 14:00'
  • Jake Spencer Try 32:00'
  • Ben Rivans Conversion 33:00'
  • Matt Bedden Yellow Card 37:00'
  • David Irvine Sub Off 40:00'
  • Jake Diggin Sub On 40:00'
  • Ben Rivans Try 43:00'
  • Gareth Richards Sub On 50:00'
  • Drew Hudson Sub Off 50:00'
  • David Irvine Sub On 58:00'
  • Mark Edwards Sub Off 58:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Lutterworth 26 87
7. Towcestrians 26 72
8. Old Northamptonians 26 67
9. West Bridgford 26 66
10. Wellingborough 26 56
11. Rugby Lions 26 48
12. Leighton Buzzard 26 26

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