Rugby started very slowly, probably a result of ageing bones and weeks of inactivity, and soon went behind when Old Wulfs converted a penalty corner through John O’Reilly in the 16th minute.
Old Wulfs matched Rugby through the rest of the first half with chances going begging at both ends and the score remained 0-1 at half time.
The second half seemed a completely different game. Perhaps the oranges at half time had the desired effect!
Goals from Andrew Simpson and evergreen David Thompson saw Rugby go from a goal down to 5-1 up in the space of 18 minutes with some superb tackling, passing and ultimately shooting. All of Rugby’s goals came from open play with their only penalty corner being well struck by Dave Morgan and well stopped on the line. David Thompson – Rugby’s senior player – scored three which cost him a jug of beer. Andrew Simpson was credited with the other two.
All in all this was a good team performance with David Twynholm, David Robson, Richard Wootton, Nick Adams and Pete Willis all putting in good performances at the back and Andy Langton, Steve Weston, David Assheton and brother William all doing good work up front.
It would be an injustice not to mention Andy Davies in the Rugby goal who made some excellent stops and manager Jon Bass who came on for the last 10 minutes just so he could justify his day out.
Rugby are now through to the second round and with all the recent postponements hope that they are rewarded with a home tie on February 10. Sadly David Thompson will be missing next time out as he is off to New Zealand to play England LX but he will be back for the quarter-final if the team can get there.