This Saturday sees the renewal of Rugby’s keenest rivalry on a sports field for the first of their season 2012/13 encounters, the clash between Old Laurentians and Newbold on Avon.
This time round, the action takes place at OLs ground at Fenley Field in Bilton where all three sides from each club will be in action, the 2nd and 3rd XVs locking horns before the 1st teams take to the field.
There is added spice to this year’s matches, as both 1st XVs have enjoyed excellent starts to the season, OLs boasting an unbeaten record to lead the Midlands 2 West (S) league table with Newbold in second spot just three points behind with three wins from four. Bold will be going all out to dent the home side’s 100% record whilst OLs will want to stretch their lead at the top, so an exciting encounter is guaranteed!
In the match between the 2nd XVs, OLs will also be defending an unbeaten record and leadership of Warwickshire League One as defending champions of that league. Newbold 2nds can also boast an impressive record so far with large wins in both the league and the Warwickshire 2nds Cup, so it will take a brave man to predict the outcome of this one.
The 3rd XV match also has the makings of a close run affair as both sides have made stuttering starts in Warwickshire League 3, a competition in which Bold fared better last season when finishing as runners up.
Last Saturday saw Newbold progress to the third round of the Intermediate Cup at the expense of Wellingborough whilst OLs had a day off as their opponents in that competition pulled out, giving the Bilton side a walkover into round 3.
The action kicks off at 12.30 on Saturday with the matches between the 2nd and 3rd XVs, then the clash between the 1st teams gets under way at 3pm.
A large crowd is expected so parking at the ground will be filled very quickly. Any supporters planning to arrive in time for the 1st XV game are advised not to try and reach the ground by car, or park in Lime Tree Avenue, as you may be turned away – so park and walk is the best advice.
Loughborough 2nds 12
Old Laurentians 2nds 44
OLs 2nds travelled to Loughborough to face what looked like a tough proposition on paper as the home side’s 1st team play at a level above the Bilton side in the league structure. But they cruised to a comfortable win, scoring six tries in the process.
Three regular first teamers supplemented an already very useful team as OLs were left without a 1st XV fixture when their scheduled opponents in the RFU Intermediate Cup, Biggleswade, withdrew from the competition.
Try scorers were Mark Todd, Matt Cockman, Troy Owen, Chris le Podevin, Ben Roach and Ben Anderson.
Sam Taylor was on form with the boot, to kick four conversions and two penalties.
It proved to be a very useful workout for the sterner test likely to be encountered when they take on Newbold this Saturday, kicking off at 12.30 at Fenley Field.