Midlands 2 West (South)
Old Laurentians 36
Kidderminster arrived at Fenley Field buoyed by good early season form, including a home win over Newbold in their last league outing.
But they met an OLs side in a rich vein of form and playing with an expansive style that has seen them clock up three bonus point wins from three in the league so far.
Kidderminster fielded a well organised team who competed bravely for much of this game and scrummaged well, writes Bill Wallis.
But when OLs won possession in second or third phase play and from turnovers, they had far too much pace and invention for their opponents.
In the tenth minute Ben Wiles fielded a high kick under some pressure on his own 22, but stood up well to make the ball available. From there, slick handling took play to Kidderminster’s 22 where quick possession from a ruck allowed Jon Bean to snipe down the narrow side and put open side flanker Rudi Reid over for a fine try.
On 18 minutes, a 22 metre drop out was superbly taken by Chris le Poidevin and he burst through the Kidderminster pack to send number 8 Glenn Todd away on an unstoppable run to the line for 10-0.
With 24 minutes gone, the ball was driven into the Kidderminster 22 from a lineout and quick possession saw Bean and Hersey combine well before the latter sent left wing Troy Owen over for a try. Bean added the goal points to push OLs lead out to 17-0.
From the restart, OLs were penalised at a scrum and Kidderminster’s scrum half Chris Pinner took a quick tap penalty to send centre Lawrence Hughes away for a try. Pinner added the extra points to bring the score back to 17-7.
Then, in added time at the break, Glenn Todd snaffled the ball at a Kidderminster scrum and it was quickly in Danny Murch’s hands for the centre to scorch in from half way for the bonus point try. The conversion was missed but OLs were in command with a 22-7 lead at half time.
After seven minutes of the second half, lock Ben Anderson did wonderfully well to get down from his full 6’6” and scoop up a loose ball in the Kidderminster 22 and finish with the style of a centre three quarter to touch down near the posts, Bean converting for 29-7.
The Kidderminster pack inspired a revival by their side who put in a spell of sustained pressure in OLs 22. But the home side demonstrated as much skill and tenacity in defence as they had in attack when repelling their best efforts.
But an over ambitious Laurentian pass was intercepted and Kidderminster set up an attack which led to second row Rob Phillips going over for a try, due reward for an afternoon of hard work by the Kidderminster man.
But OLs, and Lee Hersey, had the last word in some style. As OLs set up a counter attack from deep, the ball reached Hersey in his own half and he turned on the pace to leave defenders floundering as he ran in to score from 60 metres out, capping a fine game for the right wing. He then converted his own try for the game’s final score.
n This Saturday sees OLs travel to Earlsdon in the league, for a game which may prove to be their sternest test yet as the Coventry side have enjoyed a good start to the season and currently occupy fourth spot, with OLs now clear at the top.