RUGBY: 2nd XV derby Rugby St Andrews v Old Laurentians

Saints 2nds v OLs 2nds (pictures by David Leathley)
Saints 2nds v OLs 2nds (pictures by David Leathley)

Newbold 2nds report and 3rds beat Broadstreet in game of season so far

Saints 2nds 18

Saints 2nds v OLs 2nds

Saints 2nds v OLs 2nds

Old Laurentians 2nds 14

(Rugby St Andrews report)

Last week Old Laurentians seconds were reportedly ‘on fire’ but this week it was more a case of sackcloth and ashes as they seemingly suffered an early burn out in this closely contested Warwickshire One game against a lively Saints team.

Without the usual first team calls this week Saints had the luxury of an almost full strength squad for the first time for months. As they proved last week against Market Harborough this developing team is no respecter of reputations and the six youngsters from last year’s colts more than held their own against bigger, more experienced opponents.

Saints 2nds v OLs 2nds

Saints 2nds v OLs 2nds

With the strong wind in their favour OLs opted for a territorial game. It paid dividends with the first of three successful penalty kicks by Thorne, but Saints defended bravely and, prepared to run the ball from deep defence, were dangerous on the counter. One such move was finished off by centre Fraser Caithness whose surge from 50 metres left a trail of would be tacklers in his wake. Sam White converted and namesake Tom, on his return to action, squeezed into the corner for a second try only for Saints to concede a needless penalty straight from the restart and gift OLs three points. Sam White restored the margin but a third penalty kept the visitors in contention at 15-9 at half time.

The experience of the OLs outfit showed as they restarted strongly. Saints again tackled resolutely but finally ran out of defenders and an unconverted try by Ben Roberts reduced the deficit to a single point. Saints naïve failure to make full use of the elements had proved costly but sanity then prevailed and a couple of long touchfinders put the pressure back on the visitors. Sam White eased the nerves with a penalty and was just short with a second longer range effort. OLs tried desperately for a match winning try but Saints were in no mood to relinquish the lead. Committed defence aided by handling errors and indiscipline by OLs prevented any further score in a tense, well contested encounter.

This week Saints first team are back in league action when they travel to Deepings where they will be looking to build on their recent good form and further improve their league position.

The seconds are also in league action and host Old Silhillians.

(Old Laurentians report)

OLs made the short journey across town to face local rivals St.Andrews, hoping to exact revenge for their exit from the Clonmell Cup earlier in the season and, buoyed by some excellent recent results, were in confident mood.

Saints however are a very different proposition this season and, backed by a large vocal support, were not about to roll over for anyone.

From the first whistle OLs were driving for the Saints line and a score looked a certainty but poor decision making allowed the chance to go begging and Saints were soon on the front foot and with a combination of their hard running centre and some very suspect tackling they registered their first score of the afternoon.

Willie Thorne kicked his side’s first points of the game soon afterwards but when the bounce of the ball favoured the home side they had their second score of the game and a 12-3 lead.

The two fly half’s then traded penalties as neither side really found any rhythm and as half time approached Thorne kicked his third penalty to keep the Fenley men in touch at 15-9 at the break.

OLs started the second half strongly after some stern words from the coaches and when Ben Roberts touched down to bring his side within a point, it looked favourable for the visitors.

Saints however soon edged away again with another penalty and with OLs struggling to match the home side’s aggression at both the break down and in the contact areas, the home side closed out what, on balance, was a well-deserved win.

OLs need to now re-group and finish the rest of the season playing the sort of rugby that they have produced over the last few weeks.

Team: Roberts, Bramley, Orbinson, Cockman, Morris, Thorne, Roach, Reeve(C), Collins, Fisher, Smith, Jones, Todd, Whyment, Hughes

Rep: Machon, Lewis, Bunn

Scorers:

Try - Roberts;

Pens - Thorne (3)

Report by Dave Middleton

NEWBOLD 2ND XV

Newbold 2’s 60 Old Silhillians 7

A beautiful day greeted the Sills in what was the last league game of the season for the Newbold men. In emphatic style they signed off, every player giving their all. Sheer dominance in scrum gave way to some scintillating back play to produce arguably the best performance of the season. Tries were being scored at a steady rate from forwards and backs alike, some stunning Rugby being played all round.

Friendlies are all that’s left for the season until they take on Lutterworth in the Clonmell Cup Final on May 11th after knocking out Rugby Lions along the way.

Massive thanks goes to all the players who pulled the jersey on. A very proud club salutes you.

Newbold III’s 27

Broadstreet II’s 19

On a day perfect for end of season running Rugby Newbold entertained Broadstreet for their rearranged league fixture.

The visitors looked young and spritely are we at it from the first whistle an infringement from the home side allowed the visiting fly half to kick to the corner and after claiming the line out the first score was already on the board the blind side winger dotting down and the conversion was added. Not an ideal start for the home team whom looked shell shocked to say the least. Slowly but surely the home side got into the game the Scrum was working well with the front row well on top. The ball was moving through the hands quickly and the game was a end to end.

Newbold started to exert lots of pressure, phase after phase of good ball was won but the visitors tackling was a match for the home sides efforts. The pressure finally told with the impressive Will Allen wiggling free and scoring under the posts, converted by Martin Shaw.

Newbold now sensed they could match the speed and vigour of their young opponents and after some good hands from the backs Silvio Marsella powered over for another score again converted by Mr Shaw. The game was being played at such a fast pace and in the hot sun the half time whistle was a relief to both sides. HT 14-7.

Newbold welcomed back Tim Murphy after a long lay off through injury, the home side now had the advantage of going down the slope and this seemed to add a spring to their step. The next twenty minutes was frantic pressure with all players giving it their all.

Strong running by Danny T in the centre allowed quick ball from the resulting ruck to be put through the slick Newbold backs hands and Richard Bannister did the rest, conversion missed. Broadstreet decided their new tactic was going to be the driving maul and this caused Newbold to give away a series of penalties which allowed the visitors to march up field and from a five metre line out the drive was over the line for a score for the visitors conversion added.

It was end to end stuff and the next score was vitally important a near carbon copy try was added by Ryan Plumb after excellent rucking and quick ball, conversion missed. Still Broadstreets youngsters didn’t lay down and a break away score from a quick tap penalty brought them right back into the game with time running out conversion missed. In the dying minutes Newbold’s pack got on top again and this resulted in a kickable penalty. Mr Shaw made no mistake and this took Newbold out of sight.

A huge result was Newbold’s the game of the season so far and all credit to all 19 players who took part.

Newbold are in league action again next week with a trip to Spartans. MOM Damien Gray. FT 27-19.