RUGBY: Derby day for Newbold and Old Laurentians

Action between OLs and Newbold 2nd XIs
Action between OLs and Newbold 2nd XIs
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Another eagerly awaited game for the 2nd XVs

The first team game between OLs and Newbold at Fenley Field was enjoyed by more than 500 people. Reports and pictures from that match are in today’s Rugby Advertiser. Here’s the 2nd XV reports.

O'Brien strikes for OLs 2nds

O'Brien strikes for OLs 2nds

Pictures by Ray Todd

Warwickshire League 1

Old Laurentian 2nds 27 –

Newbold on Avon 2nds 20

Newbold’s report: The eagerly awaited derby between the Twos Extra Golds and OLs 2s turned out to be a pretty dour affair interspersed with a spattering of quality rugby.

It was always going to be a game dominated by the boot and from the opening exchanges both fly halves started to trade 3 pointers, seemingly from all over the park.

Newbold did try to put some phases of play together with runs by Bale and Harrison but some robust tackling and under par skill execution meant Ols relieved the danger time and time again.

Play deep near Newbold’s line - poor tackling and their centre waltzed through - half time. In the 2nd half an interception pass after Newbold pressure gave the OLs centre a gallop in to score.

Newbold started to up their game and a typical leg pumping run by Spooner bought the score to within 4 points. Another penalty by the Ols number 10 immediately extended their lead to 7.

An OLs yellow card and suddenly Newbold were in the ascendancy looking for the levelling score. An injury to Bale 10 minutes from time required an ambulance and the referee blew for full time. 27-20 to OLs.

A frustrating game during a day when we all remembered Ma Reed.

Warwickshire League 1

Old Laurentian 2nds 27 –

Newbold on Avon 2nds 20

Old Laurentians’ report: The 2nds match began in cagey fashion as both sides checked each other out in the early stages before the deadlock was broken with a penalty for OLs from the trusty boot of Dan O’Brien. This was swiftly followed by a similar response from Newbold’s Anthony Miller to level the scores before another OLs indiscretion was further punished for back-chat taking Newbold into kickable range. Miller succeeded with the attempt to put the visitors ahead.

A sudden break by Matt Cockman was almost halted but sheer power and determination saw him drive through two tackles and touch down for the first try of the game.

The game ebbed and flowed and OLs were again penalised to reduce the margin to one point until, on the stroke of half-time, hooker Mark Todd forced a penalty for Newbold not releasing and O’Brien never looked like missing from fully 45 metres out.

The 13-9 half-time lead was extended when O’Brien slotted another penalty for 16-9.

As OLs pressed forward, Centre Matt Cockman found himself in possession on the wing and charged powerfully for the line to go over in the corner for his second try and give OLs a twelve point margin.

A further Newbold penalty and a fine solo try by Paul Spooner narrowed the gap to just four points which was maintained after another exchange of penalties.

OLs pack were solid on their own strike and even managed a couple ‘against the head’ with flanker Charlie Seager having an outstanding game in the loose, keeping the visitors under pressure.

With around ten minutes left, OLs attacking play was rewarded with another long-range penalty, O’Brien knocking over his fifth of the day for a 27-20 lead.

Unfortunately there followed what looked like a serious injury to Newbold centre Paul Bale and play was suspended as he received treatment. The referee decided it was better to be safe than sorry and called an early finish to give the home side the win.

Thankfully, the injury turned out to be not as serious as was first thought and we wish Paul a speedy recovery.