RUGBY: OLs and Newbold set up title decider on April 11

James Orbinson in Old Laurentians' win over Malvern   PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER
James Orbinson in Old Laurentians' win over Malvern PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER

Lions warm up for national Vase semi with big win

It’s the game everyone’s been waiting for: Newbold v Old Laurentians at Parkfield Road on April 11. Both teams won again on Saturday to stay top of Midlands 2 West (South) with just the title decider to play. OLs beat Malvern 36-14 at Fenley Field and Newbold won 81-12 at Old Coventrians.

Ciaran Wardle scoring for Rugby Lions against Coventrians   PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER

Ciaran Wardle scoring for Rugby Lions against Coventrians PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER

No one could have written a better script, with the two Rugby sides meeting in the first and last fixtures of the campaign. On the opening day of the season they drew 16-16 and since then league leaders OLs have won every single game and second-placed Newbold have only lost once at Banbury. They are level on 96 points, 28 ahead of third-placed Banbury, with Newbold making up the difference with four extra bonus points.

The game on April 11 promises to be a high-pressure encounter, with the league title and automatic promotion for the winner and a place in the play-offs for the league runner-up.

Meanwhile in Midlands 4 West (South) Rugby Lions warmed up for next weekend’s National Junior Vase semi-final with an 88-10 home win over Coventrians. Lions are already league champions with 17 wins out of 17 so far and finish their campaign on April 11 with a trip to seventh-placed Coventry Welsh. This Saturday though (April 4),it’s the big one. Lions host Yorkshire side Northallerton at Webb Ellis Road to decide which club will travel to Twickenham to contest the national final. It’s a huge match for both clubs, with Lions hoping for a chance to go one better at Twickenham, where they were runners-up last year.

Rugby St Andrews returned to winning ways with a 29-12 result over Northampton Casuals at John Tomalin Way in front of more than 60 former players of all ages, who sat down to lunch at the Vice Presidents’ event on Saturday (see photo).

Spencer Brown in Saints' 29-12 win over Casuals   PICTURES BY DAVID LEATHLEY

Spencer Brown in Saints' 29-12 win over Casuals PICTURES BY DAVID LEATHLEY

Saints are still fifth in the table and play their last Midlands 3 East (South) game of the season at Northampton Men’s Own on April 11.

Rugby Welsh hosted Birmingham Exiles at Alwyn Road on Saturday, going down 9-12 in the Midlands 5 West (South) game. Welsh stay fifth in the table and will complete their fixtures with a trip to struggling Copsewood on April 11.

VPs and former players gathered for lunch and to watch Saints' win over Casuals

VPs and former players gathered for lunch and to watch Saints' win over Casuals