RUGBY: Fantastic season for rugby clubs

James Orbinson in action for OLs v Old Leams last week (picture by Mike Baker)
James Orbinson in action for OLs v Old Leams last week (picture by Mike Baker)

Exciting finish in prospect for OLs and Newbold

Despite the freezing weather, Rugby’s rugby season is really hotting up - with another clean sweep of wins from the town’s clubs last weekend.

In their respective divisions, Old Laurentians and Newbold are battling it out at the top, level on points; Rugby Lions are 17 points clear with a 100 per cent record and Rugby St Andrews third, having just beaten the league leaders. Rugby Welsh, who didn’t have a game, are fifth.

Saints extended their winning league run to six games and pulled off a great 29-22 win at John Tomalin Way over league leaders Rushden & Higham, who had only lost two games so far this season.

Saints stay third in Midlands 3 East (South) on 50 points, but are closing the gap on Rushden & Higham who have 56 and second-placed Vipers on 51 points, who play each other this weekend. St Andrews have a tough trip to mid-table St Ives.

And it was another exciting weekend in Midlands 2 West (South) with bonus-point wins for both unbeaten leaders Old Laurentians and second placed Newbold, who gained revenge over the only side to have beaten them in the league so far this season.

At Fenley Field OLs beat bottom placed Old Leamingtonians 31-0 and Newbold won 61-3 against third-placed Banbury, banishing memories of their 30-25 defeat in October. The results keep the two Rugby sides level on 66 points at the top of the table, with Banbury 14 points behind on 52.

Having drawn 16-16 in the opening game of the season back in September - the only points OLs have dropped so far - the title could come down to the very last fixture on April 11, when Newbold will host OLs at Parkfield Road.

This weekend both teams are away to mid-table sides, OLs at Old Yardleians and Newbold at Droitwich.

And formidable Rugby Lions kept up their winning streak at the top of Midlands 4 West (South), with their 21st win out of 21 outings in all competitions this season.

They won 59-3 at sixth-placed Redditch. Lions are now 17 points clear of Evesham and Claverdon in the the table, with 59 points to their 42.

Lions have a break from the league this weekend but face Southam in the final of the Warwickshire Shield on Sunday, February 15.

And holders Lions are through to defend their title in the RFU Midlands Junior Vase final on March 14, where they will face either Evesham or Cleobury Mortimer. Last season Lions went on to also win their national semi-final to earn the honour of playing at Twickenham in the final.

After their rest from Midlands 5 West (South) action on Saturday, Rugby Welsh resume their campaign in fifth place this weekend hosting sixth placed Trinity Guild.