Weekend round-up and a look ahead to next week
Saturday’s four home games threw up a couple of disappointing results, not least for league leaders Rugby Lions, who surprisingly lost 26-29 at Webb Ellis Road to 11th-placed Barkers Butts.
Lions are still top of Midlands 2 West (South) on 79 points, ahead of Spartans and Silhillians both on 75. At the weekend Sils beat Southam 74-15 and Spartans won 35-5 at Leamington.
This weekend all Rugby’s rugby teams are away from home, with Lions facing a trip to fourth-placed Berkswell and Balsall, who beat Pinley 26-21 away on Saturday.
Missing several key players, Old Laurentians went down 43-19 to Oadby Wyggestonians in an expectedly tough game at Fenley Field. Both teams needed to win this crucial fixture in their chase for the play-off place. It means OLs slip down to fifth place on 62 points with just three games to go.
The Midlands 2 East (South) table sees Peterborough sure of the automatic promotion spot on 86 points, with Wyggs second on 68, Oundle (who won 21-12 against Luton) third on 67 and Olney (who beat Market Harborough 29-27) fourth on 63.
OLs’ next opponents Oakham (who beat Vipers 31-15) are sixth on 55. This weekend Oundle travel to Market Harborough and Wyggs host Olney.
On a much brighter note Newbold continued their dominance at the top of Midlands 1 East with a 49-17 win over 13th-placed Dronfield at Parkfield Road. They now have 105 points, with Kettering second on 96 and Old Northamptonians third on 87.
Newbold next travel to Huntingdon & District, who are fourth on 71 points, having won 22-5 at Melton Mowbray.
Rugby St Andrews enjoyed a 56-17 victory over bottom club Bedworth at John Tomalin Way. It lifts Saints up to sixth in Midlands 3 West (South) ahead of an incredibly tough run-in to the season.
They first visit leaders Droitwich, who won 71-14 at Old Wheatleyans, before hosting second-placed Evesham on April 8 and finishing the season at third-placed Ledbury on April 22.
Fourth-placed Rugby Welsh were without a Midlands 5 West (South) league game, but travel to fifth-placed Atherstone this Saturday. Atherstone lost 70-14 to second-placed Birmingham Civil Service at the weekend.
Rugby Welsh then have just one more game to play, on April 8 when they host league leaders Burbage at Alwyn Road.