Friendly win for 2nds
Daventry 2nd XV 12
Old Laurentian 2nd XV 22
After a late cancellation by Kenilworth, who were only able to raise six players, OLs were able to get an away fixture at Daventry. Having won 41-0 in the Clonmell Cup last month, OLs should have been confident, but injuries and unavailabilities meant that they travelled with a somewhat makeshift bare 15.
The 15 lasted all of three minutes as McCulloch suffered a recurrence of a knee injury leaving OLs to play with 14. They started slowly and Daventry looked up for revenge as they threw themselves into the rucks and it was they who struck first blood. An average kick was followed by weak tackling as the big number 8 ran the ball back 40 metres before passing to his centre who crashed over for an unconverted try.
This sparked OLs into life. Although they lacked fluency, with players out of position, they started to graft hard. A period in Daventry’s 22 saw good hands as Orr and Roderick interchanged before Loydall dived over for a well taken score. The conversion was missed.
After all the hard work, OLs let themselves down. After conceding a soft free kick for foot up in the scrum, they failed to react to the kick over the top, allowing Daventry to score a converted try and go into half-time 12-5 up.
The team showed more resolve in the second half, playing a controlled game. Orr kicked sensibly for territory and the pack went for a classic mauling game, shunting the Daventry forwards back from every attacking line out.
It was from this situation that Rich Foxon was to crash over for two tries, steering the maul over the line. Both scores were well converted by Orr, to put OL’s into a 19-12 lead.
As OL’s fitness started to tell, further pressure led to three penalty attempts, one of which Orr converted. OL’s were happy to hear the final whistle and come away with a 22-12 win having played 77 minutes with only 14 men.
Following Barkers Butts cancellation of the last league fixture and the consequent award of a 20-0 victory to Broadstreet, the 2nd team have finished their Warwickshire 1 league campaign in second place, three points behind Broadstreet. Despite having the most points for and fewest against, a poor result before Christmas at Earlsdon cost them the title. Our congratulations are offered to Broadstreet.
This Saturday sees a tougher fixture at Lutterworth in the semi-final of the Clonmell Cup. OL’s will seek to extract some revenge, having lost in 2 finals to Lutterworth in the last 3 years, with a number of players available again.