2nds do the double over Sils and 1sts ready to take on high flying Burton
Warwickshire League 1
Silhillians 2nd XV 15
Old Laurentians 2nd XV 53
Old Laurentian 2nds were matched against Silhillians for the second time this month and a fine display saw them complete a double over the Warwickshire League 1 leaders, writes Bill Wallis.
They had secured a 34-22 triumph over Sils at Fenley Field on 1st March and followed that up with a comprehensive demolition of their rivals in the return, played at Sihillians Copt Heath ground on a day when conditions were perfect for their brand of running rugby.
Sils struggled to hold OLs strong running centre Matt Cockman who registered a hat-trick of tries to just squeeze ahead of Duane Morris in the team’s try scoring table. Morris also got his name on the score sheet with a try, Kyle Bramley, Greg Loydall and Andy Coleman also registering touch downs.
The game also marked the return to competitive action of the Wiles brothers, Ben and Scott, who both came on as second half replacements after long layoffs, Ben Wiles chipping in with a brace of tries to mark his return conclusively. Ben Roberts completed the scoring, converting four of the nine tries his side ran in.
The team face another tough assignment when they face Kenilworth on Saturday but will travel to Glasshouse Lane in confident mood.
Old Laurentians take on high flying Burton
Old Laurentians 1st string had a blank Saturday last weekend but resume league action in Midlands One this Saturday when they travel to Burton in another critical encounter in their fight to maintain their league status. Second placed Burton are locked in a battle with Hereford for the promotion play-off spot behind runaway leaders Lichfield, their hopes being jolted when they travelled to their nearest rivals last Saturday to lose a close match by 18-24.
In the reverse fixture at Fenley Field last November, OLs did everything but beat Burton, dominating the closing stages before going down by 6-10. So they can travel with justifiable optimism as the team has upped performance levels since then as it has returned to near full strength.
Sport Relief Challenge
On Sunday Old Laurentian Minis and Juniors hosted their own Sport Relief Challenge. Children from the age of 3 upwards ran distances from half a mile to 6 miles. They were joined by parents and coaches in the annual challenge. Parents also baked and donated cakes to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause. This is the 3rd time that the club has participated in the challenge and is already on course to beat the £880 raised in 2012.