RUGBY: Old Laurentians, Newbold, Rugby St Andrews and Rugby Welsh all at home today (Saturday)

Andy Orbinson breaks through in OLs 2nds game (Pictures by Dave Longrigg)
Andy Orbinson breaks through in OLs 2nds game (Pictures by Dave Longrigg)
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Busy weekend for host clubs as Lions travel to second in the table Kings Norton

OLs 1st XV are back in action today (Saturday) when they take on Spartans in a Midlands 2 league game at Fenley Field, kick off 3pm.

Cockman spots a gap for his hat-trick for OLs 2nds

Cockman spots a gap for his hat-trick for OLs 2nds

Newbold host Pinley, in the same division, at Parkfield Road with a 3pm kick off.

Rugby St Andrews are at home to Vipers in Midlands 3 East, at Ashlawn Road with a 2.15pm kick-off

And Rugby Welsh, with their Vice Presidents watching, will take on Keresley at Alwyn Road, 3pm kick-off

Saturday 4th October, 2014

Warwickshire League 1

Old Laurentian 2nd XV 78 –

Stratford on Avon 2nd XV 7

OLs superior teamwork, pace and strength was ultimately too much for a game Stratford XV, who arrived at Fenley Field with just 12 players, the three players named as replacements for OLs gamely turning out for the visitors.

The score may suggest a woeful defensive performance by Stratford but they put in a massive tackle count in an attempt to stem the tide. Their problem was that there were always too many players in OLs colours available and the home side’s support play and outstanding handling created 12 tries.

OLs strength in the centre was a real problem for Stratford, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cockman having plenty of opportunities to show their powerful running, supported by a marauding back row of Andy Coleman, Nick Martin and Andy Orbinson. Outside them, wings Kyle Bramley and Ben Scott were willing runners, as was Lee Hersey from full back.

Half time was reached with OLs 26-7 to the good, the tries coming from Cockman, Scott, Wallis and Shepherd, Hersey converting 3. The floodgates opened in the second half when OLs added 8 further tries as Stratford visibly wilted under the onslaught. Cockman crowned a fine display by adding 2 for his hat trick, Shepherd and Wallis added to their first half touch downs with one apiece and Hersey, Alex Smith, Andy Orbinson and Ben Roach followed them over. Hersey converted six in the second half to finish with a personal tally of 23 points.

Old Laurentian 3rd XV had their first outing of the season and made the short journey to Alwyn Road to take on Rugby Welsh in a friendly match, the home side coming out top in a low scoring encounter by 9-7. Welsh took their opportunities well and Guy Shaw kicked 3 penalties but the only try of the game went to OLs, Ben Harrington touching down for Andy Thorne to convert.

OLs Mini & Juniors have started this season with even greater numbers registered, now nearly 300 young players, boys and girls. They were in action on Sunday and the Minis travelled to Harbury to play in a four club tournament, where the Under 10s and Under 12s were overall winners in their age groups.

This season marks the first for some years that OLs have fielded a Junior side with the emergence of an Under 13 squad from the Mini Section which has sufficient numbers to field two teams, the Griffins and the Bears. On Sunday the Griffins took on Leamington at Fenley Field and demonstrated what a formidable outfit they have become. Leamington arrived with a good recent win to their name and started well. But OLs Griffins moved up through the gears to brush their opponents aside and had scored ten tries by half time, when the coaches agreed that it was to no-one’s benefit to continue a game that had become so one sided and called a halt.

The Griffins’ pack produced quality possession from all phases and their midfield trio of Dan Price, Sam McCosker-New and Callum Cooke controlled affairs to set up up try scoring opportunities in abundance.