RUGBY PICTURES: Newbold champions after win over Old Laurentians, watched by 1,500 crowd

Champions Newbold celebrate                PICTURES BY LOUISE SMITH
Champions Newbold celebrate PICTURES BY LOUISE SMITH

Winning weekend for Saints, Lions and Welsh to finish league season on a high

It was a fantastic day for rugby fans at Parkfield Road on Saturday, with the division decider between Newbold and Old Laurentians providing a great game in the spring sunshine.

The final whistle

The final whistle

Newbold won 37-17 to take the Midlands 2 West (South) title from leaders OLs and gain promotion to Midlands 1. OLs now have a home draw at Fenley Field in the play-offs next Saturday (April 25) and will be glad of similar support when the take on Old Saltleians. The winner will earn the other promotion spot.

Full reports from both clubs in Thursday’s Advertiser, along with more pictures from the game.

Rugby St Andrews rounded off their league season in Midlands 3 East (South) with the closest of wins, beating relegated Northampton Mens Own 27-26 at John Tomalin Way. Saints end their campaign in fifth spot, behind champions Rushden & Higham and runners-up Vipers. Long Buckby were third, Oundle fourth and Daventry just behind Saints in sixth.

After their disappointment in the Junior Vase last week, Rugby Lions were back to their usual winning form on Saturday with a 45-13 victory at Coventry Welsh. Already champions of Midlands 4 West (South), Lions enjoy their second consecutive promotion after their return to the league structure.

The champagne flows...

The champagne flows...

Rugby Welsh also finished their season on a high note, beating Copsewood 24-0 for fourth place in Midlands 5 West (South). Birmingham Civil Service are champions and Alcester the runners-up.

Newbold celebrate

Newbold celebrate

A huge crowd enjoyed the occasion

A huge crowd enjoyed the occasion

A big day for rugby fans at Parkfield Road

A big day for rugby fans at Parkfield Road

Watching from the stand

Watching from the stand

Old Laurentian scarves out in force

Old Laurentian scarves out in force

A few of the 1,500 crowd enjoying the afternoon's action

A few of the 1,500 crowd enjoying the afternoon's action

The massive crowd were treated to nine tries

The massive crowd were treated to nine tries

Gallant runners-up Old Laurentians have another chance of promotion in their play-off on Saturday at Fenley Field

Gallant runners-up Old Laurentians have another chance of promotion in their play-off on Saturday at Fenley Field