OLs beat Kidderminster 59-24
PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER
RFU Intermediate Cup
Old Laurentians 59
With 20 minutes gone and the visitors leading 12-7, this looked like being a close encounter with Kidderminster looking dangerous whenever they opened up play and went wide, writes Bill Wallis.
But once this re-shaped OLs side had found their feet they swept their opponents aside, picking up momentum as the game wore on and running in nine tries.
Injury and availability issues meant that almost the whole of the previous week’s 2nd XV three quarter line were promoted for this match and they did the team proud with an accomplished display.
Kidderminster’s first score was on the board with just three minutes played but OLs reacted positively and slick handling sent right wing Miles Feeney over for a try on his 1st XV debut to reduce the deficit to 5-7. Kidderminster hit back to increase their lead to 12-5 after 20 minutes with a simple try around the blindside of a scrum close to the home line.
OLs were awarded a penalty straight from the re-start, Kidderminster were penalised again under heavy OLs pressure and scrum half James Collins took the penalty quickly to snipe over and touch down, Jon Bean adding the goal points to bring OLs level at 12-12.
Number 8 Ash Moore, impressive in just his second start for the team, barrelled over to complete a spell of mounting OLs pressure, Bean converting the try to give OLs the lead for the first time at 19-12, a position from which they never looked back.
Early in the second half hooker Dom Hammond charged through midfield for a fine try, Bean added the extras for 26-12 and OLs were now well in control.
Minutes later and Kev Vince, another up from the 2nds and having just replaced the injured Grant Inch at full back, ran on to a finely judged kick from Ben Roach to score, Bean’s conversion lifting the score to 33-12. Centre Luke Billyeald was playing his first game in the 1st XV for several years and demonstrated his strength and power with two tries in the space of five minutes, scattering tacklers as he powered over from 30 metres out in each case. Bean converted one and OLs had pushed out to 45-12.
OLs were guilty of relaxing at this point and Kidderminster re-discovered their attacking threat to go over for two quick tries, reducing the home side’s lead to 45-24 with just a few minutes left.
Stung into action, OLs hit back with two late tries of their own, first Bean taking a pass from James Orbinson to go over, after yet another of many strong carries by the flanker; then lock Ben Anderson was up in support of a break by Ben Roach to touch down, Bean converting his own try and Vince adding the goal points to the second.
OLs return to league action on Saturday when they travel to Stamford for what is probably the first ever meeting between the clubs.