Rugby Union
OLs step up promotion push

Thursday 29 November 2012 Updated: 29/11 11:31

Kings Norton 5 Old Leamingtonians 29

PROMOTION-chasing OLs turned in a first class forward display against a heavier home side to register another impressive Midlands Three West (South) victory on Saturday.

OLs made light of the wet, windy and cold conditions that saw the pitch turn into a quagmire inside the opening quarter with the success leaving them second in the table, five points behind unbeaten leaders Old Coventrians.

OLs took control in the opening 15 minutes with wave after wave of forward mauls that kept the hosts camped in their own half of the pitch.

With the visitors using the three-quarters sparingly, mainly due to the conditions, Kings Norton were having trouble getting into the game.

The home team’s defence held up well and with two big replacement forwards, Kings Norton began to claw a way back into the game.

With OLs forwards adapting better to the conditions, their backs were coming more into game despite the slippery ball and unavoidable handling errors.

OLs eventually took the lead after 25 minutes when a lineout saw the ball worked forward well into the Kings Norton 22.

Following a series of pick-ups and mauls the ball was fed quickly out to the blind side three-quarters for winger Liam Wellings to go over for the first try wide out on the right.

OLs began to exert more pressure and following a series of good rucks the ball was fed out to Andrew Skene to score a try which Angus Rose converted to provide a 12-0 half time lead.

Kings Norton began the second half in more determined mood and applied pressure from the restart which was rewarded with an unconverted try.

OLs quickly regained control and when they took a decisive strike against the head captain Jason Healey crossed for a try which Rose converted.

The pitch determined the nature of the game and OLs forwards continued to maul and ruck Kings Norton out of the game and it was no surprise when Healey, following another strike against the head, peeled off from the back of the ensuing maul to score the fourth bonus point try.

Kings Norton were pinned back inside their own half and another series of pick-ups and mauls saw the ball quickly freed to the backs and fed along the line for Wellings to score his second try of the game.

It was an excellent performance from OLs who played the conditions to perfection. The forwards were outstanding and a particular mention goes to Liam Jones who time and time again ripped the ball from the Kings Norton hands to make valuable ground.

OLs entertain Willenhall at The Crofts in the quarter-final of the RFU Senior Vase this Saturday.

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