RUGBY UNION: A LATE converted consolation try was all a depleted Old Leamingtonians side had to show for a spirited display of rugby against table topping Droitwich in the Midland 3 West (South) on Saturday, reports Den Fisher.
Droitwich’s display of 15-man rugby was far too good for an OLs side short of first team regulars at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground as they went down 64-7.
The game kicked off in almost perfect conditions for open rugby and it only took seven minutes for Droitwich to open the scoring with a converted try, created by good solid supported forward play that released speedy backs to rip through the OLs normally solid defence. This opening try was a forerunner of what was to come and as the game progressed Droitwich ran in tries at regular intervals.
It was not that OLs were not competing, but the structure of the Droitwich play meant that OLs could create little or no structured moves of their own.
A defensive lapse in front of the OLs posts gave Droitwich a penalty that was converted and tries followed on 20 minutes, 25 minutes and 35 minutes of play, all converted to give the home side an interval lead of 31-0.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with OLs being consistently out played and on the defensive and when opportunities to create moves came about, the visitors lacked the support play to maintain the advantages gained.
It was not all one way traffic as the score may suggest, but OLs lacked the usual element of co-ordinated play unlike that which was being so successfully deployed by the home side.
Droitwich tries followed at regular intervals with a further four home tries, all converted to take Droitwich into a 64-0 advantage.
OLs did manage to put a consolation move together just before the final whistle to produce a converted try but this did not prevent OLs suffering their biggest defeat of the season.