Rugby Union
OLs stay in control at the top

By Jamie Arrowsmith Tuesday 27 November 2012 Updated: 28/11 14:30

Bedworth 5 Old Laurentians 20

Midlands Two West (South)

OLs remain top of the table following Saturday's victory at Bedworth which came on a day when conditions made it difficult to produce the sort of expansive rugby the visitors have become used to producing.

Chris Le Poidevin took over captain duties for the day in place of new father Ben O'Riordan whilst Ricky Lee made his first start of the season at 12 and produced a good solid performance.

In a match full of handling errors due to the driving rain, OLs played the conditions far better than their opposition with both hand and boot.

The game was scrappy from the start but Bedworth were falling foul of the referee on a number of occasions, giving away a series of penalties in quick succession. Jon Bean was successful with the first kickable chance and after missing the second, proceeded to kick an excellent one from out wide on the ten metre line to give OLs a 6-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Then came the move of the match. James Orbinson, having another great game in the back row, broke from the base of a ruck just outside his own 22 and fed Danny Murch who put up a great high ball deep into the Bedworth half and somehow managed to claim his own kick. From the ensuing ruck the backs were fed and simple hands swept the ball wide left to Simon Bayliss who was unlucky not to finish himself, but up popped Le Poidevin to score from close range.

Bean added the extras and then turned provider for Bayliss five minutes later with another hanging kick that fell between two Bedworth players. Bayliss was quickest to the ball and hacked on twice before controlling and scoring his 17th try of the season. Bean again added the conversion to make it 20-0 at half time.

Unsurprisingly, the second half failed to live up to the first as the weather continued to worsen.

OLs pressed for a further score but Bedworth defended well before managing a pushover try themselves in a rare foray into OLs' 22. That gave them a little hope, but in reality OLs' lead never really seemed in danger.

Dan O’Brien came on for his first team debut with 30 minutes to go, but he, along with most of the players and supporters, were relieved when the final whistle went and everyone was able to get out of the awful weather.

A good all round performance, led again by their strong pack. OLs deserve their position at the top of the league, but next week face a strong challenge against unbeaten Huntingdon at Fenley Field in the last eight of the Intermediate Cup.

THE 2nds maintained their 100 per cent record with a 13-0 victory against Barkers Butts.

In conditions that were not ideal for a running style of rugby, OLs' line was rarely threatened and it was Ben Roberts who scored all of the points with a try, conversion and two penalties.

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