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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 05 December 2012 Updated: 05/12 14:02
Old Laurentians 27 Huntingdon and District 14
Midlands Intermediate Cup Quarter-Final
OLs moved to within three wins of a Twickenham appearance when bringing Huntingon’s perfect record for the season to an end on Saturday.
Boasting a 100 per cent record in all competitions going into the game, Huntingdon started the brighter of the two sides and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half before OLs came back strongly in the second half to record an ultimately, comfortable victory.
OLs struck first with just three minutes on the clock when good line-out ball allowed a rolling maul to be set up and James Orbinson claimed the score.
That was only the signal for a period of heavy pressure from the visitors though, during which OLs proved strong defence can win games.
With their outstanding back row of James Orbinson, Glenn Todd and acting skipper Carl Adams to the fore, supported by a strong and mobile front five, in which Cain Jones had an impressive game on his first start for the team, OLs’ tackling was fierce and conclusive, denying the visitors a sight of the line.
They finally breached OLs’ defences after 23 minutes when driving over from a line-out but the hosts quickly regained their advantage when demonstrating how to turn defence into attack.
Todd, Adams and Orbinson did brilliantly in defence to set up the attacking opportunity which saw the ball reach Simon Bayliss on the left and he kicked ahead, deep into enemy territory.
Although the ball was caught by a Huntingdon man he was quickly tackled and robbed of possession which allowed Ben Nuttall to finish the attack after charging 80m upfield, Bean’s conversion proved to be the final points of the half which meant the hosts went in 12-5 ahead.
Huntingdon’s fly half Dan Malem proceeded to kick three penalties in the space of 15 minutes at the start of the second half to edge his side 14-12 ahead but once Bean responded with a penalty of his to make it 15-14, OLs never looked back.
With the backs coming into play more regularly OLs moved further ahead when James Collins’ long pass sent his backs away, Ben Wiles arriving in the line from full back to send Bayliss over for a try that made it 20-14.
As full time neared, OLs were awarded a penalty on the left of their own 22 and Bean looked up to see space on the right, where Lee Hersey was calling for the ball.
Bean’s inch perfect kick saw Hersey field the ball at pace before making a lot of ground and off-loading to Orbinson who found Iain Wallis on his outside to go over in the corner for a converted try.
Banbury are the visitors to Fenley Field on Saturday as OLs turn their attentions back to the league (2.15pm).
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