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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 09/01 14:27
Kidderminster Carolians 24 Old Laurentians 58
Midlands Two West (South)
TOP of the table OLs sent out a clear signal to the rest of the league when inflicting a first home defeat of the season on fourth placed Kidderminster on Saturday.
As well as robbing their hosts of their 100 per cent home record, in scoring 58 points OLs scored more in one match than Kidderminster had conceded in their previous five outings at Marlpool Lane.
The fact the final margin of victory was not even greater was only down to the fact the hosts scored three tries in 15 minutes towards the end of the contest when already trailing 51-5.
As expected, Kidderminster started powerfully, using their strong pack to try and batter through OLs’ defences. The visitors were not for moving though, standing firm to anything Kidderminster could throw at them.
Jon Bean’s penalty set OLs moving in the right direction before Simon Bayliss intercepted during a Kidderminster attack and charged 80m downfield to score a converted try.
That was the signal for OLs to start demonstrating their excellent handling skills and the next try was a perfect demonstration.
After Danny Murch and Bayliss had made good ground the ball was switched left where Iain Wallis cut back to draw the defence in. Quickly won possession was again moved left and slick passing delivered the ball to Troy Owen who went over to make it 15-0.
Another long burst from Bayliss helped make it 20-0 ten minutes later when lock forward Ben Anderson was on hand to cross and the bonus point followed three minutes later as Bean scored an excellent individual try before converting.
Chris Pinner touched down to finally get Kidderminster on the board but OLs had the final say for the half when Carl Adams bundled forward before the ball eventually found its way to Owen who crossed for the second time. Bean’s conversion made it 34-5 at the break.
Chris le Poidevin added the first try of the second half within a minute of the restart and the points kept coming OLs way when Bayliss crossed under the posts for Bean to convert.
Bayliss then completed his hat-trick after linking with Adams before OLs went off the boil for 15 minutes, during which time Kidderminster added a degree of respectability to the scoreline.
Three quick tries gave them a bonus point but normality was restored as full time approached when Bayliss sent Murch in under the posts before drop kicking the conversion.
THE 2nds retained their 100 per cent league record with a 34-25 victory at Kenilworth 2nds.
Tries came from Mark Todd, Aaron Metcalfe and Tom Jolly whilst Dan O’Brien added 19 points with the boot.
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