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By Jamie Arrowsmith Tuesday 15 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 19:11
Old Laurentians 69 Earlsdon 0
Midlands Two West (South)
A DEVASTATING display from Old Laurentians saw them run in 11 tries as they cruised to victory against mid-table Earlsdon on Saturday.
The victory leaves OLs top of the table, still level on points with Kenilworth, and full of confidence ahead of Saturday's Midlands Intermediate Cup semi-final in Wolverhampton.
OLs were in irresistible mood against Earlsdon with the pack producing another storming display that had their opponents on the back foot in every phase of forward play and who linked superbly with a backline that had far too much pace and power for the visitors.
Ben Nuttall and Carl Adams set the tone as they stormed through Earlsdon's defence early on and set up the chance for Lee Hersey to cross near the corner.
Superb interplay and support sent Danny Murch on his way for a try before he turned provider to release Hersey for his second of the afternoon and a 21-0 lead with 15 minutes on the clock.
The points kept coming with Glenn Todd and Adams touching down after driving mauls before Hersey came agonisingly close to securing a first half hat-trick, only to be denied as his foot brushed the touchline on his way over the whitewash.
The 31-0 half time lead was quickly extended at the start of the second half when Simon Bayliss stormed clear after OLs won a scrum against the head before off-loading to Murch to claim the try.
Iain Wallis claimed the next score with the pick of OLs' tries following. Earlsdon were attacking and a chip ahead was taken by Bayliss with three men bearing down on him, but he stood up superbly in the tackle to allow the defence to regroup. The ball was won and whipped away with quick hands across the home 22 where it reached Troy Owen, who stepped on the gas to score a fine try from 70m out.
The concession of a number of penalties offered Earlsdon some respite but they were unable to use the possession to put any points on the board before OLs took control again.
Murch completed his hat-trick after Nuttall broke clear before Todd was driven over for his second of the afternoon and Wallis completed the scoring.
Thoughts will now turn towards Saturday's big semi-final where OLs will hope to progress and go one step further than last year, bringing the prospect of a Twickenham appearance one step closer. A supporters’ coach will leave Fenley Field at 12noon on Saturday - visit the club website for full details.
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