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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 30 January 2013 Updated: 30/01 15:09
Stratford 2nds 17 Old Laurentians 2nds 5
Warwickshire Cup semi-final
OLs bowed out of the Warwickshire Cup on Sunday when beaten by a well organised and efficient Stratford outfit.
Stratford showed tremendous desire throughout and refused to allow OLs to get into any sort of rhythm.
After a fairly even start it was the hosts who struck first when making the most of a line-out in OLs’ twenty-two to score the first try of the afternoon.
The only other score of the first half came close to the break when a good run pierced OLs’ defence and led to a converted try.
With the elements in their favour in the second half, OLs set about repairing the damage and they closed the gap in the 58th minute when Dan O’Brien burrowed his way over in the corner after some good phase play in the build up.
OLs were unable to loosen the increasingly tight stranglehold being applied by Stratford, and to add to their woes, the following wind was slackening, the sun disappeared and much of the last quarter was played in heavy rain.
When Stratford went over for third and final try after 64 minutes, the game was up for OLs.
The visitors’ cause was probably not helped by the fact they had played just once in the last six weeks, but on the day they had to concede to being second best.
Plus points came from the centre pairing of Matt Cockman and Ricky Lee showing glimpses of their class, Richard New and Cain Jones winning a good supply of line-out ball and open side Charlie Seager running and tackling tirelessly throughout.
THE MUCH anticipated clash between Newbold and Old Laurentians at Parkfield Road was beaten by the weather on Saturday.
The thaw did quite come quickly enough to save the game, which has been provisionally rearranged for February 23.
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