By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 06 February 2013 Updated: 06/02 18:47
Shipston on Stour 0 Old Laurentians 58
Midlands Two West (South)
ANY FEARS that the enforced lay-off may have blunted OLs’ league form were dispelled in this ten-try romp against a spirited, but outclassed, Shipston side.
Playing up the slope and into a strong wind in the first half, OLs had the try bonus point secured when they led 20-0 at the break with tries coming from Glenn Todd, lock forward Paul Willis, who finished off a move he had started with another fine line-out take, Troy Owen, who went over after a fine handling move, and Lee Hersey, who seized on a Shipston error near half way to skilfully fly hack the ball through and win the race for the touch down.
Scrum half Richard Parker dummied over to start the second half scoring then Ollie Cowley was on hand to finish off another strong forward drive and touch down.
Simon Bayliss cantered over after a quickly taken penalty before Orbinson supported a storming run through midfield by hooker Dom Hammond to claim a try.
Owen and Bayliss each went in for a second try before the game fizzled out amidst a flurry of yellow cards and uncontested scrums after OLs had used up their allotment of replacements.
OLs now have a one point lead over Kenilworth at the top of the table courtesy of Newbold, who denied the second placed side a bonus point in their match; and the Bilton side also have the cushion of a vastly superior points difference, their final try on Saturday taking them to 600 league points for the season.
Saturday sees OLs travel to Wolverhampton for the delayed Midlands semi-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup, buoyed by the excellent form which has seen them clock up 185 points in their three games since the turn of the year.
THE 2nds kept their unbeaten record intact with a 36-26 Warwickshire One victory at Broadstreet 3rds.
Tries came from Matt Cockman (2), Jack Morphet, Ted Wallis, Sam Taylor and Ben Roberts for the league leaders with Dan Brien adding three conversions.
In Warwickshire Three, the 3rds went down 24-5 against top of the table Dunlop 2nds, Kev White notching the consolation score.
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