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Consecutive wins for Old Laurentians as they defeat Oundle

Steve Carpenter 17th Sep, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

A SUPERIOR performance saw Old Laurentians beat Oundle 33-18 to make it two wins out of two in the Midlands 2 East (South) division, reports Bill Wallis.

The foundations for OL’s win were laid by their pack who were dominant in all phases of play, supplying a constant flow of possession for an eager back line to play an open and expansive game.

Half backs James Collins and Jon Bean used the plentiful possession to run the game for the hosts and either bring their backs into play or for Bean to use his boot to pin Oundle back.

Oundle scored first with a penalty for an early 3-0 lead but OLs riposte was swift, Ben Wiles weaving over for a try from 15 metres out and Bean converting for a 7-3 lead.

A sharp break by Collins almost led to a try by Jordan Bunn but the winger was forced into touch just short of the line as OLs upped the pressure.

But soon after full back Grant Inch came into the line some 30 metres out to weave through the defence and go over under the posts with Bean adding the goal points to lift OL’s lead to 11 points.

Oundle got three points back with a penalty before OLs returned to the attack and won a penalty on the visitors’ 22. The ball was won cleanly from the following lineout and the pack drove for the line, James Orbinson claiming the touch down for Bean to convert and lift the lead to 21-6.

Oundle reminded the home side that they were still very much in this game when Shingles powered over from a lineout, the try converted to reduce the margin to 21-13.

After a break by Bean was held in the Oundle 22, the ball was moved left for James Orbinson to go over for his second try. Bean’s conversion attempt bounced back from the crossbar but OL’s lead was lifted to 26-13.

Oundle hit back again, taking a quick penalty in the home 22 to go over. The conversion attempt missed for OLs to remain comfortably ahead by eights points.

It was the hosts who dominated affairs for the remaining ten minutes and a strong spell of attacking pressure was rewarded when Collins jinked over, Bean adding the goal points to the try to finish the scoring.

OLs now have a have a break this Saturday thanks to a bye in the first round of the Midlands Intermediate Cup, and return to league action on October 1 when they travel to take on Peterborough.

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