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Old Laurentians gives fans something to smile about

Steve Carpenter 16th Oct, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

WITH the first team out of action on Saturday, Old Laurentians still had plenty to smile about with both the club’s second and third string sides all tasting healthy victories at Fenley Field.

The second team defeated Barker Butts 98-0 in the Warwickshire League 1 although several members of the first team played an important role in the win.

A thumping 98-0 win showed how far Old Laurentians have developed as a team in the uncompromising nature of the higher league, suffering losses of this magnitude themselves in that division, and it will have done wonders for their morale.From first to last they dominated Barkers in every area of play and ran in a total of 16 tries, falling tantalisingly short of a century of points.

Jordan Bunn led the scoring spree with four tries, while Duane Morris registered a hat-trick on the other flank.

The other scorers were Charlie Seager, Ben Roach, Andy Coleman, Kevin Vince, Ted Spiby, Nick Martin, Olly Cowley, Robin Corrigan and Ryan Cleaver, with Ben Roach adding the goal points to nine of the touchdowns.

The third team also tasted victory after defeating Rugby Lions’ development team 38-7 in the Warwickshire League 3.

A mixtures of veterans, players coaxed out of retirement and a sprinkling of the younger generation took to the field for Old Laurentians and proved too strong in every department.

Given that OLs dominated territory and possession, Lions did well to keep the score down to respectable proportions, with their back line in particular putting on a fine defensive display.

The hosts did not help their own cause with some lapses in handling by their backs in good positions, mistakes not appreciated by their forward pack.

Lions suffered a number of casualties which meant that from as early as the 25th minute of the first half scrums became uncontested – a factor which levelled up the forward battle and helped to make it a closer contest.

Tries from Dan Volkman, Iain Wallis and Ted Wallis, plus two two converted by Kev White, gave OLs a 19-0 lead at the break.

Danny McCullough went over to increase OLs lead before Lions got on the scoreboard with a fine individual try.

Iain Wallis went over for his second and Ben Shepherd completed the scoring, Kev White adding the goal points to both.

This Saturday OLs return to Midlands 1 action with a home game against Matlock which will be the first ever visit by the Derbyshire club to Fenley Field (kick off at 3pm).

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