Old Laurentians remain top after Droitwich win - The Rugby Observer

Old Laurentians remain top after Droitwich win

Rugby Editorial 11th Mar, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THE UNBEATEN run continues for Old Laurentians after they beat Droitwich 32-10 to maintain their position at the top of Midlands 2 West South.

OLs were put to the test against Droitwich and three late changes on Saturday morning meant that the hosts were forced into eight changes from the previous week.

A Jon Bean penalty gave OLs an early lead but Droitwich responded strongly and fly-half Scott-Walker levelled the score with a penalty of his own before intercepting a pass on his own 22 to score a try, which he then converted for a 10-3 lead.

Two quickly taken penalties by scrum-half Parker had Droitwich backpedalling and soon after Lee Hersey went over in the corner for OLs’ first try to reduce the deficit to just two points.

The hosts picked up the pace and had two tries rightly ruled out but they regained the lead when Ben O’Riordan was driven over the line for a try after a well-taken line-out.

A series of attacks from the home side followed which ended with Jon Bean setting up Iain Wallis for a third try and a bonus point came when Lee Hersey outpaced the visiting back line to go over in the corner and he converted his own try magnificently from the touchline.

OLs’ superior fitness began to tell and clever play by Shepherd followed by a brilliant drive by James Orbinson allowed the returning Glenn Todd to pick up and score the fifth try, which again was converted by Hersey.

And there was still time for the Orbinson brothers to combine to almost set-up another try before the whistle went.

The bonus point win leaves OLs at the top of the table with three games to go but they will be without Orbinson for the remainder of the season as he sets off to the Far East.

With no game this weekend, OLs return to league action when travelling to old rivals Leamington March 21.

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