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Old laurentians thumped away at Bedford

Rugby Editorial 9th Dec, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

OLD Laurentians travelled to Bedford Athletic more in hope as they came up against one of the best sides in the Midlands 1 East league and came away on the wrong end of a 55-7 thumping, reports Bill Wallis.

Athletic’s Wentworth Road ground is not proving to be a welcome venue for clubs from Rugby, as OL’s losing margin was identical to that inflicted on Newbold just two weeks earlier.

The curse of injury and non-availability that has afflicted OLs all season continued and at no time has the back line been the same for two weeks running.

And the half backs for this game, Ollie Smith and Ben Roach, were the tenth combination used in 12 league games this season.

OLs started well enough, going through the phases and retaining possession well, but it soon became clear that they were facing a team whose defence was very well organised and giving little away.

Athletic play a 15-man game, with possession used effectively and quickly to set their pacey backline away.

Honours up front were shared with the OLs pack winning a good supply of ball with lock forward Ben Anderson making a welcome return after a six week injury layoff.

Full back Darlow opened the scoring for the home side after ten minutes and that was quickly followed over by centre Smith. Athletic had secured a try bonus by the 30-minute mark and half time arrived with the hosts holding a 24-0 lead.

A converted try early in the second half increased Athletic’s lead before OLs struck back.

The visitors retained possession through a series of phases long enough to create an opening for Jordan Bunn to finish conclusively with a try wide out which was superbly converted by Roach.

Going into the final quarter with a 31-7 lead, Athletic cut loose with four further tries as OLs wilted under the pressure and Athletic’s back three went on to claim seven of their side’s nine tries.

It is back to home turf this Saturday with the visit of Bugbrooke to Fenley Field (2.15) where OL’s home form has been decidedly better than on their travels and represents the best chance of gathering points in the fight to get off the bottom of the league.


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