By Mark Loraine
OLS back to form
Location: Away Barker Butts Score: 36 -15
Played 15 a side, Conversions and Line outs allowed –Full pitch
25 mins each half
Kick Off: 11:00 am
Referee Simon Begg
Trys For: 5 Conversions: 3
Trys Against: 3 Conversions: 0
The last game of the year, saw OLS U13 return the winning streak of the season. On the coldest, wettest day of the season so far, a respectable crowd turned up at Barker Butts for this final game before the holidays.
The match saw a good squad turnout, allowing the team to be cycled taking account of the fatigue setting in after the long school term and weeks of school and club matches for many of the OLS players.
OLS wasted no time in this game and fully dominated the first half, landing a series of hammer blow tries. Starting in the first minute with Blake powering through Barkers defence from the kick off, George adding to this quick try with a flawless kick to put OLS 7 points ahead. The OLS team performed some of the best Rugby seen in this season in the next twenty minutes as rucks were formed and the ball fed to the wing for Conlon to clear the field from OLS line to score the second try. The forwards were dominating in the scrums winning most of the ball regardless of the put in, leading to a great no 8 pickup and another score for Blake under the Barker posts giving George another conversion. The punishment didn’t stop there as Blake and George landed 1 try a piece before the first half ended with a commanding 31 – nil lead.
It was in the second half that the toll of the last twelve weeks showed on the OLS team performance. A reinvigorated Barkers came back at OLS hard and a tired OLS squad did well with some great defence to hold Barkers to 3 tries only. A single second half retort by Blake for his fourth try of the match saw some relief for the drenched players at the final whistle.
A great finish to the year for the OLS U13 team, with only a single win against them so far this season and the whole team finding and progressing within their position in the team.
Next Match: 10th January against Leamington - Home
Try Scorers : Blake (4), Conlon, George
Conversions : George 3