Old Leamingtonians’ perfect start comes to an end

Rugby's Alex Tanner grapples with Old Leamingtonians' Tom Eales. Picture: Morris Troughton
Rugby's Alex Tanner grapples with Old Leamingtonians' Tom Eales. Picture: Morris Troughton

Old Leamingtonians’ 100 per cent start to the season ended with a 20-12 home defeat to newly promoted Rugby Lions, who claimed their first win of the campaign in the process.

The visitors took the game to the home side from the kick-off and took advantage of a number of unforced errors to post a penalty and a converted try inside the first eight minutes.

The hosts responded well but their play was littered with handling errors which prevented them putting together any coordinated play.

The game was held up on the half-hour mark when OLs full-back Ciaran O’Connor was injured and forced to leave the field.

When the game restarted, a breakaway try from Rugby increased their lead to 15 points.

With the first period stretching to almost an hour due to injury stoppages it was OLs who registered the last points of the half with a touchline try from centre Simon Hemming which went unconverted.

The second half saw a much better display from OLs but they literally threw away a good attacking position with a wild pass that was intercepted to allow the visitors to re-establish their 15-point cushion with an unconverted try.

Both sides continued to make unforced errors but OLs’ determination paid off when David Canning kicked ahead for Jason Hobman to run through and touch down.

Brad James converted but despite further pressure, the hosts were unable to bridge the gap.

 An inexperienced Old Leamingtonians Under-18s put up a good show against a strong Market Bosworth outfit on Saturday despite slipping to a 33-22 defeat.

Taking a break from league action, and with four of their older players in the senior sides, OLs put out a development team featuring a number of players in unfamiliar positions.

OLs scored tries through Nick Greaves, Ciaran Lavery, Nick Sapsford, and a long-range interception try from Alex Witchell, whose brother Matt added one conversion.