OLD LEAMINGTONIANS ended a run of three straight defeats after comfortably dispatching relegation candidates Harbury 43-0 in the Midlands West 3 (South) and The Crofts, reports Denis Fisher.
The game kicked off with Harbury enjoying the advantage of a strong wind but it was OLs that posted the first score on the board with a try after three minutes by hooker Reece Jones when he forced his way through a number of tackles to touch down.
The conversion was missed but it seemed Old Leams would carry on where they left off in the earlier fixture between the two sides when OLs ran out winners.
However and it was Harbury that produced the better co-ordinated rugby for the remainder of the first half and it was only strong defence from OLs that prevented any visiting score.
Whenever OLs put pressure on Harbury the ball was given away through an unforced error or Harbury turned over the ball to prevent any likelihood of further OLs score.
The visitors will be disappointed with having nothing to show for a half during which they played the better rugby.
The second half was a complete transformation with OLs changing the game plan to bring the three-quarters more into play but it was another early score from hooker Jones following a rolling maul that added to the home score line with another unconverted try.
With OLs now forcing Harbury to spread themselves wider through the use of the three-quarters, it allowed gaps to develop in the visitors defence and these gaps were capitalised upon by further tries from captain Rob Smith and Tom Heslop, the latter try being converted by Brad James.
Harbury were now tiring and the continued use of the three-quarters by OLs, well organised by scrum half Toby Lord, saw further tries from wingers Paul Salvin and Ryan Dee and another from Fly Half Brad James, all of which were converted by Brad James.
Clearly the effect of the Haribos infusions had run out by half time allowing OLs to play a more constructive and open game that dominated the second period and gained them maximum points.