25th May, 2019

Old Leamingtonians up to second with Bromyard victory

Craig Gibbons 16th Mar, 2018

OLD Leamingtonians moved up to second in the Midlands Three West (South) table with a comprehensive 40-8 victory over visiting Bromyard.

The game kicked off with OLs, playing with the wind, taking the game to the visitors and it was only a few minutes into the match when a strong drive saw second row Joe Tallamini pick up from a ruck on the visitors 5m line to cross for the first try wide out on the right of the field.

From the kick off, OLs continued to force Bromyard back into defence and another strong forward display saw Peter Nancarrow cross for the first of his two try haul.

Bromyard came back into the game and began to put pressure on the home defence and it was OLs who conceded the next score when the visitors converted a penalty.

But the score reduction didn’t last long before the ball was again well won by the home forwards and speedily moved out to right wing Liam Wellings who crossed for try number three.

And it wasn’t long before further good forward play saw the ball moved in the opposite direction along the three-quarter line for left wing Ciaran O’Connor to cross for try number four.

On the approach to half-time try number five followed when more excellent forward play saw Peter Nancarrow cross for his second of the game and move the half-time score to 25-3.

The second period followed the same pattern as the first with OLs continuing to control the game and keep Bromyard under pressure with the home forwards dominating and causing errors in the visitors defence.

One such error led to scrum half Mark Foley spotting a gap to cross the goal line for the sixth try.

The game evened out for a spell with neither side causing any real threat until a sweeping move by OLs from just inside their own half between forwards and backs resulted in centre Simon Hemming crossing the line.

Towards the end of the game, OLs again began to dominate play and within five minutes another well won ruck by the home forwards saw the ball quickly moved to fly half Henry Reynolds who cut through the retreating visiting defence to touch down.

Bromyard managed to secure an unconverted consolation try almost on the final whistle to complete the scoring.

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