OLD Leamingtonians Colts will battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the U18s RFU National Cup next month after making it through to the quarter-finals.
Old Leams got the better of Hinckley in a 20-10 victory in the fourth round of the competition, adding their rivals name to the growing list of opponents they have beaten en route to the last eight – having already seen off Dudley, Lichfield and Stourbridge.
An early Archie Semple penalty kicked the hosts into the lead at The Crofts, allowing OLs to dominate the play and continue making inroads into Hinckley’s 22, leading to an opening try from Sam Bayliss moments later.
While Hinckley recovered and pushed hard to try and issue a response, the hosts held firm under pressure and went under the posts for a second time, this time converted by Semple, to take a 15-0 lead.
With changes made to keep players fresh at the break, Old Leams stretched out their advantage through an Alaraic Haynes try 13 minutes into the half.
At this point, the visitors hit back with an unconverted try within moments of OLs’ third score as the tide began to turn.
A second visit to the Old Leamingtonians’ posts then halved the deficit in the 64th minute, which spurred the visitors on to try and salvage the game.
The hosts held firm though, booking their place in the fifth round on the weekend of 14-15 March.