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27th May, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Old Leamingtonians run in 11 tries in dominant victory against Woodrush

OLD LEAMINGTONIANS crossed for 11 tries as they secured a dominant 63-21 win against Woodrush to end their two-game losing run.


The home side drew first blood on 15 minutes when good possession by the forwards saw Woodrush driven back over the goal line for the opening try of the game.


And, soon after, a sweeping move that began in the hosts 22 saw Henry Reynolds receive the ball inside his own half before cutting through the defence to touch down.


A third try followed when good forward pressure resulted in scrum half Toby Lord combining with fullback Calum Semple who provided the overlap to complete the move.


Woodrush hit back just before half-time when a slip in the Old Leamingtonians 22 was capitalised on with a converted score underneath the posts.


However, the home side responded with two quickfire tries just before half-time, the first by winger Liam Wellings on his return to the side and the second by back row Adam Stannard.


All six conversion attempts by the home side were missed with Old Leamingtonians leading 30-7 at the interval.


And the hosts picked up where they left off in the second period when number 8 Callum Gosse collected the ball from the back of a ruck before dotting down try number seven.


The visitors scored their second converted try to reduce the deficit before Wellings scored straight from the restart after Woodrush failed to gather the ball with Bradley James converting.


However, Woodrush grabbed a third converted try after a period of pressure in the Old Leamingtonians half.


Gosse, Ciaran O’Connor and Reynolds all crossed for the home side in the closing stages, all of which were converted, to secure an 11-try win at The Crofts.


The result means Old Leamingtonians sit second in the Midlands 3 West (South) table, level on points with leaders Ledbury who they trail on games won.


Old Leamingtonians travel to Rugby St Andrews on Saturday, January 15 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Hillmorton Grounds.


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