19th Dec, 2018

Ton-up Old Leamingtonians show promotion mettle

Craig Gibbons 22nd Nov, 2018

OLD Leamingtonians ran in 16 tries as they thrashed Dunlop 102-0 to cement top spot in Midlands Three West (South).

Five tries by right wing Paul Salvin and three by left wing Liam Wellings simply underlined OLs’ supremacy in open play.

OLs made their intentions clear from the off, attacking the visitors at will and, after a series of forward exchanges, the ball was quickly moved out to fly half Henry Reynolds who kicked a well judged cross-field ball for full back Kai Bailey to collect and touch down for the first try after seven minutes.

Reynolds’ conversion, the first of 11, followed.

The next ten minutes saw Dunlop take the initiative and spend time in the OLs half of the field but when possession was lost the game was switched quickly out along the OLs line for inside centre Ciaran O’Connor to cut through the visiting defence and touch down between the posts.

The match followed the same pattern, with Dunlop pressing through the forwards but, each time the momentum failed, OLs capitalised by adding further tries at regular intervals before half-time.

Salvin (2) and Wellings got on the scoresheet while Bailey and O’Connor both scored their second tries.

Seven first half tries and five conversions gave OLs an impressive 45-0 lead at the break.

Inside two minutes of the second period OLs had added two more converted tries.

The first was touched down by back row Ollie Sarginson, who ran straight through the backpedalling Dunlop defence having collected the ball almost directly from the kick-off.

When Dunlop restarted the game the ball was passed out to winger Salvin who outpaced the defenders to add his third try wide out on the right.

The OLs forwards began to dominate and the game was now being played in the Dunlop half.

The next try came from a well-worked maul which took the ball well into the Dunlop 22 from where scrum half Toby Lord crossed the line to touch down.

With the home forwards now having dominance it was second row Joe Talamini who scored the next try following good home pressure and it was not long before fellow second row Hugh Melhuish added another.

The last ten minutes of the game saw the OLs three-quarters resuming where they left off in the first half, with four more tries following fast and fluent flowing moves across the field.

Salvin and Wellings bagged the final tries between them to complete the scoring.

OLs make the trip to fourth-placed Ledbury on Saturday.

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