MEN’S RUGBY: Jones doubles up as Towcestrians overpower Grove

ON THE ATTACK - action from Old Northamptonians' defeat to Nuneaton (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
ON THE ATTACK - action from Old Northamptonians' defeat to Nuneaton (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

Towcestrians made it two wins from two with an impressive 29-15 success against Grove at a packed Greens Norton Road.

Grove were soon in front thanks to a penalty, but Tows hit back immediately, with Callum Jones finishing off .

Scott Browne slotted the conversion for a 7-3 lead and they were soon scoring again, with loosehead prop Zac Osborne dotting down.

Browne again added the extras, but Tows were hit by a sin-binning, with Joe Threlfall taking a 10-minute rest.

The home side’s problems were compounded early in the second half when their entire back row was injured in a bizarre incident which left two of the three requiring stitches to head wounds.

Hard work and application saw Tows gradually regain some control and Jones crossed for his second try.

Grove came back with a try of their own and an excellent touchline conversion brought the scores closer at 19-10, but Tows stretched their lead again through winger Alex Chalcraft.

That secured the bonus point and another try was to follow, with Pepe Nanci darting over untouched.

Grove had the last word with a try through their forwards, but it was to be another fine win for Tows.

Tows IIs racked up an 80-0 victory at Olney, while the IIIs put in a good performance away to Winslow, winning 40-19. The Colts went down 33-5 against a very strong Kettering team.

Old Northamptonians 17

Nuneaton 30

Two tries in the final 10 minutes secured victory for Nuneaton against ONs.

ONs has fought back from 11 points down to move to within a point of their opponents, but Nuneaton eventually claimed the win.

The home side had taken an early lead as a long pass from Alex Rose gave Rory Seymour space and he followed 
up his kick ahead to touch down.

Rose added the conversion, but the Nuns soon landed a penalty through fly-half Dan O’Brien.

ONs lost Tim Cardall to the sin bin, but managed to come through the 10 minutes unscathed before O’Brien dived over.

The restart was then claimed by the Nuns and Brandon Boshi outpaced the cover to touch down and give the visitors a 13-7 lead.

There was just time for the referee to issue cards two and three to Ben Ibrahim and his opposite number for failing to prevent scrum collapses,both teams ending the half with 14 players.

Nuneaton scored their third try within three minutes of the resumption through Boshi before ONs turned up the heat, with Rose’s delayed pass putting Fernely Simmonds through a gap and under the posts.

The conversion closed the gap to a point, but Nuneaton claimed two tries that secured the win.

Full-back Theo Knight was first over and George Adams rounded things off.

ONs IIs beat Nuneaton comfortably. Richard Blank scored a hat-trick and there were also tries from Ben Briddon, James Smith, Drew Hudson, Simon Portwain and Gui Shrimpton. James Grayson added four conversions. ONs IIIs went down 40-17 away to Huntingdon IIs.

Heathens 60

Northampton Outlaws 7

It was to be a solid season opener for Heathens as they ran in 10 tries against Northampton Outlaws.

Flanker Ash Brown claimed 25 points, including a try hat-trick, against a much improved Outlaws.

Dan Stonehouse scored twice, while Andy Evans, Sam Berry, Mark Allison, Ben Jackson and Marty Campbell also dotted down.

The match featured a promising performance from eventual Heathens man of the match Ross Sharp, who flourished at full-back.

This Saturday, Heathens will kick off their Youngs Bitter Merit programme with a game at Long Buckby IIs.

Scouts 10

Ilkeston 19

Scouts suffered their second defeat in Midlands One at the hands of Ilkeston.

Elks took the lead with a penalty, but Scouts responded as Dean Lake went over in the left corner. Lake converted from the touchline.

The visitors soon scored their second penalty and they added a try just before the break. The score was converted to put the score 13-7 in favour of the Elks.

A further Ilkeston penalty was replied to by Lake after 60 minutes and Scouts threw away a losing bonus point when the referee awarded a penalty in the last minute.

Lutterworth 32

Olney 16

A PENALTY try, six points from Brandon Kerr and five from Rich Cowan proved in vain as Olney were beaten in the first match of the new league season.