MEN’S RUGBY: Last-gasp Quins deny Towcestrians victory

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Towcestrians suffered last-gasp disappointment as they were held to a 25-25 draw at Oxford Harlequins.

Tows had taken a 25-18 lead late on thanks to Matt Yuill’s try and a conversion from James Falvey.

But they were undone with the final move of the match as Quins scored and converted to salavage a share of the spoils.

Quins had taken an early lead, but Yuill responded with a try before Murray Aitchison added to the away side’s advantage.

Falvey then got in on the act before a Quins penalty narrowed Tows’ lead to 15-8 at half-time.

The home team then got their noses in front before Falvey landed a penalty and Yuill looked to have won it before Quins’ late show.

This week, Tows face another tough test, away to third-placed Windsor.

Towcestrians IIs continued to impress as they claimed a 19-14 win at Stratford Upon Avon IIs, ending the home side’s long unbeaten run.

Towcestrians IIIs beat Bugbrooke IIs 20-7 at Greens Norton Road.

Old Northamptonians 22

Sutton Coldfield 23

When James Grayson converted Phil Beaumont’s try to give the ONs a 22-20 lead with less than five minutes to play, it appeared they had secured their second league win of the season.

But Sutton Coldfield fly-half Alex White put over a drop kick from 35 metres with the last play of the game to win it for the away side.

White had got the scoring started with an early penalty before Tim Cardall responded with a try for ONs.

Grayson converted before both sides suffered a sin-binning.

Sutton retook the lead as half-time approached, scoring a penalty try.

But the second period started well for ONs, who scored through Alex Crofts.

Sutton hit back with Oli Chintis scoring twice, but the eight-point deficit didn’t dishearten ONs.

A Grayson penalty cut the gap to five points and when the fly-half added the extras to Beaumont’s try, the victory looked on.

But White stepped up with the final kick of the game to win it for Sutton.

Meanwhile, ONs IIs were beaten by their Sutton Coldfield counterparts.

ONs had led 33-17 at half-time, but eventually lost 43-40.

Rhys Evans(2), Anthony Costelloe, Andy Orbinson, Gareth Richards and Kern Routley scored tries for the ONs and Ben Dawson added five conversions.

ONs IIIs edged to an 8-7 win against Peterborough IIs.

Heathens 24

Olney IIIs 7

Good handling in the backs and a solid forward platform proved the key to success for Heathens against Olney IIIs.

Olney scored and converted the first try of the game, but those were to be their only points of the game as Heathens sprung into life.

Full-back Wayne Stride responded with a try to cut the gap to two at half-time and Heathens then pushed on after the break.

No.8 Dan Stonehouse picked up from the base of an attacking scrum to crash over for a try that was converted by Ash Brown.

This was followed five minutes later when Brown made a spectacular pickup on halfway and broke for the line to touch down for a fine individual try that he converted himself.

The scoring was completed on 51 minutes as man of the match, centre Jake Doyle, broke for the line and chipped past the Olney defence to gather and claim an excellent try.

This Saturday, Heathens return to Youngs Bitter merit table action with an away fixture against Winslow (kick-off 2:15pm)

Vipers 20

Olney 41

Olney travelled to Leicester last Saturday and returned with a big win.

Skipper Jack Sutton opened the scoring, and he set up James Brock for the away team’s second try.

Phil Bowden was next to dot down and Will Durden also scored before the break to push Olney into a 28-3 half-time lead.

Vipers fought back in the second half but another effort from Sutton and one more from Bowden secured the comfortable success.

Welingborough 17

Scouts 27

Scouts visited Cut Throat Lane on a damp Friday evening and returned with their first league win over Wellingborough for some time.

Playing up the slope in the first half, the visitors were first on the scoreboard. From an attack into Boro’s half a neat chip over the top by fly-half Adam Frost resulted in Jordan Dolman securing the ball and running through to touch down. Frost added the

extras.

A penalty from Frost added to the score as Scouts looked to dominate but the home side took advantage of

some ill-discipline and by half time the score was level at 10-10.

Scouts dominated the early exchanges in the second half with their back row winning all the close exchanges.

Eventually the ball was recycled and Tom Major passed over the top of the defenders to put winger George Barrett into space and he raced in to go under the sticks for Frost to add the simple conversion.

Frost added his second penalty to give Scouts a 10-point advantage which was soon narrowed by a converted try, following three fly hacks up the pitch, after Scouts had lost their second man of the evening to the sin bin.

The visitors’ forwards had been on top most of the game and Dean Lake, ably standing in at scrum half, took advantage of that platform as he dived over.

Frost converted and although a third player went to the naughty step, Scouts held out for a well deserved four points.

Scouts IIs lost at home 14-13 to Leighton Buzzard in a tight encounter, while the IIIs travelled to Cranfield University and ran out 34-0 winners.