MEN'S RUGBY: Buzzard beaten as ONs make it a fantastic four
Old Northamptonians are now second in Midlands One East after claiming their fourth win in as many matches last weekend.
ONs cruised to victory at Leighton Buzzard, beating the home side 38-17 and securing a bonus point in the process.Leighton Buzzard had taken the lead through a penalty, but Jake Spencer replied with ONs’ first try.Buzzard got their first try soon after, but Charlie Cox set up Matt Love for a second ONs score, with Rory Seymour adding the conversion.Seymour was soon scoring a try of his own to send his side in 17-10 up at the break.Spencer set up Ted Bunn for another ONs score in the second half, with Seymour again adding the extras.But Drew Hudson was sin-binned from the restart and Buzzard made their pressure pay with a try.However, any hopes of the home side getting their first league win were extinguished as Simon Portwain and Dave Irvine added further ONs tries before the end.Meanwhile, James Hare scored four tries as Old Northamptonians IIs beat Wellingborough IIs 69-0.Ollie Spencer grabbed a hat-trick, with Carl Burgess scoring two and Kieran Murdie and Gareth Richards also registering.
Old Halesonians 30 Towcestrians 20TOWS suffered their first league defeat of the season as their impressive fightback fell just short.Nothing had gone right early on for the away side and they conceded two tries to go 12-0 down.Tows fought back as a 20-yard forward drive split the home pack, allowing prop Peter Gowler go over.But a yellow card for Nicky Blackham was punished as Old Halesonians slotted a couple of penalties.Tows then conceded another try before going down to 13 men as Matt Bodily was sin-binned.At 23-5 down at half-time, Tows needed to produce a big response, and Matt Yuill registered a penalty.Old Halesonians then responded with another try to claim the bonus point before Craig Holton closed the gap with a score for Tows.James Hale got another for the away side and Yuill’s conversion meant the gap was 10 points at full-time.Meanwhile, Towcestrians IIs travelled to Old Halesonians IIs and showed the Tows strength in depth, routing the home side 69-15.Elsewhere, Tows IIIs saw off Buckingham IIs in impressive fashion, winning 44-17, and Tows Colts won their cup game away to Market Bosworth 10-3.
Olney 63 Southam 8OLNEY racked up a huge home win in the group stage of the Midlands Intermediate Cup.The home side had fallen 3-0 behind but it was one-way traffic in the opposite direction after that.Cameron Kok scored a hat-trick before the break, with James Padfield also dotting down to put Olney 28-3 up at the break.And after conceding a try early in the second period, the hosts pushed on to score more through Gareth Cahill’s double and singles from Jordan Letts, Jake Deighton and Euan Walker.