Rugby round-up: ONs back on track despite slow start

Kettering scrap it out with Bugbrooke last weekend (pictures: Alison Bagley)
Kettering scrap it out with Bugbrooke last weekend (pictures: Alison Bagley)

ONs recovered from a poor start to secure a comfortable 45-15 Midlands 1 East victory over Paviors.

ONs led 21-15 at the break after a below-par first-half performance, particularly in the opening 15 minutes, when the enterprise of Paviors saw them go 12-0 up.

The ONs gradually came back and, despite not playing at their best, they managed three converted tries against a Paviors’ penalty to hold a six-point advantage. The second half started as the first had with the ONs struggling for continuity and fluency, but once 
Calum Brennan had touched down for the bonus-point score, they began to play the rugby they know that they are capable of.

ONs’ tries came from Dan Napier (3), Rory Seymour, Brennan, Alex Tollan and Phil Beaumont. Tom Goodman converted five of the scores.

Towcestrians 34 Trowbridge 5

Tows bounced back from last week’s setback by completing the double over Wiltshire side Trowbridge.

In the opening exchanges the visiting side chose to kick the ball into the corner on numerous occasions when presented with a penalty, but this came to nothing as Tows’ defence stayed strong.

After a large period of pressure on the home team’s line, Tows worked their way upfield and found themselves in the opposition 22.

A well-worked lineout led to the first try of the game, with Fen Gallagher dotted down after a blind side break.

Tows were now dominating possession and in their second excursion into the opposition’s half, Ben Roe kicked through for Gallagher to take and neatly offload to Craig Holton to finish in the corner.

Tows had a 10-point lead at the turnaround.

In the second half Tows knew that they would have to turn it up it the scrum, and so they did, driving the visitors back, David Devlin-Jones chose the perfect line to be one-on-one with only the full-back to beat.

The run was concluded as with ease he danced around the last man for a truly top class score.

With the wind behind them, Tows looked firmly in control, Falvey kicking a huge touch finder, which lead to winger Matt Yuill to score the bonus-point try.

Tows then added another as handling and interplay from the backs saw Charlie Smith score. Falvey converted.

Trowbridge now had their last chance to get into the game and with Tows prop Zac Osborne yellow carded and Chris Ashby having to leave the field with a 
nasty finger injury, you felt the visitors score could come at any time.

The spirited visitors came up with a try from the forwards as they bustled over.

The score was in some ways cancelled out, however, as Tows added their sixth try to end the game with a comfortable win.

With Windsor slipping up at Swindon, Tows reclaimed second spot in the league, which sets up an almighty showdown this weekend beneath the castle.

Tows IIs beat Ampthill IIs 50-15, while Tows IIIs won 32-7 at Kettering IVs.

Daventry 17 Rugby St Andrews 14

Daventry moved up to sixth in Midlands 3 East (South) with an excellent victory over high-flying Rugby St Andrews.

Dav face a tricky test this weekend when they go to league leaders Rushden & Higham.

Long Buckby 42 Queens 0

Long Buckby dominated their league clash with Queens in a game that saw both teams missing key players through injury and work commitments.

Jonny Nixon and John-Paul Watters led the way with two tries apiece, with others from Andrew Frankland, Sam Evans and Tom Evans.

Jonny Palmer converted two of the tries and added a penalty.

Kettering 52 Bugbrooke 8

Bugbrooke failed to follow up their win over Ilkeston as they were well beaten by Kettering, who move up to third in Midlands 1 East.

Kettering tries came from Steve Fraher, Tom Bridgeman, Danny Noble, Jordan Butlin (2) and Josh Plowright.

Andy Byrne maintained a 100 per cent kick rate despite strong second-half winds.

Casuals 5 Mens Own 18

Mens Own secured their third Midlands 3 East (South) win of the season with victory over local rivals Casuals at Rushmills. Ownremain bottom of the table, two places below 10th-placed Casuals.