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Getting there…Old Albanians were caught cold in this lively encounter. A kickable penalty went wide in the first minute and shortly after Garret Doman-Cann was sent to the bench for a red zone infringement. The visitors were made to pay for this lapse and two tries had been recorded by the time they were back to full strength. Brandon Staples forced his way over from a set scrum. Caolan Ryan’s conversion attempt hit the top of a post. He made a better fist of improving the next try scored by hooker Santiago Socino. All this within the first ten minutes. Chris May put his side on the scoreboard midway through the half as OAs came to grips with the tempo and ground out some territorial advantage. But the 12-3 scoreline remained until the interval. Try hero Socino became villain before the break as he mirrored Doman-Cann’s offence and left for a ten minute rest. Turning round a man to the good helped the OA cause and allowed them into home space for longer periods. Ben Palmer obliged with two more penalties but despite fine efforts at the base of the Albanian scrum no try resulted even though lock Joe Craggs spent ten minutes warming the bench. Ryan widened the gap with a penalty and he converted when Ben Frankland’s charge allowed Socino in for his second. Thus it ended. OA supporters can feel happy that their team’s tight play is stronger than it was at the start of the season but there is still room for a little more gas in broken play and intensity when in possession. Loughborough visit Woollams next Saturday and with two long and, league-wise, pointless journeys behind them Billy Johnson’s men will look to return to winning ways. Kickoff 1500hrs.
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