OA 1stXV in Seven Try Home Victory!
Albanians were certainly delighted to record their first win in this new year against fellow strugglers Hull Ionians but may well rue the fact that the visitors, though always under pressure, were stout enough to notch a four try bonus point.
Even though two of the Hull tries were of the penalty version it speaks much of the strength the visitors were able to exert on an Albanian side who appeared to be out of sight in the first half hour.
For certainly half this entertaining match OAS were able to contain and occasionally overwhelm game opponents. But there were times in the early second half when even the result seemed in question.
That said Max Malins at fly half and winger Segun Oluwadurotimi produced dual man of the match performances, the former for his distribution and acceleration and the latter for sheer strength and speed.
This would all have been for naught if the pack had not produced decent possession and, for the most part, this was achieved.
But there were lax times and the home defence was found wanting in the period either side of half time when Hull scored 28 points to a 7 point reply.
The visitors will be unhappy with the defeat but pleased to have got a priceless league point in the process. Albanians will want to review their precision but it has been a while since Woollams has seen seven home tries and this can be seen as good preparation for the trip to Birmingham.
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The Ball Boys for today’s game are OA RFC U11’s Squad (click to read more about them)
Match PreviewLast weekends effort was brave but Coventry are top of the heap for a reason, indeed several good reasons. This Saturday’s encounter will demonstrate how much the squad has learned in adversity.
Though sometimes overwhelmed at the Butts Park Arena OA defence never lost its spirit and would have fared much better against a side who were not in possession of the type of arsenal Cov have developed. Tomorrow gives the opportunity to see if this is true since, to use a nautical metaphor, Hull are in a similar boat at the lower reaches of National One.
Gavin Hogg states the squad is bullish about attacking possibilities and, given a decent share of tight possession there is plenty of talent outside the pack. Amongst the forwards there have been the traditional changes and Ross Hamilton is unavailable this week. His place will be taken by Danny Cutmore who has obvious pedigree and will relish the challenge.
At fly half we welcome back old friend Max Malins, presumably just for this outing, and his presence is sure to gladden the heart of Albanians on and of the field.
The corresponding fixture went well at the start of the campaign and, with home advantage, we hope for another stirring result.
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