Channel: Leicester Mercury Latest Stories Feed
Viewing all articles
Browse latest Browse all 9894

Local rugby: Twickenham looms after superb Coalville lift Cup


Coalville were crowned Midlands RFU Intermediate Cup champions after a fantastic 29-14 win in testing conditions against a battling Old Laurentians.

Coalville's reward is a game against North section winners Bridlington at home on Easter Saturday, March 30, for the chance to live out the dream of playing at Twickenham in the national final on May 4.

Heavy rain in the build-up made underfoot conditions treacherous at Whitwick's Memorial Ground, and that badly hindered the chances of free-flowing rugby and accurate kicking.

A healthy crowd of around 500 saw Old Laurentians seize the initiative as centre John Bean scythed through for a second-minute try.

Fly-half Dan O'Brien stretched the lead with a well-taken penalty four minutes later.

That should have been a substantial lead in the circumstances, but Coalville responded with some brilliant handling and running to record four well-worked tries.

Influential winger Miles Griffin was the catalyst as he made a superb break that resulted in several phases and a try from No.8 Stuart Tang.

After O'Brien stretched the lead with another penalty, fly-half Billy Measures combined well with lock Matt Chamberlain and Matt Twigg to allow Griffin to nip over the line.

Full-back Sam Blackburn added the conversion to put Coalville in front for the first time.

O'Brien ensured Old Laurentians re-took the lead with another firmly-struck penalty before Coalville went back ahead with Griffin's second score.

Centre Michael Richmond made most of the running from deep before the pacy Griffin again provided the expert finish.

The game was delicately poised at that point but Coalville landed a crucial blow right on the half-time whistle.

Twigg took a penalty that caught Old Laurentians unawares and he ploughed a lone furrow to put Coalville 22-14 up.

While Old Laurentians had been previously unable to make the most of their eight-point lead, Coalville controlled the game superbly when ahead by the same margin.

Place-kicking was almost impossible after the break and Coalville were content to soak up decent periods of pressure from OLs. The score remained the same until the 74th minute.

A visiting try at that point would have put the cat among the pigeons but it was Coalville who grabbed the clinching score. A break into visiting territory resulted in a five-metre scrum. Tang scored again with a pushover try and Blackburn added the extras.

Coalville have all but wrapped up the Midlands Two East (North) title but the play-off place is very much up for grabs.

Dronfield moved six points behind second-placed Oakham after a rearranged 5-3 win at Melton Mowbray.

Leicester Forest landed a 20-5 win against Bakewell Mannerians after tries from Adam Marlow, Dean Mooney, Tom Martin and Sam Driver.

Local rugby: Twickenham looms after  superb Coalville lift Cup

Viewing all articles
Browse latest Browse all 9894

Latest Images

Trending Articles

Latest Images