Knockout blows are landed by S&L and Oundle

Greig Cook scored three tries in S&L's cup success
Greig Cook scored three tries in S&L's cup success

Cup success for Stewarts & Lloyds and Oundle was about all the cheer provided at the weekend.

The two clubs both made progress in their cup competitions but Corby and Old Grammarians both suffered heavy defeats while Kettering lost again in the league.

It is four losses from four for the Blues in Midlands One East and they went down 22-10 at Matlock.

Corby lost 65-9 at Coventrians and OGs suffered a 51-5 reverse at home to Harbury in the Midlands Junior Vase.

S&L were celebrating in the Midlands Senior Vase, though.

They went into the game with some good league form behind them and despite their visitors from Grimsby throwing themselves into it their defence was strong and the physical battle was relished.

S&L gradually got hold of possession their superiority in the lineout offered an obvious weapon.

And so it was their pack surged through and Greig Cook got the ball over the line for the first score.

The next came from a similar position after a well-worked move from the lineout enabled Malcolm Crooks to barge his way over the line.

It was then the turn of the other front row member Steve Barnes to capitilise on some quick ball close to the try line to cross for his first of the season.

At this point the visitors began to use their frustration and tried to spoil the party for S&L.

For the last 10 minutes of the half they started to claw their way back into the game and if it wasn’t for the some good cover tackling in the backs, the visitors may have gone over themselves.

Indeed it was S&L who scored again after some intelligent kicking from fly-half Jamie Davis allowed them to mount some pressure and another lineout gave prop Cook his second touch down.

The second half was a lot tougher as Grimsby came out fighting.

S&L were guilty of taking their foot off the gas and let the visitors back into the game.

This led to a fractious second half and on another day there may have been some cards being brandished.

The visitors pulled a score back but Cook crossed for his third of the afternoon to restore the balance of power.

A late consolation score for Grimsby gave the score a slightly flattering look at 32-14.

It was plain sailing for Oundle in the Junior Vase as well.

They ran in a hatful of tries as Coventry Welsh were blown away.

An unknown quantity, Welsh could not match the pace and power of Oundle who dominated the game.

A hat-trick from Dan Burns was backed up by Toby Snelling (2), Seb Whitehouse (2), Will Griffiths (2), Max Sones, James Joyce as they progressed comfortably to the next round with a 72-3 success.

The Rose & Crown man of the match was Max Sones.