On-form Boro outshine the Scouts - rugby round-up

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.'Wellingborough score
Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.'Wellingborough score

Wellingborough put in their best display of the season to complete an excellent win over Old Scouts.

Not even the appearance England World Cup winning winger Ben Cohen could stop them from collecting valuable points in Midlands Two East.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

A hard-fought 20-13 came courtesy of tries from Dave Morgan, Jack Bryan and Chris Mears - one of which was converted by Tom Mair who also kicked a last-gasp drop goal to take the game away from Scouts.

Wellingboorugh captain Owen Tomalin was understandably delighted.

“This performance has been coming for weeks,” he said.

“With lots of possession and game play it was only a matter of time before the results started to come.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

“And that is two good wins in our favour in the last two games.

“With this kind of commitment the future is bright.”

Peterborough Lions failed to show for the second team fixture and the Colts lost their 100 per cent record with a home defeat to a well-trained Buckingham Colts. They lost 24-17 despite a Harry Tarrant hat-trick.

After the disappointment of losing to bottom-of-the-table Spalding last week, Kettering put in a much improved performance to beat Peterborough 43-18.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

The opening try came from Rory Keir who ploughed through most of the visiting pack before forcing himself over the line.

Further tries in the first half came from fly-half Andy Byrne, prop Shane Ling and Kieron Cox who made a fine 50-metre run to score.

Three conversions and a penalty from Joe Daniel gave Kettering a half-time lead of 29-11

Peterborough scored the first try of the second period to bring them within a couple of scores.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

But a yellow card just after the score gave Kettering the initative again and continued pressure from the forwards gave a well-deserved second try for Keir.

Daniel again converted before, with 10 minutes to go, getting himself on the scoresheet and ensuring the bonus point.

A crucial victory, the win has now created a gap of seven points between the Blues and Peterborough who are currently in the last relegation position.

Oundle took part in a thoroughly entertaining league encounter but for the second week running came out on the wrong end of the result.

The heavy ground favoured the bulkier St Neots pack and they set the platform for a 17-15 win in Midlands Four East (South).

The home side got off to the best start, though, with a try from Colt winger Gareth Jacob when he reacted best to a bouncing ball to score.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

Rugby, Wellingborough (red & white strip) V Old Scouts.

Oundle continued to press but could not get the finishing pass away against the well-organised St Neots defence.

St Neots took the lead with a converted try which came from basic move at a 10-metre scrum.

The sides then exchanged penalties to go in at 10-8.

The second half was much the same with Oundle trying to break down the St Neots defence and the visitors tackling well.

Too many penalties meant that Oundle could not get the field position they wanted and sustain it.

St Neots opened up the lead with a penalty try when a five-metre push over scrum was broken up and Chris Woodford pounced on the ball from an adjudged offside position even though the scrum had rotated 180 degrees.

Woodford made amends on 68 minutes scoring a try after the Oundle pack had completed 13 phases attacking the line.

This was converted by George Swallow to take them within two points and the last part of the match was pretty much Oundle trying to open up the St Neots defence, but it held out and they claimed the league points.

Oundle did get the bonus point, but this is a game they really needed to win.

St Neots coaching staff praised the dominance Oundle had but head coach Peter Croot was not happy.

He said: “We failed to execute our final gameplan and, without any clean scrum ball, a part of the strategy was missing.

“It is fixable. Injuries have cost us in this early season.

“The good thing is we know we can beat these top sides, we just have to believe it!”

A scrappy encounter constituted Old Grammarians’ clash with Bourne in Midlands Four East (South), one that the visitors claimed by a narrow 16-15 margin.

And OGs’ captain Carl Baldry believes a lack of confidence was to blame.

He said: “Coming off the back of really heavy defeats has knocked our confidence.

“The game was scrappy in places and neither team took control or dominated which is shown by the scoreline.

“We had some chances and we managed to cross the line without getting the ball down but unfortunately that summed it up for us.”

Tries from Luke Saunders, James McGowan and Baldry made up the OGs’ tally.

Corby put in a good defensive display but that was not enough change the result against Bedford Swifts.

Despite a much improved performance from recent weeks they still went down 31-0.

Manager Ricky Egan said: “Since the St Ives game there is a definite improving situation going on at the club.

“The guys’ defensive play is what we have been asking for.

“The fact that we haven’t scored since September, it doesn’t take a genius to know what we have to work on next.

“If we can get our backs doing on Saturday what they have shown on the training pitch we should start to get some points and get us off the bottom position.”

Elsewhere, Stewarts & Lloyds lost 30-20 to Stamford in Midlands Three East (South).

The game was a battle between two sides with 100 per cent records and the result means Stamford now lead the table with seven wins out of seven - the only side left unbeaten in the section.

Rushden & Higham continued their impressive campaign with 43-14 triumph over Daventry.