Oaks aiming to build on a superb display

Tom Armstrong on the ball for Oakham
Tom Armstrong on the ball for Oakham
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Oakham 8

Market Rasen & Louth 10

THE Oaks will look to build on a superb performance against the league leaders Market Rasen when they take on another tough team, Market Bosworth tomorrow.

Despite losing 10-8, Oakham gave top side Rasen their toughest game of the season at the Showground last Saturday.

Oakham came off second best against high quality opposition but they showed during the 80 minutes the progress that the side has made since promotion last summer.

Coach Mark Powell said it was the best his side has performed.

Powell said: “I was very proud of how we played.

“We played at the top of our game for 80 minutes and this shows we can take on the top sides and be there or thereabouts.

Tomorrow Oakham face Bosworth and that match is followed by ties against Melton and Bakewell, and all with be brusing encounters.

Powell said: “Bosworth will be tough game. It’s relentless but if the guys take the spirit from Saturday into every game they will win a lot more then they will lose.”

The Oaks took the lead against Rasen through a Will Armstrong try but were pegged back by two tries from mauls where the Lincolnshire side were especially effective.

Powell added: “They were a very good, clinical side and their coach said it was the hardest game that they have had all year.

“For the impartial supporter, I think it’s fair to say it was the best game of rugby for a long time at this level.

“It was good quality, fast, strong competitive rugby.”

Oakham: W Armstrong, A Stimson, B Harries, T Armstrong, J Harrison, M Mattehws, O Baines, K Oliver, J Yoemans, R Corner, P Gant, R Hopkins, A Boyle, T Daw, T Morgan. Reps: T Burton, M Stimson, P Meagahn.

Oakham 2nd XV 60 Burbage 10

OAKHAM’s second XV went top of the Leicestershire League’s second division after big 60-0 win at Burbage on Saturday.

The Oaks proved too strong for their opponents and after strongly contested forward play, Carel Fourie broke away to score the first try in the corner.

After that, Oakham’s forwards began to take control. The backs got into their stride and were too much for their opponents. An opening was soon made for winger Jamie Kinder to race in for the first of his three tries.

Oakham kept the door shut on Burbage’s attempts to get back into the match and were 37-0 up at the half time break.

A reinvigorated Burbage reappeared at the beginning of the second half and kept Oakham at bay for 15 minutes but the flood gates opened as they tired and Oakham ran in more tries to make the final score 60-0.

Fourie scored a second try and James Beanland, Rick Pocock, Adam Price, Nick Henbury, and Tom Cox all got on the scoresheet.

First’ coach Mark Powell said: “What is encouraging is that we have two sides competing for the 1st team places. It gives me a headache but it’s a good one to have.