Oakham RFC 15
Nottingham Casuals 12
OAKHAM bounced back from their defeat at the hands of the league leaders Newark a week earlier with a narrow victory against Nottingham Casuals on Saturday.
The Oaks lifted themselves back into third spot in the table with 15-12 win at home but after a fine first half, Oakham almost threw away the victory.
Coach Adam Copperwheat said: “In the first half we performed very well and went in 15 up at half time. But in the second half some thought it might be too easy.
“All credit to Casuals, they thoroughly deserved their points and they scored one very good try – their guy side-stepped past about five of our defenders to score.”
Unimpressed by the second-half showboating from some of this players, Copperwheat added: “We need to be ruthless. The effort is always there but a 15 point lead does not mean the game is wrapped up and it’s time for Barbarians rugby.”
They have a week off this weekend before travelling to local rivals Melton Mowbray on November 12, who they beat in a cup match earlier this season.
Melton were on the wrong end of a 23-0 scoreline at Market Bosworth on Saturday but sit just one point behind Oakham and will prove a stern test.
“The lads have this week off to recharge their batteries,” said the Oaks coach. “Games like the Melton game are the ones we should be looking forward to.
“The lads won’t need any motivating. I suspect it will be a tight game and it will probably be a question of who prepares best.”
Oahkam gave a first team debut to second row Henry Penny on Saturday.
A veteran of Oakham’s School’s trip to Twickenham last season, Penny has played a handful of gams for Oakham seconds and Copperwheat was very impressed by his performance on Saturday.
“He’s very good for an 18-year-old,” said Copperwheat.
Oakham’s 2nd XV were heavily beaten by Loughborough 3rd XV on Saturday, losing 68-5.