Oaks reveal firepower

Oakham Rugby Club 1st XV - Kate Birks, Sam Tipper, Tom Burton, James Beanland, Angus Boyle, Mark Matthews, Andrew Wallace, Adam Price, Corey Archard, Adam Varley, Carel Fourie, front, Martyn Stimson, Rhys Grieve, James Harrison, Joe Lunn. Tom Armstrong, Ryan Corner, Adam Stimson'Photo: MSMP290912-006PC
Oakham Rugby Club 1st XV - Kate Birks, Sam Tipper, Tom Burton, James Beanland, Angus Boyle, Mark Matthews, Andrew Wallace, Adam Price, Corey Archard, Adam Varley, Carel Fourie, front, Martyn Stimson, Rhys Grieve, James Harrison, Joe Lunn. Tom Armstrong, Ryan Corner, Adam Stimson'Photo: MSMP290912-006PC

The Oaks demolished Aylestone St James 49-12, running in six tries to record their first win of the season on Saturday.

Oakham won in convincing style at the Showground, only allowing Jimmies to score late on after dominating the previous 70 minutes of play.

Oakham held Jimmies up within their own five metre line during an early rearguard action that left Tom Burton injured but once that attack was rebuffed, Oakham set about their task with flair in attack and defiance when they did lose the ball.

After a good spell of Oakham pressure with the Oaks backs spreading the ball the full width of the field, Angus Boyle forced his way over for the opening try. Mark Matthews kicked the conversion.

Just minutes later Oakham had extended their lead with fullback James Harrison breaking through four challenges to score. Matthews again added the extra two points .

The Oaks had added their third try within the opening half hour with Sam Tipper sprinting over in the right hand corner. The conversion was missed but a penalty from Matthews gave Oakham a 22-0 half-time lead.

The Oaks have lost large leads earlier in this campaign but there were no mistakes this time.

After a lengthy half time delay to allow the referee’s assessor to replace the man he had come to monitor due to an injury, the Oaks were back on the attack.

Within five minutes of the restart Matthews had kicked another three points and Cory Archard went over between the posts following incisive work by Oakham’s backs.

Harrison ran half the length of the pitch for try number five and coach Tom Armstrong added his name to the scoresheet, rounding of a move set up by scrum half, Joe Lunn, who broke though at pace before laying the ball off to Armstrong who was in support.

Jimmies ran in two late tries but by that time Oakham had sealed the victory and another bonus point. Next week, they face Leicester Forest away.