RUGBY: Oaks still in search of their first victory

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OAKHAM RFC have scored eight tries and racked up 54 points but have still ended up on the losing side in both their opening matches.

The Oaks fell to a 44-23 loss at Ashbourne on Saturday and coach Tom Armstrong admitted this weekend’s cup tie against Leighton Buzzard – which he felt inclined to forfeit – had come at the wrong time.

Armstrong’s side lost three players to injury in their opening match against Belgrave and the coach would rather work on his side’s defensive frailties than put his reshuffled side through a cup match.

He said: “We had a lot of players out of position in the backline and as we got tired we conceded a few too many penalties.

“The lads are disappointed but there really was a lot of positives to take from the game and we’ve scored eight tries in two games and got another bonus point.”

Oakham’s first try was scored by Ben Turnbull who came off the scrum a few yards out to touch down. Tom Burton, switched from centre to fly-half, combined with Armstrong to score the second.

Burton then set up James Harrison, playing at full-back, for the third and added the fourth himself, running in an 80 yard interception. Harrison kicked one penalty to round of Oakham’s points tally.

“James and Tom played very well,” added Armstrong, whose frank assessment was that Ashbourne deserved their victory if not the margin of the scoreline.

He said: “They were better than us but they got two late tries for a flattering scoreline.”

The Oaks next league match is at home to Aylestone St James on September 29.

Oaks: Ryan Corner (Gareth Thomas), Ryhs Grieve, Adam price, Andrew Wallace, Phil Gant, Richard Pocock (Martym Stimson), Adam Varley, Ben Turnbull, Joe Lunn (Ollie Easson), Tom Burton, Tom Armstrong, James Beanland, Duncan Bryant, Adam Stimson, James Harrison.