Blistering start sets Oaks on their way

Henry Penny scores for Oakham against Notts Moderns'Photo:
Henry Penny scores for Oakham against Notts Moderns'Photo:
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Oakham 22 Nottingham Mods 10

OAKHAM produced their best rugby of the season to open up a big lead at the start of Saturday’s game against Nottingham Moderns.

The Oaks scored three early tries and then, as is so often the case with this side, took their foot of the gas before eventually running out 22-10 winners and claiming a bonus point with a late fourth try.

Coach Adam Copperwheat said: “We came flying out of the blocks in the first 20 minutes, scoring three tries.

“I think that was by far our best spell all season but then we just inexplicably seemed to stop playing as a team.

“We began playing as individuals and credit to Moderns, they stuck to it and made us work.”

Try scorers were Angus Boyle, Svend Larsen and Henry Penny who went over twice as the Oak’s secured what could, later in the season, turn out be a vital bonus point.

Man of the match Jamie Clark kicked the remaining points and Copperwheat added: “Jamie Clark was superb again. He didn’t stop talking for the 80 minutes and that makes it a lot easier for the forwards.

“It was pleasing to see the second row scoring and there was another superb performance from Angus Boyle.

“He allowed a couple of penalties to creep in but he is a very talented player.

“And Tom Armstrong put in another bone-crunching performance. His timing in tackles in excellent.”

Oakham’s cup game, planned for Saturday, has been postponed, leaving Oakham a week off before resuming league duties against third-placed Market Bosworth on December 3. They then face West Bridgford before their next home tie, against second-placed Bakewell on December 17.

The Bosworth and Bakewell matches could prove pivotal in all three sides’ battle for promotion.

Copperwheat said: “The best by far are Newark in my opinion. So it’s a case of seeing how well we do against Bosworth and Bakewell. Hopefully we can get good pressure to allow our backs to play. That is our strongest area.”

Oaks: Rob Koentopp, Rhys Grieve, Ryan Corner, Henry Penny, Joe Caunt, James Cooper, Martin Stimson, Angus Boyle, Jamie Clark, Corey Archard, Svend Larsen, Tom Armstrong, Tom Burton, Demo Gonsalves, James Harrison. Reps: Pete Woolston, Adam Varley, Rob Bryant.