Dominant display sees referee call time early

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Oakham 75 Aylestonians 10

OAKHAM’S dominance in the final of the Leicestershire Rugby Union County Bowl was so great that the referee called a halt to proceedings 15 minutes early on Wednesday evening.

The Oaks beat Aylestonians 75-10 to bring silverware back to Oakham as coach Mark Powell signs off after three years in charge at Oakham.

Powell’s men, recently finished third in the Midlands 2 East (North) and their opponents, who finished their season one place below Oakham’s 2nd XV in the LRU second division, were no match as the game wore on.

Oakham led 28-10 at the break but stepped up a gear as Aylestonians tired in the second half.

Powell said: “It ended with 15 minutes to go. Otherwise it would have gone past 100 points.

“It was a good result and the lads all played exceptionally well.

“It would have been a good game for our seconds and it was perhaps tough on Aylestonians but it is a first team cup and we had a duty to put out a decent side.”

Even so, Powell took the opportunity to mix a few of the 2nd XV players in with first team regulars, and he was delighted with how they slipped into the side.

He said: “Second team players came in and played at a level that the firsts have done this season which bodes really well for the club.

“Phil Gant and Rob Bryant both had good games and scrum half Darren Jones equipped himself well.”

Svend Larsen scored four tries, Angus Boyle three and Theo Morgan two while Mark Matthews’ kicking was spot on.

“He’s finally listened to what we’re telling him,” said Powell.

The players will wind down for the summer with a President’s game between the 1st XV and the 2nd XV boosted by a few guest players at the Showground on Saturday. The match starts at 2.30pm.

The County Cup will be presented to Oakham RFC at Leicestershire RFU’s presentation evening on May 24.