Bugbrooke 52 Oakham 0
OAKHAM fielded a weakened side in Saturday’s Midland Intermediate Cup second round tie at Bugbrooke – and were duly dumped out of the cup 52-0.
But with one of the club’s toughest league games of the season looming this weekend, Oaks coach Adam Copperwheat was happy to sacrifice a cup run as he plots to end Newark’s unbeaten run on Saturday.
Copperwheat said: “We did not play our strongest side by a long shot.
“There are enough fixtures without the cup and we do not have the depth to allow me to risk getting injuries ahead of the Newark game.
“This is our biggest game of the early season and the lads are looking forward to it. We have no new injuries and will be pretty much full strength.
“It’s these games that make Tuesday and Thursday training worthwhile.”
The reshuffled side gave several fringe players the chance to stake a claim for a place in the side to face Newark on Saturday and despite scoreline at Bugbrooke, Copperwheat was satisfied with the way several second XV players acquitted themselves against the leaders of the Midlands 2 East (South) division.
The Oak’s coach said: “In fairness to Bugbrooke, they looked very good. They had some very quick backs.
“We had seven or eight second team players and only two replacements on the bench. “It’s worthwhile giving other players a go.”
One of these was open-side flanker, Pete Woolston and Copperwheat said: “He’s been through the minis and juniors at Oakham and had a phenomenal game on Saturday.
“I will probably go with him this weekend.”