Oaks relish derby win

Joe Lunn scores Oakham's opening try against Melton      Photo: MSMP031112-163js
Joe Lunn scores Oakham's opening try against Melton Photo: MSMP031112-163js
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Oakham turned in a superb performance to demolish arch-rivals Melton 41-12 in front of a large crowd at the Showground on Saturday.

The Oaks scored five tries as they outplayed Melton with a disciplined display that lifts them to third in the table.

Coach Tom Armstrong said: “Everyone was up for the game because it was Melton and we played some really good rugby.

“They could not match us. They have a big pack but we stood up to them.”

A penalty from Mark Matthews opened the scoring and Joe Lunn scored the Oaks’ first try as the home side opened up an early lead.

Melton pulled the score back to 10-7 with a penalty try but James Padley and Tom Burton, scoring after an opportunist interception, gave Oakham a 24-7 lead at the break and Matthews’ conversions were straight and true all afternoon.

“I was satisfied but I am never too confident until we are four or five tries clear with a minute to go,” said Armstrong. And sure enough, Melton pulled a try back early in the second half.

But while the visitors had two players sin-binned, the Oaks’ kept their calm.

Matthews added another three points from a penalty, and Padley and Burton both went over for tries to put the match beyond an increasingly dispirited Melton side. Matthews rounded the day off with his third penalty.

Oakham have a week off before their next game - away against fourth-placed Dronfield on November 17.

Oaks: Adam Price, Alun Meadows (Rhys Grieve), Kawai Cheung, James Beanland, Phil Gant, James Cooper (Martyn Stimson), Carel Fourie, Ben Turnbull, Joe Lunn (Tom Armstrong), Mark Matthews, Adam Stimson, Corey Archard, Tom Burton, James Padley, Will Armstrong.