Olney head to Twickenham

Olney U12s
Olney U12s

Olney’s youngsters inspired the 1st team to victory by lifting the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup trophy at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday.

The U12s took on fierce rivals Banbury in the final, beating them in front of 13,000 people and booking a place at the finals at Twickenham for the end of season parade.

Coach Dave Betteridge said: “The boys have been fantastic. We were up against old rivals all the way through, and have had many a good game against Banbury.

“These types of tournament are absolutely essential to develop our young players, and hopefully some of them will feed into the senior sides.

“The lads will be talking about today for years to come, and so will the coaches! It’s absolutely great and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”

And taking inspiration from the U12s, Olney carried the winning momentum into Saturday’s game with Oadby Wyggestonians as they ran out 27-3 winners.

The home side kicked a penalty to get things underway, but skipper John Robinson’s try, converted by Jordan Letts, put Olney in front.

Another Wyggs penalty pulled the score back to 7-6 before more sloppy defending from Olney conceded another penalty, allowing the home side to go 9-7 up.

The kick off enabled Olney to contest possession and get a line out on Wyggs’. 10m line, they won the ball and drove to the home side 22. The home side were penalised for dropping the maul and the visitors kicked for touch 5m from the home goal line. They won the ball again and set up another driving maul, this time they breached the defence and Robinson claimed his second try. The conversion was just wide, but Olney regained the lead 12-9.

Brandon Kerr barged over after good handling from the backs to extend Olney’s lead further before the half time break, going in 19-9 up.

Play went from end to end during the second period, mainly due to long kicks attempting to gain territorial advantage.

With play going into injury time Olney won a line out on the home side’s 22, the ball was passed to Letts at outside half, who dummied the Wyggs backline to score under the posts, he also added the conversion to put Olney out of sight at 26-9.

Olney changed personnel, all the subs getting game time.

To round things off Keenan made a probing run into the home defence, Olney were awarded a scrum at the breakdown.

They won the ball for Ben Hoyles to go in for a try, converted by Letts to give the Olney the 29-9 victory.

They are eighth in the Midlands 2 East South table.