Sheffield Oaks 2s make good on the promising signs from previous games to register their first win of the season
Oaks 2s took to the field in typical November conditions at Niagara looking to continue their upward turn in form. Sheared of team Captain Iain Ness, the Oaks started with the ringing words of Captain Conor McCaughey in their ears. Uncontested scrums meant an open game and different pressures on the Oaks’ pack. Oaks started slowly, however, and conceded an early try when the Engineers’ 12 broke through.
After a re-focus, Oaks carried into the opposition 22 and were awarded a penalty. After a forwards rumble from the tap, scrum half Aiden Thomas found Steve Phillips on the 5 metre who crashed through to score. Mirre Simons added the extras but was unable to add an additional penalty later in the half. The wet conditions made for a very slippy ball and Oaks made better of the play with the forwards making ground. However, the same slippy conditions meant Oaks could not convert possession into points before the break, and the half time score was 7-7.
Into the second half Oaks continued running the ball, their ball-carrying forwards making yards. Engineers, however, scored a breakaway try after indiscipline caused a sin binning for the Oaks. Oaks defence held for some time but a sustained assault resulted in points for the visitors.
Back to full strength, the Oaks’ began to pressure the opposition 22. The ball made it’s way to Centre Richard Smith who scored, with the conversion scored by Simons.
Oaks took the lead when Clive Peacock, who had been causing the Engineers problems with his carrying all game, was able to force his way over through 3 defenders. Simon Travis was unable to convert.
Oaks were on top through their carrying game & the bonus point score came after more forward pressure, Smith finding Phillips from the back of a ruck. Phillips bounced his man, spun and was able to ground the ball despite some last ditch defending. Simons again stepping up to bring up a 12 point lead after Oaks were 7 points down twice in the game.
Oaks had to last a final 15 minute assault from Engineers. A try was conceded with 6 to go. Indiscipline was starting to rack up the penalty count in the 22, but Oaks were able to hold out and celebrated their win with a great roar of joy and relief. Final score: 26-21
This Saturday Oaks 2s travel to Norton to take on Medics Freshers in a friendly game, with an earlier kick-off than originally advertised of 11am.