Oaks back on track with convincing win


After disappointment at Wibsey the previous week, Oaks welcomed Rossington to Parson Cross on Saturday.

After a delayed kick off, the home team wasted no time taking control of the contest with a series of 5m scrums. Picking blind three times, and prop Mike Kontou having a try disallowed, allowed the ball to eventually be spread touchline to touchline for winger Ali Stedman to score a stylish try.

The Oaks pack was on top, and substitute Paul Almond was soon on the scoresheet when he muscled over from short range after some smart running. The teams exchanged penalties, before another set of drives saw man-of-the-match-flanker Andy Fletcher carried over the whitewash. In a bizarre act of altruism though, he placed the ball back for hooker Gio Petrucci to dive swanlike for a first senior try.

There was time for another smart effort before half time as big runners made big yards down the middle off a line out. Quick ball allowed stand-off Lawrence Canham to feed second row Tim Mullinar, who blistered over untouched from 30m.

The half time score was 28-3 with a bonus point in the bag before turning into the wind. Any threat of the match turning was short lived though, as a mix-up from kick off gifted second row Oliver Sinclair an unopposed flop in the corner.

Highlights from the rest of the match included a wonder-try through six players and 30m from a Rossington prop, and centre Rob Trickey throwing a flamboyant off-load to send fullback Nick Wood under the sticks. The match however had calmed down as a contest by that point and settled at the final score, 40-10.

The 2s play at home this Saturday against Sheffield Medics 3s at 2:15pm, before both teams play Mosborough the following week in a crucial doubleheader.