The Old Boys gave another encouraging display on Saturday in securing a further losing bonus point in their narrow defeat to a dangerous Law Society fifteen.
The home team started well, monopolising possession, going through multiple phases, and settling in their opponents 22 metre area. Aidan O'Brien and Sam Bell were outstanding in this context. It was no surprise when, following some slick handling in the backs, first year Uni student Nick Blaine scored his second try in Old Boys colours. Jason Murphy added the conversion. Sadly, the Law Society came back immediately to score an unconverted try of their own as a direct result of a missed tackle.
Following another fifteen minutes of end to end play the visitors once again took advantage of a flimsy tackle to add a second unconverted try. However, the half ended on a favourable note, when after some more slick handling No 10 Richard Travers ghosted over for an excellent try which Jason Murphy again converted. OWs were good value for their 14-10 half-time lead.
The second period saw the play even, with Will Andrew and Sam Thomas often making ground with their pick and
drive training ground moves. Nevertheless, the home team had to do more defending in the second period and once again a badly missed tackle let the visitors in for their third try which, without his gardening boots, the kicker slotted. There were no further scores despite the Old Boys trying all sorts of ploys to unsettle the visiting defence. Most ploys didn't work and it was felt that a more orthodox approach through widening the angles of attack might have paid off.
This was another encouraging effort from a young side which can only benefit from the time spent playing and learning together. The defence was always excellent, save for the three poorest tackles which led directly to tries, and the tight was very solid never going backwards and even pushing the opposition.
E G Bell