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Your News Olney 3 - Reading 58

Having read the write up on Reading from the previous week winning away 69-3 Olney knew that they would be travelling away to face a tough opposition. Noticing the 4x4 trucks used for training purposes and a high percentage of the Reading team recruited from the local armed forces, it was not going to be anything but a very physical game.

It was Olney who surprised their opponents taking the early lead of three points from a penalty from the boot of Scrum Half, Richard James. Reading gave away a few early penalties which Olney took advantage of by kicking up field for territory, though the Reading forwards worked their line out well and often won Olney ball. From this the Reading Fly half was quick to use his strong kicking skills to pin Olney back once again in their twenty-two but Olney defended well and prevented a few should of been tries.

The Reading Fly Half took three easy points from a penalty awarded in front of the posts taking the score to three all. Shortly after the referee warned the Reading Captain about his players repeatedly coming in from the side giving Olney yet more penalties, and it was not long before the Reading Hooker whilst only yards from their try line on the attack was awarded a yellow card for blatant shoeing. This taking Reading to only fourteen men and missing out on what could have been their first try. They were however awarded a scrum from an Olney knock on and despite their pack driving Olney backwards their number eight failed to ground the ball missing out on another try, allowing Olney to defend their line and clear the ball yet again.

The Reading pack were an extremely solid pack in the scrums and dominated this area of the game, though the Olney backs when in possession showed real flair and proved to Reading they were most definitely not a back line to ignore with great support play across the field. With Olney’s Full Back, Rhys Peakman making a few jinking runs being supported by Wingers, Will Edwards and Scott Filler. However, Reading scored four tries in the first half, which their Fly Half scored two conversions taking the score to 3-20 at half time.

The second half continued along the same pattern as the first with Reading keeping possession in their forwards and then kicking up field by their Fly Half, who kicked with ease and accuracy from one end of the pitch to the other. The Olney players made some great tackles with Fly Half, Dave Smith and Inside Centre, Chris Parnham repeatedly tackling and not letting Reading players through their channel. Olney’s Flanker, Johnny Carr unfortunately received a yellow card himself for playing offside, though it wasn’t long before the referee awarded another this time to a Reading Player taking their tally to two yellow cards for the game.

Reading did score a further five tries, two conversions and one penalty in the second half. Although the final score of 3-58 in Readings favour sounds a large margin, Olney can take positives from this game that Reading were an immense team and they held them to eleven points less than their previous league win away, though had they not had a few missed tackles the score could of been closer still.

Penalty; Richard James x1

Olney can take away the experience of the Reading game to prepare for a home fixture against newly promoted Wallingford for a 3pm kick off. All spectators are welcome in the Clubhouse both before and after the game with Social Membership now payable at £10/person.

Reminder – Open Meeting Thursday 25th September from 8pm in the Clubhouse.

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