Category: 1st XV Match Reports

Cup Final day is here!

Cup Final day is finally here!

After what feels like the longest 10 days in history since winning their last game against Melton, Oadby Wyggs 1st XV gets to step out on stage at Welford Road tonight against current holders, Syston.

What a great season it has been already. Since winning the league last year and being promoted into Midlands 1, finishing 3rd in their debut season has continued the club’s progress. The second half of the season has been incredible, only losing twice since the new year and they are currently on a run of 10 wins which include the quarter and semi-final of the County Cup. 

Having not competed in the County Cup Final since 1981, when we just lost to Westleigh at Welford Road, tonight will be a very special occasion for all involved at the club. Particularly as a number of players who played in the 1981 final are still actively involved with the club. 16 of the current squad have been developed through the junior section of the club. This commitment to develop young players is still an important aspect at the club and a number of our current squad are actively involved in coaching the junior age groups. Hopefully, this appearance in the final will inspire another generation of players at the club.

For Captain Bryn Bolton-Waugh and Vice-Captain Tom Bishop, it sees the culmination of five years work. Bryn said “We are a tight-knit club and everyone has worked incredibly hard to get where we are today, this is a great reward for all those who have put so much into the club over the years.” Tom said “The boys are just absolutely buzzing to get out there, we have lost out narrowly at the semi-final stage for the last two seasons so getting to the final is fantastic. However Syston coming from a higher league and having been in the final several times before over recent years, are the clear favourites, but we are certainly going to give it all we have got. The team have demonstrated great team spirit throughout the season with a never say die attitude, coming from behind to win a number of games late on. Being the underdog will only improve our level of performance. ”

The team to play:

  1. Bryn Bolton-Waugh (C)
  2. Lewis Jones
  3. Tom Gough
  4. Chris Arnold
  5. Neil McBride
  6. Ben Cornwall
  7. Billy Johnson
  8. Arthur Redfern
  9. Elliot Keable
  10. Jack Elliott
  11. Callum Corley
  12. Tom Bishop
  13. Tom Claffey
  14. Jonny Levett
  15. Byron Measures

Replacements: James Brookes, Michael Wright, Ollie Clayson, Joe Lunn, Nick Tosh. TR’s Owen Morris, James Boden.

Venue: Welford Road, Leicester Tigers Stadium

Kick off: 1945


Match Report: Wyggs 1st XV relentless in hard win against local rivals Lutterworth

Wyggs hosted local rivals Lutterworth for the first time in three seasons on Saturday, Although it had been a long time since a competitive fixture, a lot of players still remained in both teams. Going into the match, both teams sat level pegging on 22 points with Wyggs sitting one place above on points difference.


Playing in wet and very cold conditions, Lutterworth kicked off proceedings and the first ten minutes was all Wyggs. Trying to play too much rugby, the opposition defence was well organised and quick to the breakdown. Wyggs couldn’t find a way through until being awarded 30 metres out in front of the posts. Jack Elliott got the first points on the board and it was 3-0 to the good.


A couple of sloppy mistakes saw Lutterworth make their way into the Wyggs 22 but never looked threatening. On 20 minutes Jack Elliott extended the lead to 6-0 with another well-struck penalty. Lutterworth then got their first points on with a penalty smack bang in front of the sticks.


With the opposition starting to come into the game Callum Corley was yellow carded for being too jovial with an old mate playing on the opposite team. The other player milked this but the ref wasn’t having any of it. Ashley Gleadhill left the game shortly after through injury with Billy Johnson replacing him in the second row.


Instead of letting this get the better of them, the lads turned things up and being a man down worked hard to get close to the Lutterworth line and it was Oliver Clayson who bundled his way over in the right-hand corner to get his first ever try for the 1st team. Jack Elliott struck the ball very sweetly to add the extras and it was 13-3.


In the last few minutes before the half Lutterworth added a further penalty which was to be their last points in the game and Olly Mills retired early through injury, being replaced by Hari-Pathak Mould. A reshuffle in the backline saw Callum Corley move to inside-centre with Path moving onto the wing. With it getting colder and wetter, Wyggs decided to run into the changing rooms with a 13-6 lead at the break.


Kicking off the second half slightly dryer and warmer, Wyggs got stuck straight in. Within a couple of minutes camped on the Lutterworth try line, the referee gave the advantage for a penalty and Jack Elliott took the free and kicked high and to the corner, for Callum Corley to make amends for his earlier misdemeanour to gather and dive over the line. On this occasion, the conversion was missed. 18-6 to the Wyggs.


Lutterworth had a chance to score on 50 minutes but butchered their only real opportunity of the game. This was the cause for major frustration within the opposition and shortly after this, Callum Corley’s old mate from earlier got a serving of karma and a ten-minute breather. This only gave Wyggs more energy and from then on controlled possession and kicked territory well with Lutterworth never getting back into it.


With 10 minutes to go, Wyggs determination paid off with Arthur Redfern finishing off a series of hard carries to score in the right-hand corner. With Path taking over kicking duties, he knocked over the tough conversion from the touchline in front of the lively crowd.

Wyggs saw out the remainder of the game in a controlled manner and bagged a very deserving four points that saw us move into fourth position and clear of fifth by three points.


Clinical Wyggs bring back a big 5 points from Leighton Buzzard

After suffering the disappointment of losing the last two games in the last minute both by one point, Wyggs were determined to get back to winning ways against a team that had won only once so far this season.


It was our first trip to Leighton Buzzard in 4 seasons since being on the end of an 82 nil hiding. With 12 of the starting 15 having over a 100 caps each, experience was on hand to deliver vengeance.


Starting the game uphill, Wyggs let their intentions known in an early scrum which gave sent the opposition pack back up the slopes at a considerable speed.


With Tom Gough on his first appearance for the 1st team this season, leading a series of hard carries Wyggs found themselves deep in the opposition half before Olly Mills carved a big line through the middle and ran it in under the posts. Hari Pathak-Mould had no issues with the conversion.


Shortly afterwards Wyggs were awarded a penalty just on the 22 which Path had no issues with.


Owen Morris got his first ever try for the 1st team shortly afterwards diving over from close range. The conversion was missed on this occasion.


Buzzard kicked deep and it was scrum-half Joe Lunn who caught and fed the supporting Tom Claffey who displayed dazzling footwork to beat a couple of defenders and win the footrace to dot down in the left-hand corner. The difficult conversion was made.


With 5 minutes to go before half-time, there was to be one final score from the Wyggs. With the ball being recycled well, Path made a big pass to the left and a great pickup from Callum Corley before a huge handoff and sprint to score in the corner and secure the 4-try bonus point. The kick, from the exact same spot as before, was made.


There was an early replacement with Joe Lunn going down injured with Elliot Keable replacing him just on the stroke of half-time. Wyggs went in leading 29-0 at the break.


Kicking off the second half downhill, Wyggs started slowly and had to wait 10 minutes before they scored again. A penalty kick to the corner saw the catch and drive come up just short of the line before Olly Mills was on hand to take the short pass and crash over from close range. The conversion from Path was successful.


It was then time for Buzzard to have their purple patch and they came close a number of times. Had it not been for the outstanding work rate in defence, it would have given them something to shout about.


Changes were made with Owen Morris made way for Billy Johnson returning from injury after 58 consecutive games and Lewis Jones coming on for Tom Gough which saw a reshuffle in the front row.


With 20 minutes to go Wyggs needed to find another breakthrough and it was James Brookes on his 199th 1st team appearance, who started things with a break through the middle who fed Arthur Redfern to beat the scrambling defence and run in under the sticks. The conversion was made by Path.


To finish things off, Arthur Redfern broke through the defence and offloaded to the supporting Tom Claffey to score. With the kick just to on the left hand 15-metre line, Path then split the posts to bring up the 50. Wyggs win 50 nil.


This was a clinical performance and showed the ruthless edge that won Midlands 2 last season. Everyone performed throughout the team but with several carries and big tackles, Callum Corley was the man of the match.


  1. Bryn Bolton-Waugh ©
  2. James Brookes
  3. Tom Gough
  4. Michael Wright
  5. Ashley Gleadhill
  6. Oliver Clayson
  7. Owen Morris
  8. Arthur Redfern
  9. Joe Lunn
  10. Hari Pathak-Mould
  11. Callum Corley
  12. Olly Mills
  13. Tom Bishop
  14. Jonny Levett
  15. Tom Claffey




  • Lewis Jones
  • Billy Johnson
  • Elliot Keable


Tries: Mills (2), Morris, Corley, Claffey (2), Redfern


Conversions: Pathak-Mould (6)


Penalties: Pathak-Mould (1)

Match report: Wyggs 1st XV throw away golden chance to make it four on the bounce at Wellingborough

Wellingborough 26 – Wyggs 25

For not wanting to relive the disappointment and frustration of last Saturday’s fixture, this will be a much shorter match report than usual.

Wyggs were lethargic, ill-disciplined and sloppy for about 95% of the game. Wyggs 3 tries came from Jack Elliott, Jack Arthur, Ben Cornwall. Jack Elliott also added 10 points from the boot with 2 penalties and 2 conversions. A chance for a fourth try bonus point went begging with a very poor 2-on-1 in the corner, Although a very poor performance, we were leading for much of the game only for Wellingborough to score and convert with 3 minutes to go.

Next job, Kettering at home this weekend.

Wyggs edge thriller against Tows

Match report: Oadby Wyggs 1st XV 39 – 34 Towcestrians 1st XV


With Wyggs looking to make it three wins on the bounce and the visitors Towcestrians arriving unbeaten so far in the season, it promised to be an exciting game and it did not disappoint.


Tows started much the better, coming out the blocks fast and within 10 minutes had already established a 12-nil lead. It came as a bit of a shock to the home crowd, coaching staff and thankfully the players, which was just the slap they needed to kick themselves into gear.


Wyggs needed some possession badly and hit back with Guy Want finishing off some well-worked hands superbly in the right-hand corner. Captain Jack Elliott slotted the conversion and it was 7 – 12.

5 minutes after that, scrum-half Elliot Keable found the fullback napping and kicked cleverly over the top and Arthur Redfern was quickest to the ball diving ahead of a couple of the opposition, before the ball was reworked before the man of the match Michael Wright pushed his way over for his first try of the day. With the try scored just to the left of the posts, Jack Elliott had no issues and Wyggs took the lead 14-12.

It was now all Wyggs, dominating the set piece and looking after the ball well in tough, wet conditions and it was Keable who scored next, sniping from the back of the ruck from 5 metres out. With the conversion made it was now 21-12.

Shortly after that, vice-captain for the day Billy Johnson was to leave the field with an ankle sprain which made way for Owen Morris to make his debut on the back row.


With 7 minutes left until halftime, Wyggs gave away a sloppy penalty which Tows kicked to bring them back within a converted score. Just on the stroke of halftime with Wyggs looking to move the ball down the line, the pass fell to the ground which saw Tows hack on and regather making 75 metres up the pitch, Ben Cornwall miraculously chased the player down just short of the line but Tows recycled the ball quickly to score in the corner, the difficult conversion was made and the opposition went in to the break with a 1 point lead 21-22.


The halftime team talk was measured and made just the one change, Callum Corley replacing Hari Pathak-Mould at outside centre for his first appearance of the season.


Tows, energised by the change in fortunes came out the stronger and only three minutes into the scored half scored and converted to make it 21-29.


Wyggs made their way back up the pitch and won a penalty deep in the Tows half which was successfully kicked to bring it back to 24-29.


Shortly after this fullback Byron Measures made a break and looking to step inside the covering defender fell into another player and suffered a horrendous dislocation to his left elbow which will see him sidelined for a few months.


What followed was 10 minutes of dogged carrying from both teams, with Wyggs being led by Callum Corley who was running the hardest of lines through the middle of the defence. It was Tows who managed to finish an opportunity. With the kick missed, Wyggs were 10 points behind with 25 minutes left on the clock. Having been there once before already on the day and many times before, the Wyggs team were sure a way back could be found.


Only four minutes later it was Corley who smashed his way over for the fourth try of the day in the left-hand corner. The difficult conversion just missed.

Wyggs kept hold of the ball for a further ten minutes but the Tows defence held firm until Michael Wright found himself in space 30 metres out, putting him in a foot race which he just won and taking a couple of people over the line with him. With the try only a metre in from the left corner flag, Jack Elliott split the posts with his touchline conversion and Wyggs were back in the lead at 36-34 with 11 minutes left on the clock.


Only two minutes later Wyggs extended the lead to 39-34 with a penalty before having to endure 9 minutes of relentless attack from Tows. Birthday boy Joe O left the pitch, having given it everything and being replaced by Sam Allardyce.


The defence was formidable and Wyggs eventually forced an error, resulting in one final scrum and a minute left. Winning the ball back, Olly Mills crashed the ball up at 12, then a few pick and goes from the forwards to run down the clock before Keable stuck the ball in row Z to take the win.


Played in a great spirit, testament must be paid to the referee who managed it very well.


The 1st XV are back on the road, this Saturday away to Wellingborough looking to make it four from five and given their current form, who would doubt them.


The team that played Towcestrians:


1) Joe Olszewski
2) James Brookes
3) Dave Nurse
4) Michael Wright
5) Ben Cornwall
6) Billy Johnson (vc)
7) Jack Arthur
8) Arthur Redfern
9) Elliot Keable
10) Jack Elliott (c)
11) Nick Tosh
12) Olly Mills
13) Hari Pathak-Mould
14) Guy Want
15) Byron Measures


Sam Allardyce
Owen Morris
Callum Corley


Tries: Want, Wright (2), Keable, Corley


Conversions: Elliott (4)


Penalties: Elliott (2)


Wyggs Fall Away in Season Opener

Paviors 1st XV 40 – Wyggs 1st XV 26


Saturday saw the 1st XV make their debut in Midlands 1 East with a trip to Paviors Rugby Club in North Nottinghamshire. Pav’s, who finished fourth in the league last year and without losing a game at home, was going to be a very tough test but with the 2nd XV also playing there and scorching weather, it was all set to be a great day for rugby.


There was a good vibe going about in the changing room upon arrival and the team seemed focused and excited about the game ahead. Then the warm-up began…


A few basic errors in handling drills quickly spread like the common cold. The nerves had definitely kicked in and to make things worse, with 10 minutes until game time starting Inside-centre Olly Mills withdrew through a hamstring injury. The squad reacted well to the news and the immediate reshuffle but it did mean a change in three different positions in the backline.


The change actually settled the team, as they had a new focus. It did mean that the nerves had been passed on to the coaching team who had to pull Joe Lunn up from 2nd XV game which had already kicked off and onto the bench. Add to that also navigating the new electronic match card system online via mobile. Not ideal for the first time using it and the fact the game was being played in the middle of the forest with hardly any signal!


Wyggs kicked off and Paviors retained the ball well for the first few minutes. Wyggs were not phased by the lack of possession and organised well in defence, winning a turnover and an early penalty at the breakdown. A couple of early scrums will have sent shockwaves through the Pav’s pack and coaching staff that they were in for a tough day. After 10 minutes it was Paviors who drew first blood with their big Inside-centre bursting through a couple of high tackles and executing the 2-on-1 to put their Full back under the posts. You would have hoped that this would have been lesson learned. With the conversion made it was 7-0 to the home side.


Wyggs restarted and quickly regathered the ball and after a series of hard carries, won a penalty and opted to kick for the corner. Paviors competed at the lineout and knocked on, resulting in a scrum to Wyggs 10 metres out.  A big drive saw us get close to the line and it was Arthur Redfern at Number 8 who picked the ball up and carried hard at the 7 and managed to get the offload away to scrum-half and vice-captain for the day, Jack ‘Jelly’ Elliott who dived over from close range. Jelly converted his own try and with 15 minutes on the clock, it was 7-7. Game on.

Shortly after the restart, Wyggs gave away a soft penalty and it was paviors turn to kick for the corner. After a series of phases, the ball moved wide to the Paviors number 12 who carried hard and got the offload away to his left winger to score in the corner. The tough conversion was made and it was 14-7.


Wyggs fought back and started to build momentum. Ben Cornwall, who was the man of the match on debut, was everywhere and it was Lewis Jones who bundled over the line from close range. Jelly struck the difficult conversion from wide out on the left between the posts and it was back to level pegging, 14-14 with 15 minutes left until halftime.

Pav’s couldn’t keep hold of the ball and Jelly began to orchestrate things with a clever kicking game, pinning Pav’s back in their 22. After battling away on the Pav’s tryline it was Arthur Redfern who broke through two tackles and stretched for the line, taking another one with him. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the tough conversion was missed and Wyggs controlled things for the last 5 minutes, leading 19-14 going into the break.

The first ten minutes of the second half continued with Wyggs on top, this time captain Bryn Bolton-Waugh leading with charging run through the middle of the defence and a step that Quade Cooper would have been proud of. Wyggs kept their composure but couldn’t get over the line. A scrum was awarded and it was Jelly who ran blind, hitting Nick Tosh who finished strongly in the left-hand corner. Nick, who has impressed all over the summer, is still only 19 and will be one to watch this season.

With the score now at 26-19 and the four-try bonus point secured, it was all Wyggs and after 60 minutes on the clock, were awarded a penalty. Opting for goal to extend the lead, the kick just fell short and a poor chase saw the Pav’s Full back jink his way through the middle and into the Wyggs half. Pav’s were then awarded a scrum. The Inside-centre, who had been quiet for some time, then ran through the middle of poor tackling in the Wyggs backline before passing to his supporting runner. Billy Johnson, who had been working tirelessly all day at openside flanker tracked back and made the tackle – unfortunately momentum saw the Pav’s player tipped and the referee had no choice but to give a yellow card. 


The next ten minutes was all Pav’s and saw them score twice whilst Wyggs were down to 14 men. It was their Inside-centre who was at it again, running straight through the middle of the defence. When Billy returned to the pitch it was 33-36 to Pav’s and we were starting to tire and look out of ideas.


With 5 minutes left on the clock Pav’s scored through some poor tackling around the breakdown and with the successful conversion led 40-26. With Wyggs needing to score and convert to get an additional losing bonus point, we gave it everything. Byron Measures was at the heart of this, beating the defence with some great footwork and also catching Hari Pathak-Moulds clever crossfield kick but it was not to be.

The aftermatch huddle was a somber affair, both the players and the coaches knew that had it not been for some poor first-up tackles, we could have returned home on the first day of the season with 5 points. There were lots of positives to take away but lessons must be learned. At this level, teams are much more clinical but the lads will now have the belief that they are more than capable to play and win at this level.

The team that played:


  1. Bryn Bolton-Waugh (C)
  2. Lewis Jones
  3. Dave Nurse
  4. Michael Wright
  5. Chris Arnold
  6. Ben Cornwall
  7. Billy Johnson
  8. Arthur Redfern
  9. Jack Elliott (VC)
  10. Tom Claffey
  11. Nick Tosh
  12. Elliot Keable
  13. Ewan Corley
  14. Hari Pathak-Mould
  15. Byron Measures


  • James Brookes
  • Joseph Olszewski
  • Joe Lunn


Tries: Jack Elliott, Arthur Redfern, Lewis Jones, Nick Tosh.

Conversions: Jack Elliott (3)


The 2nd XV took the spoils against Paviors 2nd XV – after trailing for much of the game came back to win 31-24. Tries were scored by James Swift, Tom Boden, Ludwigs and Sam Allardyce with a brace. Guy Want converted three.


A big weeks training ahead before the 1st XV and 2nd XV both play their first home games on Saturday against Peterborough.


Credit and many thanks to Charlotte Williamson for the photos.