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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

 

OADBY WYGGESTONIAN RFC SPRING BALL 2019

OADBY WYGGESTONIAN RFC

 

2019 SPRING BALL

(dancing to Blue Skies In June)

SATURDAY, 18th MAY  

Holiday Inn Wigston

(previously the Stage Motel)

6.30pm to 12.00am

Ticket price £ 30 per person

Tables of 10 max

Please organise tables and give money and names to Sally Beevers as soon as possible to secure your place. Cheques payable to OWRFC Ball Account or direct to Sort Code 40-46-33 A/C No 51466216. Contact Sally on 07817 739031 or Jenny Robinson on 07769 654636 for more details.

THE PREMIER FUNCTION OF THE CLUB SOCIAL CALENDAR

A Gentle Reminder

Following our recent league fixture with Melton Mowbray RFC, The club has been made aware informally, that the referee on the day indicated that he had been subject to adverse comments concerning how he refereed the match.

This was a visiting referee from Yorkshire who was also being assessed.

Such comments could have come from anyone watching the game. However, as the host club, it is incumbent on us to ensure the standard of behavior at our ground reflect our values as a club.

I know we are passionate about our rugby and possess from the touchline the insight; experience and knowledge to both play and referee the match without the mistakes that sometimes happen on the pitch!

I know that Bryn as First team Captain has established a good reputation with referees and this is hard won.

As a club, we aim to be welcoming to officials and visiting supporters, I ask that we all reflect how a minority of adverse comments could damage this reputation and the fun and humour on the touchline that are an essential part of our game.

On the pitch, however, I want the Wyggs to be an increasingly difficult place to visit and play. With losing teams respected and teams that may beat us valuing their win as hard earned.

Chris Redfern Hon Secretary OWRFC

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.

COYW

Tough day for the 2s

A tough day for the super 2s against a strong Lutterworth side ended in a 7-52 loss.

Jack Arthur touched down for what was to be the only score of the day for the Wyggs who battled hard and put the effort in, but it was not to be. Credit must be given to Lutts who played very physical and clinical.

Big training week ahead for the 2s, who face Melton next week in another big league game. Hoping to get back to winning ways.

COYW

Match Preview: Wyggs 1st XV V Lutterworth

Fresh off the back of a strong win against Leighton Buzzard, Wyggs host a Lutterworth team in form after two big wins against Northampton Old Scouts and Melton Mowbray.

 

Since getting promoted three seasons ago, Lutterworth have performed very well, finishing in fourth position two years on the bounce in Midlands 1. Coached by former Wygg, Steve Lamb, they will be a tough test.

 

With the 2nd team also facing Lutterworth, training in the week has seen great numbers and a real buzz about the place. Going into the game there have been a couple of changes from the team that played last week. Jack Elliott and Nick Tosh return to the team after a week away and Elliot Keable gets the nod at scrum half.

 

The team to play Lutterworth:

 

  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. Elliot Keable
  10. Jack Elliott
  11. Nick Tosh
  12. Olly Mills
  13. Tom Bishop
  14. Callum Corley
  15. Tom Claffey

 

Subs

 

  • Lewis Jones
  • Billy Johnson
  • Hari Pathak-Mould

 

Kick off 3pm at Oval Park

 

COYW

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

 

Subs

 

  • Lewis Jones
  • Billy Johnson
  • Elliot Keable

 

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

 

Conversions: Pathak-Mould (6)

 

Penalties: Pathak-Mould (1)

Match preview: Wyggs 1st XV vs Kettering

Off the back of last weeks disappointment, the lads have put everything into training as they seek to make amends against an unbeaten Kettering team.

Kettering come to Oval park seeking to make it five from five – those stato’s will notice that they have played a game less than Wyggs, due to their second game of the season being postponed due to a rock-solid pitch. They have scored four bonus point tries in all four fixtures and will be the toughest test since coming into Midlands 1.

All that will mean Mary Bobbins to the Wyggs, having only lost once at home since the 2016/2017 season and a with fresh motivation to get back to winning ways.

A few changes to the team which includes the return of Ewan Corley, Lewis Jones, Tom Claffey and Oliver Clayson to the starting lineup and Joe Lunn to the bench. Ashley Gleadhill gets his first start of the season after impressing off the bench last week.

The Wyggs team to play Kettering:

1) Bryn Bolton-Waugh (c)
2) Lewis Jones
3) Dave Nurse
4) Michael Wright
5) Ashley Gleadhill
6) Ben Cornwall
7) Oliver Clayson
8) Arthur Redfern
9) Elliot Keable
10) Jack Elliott (vc)
11) Nick Tosh
12) Olly Mills
13) Ewan Corley
14) Callum Corley
15) Tom Claffey

Replacements

James Brookes
Owen Morris
Joe Lunn

 

Kick off is 3pm at Oval Park.

 

COYW!

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.

Match Preview: Wyggs away to Wellingborough

Wyggs make the trip to Wellingborough this week in good form. Looking to make it four on the bounce and having won 11 out of the last 14 on the road, the lads are feeling confident. The last trip there was during the 14/15 season when Wellingborough finished second and were promoted to Midlands 1 East through winning the playoff.

 

Wellingborough have got off to a similar start to Wyggs having also won 3 out of 4 so far, the only difference being two 4-try bonus points which see us sit two places above them in the table.

 

Going into the game, the effort and attendance at training have been first class. With a tough session on Monday, followed by 37 turning up on Thursday night, there is a strong hunger in the squad to keep winning. There was some more hunger in the clubhouse after Thursday’s session, with 35 seniors and colts sitting down for dinner. Chef Horner did a sterling job as always.

 

There are a few changes to the team that beat Towcestrians at home last weekend. Bryn Bolton-Waugh returns at loosehead to captain the team. Owen Morris and Callum Corley get their first starts of the season, having come off the bench last week and impressed. Hari Pathak-Mould starts at full-back replacing the injured Byron Measures. Lewis Jones and Tom Claffey are on the bench after a week away and Ash Gleadhill makes his first return to the squad since the 2016/2017 season. Ash is the 30th player to feature so far, showing the strength in depth that we have.

 

The team to play Wellingborough:

 

1) Bryn Bolton-Waugh (c)
2) James Brookes
3) Dave Nurse
4) Michael Wright
5) Ben Cornwall
6) Owen Morris
7) Jack Arthur
8) Arthur Redfern
9) Elliot Keable
10) Jack Elliott (vc)
11) Nick Tosh
12) Olly Mills
13) Callum Corley
14) Guy Want
15) Hari Pathak-Mould

Replacements

Lewis Jones
Ashley Gleadhill
Tom Claffey

 

Kick off 3pm at Wellingborough

 

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


Replacements

Sam Allardyce
Owen Morris
Callum Corley

 

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

 

Conversions: Elliott (4)

 

Penalties: Elliott (2)

 

Match Preview: Wyggs 1st XV vs Towcestrians 1st XV

Wyggs play their second home game of the campaign, hot off the heels of a great win on the road at Rugby Lions last week. This time they face Towcestrians RFC who make the trip up the M1. Relegated after finishing bottom from London Prem last season, they are back in familiar company, having played with a number of the teams in Mids 2 East South seven seasons ago.

 

Tows have got off to a strong start, winning three from three – beating Lutterworth at home on the opening day of the season, Melton away, before snatching victory in a Friday night fixture at home vs Northampton Old Scouts last week.

 

After a strong weeks training buoyed by last weeks performance, Wyggs are looking to make it three on the bounce and are ready for the challenge, facing a team which just a few months ago would have sat two levels above.

 

This week sees a quite few changes from the team that won last week. Captain Bryn Bolton-Waugh is on wedding duties and Joe Olsewski replaces him at loosehead. James Brookes gets his first start of the season at hooker, whilst Michael Wright makes a return to the second row after a week away in place of the injured Chris Arnold. Jack Arthur comes in on the backrow for the unavailable Oliver Clayson. Hari Pathak-Mould returns to outside centre and Nick Tosh and Guy Want start on the wings. Owen Morris is amongst the matchday squad in what will be his debut when he comes off the bench. Sam Allardyce and Callum Corley make their first appearance of the season as forward and back replacements.

 

With no Bryn or Tom Bishop in the squad, Jack Elliott will captain the 1st XV for the very first time with Billy Johnson as his deputy.

 

The 1st XV to play Towcestrians RFC:

 

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


Replacements

Sam Allardyce
Owen Morris
Callum Corley

 

Kick off 3pm at Oval Park.

 

COYW!

Match reports: Wyggs 1st XV smash Rugby Lions

If you could sum up ‘The Rugby Lions’ in one movie quote, it would be this one; “Your ego is writing cheques your body can’t cash.”

 

Before the game, their members had been giving it the chat about how they were going to win the league and given their arrogance, I’d bet they were saying it afterwards as well.

 

To put it simply, the mercenaries got taught a lesson…

 

Lions did start the better and in the first ten minutes missed a very kickable penalty before finishing off a well-worked try by the posts. The kick was missed again.

 

Wyggs fought back immediately and worked their way up to the host’s line, picking again and again until sneaky number 9 Elliot Keable sold the dummy and dived over from the base of the ruck. The conversion made by Jack Elliott.

 

Rugby then scored shortly after following a lineout from 5 metres out before Wyggs came back with some great attacking rugby. We got our just rewards with captain Bryn Bolton-Waugh crashing over under the sticks. The conversion made by Jack Elliott and it was now 14-10 to the visitors.

 

Rugby then came back and after a few phases and a quick change of direction, their big prop bundled through a couple of Wyggs players to score. The easy conversion was missed again.

 

The last 10 minutes was all Wyggs and it saw returning centre, Tom Bishop, make a series of piercing runs up the pitch. He then finished a smart move running through two and dotting down in the corner. The difficult conversion just missed. Wyggs saw out the half and managed to win a penalty close to the posts on the stroke of half-time which was duly kicked to go in at the break 22-15.

 

Whilst the hosts went back into their changing rooms, the Wyggs stayed out in the middle of the pitch to regather and decide the fate of the rest of the game. There was absolutely no doubt that we were leaving without putting 50 on the home team and the kick off showed exactly that.

 

Regathering the ball from the kick-off, a number of phases saw Wyggs close to the line before a superb cut out pass found Olly Mills who touched down right in the left-hand corner. A brilliant touchline kick from Jack Elliott extended the lead to 29-15.

 

Moments later from the restart, Wyggs had a chance go begging with a pass just missing the supporter runner and it was Lions who pounced and broke through the covering defence to score. On this occasion, much to the delight of the home crowd, the conversion was made suddenly Rugby were within 7 again with the score at 29-22.

 

The restart saw Wyggs come back stronger and work deep into the Lions 22 before a series of infringements left the referee with no choice but to award a penalty try. Back to 36-22 and it was time to go for the kill.

 

Shortly after this, Byron Measures took the ball on the blind before throwing a great dummy and running in from 45 metres to become the 5th top try scorer in Wyggs history. Jack Elliott adding the extras. Captain Bryn then got on the scoresheet again but this time the kick was missed.

 

Then came try of the day. After working the ball 50 metres up the field and into the Lions 22 man of the match Ben Cornwall took it blind and flicked the most outrageous of balls out the back door to Jonny Levett to dive into the corner for his first ever try at the club. The toughest of conversions just missed and it was 53-22.

 

With ten minutes left there was still to be some drama. Lions gave away a penalty close to their line, which was tapped quickly Elliot Keable – with the defence not back 10 one of their men put in a hit. Blatant yellow but the referee took his time which prompted Keabs to ask if he was binning him. The ref got out his yellow card which he gave to the Lions player and also gave to Keabs for asking the question. Penalty reversed and Lions kick back down the pitch.

 

Back came Wyggs for one final charge and after some slick hands, replacement hooker James Brookes found himself in space. With the defending winger to beat (former Wyggs player Dan Parrington) Brookesy then put in footwork which would not have been allowed before the watershed, with an absolute ankle-breaker of a side step which drew rapturous applause from the travelling faithful. The full back made the covering tackle before the ball was reworked to Arthur Redfern to crash over. Conversion made by Jack Elliott which rounded off a personal haul of 15 points and saw him cross 300 points for the 1st XV.

 

Rugby were to have the final say with a consolation try which caught the Wyggs defence napping. The conversion was not made and it finished 60-27.

 

There were an enormous amount of positives to take from the game but with a few injury assessments to take place during the week, a lot of work will be needed to prepare for the home game next Saturday against Towcestrians, who have won 3 from 3.

 

The team that played Rugby Lions 1st XV:

1) Bryn Bolton-Waugh
2) Lewis Jones
3) Dave Nurse
4) Chris Arnold
5) Ben Cornwall
6) Oliver Clayson
7) Billy Johnson
8) Arthur Redfern
9) Elliot Keable
10) Jack Elliott
11) Tom Claffey
12) Olly Mills
13) Tom Bishop
14) Hari Pathak-Mould
15) Byron Measures


Replacements

James Brooks
Jack Arthur
Jonny Levett

 

Tries: Keable, Bolton-Waugh (2), Bishop, Mills, Penalty, Measures, Levett, Redfern

Conversions: Elliott (6)

Penalties: Elliott

Match Preview: Wyggs 1st XV away to Rugby Lions 1st XV

Match Preview: Wyggs 1st XV away to Rugby Lions 1st XV

 

With the two teams set to battle it out, it really is a clash of two cultures…

 

You have the hosts. Their financial endeavors over the years have come back to bite them on the a**e more times than Rob Alonso has tried a drop goal.

 

Then there’s us. We had 34 at training on Monday and 36 on Thursday. All there because they wanted to be, not because… well you know. Last week’s team was a testament to what being a Wygg means with 13 out of the starting 15 who had played at minis, juniors and seniors for the club.

 

Lions missed out on relegation from Midlands 1 West last season by the skin of their teeth last year, only because one of their players realised an error on the RFU system and they were missing a point. If it hadn’t been for this player, they would have gone down. Not so hot on their numbers are they?!

 

Give them their credit, they have got off to a strong start winning 2 from 2 beating Melton and Northampton Old Scouts. Wyggs are feeling confident though off the back of a last week’s win against Peterborough and a strong weeks training in preparation.

 

There have been a number of changes to the Wyggs team which sees the return of Tom Bishop from his summer holidays and the swag-meister general, Olly Mills – the two forming a big centre partnership. Ben Cornwall moves from blindside to second row with Oliver Clayson getting a start. Dave Nurse is back in at tighthead after his long walk up north last week. Joe Lunn drops out at scrum half with a bad case of the sniffles with Elliot Keable stepping in. Jack Arthur and Jonny Levett make their first appearances in the 1st XV squad this season.

 

The team to play Rugby Lions 1st XV:

 

  1. Bryn Bolton-Waugh
  2. Lewis Jones
  3. Dave Nurse
  4. Chris Arnold
  5. Ben Cornwall
  6. Oliver Clayson
  7. Billy Johnson
  8. Arthur Redfern
  9. Elliot Keable
  10. Jack Elliott
  11. Tom Claffey
  12. Olly Mills
  13. Tom Bishop
  14. Hari Pathak-Mould
  15. Byron Measures

 

Replacements

 

  • James Brooks
  • Jack Arthur
  • Jonny Levett

 

Kick off is at 3pm at Webb Ellis Road.

 

COYW!

Wyggs get their first win in Midlands 1!

Oadby Wyggs 1st XV 22 – 19 Peterborough 1st XV

 

After the disappointment of losing their season opener away at Paviors, Wyggs were determined to bounce back with a victory at home against Peterborough, and that they did!

 

Playing with a strong wind behind them, the visitors retained the ball well from the kick off and looked confident in the early stages. Wyggs held firm in defence before it was their turn to play with the ball. Making some hard yards up the pitch, a scrum was awarded 5 metres from the Peterborough line and it was the number 8 Arthur Redfern who picked blind and crashed over from close range. With the difficult conversion just missing, it was 5-0 after 10 minutes.

 

Peterborough then went on the attack and got within a couple of metres of the Wyggs tryline before a superb rip from second-row Chris Arnold allowed Jack Elliott to clear our lines. The resulting throw-in for Peterborough was stolen by Billy Johnson and cleaned up by Tom Claffey – with the ruck formed just outside our own 22, it was then man of the match Lewis Jones who carried hard off the 9 and sold a quick dummy and with a bit of footwork was away running 40 metres up the pitch, the ball was then recycled quickly with Michael Wright acting as the scrum half passing on the short side to Claffey who passed to Johnson and executed the 2-on-1 to put Arthur Redfern in a footrace to the line. Thankfully the only chap chasing across was a bit of a chubby funster and Arthur was able to run around under the posts for his second try of the game. The conversion was made by Jack Elliott and it was 12-0 after 15 minutes.

 

Unfortunately this was to then turn quickly in Peterborough’s favour, with Wyggs resting on their laurels, they were then caught napping twice in space of two minutes Peterborough to draw back level. The first came through the fly half taking a quick tap penalty who then released his openside flanker who side-stepped his way past three tackles to touch down just to the left of the posts. The fly-half was a bit too confident with the easy kick which hit the post. He made up for this very soon after, taking hold of an offload and sprinted down the wing before chipping over the Wyggs full back and regathering to score under the posts. No mistake with this conversion and it was suddenly 12 all.

 

With 15 minutes left in the half, Peterborough had the upper hand and kept attacking. The defence was strong and just when it looked like we were out of the worst, Arthur Redfern was given a soft yellow. Wyggs managed to hold out to be level at the much needed break.

 

Wyggs kicked off the second half and with the wind in our favour, the game plan was very much looking to kick into the corners. That was to be on hold for a few minutes as Peterborough were camped on the Wyggs line for a number of phases before their 7 crossed the line under the posts. For the first time in the match Wyggs found themselves behind at 19-12.

 

Wyggs got the next points on the board shortly after through Jack Elliott with a finely struck penalty from far out to bring Wyggs within a try of Peterborough. 19-15.

 

The next 20 minutes were a tight nipped affair with no team able to find a way through. With 15 left on the clock, pressure from Wyggs defending in the Peterborough half saw the ball drop free and hacked on which bounced perfectly into the hands of centurion man Hari Pathak-Mould to score between the sticks. Conversion made by Jack Elliott to make it 22-19 to the good.

 

Shortly after that, Path was cruelly denied a second try by the linesman who bowed to peer pressure from his own teammates and judged a foot in touch. Video footage has shown what a great finish it was to beat two men and it should have been awarded – a poor decision which would have given us an extra bonus point also. This would have been the fairytale finish for him on his 100th appearance for the first team which is fantastic achievement.

 

Peterborough threw everything at it in the last few minutes but it was not to be, with the Wyggs holding on to clinch a 22-19 win.

 

This week sees us travel to Rugby Lions who have got off to a good start with two wins from two.

 

Wyggs looking to bounce back against Peterborough

 

After last week’s loss in the season opener away to Paviors, Wyggs are at home and are looking to bounce back against former Mids 2 compatriots, Peterborough. The last time we met, was at home, at the end of the 2017/2018 season and which saw the visitors emerge victorious and crowned Champions. The only loss Peterborough suffered in that entire season against was against us in the first game.

 

Wyggs know they face a tough test against opposition who finished in 6th place after being promoted and started strongly last week with a 30-5 win over Northampton Old Scouts. 

 

Preparations for tomorrow’s game have gone well with great numbers at training for both sessions this week. With a few changes to last weeks team, notable mentions include; Harry White – who will be making his debut on the wing, Hari Pathak-Mould  – who will be making his 100th appearance for the 1st XV and finally, Oliver Clayson who makes his return to the squad after almost 5 years since his last appearance.

The 1st XV to face Peterborough is:

  1. Bryn Bolton-Waugh ©
  2. Lewis Jones
  3. Joseph Olszewski
  4. Michael Wright
  5. Chris Arnold
  6. Ben Cornwall
  7. Billy Johnson
  8. Arthur Redfern
  9. Joe Lunn
  10. Jack Elliott (vc)
  11. Tom Claffey
  12. Guy Want
  13. Hari Pathak-Mould
  14. Harry White
  15. Byron Measures

 

Replacements

  • James Brookes
  • Oliver Clayson
  • Olly Mills

 

Kick off is 3pm at Oval Park.

 

The second XV was also meant to be playing Peterborough at home but has been cancelled due to the away team not being able to field an opposition.