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Oaklands make impressive AASE League start

23 September 2013

  • Imperious Oaklands secure 48-12 victory over Worcester
  • St Paul's maintain strong start
Action from Oaklands College's win over Worcester Sixth Form College

Photo: inattheside.com

There were wins for Oaklands, Filton, Gosforth, St.Paul’s, Prince Henry’s and Hartpury on the second weekend of the RFU AASE league.

Oaklands College got their season off to a flying start with a commanding 48-12 triumph over Worcester Sixth Form College in the AASE North League. 

In a tight first quarter, Oaklands opened the scoring after prop Hayden King found his way to the line off the back of a driving maul.

But Worcester hit back shortly afterwards with a try from wing Rhyan Scott-Young. However, the game continued its back-and-forth nature when Worcester’s Max Hinbery scored in response to Chris Cullen giving Oaklands the lead.

Duncan Russell then put Oaklands ahead, but the turning point came when Worcester No. 8 Jack Price was sent to the sin bin, and with a one-man advantage Oaklands exploited the extra space. Prop Hayden King went over for his second, and Lenny Bush piled on the misery for Worcester with another try.

Oaklands went in at the break with a commanding 31-12 lead, and things worsened for the travelling Worcester side in the second half.

Two more sin bins to Worcester’s Henry Cross and Myles Edwards meant Oaklands were never in danger of letting their lead slip and the hosts added to their tally with tries from Jack Singleton, Ewan Dickson-Earle, and Lewis Dalm to ensure the visitors left Hertfordshire empty handed.

"We were rusty to begin with, so to come back and play as well as we did was a real positive," Oaklands College head of rugby Dave Hesketh said. "I felt the way we managed the breakdown was pretty good. One or two things need a bit of polish but I think we'll improve and get better as the season goes on."

In the northern league, Prince Henry’s kicked off their AASE league campaign with an impressive 46-5 win against Myerscough.

Wing Dan Tai scored four tries on the day, whilst Declan Jackson, Cameran Leadly, Josh Bainbridge and Max Green also scored tries for the Yorkshire outfit.

Head coach Andy Rock commented: "There were some really stand-out performances from captain Josh Bainbridge and winger Dan Tai, but there’s a lot more to come from many others as they develop over the course of the season. Raffen Cherrington was really impressive in his first AASE game."

In the final northern league match, Gosforth made it two from two with a 17-5 win at Moulton College, Aston Whitlow, James Cooney and Callum Chick getting on the scoresheet. 

Back in the south, Filton College got back to winning ways by scoring eight tries on route to a 46-14 win against Henley College. Lucas Slowik and Andy Uren both scored a brace, with Callum Jones, Alex Kilbane, Chay Smith and Josh Daly all crossing for the others.

"This was a very pleasing performance after the setback against St Paul's last week," said head coach George Tavner. "The players were far more accurate in their execution this week and this allowed us to play at a really good tempo."

Hartpury maintained their 100 per cent record with another bonus point win, this time a 26-10 win against a strong Truro side. They scored four tries through Joe Batley, Eddie Nicholls, Will Safe and Maxx Morris.

The other side to maintain a winning record was high-flying St Paul’s Catholic College, who comfortably dispatched Ivybridge 60-15 in Devon.

Conner Murphy, Harry Lightfoot-Brown, Ben O’Shea, Reuben Norville, Cameron Cowell, Chiltern Holbert, Curtis Langden and Oliver Curry (twice) were the try-scorers for the London Irish-affiliated college, with 15 points added with the boot by Joseph Gwyther.