New-look OA warm up with win
Pre-season friendly Old Albanian 33 Peterborough 17 HAVING stretched their legs in the Tring Tens competition on the previous weekend, OA s followed up with a thorough work out against Midlands rivals Peterborough. Director of Rugby Bruce Millar has made
Old Albanian 33 Peterborough 17
HAVING stretched their legs in the Tring Tens competition on the previous weekend, OA's followed up with a thorough work out against Midlands rivals Peterborough.
Director of Rugby Bruce Millar has made a number of close season signings to further strengthen his squad who are attempting to break into the league's top three in this campaign, an achievement which has managed to elude them to date.
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The foundation of their bid however, will rest on a core of retained experience bolstered by some exciting 'young guns' who burst onto the first team scene in 2008/9.
On display at Woollams on Saturday were several new faces all keen to make an impression on Millar and chief coach Mark Langley.
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Leading the way was Simon Lincoln (ex Cambridge) who impressed in his favoured position at centre and showed his versatility when required to cover for Richard Gregg in the one of the experimental line ups on show. Laurence White, Lincoln's one time team mate at Cambridge also enjoyed a good afternoon's work at openside flanker.
Also on show were recent additions to OA's front row fraternity in the form of Aaron Tawera, prop from Eastern Suburbs, Sydney and hooker Charlie Hughes who is a member of Saracens Academy.
Winger, Joe Lowe (Newcastle University), marked his arrival with a well taken try in the second period of the game in which the visitors maintained a combative edge throughout.
Other scorers in an OA's win by 33 points to 17 were Woollams' favourites Tryfan Edwards, Terry Adams (two) and skipper Alex Bennett.
Richard Gregg maintained a perfect kicking record.
Brothers Dan and Matt Henderson together with Joe Vassie, all products of OA's junior system, put in mature performances and Chris May looked dangerous when given space to attack from full back.
With a string of established stars not available for this fixture but due to return soon OA's squad promises more strength in depth this season which will help to ease the problem of long term injuries to Andy Pearson, James Pavitt and Arthur Mate.
The Woollams Men take on last seasons champions Shelford in their final warm up game next Saturday at home where they are also due to open their league campaign against local rivals Hertford on Saturday, September 5.