OAs crank up the heat as they go top of the table
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Old Albanian produced a dazzling display of rugby to leapfrog opponents Taunton Titans at the top of the National Two South table.
On a cold day the 35-24 victory warmed the home support and boasted six tries, a number of which saw OAs go the full length of the field.
Number eight Sam Lunnon led the way with a brilliant hat-trick, Max Malins with two and one from Oliver Cooper-Miller also finding their way over the line.
What will be pleasing for coach James Shanahan is the way his side coped with losing flanker Harry Bate midway through the second period to a yellow card.
With the score at 25-19, and Taunton finding a second wind after a blistering start to the second period for OAs, nerves were jangling around Woollams.
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However the home side grabbed two tries in that period, Cooper-Miller getting the first after a strong break by Johannes Lombaard, before Malins raced along the right wing from 40 metres.
Lunnon had already scorched along the same wing from almost the same starting point to grab his third and Albanian’s fourth after 51 minutes, just five minutes after getting his second.
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Malins’ earlier penalty meant OAs scored 13 unanswered points in the opening 11 minutes of the half.
The England U20 full-back had scored his first of the day in the first half, latching on to a Shanahan pass to cancel out Taunton’s opener.
Lunnon spun in right on the whistle to put OAs 12-7 up at the break.
Taunton made sure they came away with a bonus point for four tries, and came closing to adding a fifth in the dying moments which would have handed them a second losing BP.
However OAs hung on for the win and now lead Cambridge, 62-15 winners over Barnes, on points scored.
Taunton are now third, three points behind the front two, with Bishop’s Stortford a further seven points adrift in fourth.