Old Albanian inflict technical knock-out on Canterbury
PUBLISHED: 13:54 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:56 07 March 2016
Old Albanian used their size advantage perfectly in defeating Canterbury 71-17.
Old Albanian RFC 71 Canterbury RFC 17
May slips his marker
Shanahan looks to pass in the tackle
Johnson juggles with the ball before touching down OA's first try
Johnson scores OA's first try
May holds onto the ball as he is tackled
Lunnon thinks he has scored but it is not given
Stevens and the Canterbury defence look to dive on a loose ball
Hughes gets past the challenge of the Canterbury number 10 to score for OA's
Lunnon falls short of the line as he is held up
OA's celebrate a try
Garside and Hamilton combine in a tackle
Speirs touches in the corner
Lombaard hands of whilst being tackled
Thompson scores for OA's
Lunnon drives for the line
Johnson breaks clear to score for OA's again
King touches down between the posts
Canterbury were outmatched physically in this one-sided clash and, in boxing parlance, a good ‘biggun’ will always beat a good ‘littlun’.
So it proved today in this eleven try to two exhibition.
To cap it all the gallant visitors had to face the, at times, vicious elements in the first half and this helped OAs to pin Canterbury into their 22 for most of the period.
In that time Albanians had run up three tries all converted. Skipper Billy Johnson crossed twice and Charlie Hughes was unstoppable from ten metres. The imperious Matt Gallagher did the kicking.
This was the most clinical OA performance for some time and whenever errors occurred they were rectified with speed.
Nonetheless Canterbury took advantage of an intercept to get their notch on the scoreboard. Guy Hilton crossed and Tom Best converted.
Best’s penalty made the interval score 21-10.
Then the floodgates opened.
Johnson completed his hat-trick and Jimmy Spiers struck another trio.
They were joined by Morgan Thompson, Nick Foster, the returning Mike Allan and Chris Lombaard who strolled over from halfway.
Gallagher was successful with five more conversions.
Never-say-die Canterbury’s Dan Smart brought applause from all with a sparkling try just after the hour and Best was on hand to convert.
The win leaves OAs in second place in the National League Two South table, 11 points behind Cambridge but eight clear of third-placed Bishop’s Stortford.