Rugby: Rare defeat for Regional College

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Peterborough Regional College were beaten 13-7 by Oaklands in their last away game of the season in the British Colleges League yesterday (January 21).

Oaklands College is the Saracens Academy side and they were quicker and stronger around the field and and the Regional College defence were made to work hard throughout the game.

Tom Winch on the attack for Regional College.

Tom Winch on the attack for Regional College.

The home side went ahead after 15 minutes of constant pressure but Regional College hit back immediately when hooker Dan McFaden ran in a great solo try from the halfway line. The successful conversion gave Regioanl College a 7-5 lead.

Just before the interval fighting broke out due to constant heavy collisions and both teams lost a player for 10 minutes. Then just before the half-time whistle Regional College lost another player to the sin-bin.

Play was confined to the middle of the park for most of an evenly contested second half but in the last five minutes Oaklands raised their game and nicked victory with a try and penalty

Coach Lewis Capes said: ”It was a tough loss today but it is always tough at Oaklands as their programme is one of the best in the country and you have to respect that.

“We made too many mistakes and gave them too much possession. You can’t expect to win with our penalty count today. The league title is now a three-way race between ourselves, Colne and Oaklands. We will come out next week fighting in the fourth round of the cup.”