Rugby roundup: Narrow deafeat for Oundle, Regional College start with a bang

Regional College on the attack against West Sussex. Photo: Mick Sutterby / mick@picturethisphotography.co
Regional College on the attack against West Sussex. Photo: Mick Sutterby / mick@picturethisphotography.co
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Oundle’s promotion hopes in Midlands East Division Three (South) suffered a further setback on Saturday when they lost 8-5 at bogey side St Ives.

They did earn a losing bonus point away from home but a third defeat in a row has seen them slip down to fourth in the table.

Man-of-the-match JC Sagoe powered over for the Oundle try.

Rob Shingles, another former Peterborough Lions man, made his first appearance coming on from the bench.

Coach Peter Croot said: “The luck was not there today, but promotion must still be a target with seven games to go.”

College rugby

Peterborough Regional College started 2015 with a massive victory.

They smashed visiting West Suffolk 77-0 in a British Colleges League match they dominated from start to finish.

They took the lead after two minutes with a try from lock forward Joe Gregory and from the restart Dean Elmore received the ball and ran it back 70 metres to score a second try.

Five minutes later Elmore powered over again and fellow flanker Reece Callaby touched down next.

West Sussex had no answer to the rampant Regional College forwards, who were far too strong for them, and further first-half tries came from number eight Sam Cowell (2) and scrum-half Jack Webb and it was 49-0 at the break.

Regional College cleared their bench at the interval to allow for some key development of younger players and further tries were scored by Wilson Crowson, James Joyce, Tennison Waller and Josh Broome.

Coach Lewis Capes said: “The boys ran away with it as the opposition were clearly struggling to deal with the physicality of our of play.

“All of the younger players had an opportunity to play which was pleasing.

“Now we need to keep this momentum going to stay on track to retain our league title.”

Whopping win

There was another whopping win for Thorney in Midlands East Division Four (South) at the weekend.

They followed up an 84-0 win over Corby with a 52-8 success against local rivals Deepings to maintain their push for promotion.

They are now third in the table, level on points with second-placed Bedford Swifts.

It was the third time Thorney had played Deepings this season and the latest clash went the same way as the other two.

Full-back Luke Cochrane scored out wide early on and Jon Orrell drove over from a lineout shortly after.

Deepings got it back to 10-8 but tries by Jack Lewis and Jack Allen plus a Marcus Papworth conversion had Thorney well in control at 22-8 at half-time.

The second half was a lot more comfortable for Thorney playing with the wind at their backs and they added four more tries from the forwards - Orrell, Nigel Lewis, Rob Elsey and veteran Ed Johnson.

Thorney are at home to St Neots in the Hunts and Peterborough Cup on Saturday.