|Old Priorian's Victory at Home|
Strong win against Harpenden
The OP's started with the wind behind them and in full spirits, however, Harpenden were not in the mood to just roll over. Even with the strong wind behind them, the OP's could only go into the half time break with an 8-0 lead. A penalty early doors from the ever reliable James Booth started them off early, and a great try finished by George Majstrorovic and started by their strong running centre David Wilkie who made a 15 metre break from the half way before feeding his brother and captain Andrew Wilkie who off loaded to Majstrorovic to go over from 20 metre, were the only points OP's could muster.
Harpenden defended for their lives and cleared the ball whenever possible. OP's made far too many mistakes with ball in hand and couldnt benefit from the lion's share of possession they had.
Harpenden used the wind well early doors, much better then the Old Priorians had done. The Old Priorians slowly chipped away at Harpenden and it didnt take long for some defencive errors from the visiting team that lead to Blind side flanker Jarleth Hughes crashing over from close range. Soon after, the Old Priorians got a line out 15m from the try line and it was then up to their impressive forward pack to start a fantastic driving mall which was cleverly moved in field, and then stolen by scrum half Michael Simpson to dive over from 2 metre out.
The OP's felt like they were on a roll and it took some strong defence from Harpenden to keep them out. Some last ditch defence kept winger Myles Stringer out in the corner in a very close call, but with 10 minutes remaining the OP's still pushed hard for their bonus point try which eventually came from a fantastic line from David Wilkie who went under the posts untouched. Some brilliance from impressive scrum half Michael Simpson set up their 5th and final try 30 seconds later as he fielded a wayward kick, beat 2 or 3 defenders before putting a wide pass out to left winger Sam Codrington who fed top try scorer and inside centre Jack Dever to go over for his 9th try of the season.
6th November 2013