Home defeat to Brentwood RFC
The Old Priorians kicked off their 2015/16 campaign with a disappointing 24-38 home defeat to a Brentwood RFC on Saturday.
After a long pre-season starting back in June, the squad entered the season with high hopes. Despite starting brightly and enjoying much of the possession and territory in the opening phases of the game, it was Brentwood who struck first against the run of play with an interception score.
OPs hit back shortly after with a catch and drive from the forwards, before James Booth took the team to a 14-10 lead, finishing a well executed move.
From there, it was all green and black as the Priorians continued to pile on the pressure. Brentwood relented until captain Andrew Wilkie powered his way over from short range.
It was all down hill from there however, as the Brentwood backline sliced through the heart of the OP's defence before going over in the corner. A somewhat dubious yellow card to Rowan Halsall at the start of a series of penalties that bordered on farcical.
The away side took a narrow 19-20 lead into the half time break, but the second 40 was very much one way traffic as Brentwood extended their lead to 34-19. A well taken Jack Wheeler try in the right hand corner gave the Old Priorians a glimmer of hope, but it was short lived with a well taken penalty extending the gap.
The Old Priorians will be looking to bounce back this Saturday away to Letchworth.
Full Time: Old Priorians RFC 24-38 Brentwood RFC.
8th September 2015