OPFC back to winning ways
A home win and a
After a less than pleasant start to life in Surrey II last week OPs were under pressure to perform at home against old friends Old Cats. OPs selectors had gone for the classic mix of young forwards and really old backs, welcoming Hewitt, Morris and Radcliffe from an era or so ago. The pitch was as grand as ever, despite the soggy bottom, and OPs came out the blocks firing, dominating possession and territory and deserved an early try from Ben Palairet bludgeoning over the whitewash. Morris converted for 7-0 and the tails were up.
OCs managed to get their hands on the ball finally, exerting pressure at scrum time and OPs offering up plenty of penalties 1 which was converted for 3 points. But OPs defence was resolute and it was 7-3 at half time with OPs feeling they should have scored more tries in a dominant display. That was more than plenty for club captain jonno who came off to limited applause.
A fast start was needed and OPs kept the pressure on, Morris kicking 3 points on the 2nd attempt after OCs attempted to charge his penalty?!? for a 10-3 lead but couldn't find the breakthrough until old war horses Hewitt and Morris combined in midfield to send Tim ambling over for a 7 pointer and a 14 point lead.
Even Radders was getting in on the act putting in one huge hit and handing people off at will. Tom at full back kept running back all the OCs clearance kicks with interest, plus Ronan, Jake and captain Rob made sure OPs stayed on the front foot. Then the front five got in on the act with Iain Stewart throwing a beaut of a dummy from the base of a ruck and rollicking over from 40m, even with time for a goose step and shimmy to no one just for effect.
OPs were now chasing the bonus point try which came in the left corner when Ronan O’Brien piled over with help from his friends. Morris ruined his perfect kicking record but an outstanding way to get the season started. The fact OPs left a lot of points on the paddock for once was great news, onwards and upwards to face Cranleigh on Saturday where returning player will have to work hard to get their places back.
All that remains is for assistant archivist Tim Cunis to confirm when OPs last got a bonus point win in the league – probably a while back.