After a close loss to Rosslyn Park last week, Loughborough looked to resurged themselves at their home of Epinal Way, however, Old Albanians is always a testing side to play.
In a try abundant game, the first points of the match were scored by the home side with a penalty in the third minute, however, two tries by OA moments later put them in the lead. Loughborough looked lack-lustre and laboured which led to another OA try but in the 22nd minute they finally got a try of their own. From there, the home sides momentum built and a further two tries were scored. It was OA, however, with the last say of the half as they scored a final try in the 40th minute.
In the opening ten minutes of the second half, three tries were scored: two by the home side and one by the visitors. It was OA’s Harry Bate, however, who caused the most trouble for the home sides defence with a number of outstanding runs. OA scored a further two tries with penalties being the only thing keeping Loughborough in the game. For the remainder of the match, Loughborough spent most of it in defence and a yellow card allowed OA to be rewarded in the 76th minute with a try.
Coach George Chuter said: ‘Some defensive lapses allowed a good OA’s team to pick us apart and score a fair few tries from that. Was pleased how the boys kept coming back into it but it was not quite enough in the end.’
By Evie Probert
Loughborough Students RFC: Boyce, Lynch, Davis, Lasis (C), Pitfield, Moolman, Ripper-Smith, Kingham, De Cothi, Waters, Olowofela, Currie, Dockery, Beckett, Edwards
Replacements: Adams, Christie, Morrison, Hill, Dobinson
Old Albanians RFC: Boggis, Taylor, King, Lunnon, Hamilton, Bate, Stevens, Billows, Daly, Palmer, Dowsett, Bednall, Burgess, Pritchard, Foster
Replacements: Walliker, Hughes, Shanahan, Thompson, Gliksten