Bourne 2nds take lead before Oakham 2nds fight back in shortened match
Bourne second XVs contested a friendly game against their Oakham counterparts at The Showground.
In a match played at the same time, and at the ground, as the first team game, Bourne with the wind behind them.
But it did them little good in the opening ten minutes as Oakham's second XV used their size, strength and talent from the outset.
The visitors were called upon to be as physical as possible in order to restrain the Oakham ball carriers.
But despite the home sides' advances, Bourne were up to the challenge, undoubtedly aided by the conditions which gave the home side very little opportunity to build anything more than just a few phases.
When they had the ball, Bourne full back Jack Lagdon was quick to utilise the wind and kicked deep into the Oakham half.
Eventually a mistake by Oakham when gathering one of Lagdon's kicks resulted in a Bourne scrum on the Oakham five-metre line and the visitors looked to earn some points.
With the scrum won, Bourne had several attempts to cross the white try line and it fell to prop Tom Mellor to secure the try as his powerful drive saw him break through the defensive line.
Fly half Calum Weston looked to be on target with the conversion until his kick was caught by the wind and took a dramatic change of angle mid-flight.
The 0-5 scoreline looked to be a blip for Oakham and they once again started to build some real attacking momentum.
For the most part Bourne's one-on-one tackling was just enough and they stopped a number of threatening attacks.
But the pitch quickly became wet and muddy just as getting into the right position to make tackles seemed to grow more difficult.
Having seen little opportunity of getting the ball in hand and being drawn into a number of breakdowns and set-pieces during the middle 20 minutes of the half, Bourne began to tire and their defence started to creak.
Oakham had some lively runners and, not surprisingly, they broke though in the final ten minutes of the half and showed too much pace for the Bourne scramble defence.
Having crossed under the sticks even the horrendous wind werre not too much for Oakham to add the conversion, giving them a 7-5 lead on the stroke of half-time.
Sadly that was to be the last significant play of the game as, just minutes after the restart, one of the Oakham forwards fell awkwardly and appeared to badly injure his knee.
While there was scope to move to another pitch, it was decided not to play on, with the game being a friendly and the weather worsening by the minute.
It was a far from ideal conclusion to a game where the first half had been played in good spirits and so it was agreed by the captains that the result would stand and form part of the day's tributes to Koru.
Bourne captain Weston said: "The result is the least important thing today and the bigger picture is the fact that we're here being part of an important day for both Oakham and Bourne.
"For us it was particularly pleasing to have got a squad out for back-to-back fixtures."
Director of rugby Dave Maudsley said: "It's been a great afternoon in a number of ways.
"In the grand scheme of things the results don't matter greatly, but the rugby is important.
"It was obviously a big part of Koro's life and having represented both clubs it's fitting that they've come together today and both played their part in two hard-fought games.
"Oakham have been an established side in the area for a long time, whereas we've been building towards this level over recent years.
"On a day when so many games have been cancelled, it's testament to our progress that we've got two sides out, across two fixtures against strong opposition.
"We've lost by a combined total of just seven points and anyone that's played or supported Bourne today can hold their heads high.
"They've played their part in a memorable day and it's another step forward in the club's development."
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