South Leicester 38 vs Derby 19

South entertained Derby at Welford Road in the latest round of N3M games on Saturday.

Derby kicked off on a cold, windy, but bright day and South immediately got into their stride starving the visitors of any possession and territory. Several phases were completed, when debutant scrum half Luke Currie side-stepped his way through the centre of the Derby pack to score the opening try. Within a few minutes the rolling maul made inroads into the Derby defence and captain Luke Coltman was on hand to dive into the left hand corner for South’s second.

South’s third try came from a neat chip and chase after 15 minutes as South assumed complete control but back came Derby with an unconverted try in the very right hand corner.

Will Keeling provided the best enteretaiment of the afternoon, urning over the line from 30 metres to hand the try scoring bonus point to South after only 30 minutes of play, but South slumbers enabled Derby to strike back just before the interval, leaving the half-time score 26-12 in South’s favour.

Multiple changes to the South line up after the break meant that South weren’t able to assert themselves, leading to Derby taking the game to the home side. Connor Smith scored a great individual try for South on the hour running in from thirty metres but Derby came back again with Ryan Manning scoring his side's individual try.

In the dying throes of the game South at re-established some degree of control and Joe Glover burst through to score South’s sixth try converted by Lord to see South home 38-19.

Newbold Festival at OLs

It was a Webb Ellis showcase on Saturday as local rivals Newbold RFC visited Old Laurentians RFC. Always an eargerly anticipated weekend of Rugby action, both Webb Ellis-sponsored teams were out to win bragging rights in the town, and with both positioned right at the top of the table in Midlands 2 West (South), all was to play for.

The matches fittingly began with a minute's silence in respect to a lady who was one of the greatest supporters of both clubs, Jackie Reed. The 2nd and 3rd games kicked off at 12:30pm with OLs 2nds pushed hard all the way. The game was unfortunately ended some seven minutes early following what appeared to be a serious injury to Newbold centre Paul Bale. We're pleased to report that the injury is not as serious as was initially feared. The game ended with a 27-20 home win.

The OLs 3rds came up against a strong Newbold squad and were on the receiving end of a first half assault from which they couldn't recover. Despite a spirited second half effort, full of pressure, they couldn't break through a determined Newbold defence, losing 22-0 to the visitors.

So things were evenly balanced as the two 1sts took to the field. With some crunching tackles from both sides, the huge crowd were treated to the usual intense game. OLs, however, had something extra on the day with superb work in the rucks and mauls. When play was opened up, OLs again looked the more likely to score and, in the end, Newbold didn't have an answer.

A bonus point 31-10 win means that OLs retain their 100% record and are now five points clear in Midlands 2 West (South).

First look at the new RBS 6 Nations ball

Here's an exclusive sneak-preview of the brand new Webb Ellis RBS 6 Nations ball, due for release December 1st...

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Newbold on Avon 57 vs Shipston on Stour 7


Newbold romped to an emphatic victory on Saturday, crushing visitors Shipston with an eight try bonanza in the Autumn sunshine at Parkfield Road , writes Rod Yapp.

The touchline faithful had barely come to terms with Newbold's brand new Webb Ellis pink change shirts before their side had breached Shipston twice for a lead of 12 points inside the opening 5 minutes.

The hectic start continued, Newbold were 19 nil up after 20 minutes and 36 points ahead at the break with Shipston having barely reached the opposition 22.

The result lifts Newbold to second place in the table and sets the scene for a top of the table clash with local rivals Old Laurentians at Lime Tree Avenue in two weeks time.

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Webb Ellis in new license deal with RBS 6 Nations

Webb Ellis is delighted to announce that it has become an official supplier of licensed RBS 6 Nations balls.

Webb Ellis managing director, Lawrence Webb, said: "This provides a unique opportunity for the oldest name in rugby football to team up with the oldest rugby tournament in the world.

"Webb Ellis can bring an innovative, energetic approach to celebrate both the heritage of the tournament as well as the vibrancy of the modern day competition."

A colourful and unique range of supporters and flag balls will be launched from December 2012.

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