Oakham RFC under-16s finished 2014 in style with a convincing display at Nuneaton to win 47-0.
Playing into a strong breeze Oaks resisted Nuneaton’s early surge, halting their big runners on the gain line with Felix Tordorff and Elliot Smith tackling fiercely.
After conceding early penalties at the breakdown Oakham’s clinical rucking began to produce quick ball and although centre James Moody was denied in front of the posts sharp recycling gave Graham Hayward the chance to finish.
With scrum superiority Oakham were able to bring winger Matt Betts increasingly into the match and his burst through midfield and a strong carry from lock Luke Griffiths set up Connor Griggs to score.
Moody then quickly scored the third try following another powerful run from Smith.
With Nuneaton now struggling to hold the Oaks midfield centre Jasper Tordorff ran 60 yards to go under the posts.
After the break Oaks’ replacements made an immediate impact as number eight Freddie Davies’ powerful tackling prevented Nuneaton gaining any momentum.
Knock-ons cost the Oaks some continuity but as the handling improved Betts and Moody each finished well down the left wing.
In the final quarter Nuneaton commendably raised the intensity as they searched for a score but scrum-half Hamish Merriman’s skilful box-kicking relieved pressure and after a rampaging run and off-load from Tom Beech Eddy Loring crossed.
There was also time for another good finish from Betts and a deserved sniping score from Merriman to cap a fine performance.