Easter Rematch For OPs Vs Babas
Following their last match at Princefest in September, Easter Saturday saw the OPs take on the Kenilworth Babas again this time in Kenilworth, Captain Harry O'Brien takes up the story...
With a big turnout for both sides, two very strong teams went head-to-head over the Easter weekend.
The Babas got off to a great start with a number of quick tries as the OP defence got to grips with the game. Then the OPs started to put together numerous good phases as they began to assert themselves.
The OPs scored a number of tries to get back into the game setting up a thrilling final third. With both sides hammering away at each other Kenilworth scored a further try to pull away at the very end.
The final score was 41-34 to the home team.
Comments, OP Chairman, Peter Rollason, “I was a bit shocked to arrive at the ground and to be asked to play for the opposition for the first half, and it's the first time I have carried on playing after half-time in the same direction! (having swapped shirts and joined the OP's!)."
“The tempo of the game was extremely rapid and the skill levels were very high; all attempts to drag them down to my level proved futile. It was a fantastic turnout by the OPs, particularly as it was played on a Saturday over the Easter weekend. Kenilworth proved impeccable hosts and the hospitality afterwards was splendid; matched only by the tremendous spirit in which the game was played."