Having had a last gasp victory 45-44 earlier in the season, Saturday’s scoreline at least painted the picture of an altogether more comfortable win but the match itself was a closely fought affair.
With an experienced and muscular pack at the visitors’ disposal, AEI’s pack were unable to dominate the set piece but were far more clinical in the loose with prop Karl Lawson (2) and flanker Ian Cockerill showing that the backs aren’t the only ones who know the way to the try line.
While the territorial and possession statistics would show that the Old Leams enjoyed more of the ball than the AEI, the difference was in the finishing; after OLs had taken the lead with a barnstorming run from their flanker turned centre, the AEI tightened up their defence and used their greater all around pace to take full advantage of the possession that came their way.
Tries came at regular intervals throughout the game with Dan Curtis, Jonathan Jenkins, Pieter Stander and Rob Bollen all finishing off good incisive work from their team-mates. Only a solitary quick penalty and drive from the Old Leams pack gave them any more reward after their initial score.
The win maintains AEI position at the top of their league and takes their points tally to over 500 for the season so far.