Apr 19, 2013
Oaklands College book a place in AASE final
Oaklands College booked themselves a spot in the RFU AASE League Final after 41-17 win over Exeter Chiefs' academic partner Ivybridge College.
Starting with a bang, Oaklands were three tries to the good within the first ten minutes, Nathan Earle opening the scoring, after a lightening break from George Perkins, followed by Hayden Stringer touching down at the back of a powerful driving maul, before Earle scored his second, rounding his opposite man and beating the last defender to touch down in the corner.
Ivybridge fought back strongly however, and after registering two scores of their own, were pinned back once again after Perkins produced a deadly finish just before the break, after a Nick Tompkins break from inside his own half. The Devon side continued their fight back to trail 24-17 with 20 minutes remaining, but further tries from Josh Sharp, Tom Gannon and Ben Calder sealed the win for the Oaklands side.
The win sets up a Final appearance against Hartpury College, who beat Filton College 15-10 in the other semi-final.
It will be a replay of the 2011 final at Twickenham which saw Hartpury narrowly overcome an Oaklands side featuring Max Crumpton, Nick Auterac and Tom Jubb.
The final will be played at Allianz Park next Wednesday 24th April, 5pm kick off.