A strong Old Haberdashers' saw off Old Priorians to exact a modicum of revenge for their loss at Perivale, as the unwanted Twisters record of never having won at Croxdale Road continues.
OPs were able to take a lead early on through a Will Taylor penalty after seven minutes but they were not ahead for long, Habs awarded a scrum from which a penalty ultimately resulted. Deciding to go with the set piece once more, it proved to be the right choice as they went over for the first try of the day with 12 minutes gone, the conversion putting them 7-3 ahead.
With plenty of back and forth following, OPs probably had the next best try scoring chance of the half, only for the ball to be spilt forward over the line to dash their hopes of five points. An Old Haberdashers' penalty took it to 10-3 just before half time.
Taylor had a chance to reduce the gap to four points with a penalty attempt at goal in the opening salvos of the second half but saw the effort go wide. Habs' adventurous spirit continued undeterred and having ran a penalty into dangerous territory, worked a set move from the lineout out to the wing, able to cross the whitewash for the second try of the afternoon (53'). No luck with the conversion but further daylight appeared between the two sides, then making it 22-3 five minutes to all but secure the win.
As the match entered the final quarter the Twisters finally appeared to get some footing in the fixture, making forays into the 22 through strong breaks from the likes of Sean McAteer. Jake Kane was eventually able to cross for OPs with four minutes to go (converted by Taylor), with 22-10 the final score.
Whilst Old Priorians were unable to convince, this was a very good performance from Old Haberdashers', who may consider their home ground to be somewhat of a fortress given recent good results.
OPs now sit in seventh and will play their third straight away fixture, travelling to Aylesbury next weekend.
T : Kane
C : Taylor
P : Taylor