OPRFC 2nd XV got back to winning ways with a 48-17 win against Old Haberdashers' 2nd XV on a mild Saturday afternoon at Croxdale Road.
A rapid start saw both Avi Sohi and Ed Moss cross early on, Dominic Grzegorzek able to convert one for a 12-0 lead within ten minutes. An audacious but perfectly executed cross kick from Moss - falling into the grateful arms of Grzegorzek on the wing - set him in for the Saints third as a healthy gap was established within the opening quarter of the game.
OPs continued to dominate and were able to secure a bonus point before half time, Elvin Grant's angled run from the midfield providing the fourth score of the day, before some excellent interplay between Grzegorzek and Raine allowed the latter to run in under the posts for his first try of the season.
Habs were able to put points on the board before half time through some assured forwards play, but went in at the break 31-5 down.
A patchy opening to the second half gave way to a better period of play, with Habs able to get on the scoresheet once again, a neat chip causing consternation in the Saints defence, unable to deal with the threat and conceding for the second time, the try converted.
The heavy pressure proved to be somewhat of a spur for OPs who came back with resurgence, making good use of the wide pitch as both Grant and Raine made it braces for themselves as the ball spread its way towards the touchline to make sure of the result.
Much to the credit of Old Haberdashers' their continuing endeavour yielded a third try, before a much deserved touchdown for centre James Paxman rounded off the scoring for the day for OPs, converting his own kick. There was still time for Habs to mount one last attack but a tremendous last ditch tackle from Grant saw the ball knocked forward over the line to end the game, 48-17 the score.
Though there were lulls within the 80 minutes, the Saints should be very happy with both the score and the performance against a physical opposition who were able to play to their strengths when given the opporunity. James Green received Player of the Match for his outstanding work rate at second row.
Old Priorians retain third place in Middlesex Merit Table Division 1 and make the short trip to Vallis Way to take on Ealing 1871 next week.
T : Sohi, Moss, Grzegorzek, Grant 2, Raine 2, Paxman
C : Grzegorzek, Paxman 3