Oldfield on top in brutal clash with rivals Cleve
OLDFIELD A brutal contest with rivals Cleve ended 19-13 in Oldfield's favour as the Shaft Road side continued their improved form in South West 1 West.
The hosts took a 5-0 lead in a game that featured four yellow cards when scrum-half Will Owen made a trademark break through the middle and rounded full-back Matt Spencer to touch down.
Oldfield continued to control the game and Alex Carlton- Porter lost the ball just short of the line after another Owen break.
The forwards then got in on the act as second-row Paul Bazell's powerful carry was halted by a superb cover tackle from Spencer a metre out.
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Fly-half Rob Payne did, however, kick two penalties to take the score to 11-0 and Cleve were reduced to 14 men as a result of persistent foul play at the breakdown.
A penalty then got the visitors on the scoreboard and gave the half-time scoreline a flattering look.
Cleve started the second half full of confidence as they started to gain an advantage at the scrum but Payne's penalty restored Oldfield's cushion before Carlton-Porter added a crucial try from a kick- through to make it 19-3.
Rhidian McGuire made his much-anticipated comeback at scrum-half as Owen switched to flanker with the aim of locking down the scrum.
Oldfield continued to dominate territory until Cleve scored a try of their own through some excellent forward play. They then returned to the hosts' 22 and kicked a penalty to claim a losing bonus point.
Home full-back Max Gauntlett suffered a nasty-looking shoulder injury in the final minute of a game that saw Oldfield bid farewell to Isaac Weier. The enigmatic winger will travel back to Australia in the new year but the club is looking forward to welcoming him back into the fold in six months' time.