THE rain held off on Saturday as Tarleton welcomed Oldham to Carr Lane – but conditions for flowing rugby were not ideal.
The first five minutes of the match saw Oldham playing keep ball with their forwards but could not find a way through the Tarleton defence.
A turnover ball at the breakdown saw Tarleton make good ground and a promising move was halted by an Oldham player being offside in the tackle and Ben Kelly opened the scoring with a penalty.
From the re-start, Oldham gathered the ball and again made their way down the pitch with a series of pick and goes.
An Oldham scrum in Tarleton’s 22 ensued, and a quick pick up by the Oldham No. 8 and an offload to the fly-half saw a good kick through for the Oldham wing to score in the corner.
At 5-3 ahead, Oldham seemed to be more focused on the game and Tarleton were struggling somewhat to play with their recent cohesion between the forwards and backs.
However, after 20 minutes the forwards started to take charge in the set piece and a good scrum saw the ball moved quickly wide and Matt Shorrock scored in the corner to put the West Lancashire men 8-5 up.
Again from the re-start, Tarleton gave away a simple penalty in their own 22 and Oldham levelled proceedings.
At 8-8 the game looked to be extremely close but the truth of the matter is that Tarleton were under performing – but that was due to change.
From the 30th minute the game was all Tarleton going forward and before the half-time whistle was blown, a brace of tries by the Skofic brothers saw Tarleton go in 22-8 to the good.
The second-half saw Tarleton up their pace and tries came from every department.
There were three more Skofic brother tries and a five-pointer by Ben Kelly who saw the gap and raced through it.
The final try was another well worked move involving forwards and backs and saw Shorrock pick up his second and close the match off at 48-8.
This will be reported as a 41-8 win as the referee did not record one of these scores.
Nonetheless, it was another bonus point victory for the first XV who have now won 10 consecutive games and should be playing full of confidence.
They have a free week this Saturday and resume their title challenge in a fortnight, away against North Manchester.