OTLIENSIANS 1st XV 29 MOSBOROUGH 0
Our first foray into the Mosborough in goal,
this one was judged to be held up
Ensians continued their league campaign with
another emphatic victory, scoring 5 unanswered tries and maintaining their
third clean sheet of the season, a testament to the excellence of their
defensive system, which is proving difficult for the opposition to break
For the second week running the Indian summer provided ideal conditions for
the Ensians to once again showcase their handling and support skills, and
the game started with concerted Ensians attacks and resolute Mosborough
defence, who were making their first ever trip to Chaffers Field.
Hanogue was making his league debut for the Ensians on the open side and
made an immediate impact scoring 2 early tries from well executed handling
moves, both involving backs and forwards alike who combined throughout the
first half to give the loyal support a taste of the rugby that can be
expected throughout the season.
The first period seemed to pass in a flash with Mosborough only able to
enter the Ensians half from the restarts, the third of which was from
another try provided by the rampaging Captain Smith, whose rich vein of form
continues leading a young, dynamic and aggressive pack, who are beginning to
show their true colours and potential.
The half ended with the score at 17 - 0, but a less committed team than
Mosborough would have been many more points adrift, and it was a credit to
them that they continued to contribute to this entertaining game as the
second half developed.
The 2nd half started with the Ensians again endeavouring to move the ball,
but with the spoiling of the Mosborough pack, particularly at the ruck where
they were continually offside, and at the line out where the tactics were
bordering on the dangerous as the Ensians jumpers were continually pulled
down whilst in mid air, the Ensians continuity and execution were disrupted.
This wasn't helped as Tom Woods was again pulled down in the line out,
landing heavily and being sinned binned for trying to protect himself.
This spurred the Ensians to even greater efforts, and for the final 20
minutes the backs led the way cutting swathes through the Mosborough
defences, and setting up 2 further tries for Markus Keinhorst and Andy Haywood,
who along with Jon Woods again demonstrated the potency of the Ensians out
Foster was again in good goal kicking form, completing the scoring with 2
conversions and 2 others that hit the woodwork.
Another clean sheet, another league victory, and next weeks home league game
against fellow undefeated side Hullensians will provide further evidence of
this years Ensians vintage.
Report supplied by the coach, Gary Walker.
Hanogue's 1st try of the afternoon
Hanougue runs in for his second try
lineout action, Tom Woods out jumps the
opposition (photo Jan Pickles)
Arby comes up short
The skipper powers over
Matty on the run (photo Jan Pickles)
Andy scores out wide late in the game
The skippers try (animated so may take some
time to load)
OTLIENSIANS A XV 7 Ilkley 3rd XV 7
Both teams seemed equally matched. However the
Ilkley backs seemed to panic in the first 15 minutes of the game dropping a
few balls and also kicking away possession straight to the home side
Ensians were producing some good opportunities with Andy Bower and Lee
O'Donnell defending well, but chances were wasted as passes went astray.
It was not until the 25th minute that the stalemate was broken. Olli Richards received a great pass
from Phil Penall to score right underneath the Ilkley posts, this after a
fantastic 20 metre run. Ben Newall converting, with an easy kick by his
standards, to give Otliensians a 7-0 lead.
Half-time saw Tony Myers come on and immediately prove an awesome force, at
one point picking up an Ilkley player with ease and carrying him off the
The Ensian forwards, having a hard time in the scrums, still managed to
perform some good plays. A. Allman executed some brilliant blind side moves
nearly leading to a score. Alan Harker, as always, seems to attract hostility, however his fearlessness
and power in the forwards proved essential.
Ben Newall winning the ball from a line out passed it over the Ensians scrum
half into the hands of inside centre Rob Gray who stormed into the Ilkley
side as if possessed by a demon.
Ben Smith at full back had a mixed game, however it was not until he
accidentally hit a young girl spectator with a clearance kick that Karma finally caught up
with him. A good play by Ilkley ended with Ben being "rucked", leading
him to go off.
The last few minutes Ilkley seemed to push up another notch forcing Ensians
back onto their own line. Their commendable effort paid off and they were
able to bust through the Ensians defence. A. Mathewson scoring in the last
few seconds of the game and also converting to equal the score.
Otliensians were annoyed at the draw but were content with the game. Ensians
cannot wait for a rematch.
We were under pressure for most of the
first half due to the power and size of the opposition, however Ensians
always looked dangerous in broken play and got the only points of the first
lineout was a bit hit and miss, here
Ensians get good possession
more lineout action, possession not so
clean for Ilkley on this occasion
Airborough 3rd XV 54 pts v Otliensians 3rd
XV 15 Pts
The teams were grateful to West Park Leeds for
the loan of facilities for the game. The pattern of the game was established
early on with Otliensians struggling for primary possession.
Rucks were untidy with players falling over
the ball but Aireborough used their experience and skill to build up a 42(
?) - 5 pts lead at the break. Otliensians score came from wing Daniel
Garnett who followed up a chip ahead from Sean Flesher, beating two players
in the chase for the corner.
In the second half the Ensians began to play
more as a team and no.8 Alan Garnett backed up scrum half Darren Hall's
break to score under the posts, stand off Will Haines converting.
This was a historic moment for the Ensians as
both father and son, Alan & David Garnett, scored their first tries for the
Club in the same game. Later in the game Haines added a penalty.
Alan Garnett was named man of the match for
the Ensians. There were other good contributions from Hall and John
Broadbent (at open side wing forward) in a game played in a good spirit. All
nineteen players in the squad had a run out.
On Saturday the 1st XV play Hullensians in the League whilst the 2nd XV are
away at Roundhegians and the 3rd XV at Yarnbury.