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WETHERBY 1st XV 18 pts OTLIENSIANS 1st XV 12 pts

This correspondent does not possess the vocabulary or literary genius to be able to do justice to this performance in the 1st Round of The EDF Junior Vase, suffice to know that the result conveys everything that needs to be said in this family medium.

Could the last person at Twickenham please turn out the lights, unfortunately it will not be anyone from Otliensians this season.

For the statistical amongst our web readership, tries were scored by Matt Tenniswood and Jon Woods, with Will Foster adding a conversion.

Report supplied by the coach, Gary Walker.


Lineout action (photo Jan Pickles)


Matty scores (photo Jan Pickles)


Leeds Corinthians 2nd XV 12 PTS V Old Otliensians 2nd XV 7 PTS

In this Merit table game Otliensians set off well against the Table leaders. Rob Gray, usually a centre but drafted into the second row had a storming run early on and crossed the line only to have the try disallowed. The cross field wind gave some tricky conditions for both sides but the Ensians pack were playing well and Ton O'Donnell was winning some good lineout ball. The game was quite even but the team work of the Ensians was poor and there were no scores during the first half.

Corinthians began the 2nd half with a more positive attitude and the visitors were soon defending. Poor tackling let in one of the home side back row players to score a converted try and the Corinthians began to dominate the game. The same Corinthians player added a second try and this seemed to be a wake up call for the Ensians who managed to string together almost their first decent move of the game with fullback Ben Smith scoring wide out. Ben Newall converted with an excellent kick.

Tom 0'Donnell had an outstanding game with his speed around the park and
good tackling.

Otliensians 3rd XV 10 PTS V Nestle Rountrees 26 pts.

The experienced visitors were soon on the attack and used their extra weight in the pack well to secure a pushover try early in the game. Otliensians were completely unphased by this setback and immediately attacked and almost scored wide out. The visitors were dominating the primary possession but the Ensians were working hard in the loose play to recover the ball after some excellent tackles but eventually Rountrees scored again and converted. After 20 mins a super move saw wing Daniel Garnett completely split the visitors defence and Peter Boultby, a very active scrum half, scored. Unfortunately the home side began to kick away hard won possession but did well to defend the counterattacks of Rountrees who held a 5 - 12 pts lead at the break.

Rountrees were quickly on the attack after the break and for once the Ensians defence was a little casual and the visitors scored a converted try. The Ensians began to win a little more ball and skipper Jim McDougall at stand off set up some good attacking positions with raking kicks. After dispossessing the visitors after a lineout, good ball from the pack went to McDougall who powered his way under the posts. Rountrees hit back immediately and scored a further converted try. to complete the scoring.

This really was a fine effort from the Ensians against a very competent Rountrees XV.For the Ensians Steve Lofthouse put in some good tackles, Sean Flesher at fullback covered and tackled well and John Broadbent is to be commended for his support work and strong running.

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