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Photo by Jenny Trelfa

The conditions were once again perfect for this eagerly awaited local league derby, and the home faithful were not disappointed as the Ensians produced another crowd pleasing performance to maintain their healthy league position.

This game was characterised by the 4th Ensians try, scored by Arbuckle, who finished a perfect move, which started in their own 22 and once again proved that the Ensians are able to play a brand of total rugby that is appreciated by their growing band of supporters.

The game started in the usual probing fashion, with each side attempting to impose their style of play, but it soon became apparent that with the Ensians defence again in superb shape, and the Mods hard running backs not able to penetrate using route one, that the superior skills of the Ensians team would prove the key to success, and so it played out.

After early Mods pressure through their pack, the game settled in to a pattern of almost continuos Ensians domination of territory, with only the brave, energy sapping tackling of the Mods sustaining them throughout the first half. It was almost inevitable that the deadlock would be broken, and following an audacious chip from Keinhorst, the flying Jon Woods easily won the race for the touch down, enabling Foster to add the extras from wide out.

A half time lead of 7 - 0 was a testament to the Mods determination, but with every tackle made the second half task for the Ensians was becoming more predictable, and with excellent fitness levels the Ensians began to display a level of rugby that produced three more scintillating tries.

The first by second row Tom Woods followed a move of great continuity, where backs and forwards combined through a dozen phases of play, the second followed a quickly won line out, with the ball passed efficiently to Jon Woods on the wing, who accelerated past his opposite number, drawing the full back expertly before providing the inside pass for the supporting Matt Tenniswood to score. Then followed undoubtably the moment of the day, when Tom Woods epitomised the Ensians defensive effort with a bone crunching tackle in front of the home support, the collision heralding the final team effort for Arbuckle's try. Seven consecutive pick and drives took play from the Ensians 22 in to the Mods half, the ball was spun first to the left, then back to the right, the defence was split, the try gleefully taken.

With Foster adding two more conversions, and a third clean sheet in six league games, the scoreline fully reflected a great win over a spirited and determined Mods.

Report supplied by the coach, Gary Walker.

Photo by Jan Pickles


Old Modernians 32 pts vs Old Otliensians 2nd XV 5 pts

Photo John Heald (Old Mods)

I don't have a report for this game but if you click on the photo above it will take you to a page created by John Heald of Old Mods with a lot more pictures of the game. Thanks to John for making the photos and the link available.

Old Otliensians 3rd XV 5PTS V Old Modernians 34pts

In the early stages Otliensians were soon on the attack winning some good ball from all phases. However they were unable to put together co-ordinated moves to threaten the Modernians line. Modernians gradually began to come back into the game and at this stage an ambulance had to be called to a Modernians player with a neck injury.

On the restart Otliensians lost all momentum and the visitors soon scored wide out. They continued to put the home side under pressure and soon scored and converted another try. Ensians regrouped and a good move resulted in a try for wing Tom Broadbent. Before
the break a poor defensive clearance gave Modernians the ball in space and they developed a move going left to outflank the home side cover and score a try in the corner which was converted giving them 5 - 19 pts lead.

Unusually Otliensians were slow to start after half time and succumbed to a period of pressure from the visitors who soon scored a further two tries in the corner. In the last quarter Ensians came more into the game but could not reproduce the form or enthusiasm of previous weeks . Modernians scored a further try to give them a well earned win. The teams were grateful to Graham Dyson from Otley club for officiating.

On Saturday the 1st XV play their rearranged League game at Hornsea ( ko 230) , whilst the 2nd XV are away at Ripon and the 3rd XV are scheduled to play Otley 4th.