match reports rogues gallery club stuff


See a Slideshow of photos taken at this game

After last weeks mystery had finally been solved, with Wetherby defeating the league leaders Hullensians on Saturday, making Ensians joint top, the conundrum still remains of how the team can perform sublimely in the opening minutes of a game, then abjectly for the majority of the rest, maybe we will receive the answer to this puzzle over the coming weeks.

In galeforce winds and storm conditions, Ensians decided to utilise the elements in the first half, and scored the perfect try within a minute, three pick and drives penetrating the defence, excellent running by Birch, creating the space for the backs to work Foster over, who also added the conversion. Immediately from the kick off the same pattern of play, for Jon Woods to take the final inside pass for Foster to again add the extras, 14 - 0 with less than 4 minutes elapsed, this was finally going to be the day.

Unfortunately as the weather deteriorated, so did the Ensians discipline, shape and patterns of play, with Sheffield deservedly coming back in to the game with a penalty. The slog continued, with neither side gaining the upper hand, until at the very end of the half, Ensians forced play up field and set themselves for a scrum some 8 metres out, the ball was hooked beautifully to Arbuckle at No 8., who controlled in slippery conditions for the pack to force the pushover, Foster again converting for a 21 - 3 half time lead.

As the second half began, unlike earlier the Ensians were down to 14 men within a minute as Cook was sin binned, Sheffield used the elements intelligently, and with their numerical advantage scored a converted forward oriented try and penalty to close the gap to 21 - 13 before the Ensians were back to a full complement.

It was now becoming difficult to see the play, as the rain drove with increasing intensity in to the faces of the Ensians players, but there was enough light to witness skipper Smith been dispatched to the sin bin, with Sheffield again using their advantage to close the gap to 21 - 16.

And so it finished, what had started out as a perfect performance for 4 minutes, ended with a perfect two points, and a perfect result at Wetherby, but will the conundrum of the total perfect performance ever be solved.

OTLIENSIANS 2nd XV 5 pts - Morley 2nd XV 7 pts

See a Slideshow of photos from this game

This Merit table came was played in an almost continuous downpour with rain sweeping across the field. After last weeks good show by the team as a whole and the promising combinations developing in the backs, a better day would have helped.

With Darren Hall pulling a muscle in the warm - up, Sean Kennedy went to scrum half and worked effectively with stand off Phil Purnell. James Kear struck well at hooker and Brett Tennniswood won a good supply of line out ball. Rucks and mauls were also effective but there was a marked reluctance to drop on the ball on the floor.

Ensians took a try lead in the first half but missed the conversion whilst Morley managed to convert their try. The last quarter of the game was one of lost opportunities for Otliensians. They exerted tremendous pressure on Morley but could not produce a play to score a try. However, Tony Myers who had come on at prop after the break had a try disallowed and two balls were dropped over the line. Joe Robinson playing this week at flanker had another good game.

On Saturday the 1st XV entertain Leeds Corinthians in a re arranged League game. The 2nd XV are scheduled to host Wharfedale 4th XV and the 3rd are away at Harrogate Pirates. Kick offs are at 2:15