OTLIENSIANS 1st XV 43 - Knaresborough 10
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OLD OTLIENSIANS 43
Otliensians opened their account in Yorkshire
Division 4 with an excellently constructed victory over a committed and
physical Knaresborough team who had won the corresponding fixture last
The game was only 2 minutes old when back row man Arbuckle crashed over in
the right hand corner after good approach work over a number of phases
following a well worked line out, with Foster adding the conversion the
scene was set for the first half.
After 5 minutes fellow back rower Duggan scored following another well
execeuted line out and reverse pass from Birch in to space, Foster added the
extras for an early 14 - 0 lead. This sparked the Knaresborough pack in to
life who began to use their trade mark driving game to pressure the home
defence, but with the organisation around the contact area functioning well
the Otliensians line proved to be solid and secure. An exchange of penaties
ensued, before a magnificent break by Ratahi, sweeping past 5 defenders lead
to the fast supporting Tenniswood scoring in the 34th minute for Foster to
again convert. The half was by no means finished, when a line out take on
the right lead to a sublime combination move between Keinhorst, Foster and
Ratahi in midfield carried on by Hanogue, Tom Woods and Lyons for Bonner to
score, with Foster again kicking well a half time score of 31 - 3 was just
reward for a dynamic and skillful performance.
Knaresborough started the second half with an excellent move from defence
covering 50 metres, and followed with their best phase of the match leading
to a well deserved score from sustained forward pressure in the 52nd minute,
an excellent conversion closed the gap to 31 - 10, and the momentum had
swung to the visitors. The following 20 minutes were well contested but the
superior Otliensians bagan to tell and with increasing intensity,
reminiscent of the first half, the home side once again were in the
ascendency with a series of punishing forward drives, and penetrating back
play, where the back three of Tenniswood, Lee O'Donnell and Grey were
prominate on the counter attack. From another series of forward drives, the
middle three again combined to provide the space with Grey scoring his first
try in First XV rugby after 72 minutes.
It was left to the Otliensians pack to have the last word when tremendous
inter passing and offloading, with debutant Broughan at the fore, was
finished by Duggan for his second of the match and with Foster adding his
6th successful kick of the game a final score of 43 -10 eradicated the
points difference from the previous weeks disappointment.
Report supplied by the coach, Gary Walker.
Ilkley 3rd XV 0 pts v Old Otliensians XV
Struggling to field three teams at this early stage of the season ,
Otliensians 3rd XV were strengthened by some 2nd XV members after their
game was cancelled on Friday morning.
For the first 20 mins
Ilkley played some determined rugby and Otliensians had to defend well to
prevent a score. However, the visitors pack began to win good possession
from the set scrums thanks to some excellent striking by hooker Ross
Myers and clean ball in the lineout from skipper Alan Garnett and
gradually began to get on top. Otliensians produced a good move when backs
Andy Bower and Andy Hayward broke away into the Ilkley 22 metre area and
back row Joe Firth scored with fly half Neil Barlow converting. This gave
the visitors a 0 - 7 pts lead at the break.
In the second half
Otliensians scored at a steady rate despite the efforts of the the Ilkley
stand off, who was well contained by Barlow. Centre Hayward scored after
some good interplay in the backs and back row Joe Robinson went over after
some close driving forward play.Wing Steve Lofthouse scored from 20m after
a good break by fullback Dave Smith and Richard Cuff scored a typical
strong running try and followed this with a second after a kick and
chase. The scoring was completed by Ben Robinson who dived over after a
strong forward drive, Barlow converting two further tries.