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OORUFC 1st XV 36 pts - Northallerton 0 pts

 2007.11.11 Northallerton 087

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Otliensians produced one of their best performances of the season to comprehensively outplay rival promotion contenders Northallerton, who arrived at Chaffers Field in buoyant mood following an excellent victory over Bramley the previous week, but left pointless.
Otliensians started strongly after Northallerton had surprisingly chosen to play with the strong wind in the first half, which allowed the home side to play attractive ball in hand rugby for the first 40 minutes, squeezing the life out of the visitors in the process. Lee O'Donnell continued his rich vein of form with a trade mark burst, setting up pressure on the Northallerton line, from the ensuing charge down Markus Keinhorst pounched, and with Foster adding the conversion the home side were 7-0 up within 5 minutes. Northallerton came back in to the game, forcing the home side to defend stoutly, but without a noticeable cutting edge their attacks were reasonably predictable, with the home line holding solid. On 20 minutes Otliensians worked their way from a 5 metre scrum on their own line, through a series of forward drives to the half way, and with strong offensive tackling from Duggan and Hanague, and a set of solid scrums, it was left to Duggan to again force the defensive error for Hanogue to score and Foster to provide the extras. With Bonner, Arbuckle and Tom Woods driving at the heart of the defence, and Lyons putting in his usual yeoman effort the forward battle was been won, and on 33 minutes this lead to another 50 metre O'Donnell break, following an outside run by Jon Woods, and clever inter-passing with Nick Keinhorst leaving the home side a metre short, but the Northallerton blindside sin binned for killing the ball.
The second half started with excellent use of the elements by Foster and Birch, and with the line out functioning to perfection a position was built on the left, for Duggan to take the set move from the shortened line to crash over after 47 minutes. It was not long before another pulsating Otliensians attack was carried forward by Arbuckle on a 40 metre blast through the visitors defence, he was stopped just short to the right of the posts, quick transference by Birch and Kristian Keinhorst to the left saw O'Donnell scored a desrved try in the corner, for Foster to again convert for the 26-0 lead. The Northallerton forwards then began to come more in to the game, with excellent continuity, but again their lack of penetration in the backs, and the marshalling of the defence by David Smith at the back proved to be their Achilles heel. On 67 minutes a rejuvenated Jon Woods crossed in the right hand corner, after tremendous recycling and offloading over a number of phases, and it was left to Lyons to cement the victory after 75 minutes, when a towering up and under was spilled and Ratahi and Markus Keinhorst combined to send Lyons gleefully in to the left hand corner.
With Richard Smith and Hill making an immediate impact off the bench, and the usual solid performance form Grey in the back row, this was a very good all round performance, which should give great confidence going in to the Junior Vase 4th round tie away at Harrogate Pythons.


Northallerton 2ndXV 10 pts vs OORUFC 2ndXV 22 pts


OORUFC 3rdXV vs Northallerton 3rdXV

 2007.11.11 Northallerton 173

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