OLD OTLIENSIANS 1stXV 17 pts - GARFORTH 3 pts
Lee O'Donnell scores Ensians second try
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Otliensians continued in their winning ways on
Saturday, registering their 14th consecutive undefeated game with a solid
league victory to mark the half way point of the season, against a big,
robust Garforth side who bely their position at the lower end of the table.
Garforth choose to use the elements, including the gale force wind in the
first half, and from the start made their intentions clear with a very
strong driving game, and were camped on the home line for the first 10
minutes, battering the Otliensians defence. The line was breached once, with
the referee ruling that the Garforth forward had been held up, and once
again the excellent Otliensians defensive organisation had wetheared the
early storm. As has been the case all season the Otliensians team then
showed their handling and offloading ability to relieve the pressure with a
flowing move from a 5 metre scrum, with Arbuckle, Hill and Markus Keinhorst
to the fore, feeding the alert middle backs for Ratahi to round his winger
to gain 60 metres, and gain a foothold in Garforth territory for the first
time. The first half followed this relentless pattern, Garforth pressing
with the elements, Otliensians repelling every attack, then showing superb
hands to relieve the pressure, with the effort epitomised by scrum half
Birch producing some outstanding tackles.
The half time score remained at 0-0, and the more inventive home side looked
forward to a more expansive second half, which had the perfect beginning
when within a minute of the restart Markus Keinhorst had touched down in the
left hand corner. From the kick off Otliensians rucked their opponents off
the ball, Hill continued with a strong charge, feeding Kristian Keinhorst
who seeing the space kicked cleverly for the corner for his brother to touch
down. Withing 5 minutes Otliensians had their second score, when Bonner,
Myers, Lyon & Grey made hug inroads into the Garforth defence on the left,
the ball was tranferred through quick hands to the right for Woods to show
his pace around the outside, an inside ball to the supporting Lee O'Donnell
lead to his superb finish and the 10-0 lead.
Garforth rallied and continued to attack through their powerful pack and
strong running centres reducing the arrears with a deserved 55th minute
penalty, this was compounded after 58 minutes when Boughan was sin binned
for an offence that still remains a mystery to the team. This did not
however affect the momentum of the game, with Tenniswood controlling the
lines, and Foster and Smith showing their experience, another series of
Otliensians forward drives saw Grey crash over in the 62nd minute for
Kristian Keinhorst to convert.
As the conditions deteriorated the referee decided to call a halt to
proceedings a little early, and the home team had a deserved victory,
although Garforth should take some of the plaudits after a very good team
effort, that on another day would have produced a better result against
opponents who might not have been as committed to their defensive duties.
Garforth 2nd XV 5 pts v Old
Otliensians 2nd XV 56 pts
In a good pipe opener to start off the New
Year after the Christmas break, Garforth played to a level higher than
the score would suggest and contested scrums were for once maintained
throughout the whole game.
The home side were
first on the score sheet driving Otliensians over from a 5m line out
after 10 mins. A short time after Dale Kennedy took a good ball in a
lineout on the 'Ensians 10 m line which was quickly transferred to stand
off Neil Barlow who made 40m set up a ruck and eventually received the
ball from the same to score.On 25 mins No 8 Lance Armstrong picked up at
a scrum 15m out to score and give the visitors the lead. At this stage
the Otliensians pack were starting to get on top and a period of
pressure gave the chance for full back Mattie Tenniswood to increase the
lead with a penalty.Shortly after centre Andy Bower stole the ball from
a ruck some 35m out to score and Tenniswood converted. Just on half time
after a period of strong pressure the pack won the ball on the Garforth
22m with a good forward drive. The ball came to centre Michael Cook who
skillfully side-stepped the opposition to score , Tenniswood again
converting to give the 'Ensiand a 5 - 27 pts lead at the break.
After the restart
Garforth upped the tempo but it was Otliensians who scored after 10 mins
following a slick handling move which began in mid field and wing Darren
Cooley completed.At this stage the Otliensians pack were in commanding
form and Armstrong notched his second try from a 5m scrum with
Tenniswood adding the the conversion. Relaxing is always a danger and
Garforth were allowed to come back into the game . They attacked well
and broke through several times only to be thwarted by cover tackles
from Barlow. Otliensians re- established some pattern to their play and
wing forward Toby Balthop burrowed over from a 5m lineout to score and
soon after Tenniswood added another penalty goal. The final try came
after a set scrum and a class handling move saw Cook score his second
try taking several defenders with him, Tenniswood converting.
The game was played in
a good spirit and Garforth just never stopped trying. Andy Hayward in
the backs had another strong game and Ben Smith filling in a scrum half
did well. Armstrong, Barlow and hooker Ben Tetley also made excellent
OLD OTLIENSIANS B 15 pts - AIREBOROUGH B 0 pts
Dan bullocks his way into the corner for
Ensians 1st try
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For this local derby the sun shone
periodically and, for a change, the pitch was firm. ‘Ensians were first into
the attack through their experienced half back pair of Peter Gilson and Ian
Chaplin, but the visitors’ backs held firm and turnover ball was used to
mount a counter attack. Although Aireborough fielded a big pack, in the
scrums the home front row of Scott Child, Steve Robinson and Adam Mudd
comfortably held its own.
Both sides moved the ball wide regularly, but with centres Sam Grey and
Michael Philpott tackling well for the home side, Aireborough’s attacks
rarely looked dangerous. With the sides evenly matched, the first hint of a
score came on 25 minutes when Philpott made a good break and put fellow
centre Grey away. However, the visitors’ cover was up to the job and he was
stopped on the line. ‘Ensians continued to press and after ‘Borough went
offside, Chaplin was narrowly adrift with a penalty.
Flanker Sam Tetley had been having a fine game, but after a rib injury, he
was replaced by experienced forward Richard Paley as half time approached.
Play moved from end to end, but at the break there was no score.
After a rousing team talk by skipper Alan Garnett, ‘Ensians drove into their
opponents from the kick off and gained a good territorial advantage. In the
lineouts, Garnett and Paley were producing good ball and there were some
excellent driving, mauls putting the visitors under pressure. Behind the
pack was Gilson with his sniping runs and dummies and outside him were the
good hands and fine boot of Ian Chaplin producing astute kicks in attack and
Play was still very even on 65 minutes, but the stalemate was broken when
Aireborough offended on their 22 and Chaplin kicked the penalty from half
way out. Veteran flanker Peter Tempest came on for Ray Drake and his
experience helped to put more pressure on the visitors. They now the had to
fend off a succession of rampaging runs from locks Dan Ridgeway and Andy
Wood and props Scott Child and Adam Mudd. Eventually, the pressure told and
Ridgeway went over in the corner. A superb conversion by Chaplin into the
wind put the home side ahead 10-0 with 10 minutes remaining.
Aireborough were far from finished and their lively fly half set up a good
move which took play deep into the opposition 22. The home back three of Dan
Garnett, Sean Flesher and Darren Hamilton had to pull all the stops out to
prevent a score. The visitors were now running the ball from everywhere and
a dropped pass on their own 22 was scooped up by home centre Philpott who
outpaced the cover to score a fine try. Stand-in kicker Mudd narrowly missed
with the conversion to leave the final score at 15 – 0.
In a quality game played in an excellent spirit, credit must go to both
sides. ‘Ensians eventually came out on top through their vigorous tackling
and their continuous hounding of their opponents all afternoon. Referee
Derek Smith ran proceedings in his usual firm and good-humoured manner.
Next Saturday the 1st
XV play Castleford at home in the 6th round of the RFU EDF Vase.
Castleford are leading Yorkshire League 3 , a Division above Otliensians.
Kick off at Chaffers Field is at 200pm and a keen contest is anticipated.