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OLD OTLIENSIANS 60 pts  vs STOCKSBRIDGE 12 pts

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Old Otliensians took another step towards promotion with a well executed 10 try victory over Stocksbridge, in appalling conditions at Chaffers Field, where a gale force wind blew constantly down the pitch for the full 80 minutes.

Otliensians played against the elements in the first half and once again based their game around a strong pick and drive structure, with excellent close quarter handling movements that paid dividends after only 4 minutes when Duggan opened the scoring, this was followed on 10 minutes by John Woods who scored after the whole team had constructed a length of the field move, a simple blindside scrum 5 metres out yielded the next score for Nick Keinhorst, and with Foster adding the extras a 17-0 lead had been manufactured inside 15 minutes.

The next 20 minutes saw Stocksbridge coming more in to the game, but resolute home defence kept them at bay, before three tries were scored in the last 3 minutes of the half, two for Otliensians through Foster and a second for flanker Duggan who outpaced the whole visitors team over 60 metres, and on the last play the industrious Stocksbridge flanker who gathered a chip that elluded the home defenders for a half time score of 29-7.

The home side took less than a minute to secure the first score of the second half when Lee O'Donnell sprinted through for Foster to convert, Nick Keinhorst scored again on 46 minutes following another bludgeoning run from Arbuckle, before Stocksbridge were awarded a try under a pile of bodies on 53 minutes to close the gap to 41-12.

The one way traffic continued for the remainer of the game, with tries being scored at regular intervals, a second to O'Donnell, followed by Markus Keinhorst and laterly hooker Lyons, who gleefully converted.

This was another very satisfying performance, and with six league games remaining, Otliensians require a further three points to secure promotion, although with a considerably superior points difference over their nearest rivals, in practice two should suffice.

Report supplied by the coach, Gary Walker.

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