OLD OTLIENSIANS 60 pts vs STOCKSBRIDGE 12 pts
see 1st team photos here!
see 2nd team photos here!
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
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.