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Leeds Corinthians 31 pts vs Old Otliensians 22 pts


Old Otliensian 3rdXV 17 pts vs Otley 19 pts

 2008.04.19 Otley 079
Liam scores a great try after some deft footwork in the centres

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For the final game of the season, ‘Ensians faced their local rivals on a cold grey afternoon. As always, Otley fielded a big pack and, from the outset, the home side struggled to obtain clean ball from the scrums. This placed pressure on half backs Peter Gilson and Richard Gill who were troubled by the visitors’ back row. Both sides attempted to move the ball wide and play was fairly even until 15 minutes when Otley crossed for a converted try.

The lineouts tended to go with the throw and with Alan Garnett obtaining clean ball for the home side, they hit back 3 minutes later when good handling by centres Sam Grey and Liam Copping put young winger Tom Broadbent over in the corner. Although the conversion failed, ‘Ensians were now on the attack and on 26 minutes centre Liam Copping showed pace as he sliced through to put his side in front. The conversion by Gilson gave the home side a 12 – 7 lead which remained the position up to the break.

In the second period, ‘Ensians carried on where they left off with both forwards and backs making inroads into Viscounts’ territory, locks Andy Wood and Mark Copping carried well and, after a series of powerful drives, prop Chris Howells crashed over wide out. With no conversion, this lifted the score to 17 – 7 in favour of the home side after 47 minutes.

At this stage, ‘Ensians made several changes to give those on the bench a run and this had an unsettling effect on their patterns of play. As the big Otley forwards exerted pressure, play became scrappy and on 50 minutes, good support play by their backs produced a converted try to push the score to 17 – 14.

Both sides continued to play open attacking rugby, but it was the Viscounts with cleaner possession who gradually developed an edge. The home back row led by skipper Alan Garnett tackled well, as did scrum half Gilson, but they were unable to prevent a good try by the visiting centre. The conversion gave Otley a 19 – 17 lead on 68 minutes.

The remainder of the match saw both sides come close, but, with ‘Ensians struggling to cope with the big Otley forwards, the crucial score to snatch the lead back never came. After a spirited performance by the home side, this narrow defeat brought a slightly disappointing end to what has been an enjoyable and successful season for the B team under skipper Alan Garnett.

In last weeks’ Aire/Wharfe Cup semi final, ‘Ensians defeated last season’s winners, Ilkley A, 16 - 11 with a rousing performance. ‘Ensians are now at home to local rivals Aireborough in the final on Thursday, 24th April, kick off 6.30 pm.