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Hullensians 43pts vs OLD OTLIENSIANS 1stXV 7pts


 OLD OTLIENSIANS 2ndXV 69pts vs Halifax Vandals 5pts

 Halifax Vandals 151
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For this Merit Table match ‘Ensians demonstrated from the off that they were keen to make amends for the previous week’s defeat. The forwards, with the front row of Ben Newall, Steve Robinson and Tony Myers, totally dominated the early scrums and full back Matt Tenniswood slotted a penalty on 8 minutes. With play taking place mainly in Halifax territory, half backs Peter Boultby and Phil Purnell launched several attacking moves and on 11 minutes, winger Darren Cooley rounded his opposite number to score a fine try. Tenniswood’s conversion took the score to 10 – 0.

As the visitors settled down, their defence snuffed out several promising home moves, but, with overall dominance in the pack, Tony Myers crashed through on 25 minutes to re-start the scoring. Cooley burned down the touchline for his second on 33 minutes to be followed by good tries from flanker Mike Ferandino on 37 minutes and Cooley’s hat trick on the stroke of half time. Conversions by Tenniswood gave the home side a very comfortable 36 – 0 lead.

At the break, Liam Copping and Sean Flesher came on in the backs and Dave Beardsley in the pack. Flankers Ferandino and Ben Tetley were first to any loose ball and Michael Philpott had an excellent game at No.8. Following good hands by both forwards and backs, Myers forced his way over for his second try on 47 minutes and fly half Sean Kennedy cut through to score wide out on 50 minutes. Tenniswood converted one of these and then blasted his way down the middle to score under the posts on 58 minutes to take the score to 55 – 0 to the home side. With lock Ben Smith and flanker Ben Tetley having a slight edge in the lineouts, the plentiful supply of ball continued and when the ball was spun wide, winger Liam Copping outpaced the cover to score half way out on 66 minutes, Tenniswood adding the conversion.

Despite being outplayed in almost every department, Vandals never gave up and it was to their credit that they drove up field and went over for an unconverted consolation try on 70 minutes. Three minutes later Tenniswood responded with another powerful run for a second try and his conversion on 73 minutes rounded off the scoring. This was a fine back-to-form display of fifteen man rugby by ‘Ensians against a plucky Halifax side.