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Old Otliensians 16pts vs Hessle 15pts

  Hessle force over to get themselves back into contention

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As the long term injury and unavailability toll has mounted over the season, currently standing at 15 in the first team squad, it has been a testament to the strength of the Club's playing resources that even in the last two weeks away defeats at Hullensians and Goole, the team has performed admirably, and the green shoots of recovery were there to be seen, with this test against the League leaders showing the determination that exists.

With Newall, Gray and Howell cementing positions from the lower teams, stalwart Paley, Robinson returning from University to help the cause, newcomers like James Tinkwall and regulars playing out of position the desire and tenacity was evident from the first minute of this encounter, when Tinkwall raced in to the heart of the Hessle attack and surprised the strong running centre with a ferocious tackle, which was to set the scene for the whole afternoon.

After 4 minutes Kristian Keinhorst scored the try, following fine work by both backs and forwards alike, as he dummied over to the right of the posts, brother Jimmy adding the extras with a coolly taken conversion. The scrums were proving extremely resilient with hooker Lyon playing at loose head, and in the loose Arbuckle lead from the front, ably supported by Hill, Dyson and Robinson, and pressure was applied all over the field leading to a further penalty for Jimmy after 17 minutes, following excellent line breaks from Tinkwall and Cooper, who then had to leave the field to add to the injury list.

Hessle came back strongly but the defence was firm with Tinkwall again showing his mettle, and forwards Paley and Howell also shining, but the large away pack were beginning to make in roads and after 23 minutes they gained just reward as they sustained an attack on the line for several minutes before crashing over, reducing the deficit to 10-5.

The Hessle backs were also looking enterprising, but the defence was solid, and it was again the home backs who made the line break with Ratahi, Jimmy and Gray prominent in the attack that lead to a further penalty for Jimmy after 31 minutes to leave the half time score at 13-8.

The second half began by following very much the same pattern, with both teams showing flair in the backs, and concerted forward exchanges that were becoming more intense as the game progressed, and it was Hessle who broke the deadlock after 56 minutes with a well taken penalty, followed almost immediately by another Jimmy penalty to maintain the 8 point lead at 16-8.

Hessle were not the league leaders for nothing, and they again used their forwards to begin the attack, with their trademark driving maul, then good handling from right to left ended with a very well executed try, converted to cut the lead to a single point at 16-15 after 63 minutes.

However, for the remainder of the game it was Otliensians who were in control and gaining territory, pressuring the Hessle line, with one notable break by Newall ending inches short as the home side strove for another decisive score. In the end it was the excellence of the Otliensians defence coupled with some inventive attack that proved to be the foundation of this win, a very solid scrum where Arbuckle made many metres from the base, and a pride in the Otliensians cause that has been evident throughout this injury ravaged campaign.


OORUFC 3rd XV vs Old Mods

  Gilly makes a break that leads to a try

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