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West Park 13pts vs Old Otliensians 7pts
This proved to be a feisty festive encounter
at The Sycamores, with West Park taking the spoils for the 3rd time this
season by a margin of less than a score, with the game once again poised
evenly, but Otliensians losing out as they have done so often this season in
Old Otliensians 2ndXV 29pts vs West Park 42pts
OLD OTLIENSIANS A 29 – WST PARK LEEDS A 42
With an Otliensian prop crying off at the last
minute, regrettably, uncontested scrums were necessary, but this allowed
both sets of backs to use the clean ball to good effect and play was end to
end for much of the first half with good counter attacking by both sides.
With the packs being evenly matched and lineouts tending to go with the
throw, there were plenty of scoring opportunities and home wingers Darren
Cooley and Liam Copping both tested the Park defence on several occasions.
WEST PARK LEEDS B 24 - OLD OTLIENSIANS B 7
With people unavailable and calls from the 2nd XV, ‘Ensians arrived at the splendid Bramhope complex with only twelve players. In true 3rd XV tradition, West Park sportingly loaned one of their fourteen players to set up a lively thirteen-a-side match. Scrums were uncontested from the outset and both sides used the clean ball to get their backs moving. Experienced half backs Tim Swann and Hugh Gumbs wasted no time in spinning the ball wide and on 5 minutes, a slick blindside movement set winger Danny Scheitaert on a forty yard sprint up the touchline to outpace the cover and score a fine try half way out with Gumbs adding the conversion.
The home side were stunned by this setback and immediately put together some sweeping back moves which stretched the visitors’ defence. Centres Michael Philpott and Graham Bentley tackled well along with No.8 Peter Tempest, but a neat break by the home centre produced a good individual try under the posts taking the score to 7 – 7 after 9 minutes. Five minutes later Park’s speedy backs handled well to set up another try wide out to lift their advantage to 12 – 7. Otliensians responded with both forwards and backs linking well together to create chances for Gumbs and Philpott. Loaned player John Smith actually crossed the line, but he was adjudged to have made a second movement and the try was disallowed. When Michael Philpott had to leave the field to strengthen the 1st XV bench on a nearby pitch, the visitors were immediately vulnerable and, with half time seconds away, the speedy West Park winger was put in the clear and, after a weaving run, he went in under the posts to make the score 24 – 7 at the break.
With the breeze and the slope now in their favour and despite being a man down, ‘Ensians launched some promising attacks through good lineout ball from Alan Garnett with scrum half Swann making telling breaks round the rucks and mauls. Just when it looked as though they might pull some points back, lock Derek Mott suffered a leg injury leaving the side with only eleven men against thirteen. There was heroic tackling from the back three of Scheitaert, full back Sean Flesher and Steve Lofthouse, but the pressure told and Park ran in another try on 50 minutes taking the score to 24 – 7.
‘Ensians were still not finished, and Swann made an excellent break with good support from Mark Copping and John Offer. Peter Tempest was on hand to take the final pass, but a strong tackle caused the ball to go forward as he dived over the line. The final whistle then brought to an end an entertaining match in which both sides managed to play some good open rugby with ‘Ensians, despite being two men down, battling valiantly until the end.