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‘Ensians match against League leaders Wath is one they will be happy to put behind them. Their cause was not helped by several last minute changes, but they buckled down from the start and managed to keep the visitors at bay for 16 minutes.

With a big mobile pack, Wath dominated the scrums, despite the home front row of Tony Myers, James Kear and Ben Newall competing valiantly to hang onto their own ball. This coupled with clean possession from the lineouts provided a steady supply of quality ball to the powerful Wath back division and six tries were scored in the space of 26 minutes to give the visitors a 36 – 0 lead at the break.

To make matters worse, skipper Rob Arbuckle and coach Carlos Hassan had to come off injured just after the break with Andy Bower and Peter Tempest coming off the bench. Flanker Sam Gray worked hard in the lineout to give the home backs some good possession, but the opposition back row caused major problems for half backs Sam Featherstone and John Ratahi.

Again good defence from the back row of Gray, Bower and Tom Dyson and centres Dominic Oddy and Lee O’Donnell helped to snuff out Wath attacks for the first 17 minutes of the second period. Then the one-up tackling began to fall off under the intense pressure and Wath started breaching the defence at regular intervals, running in five more tries to lift the final score to 67 – 0.

This was always going to be a tough encounter and last minute changes and injuries added to ‘Ensians’ problems. The hosts defended well for periods at the start of each half, but the overall strength and pace of the visitors inevitably took its toll.