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OORUFC 12 pts vs York RI 25 pts
On a windy and wet afternoon Ensians played against the strong wind in the first half.Ensians were pushed back into their own 22 for the first 10 minutes but held out York’s attacks. On 12 minutes following the tackle of the game by Andy Haywood, Sam Gray made a telling break from his own half. The ball passed to Nick Keinhorst on the wing who beat his man and kicked on. Debutant scrum half Robert Lofthouse chased and won the race to score a great try between the posts converted by Kristian Keinhorst giving ‘Ensians a 7-0 lead.
Sam Gray and Lee O’Donnell were getting good lineout ball and the visitors were held centre field for much of the next 15 minutes due to the forwards putting in some sterling work supported by good tackling all round. However on 25 minutes slack tackling put York in for an unconverted try wide out followed by a similar converted try 10 minutes later. Just on half time York scored a penalty goal making a score of 15—7 to York.
However all was not lost as Ensians had the benefit of the strong wind in the second half. They attacked from the whistle and after good work by the forwards scrum half Robert Lofthouse, who was having a fine game, off-loaded to Collum Hanogue who dived over for an unconverted try to move the score to 15 – 12 to the visitors.
Ensians continued to attack but the wind was taken out of their sails when two players were sin-binned in quick succession. The 13 men defended valiantly but conceded a good try by York which made the score 20—12. York RI were on top for the last 10 minutes and scored a further late try to gain a deserved win, but with a rather flattering score of 25-12.
‘Ensians performed well in patches, but indiscipline at crucial moments
allowed York RI to take control.
YORK RI A 10 - OLD OTLIENSIANS A 13
Due to a last minute backword ‘Ensians arrived at
York one player short, but in true second team spirit the opposition loaned a
winger from the six players on their bench. Down the slope against a big side,
the visitors moved the ball well and centre Dale Kennedy made a slicing run with
his first touch of the ball. The hosts had a big pack, but the front row of Rob
Lyon, James Kear and Michael Groves managed to hold control their own ball.