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Ensians take part in Ossett Pre-season Rugby Tournament

As part of preparations for the season, ‘Ensians were invited to take part in this four-team tournament where each team played every other team with games lasting 25 minutes.

Knaresborough were their first opponents and ‘Ensians took the lead through a fine try from Ali Campbell after a deft chip ahead from fly half Matt Tenniswood. As ‘Ensians struggled to settle, Knaresborough levelled the score with a try and kicked a penalty to win the game 8 – 5.

‘Ensians then faced the hosts Ossett and took the lead through two well-struck penalties from Matt Tenniswood. The home side pressed with the slope in their favour to produce a well-worked try through their backs, the conversion giving them a 7 – 6 lead which they clung to until the final whistle.

From the squad of 22 players, Coach John Walker re-jigged the side for the final game against Stanley Rodillians. The combination clicked and they ran in five tries through scrum-half Sam Featherstone, centre Dale Kennedy, fly half Rob Lofthouse, winger Josh Butterill and full back Matt Tenniswood. The latter converted one try with hooker Rob Lyon kicking a penalty in the 30 – 0 victory.

Winners of the tournament were Ossett with ‘Ensians finishing second and leading points scorers. Coach John Walker said “I was pleased with the performance of this young side and I felt that their fitness and skills came to the fore as the tournament progressed”.

‘Ensians first league match is away to Harrogate Pythons on the 3rd September.