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Hemsworth 34 pts vs Old Otliensians 18 pts

Having won the toss the home side elected to play up the slope in the first half. Handling conditions were difficult with persistent rain and a greasy ball. Nevertheless, both sides opted to run the ball early on and showed good handling skills despite the weather.

Hemsworth took an early lead on eight minutes when their stand-off cut through the Old Otliensian defence to score wide out on the right. The conversion was missed giving the home side a 5-0 lead. The visitors then had a sustained period of possession and territory resulting in two Kristian Keinhorst penalties for a 6-5 lead.

Midway through the first half Ieuan Cranswick gathered a high ball on his own 10 metre line. He set off on a superb diagonal run dummying his way through the first line of defence and into the opposition 22. The home side were stretched and only a last-ditch tackle prevented the visitors from scoring a try. Unfortunately, this appeared to galvanise the home team whose backs were becoming more and more confident moving the ball around in the slippery conditions.

Hemsworth finished the half stronger and two flowing moves from their backs resulted in tries for the right wing and the full-back. Both were converted to give the home side a 19-6 half time lead. Old Otliensians' plight was not helped with injuries to Rob Lofthouse who had to leave the field shortly before half-time and Cranswick who had to leave the field shortly after half-time. The double set-back clearly upset the visitors’ game plan and during the first twenty minutes of the second half Hemsworth took full advantage adding a penalty and two more tries to lead by 34-6.

The visitors showed real character in the final twenty minutes of the game. With veterans Richard Crossley at scrum-half and Peter Tempest on the wing they started to peg the home side back in their own 22. Keinhorst kicked superbly to the corners and the forwards put the home pack under immense pressure. On 66 minutes Sam Featherstone was driven over by the ‘Ensians pack. An excellent conversion from the touch-line reduced the deficit to 34-13. Then on 75 minutes an identical drive from a 5-metre line-out on the opposite side of the field resulted in prop forward Rob Lyon being driven over. The conversion was missed and this was to be the final score of the game.

The visitors finished the stronger and can take a great deal of credit from the final twenty minutes.


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Continuous drizzle resulting in greasy conditions resulted in a rather scrappy game. After 20 minutes of play it became obvious that the older ’Hegians players were adapting better to the slippery ball and scored an unconverted try wide out.

The visitors were keeping their possession tight depriving the “Ensians of the ball. However ‘Hegians tired in the last 10 minutes of the first half resulting in a fine try by Peter Bonner after fine drives by the forwards with Mesher Smith and Ross Nicholls to the fore. The try was converted by Matt Tenniswood giving ‘Ensians the lead by 7pts to 5pts.A little more steadiness would have produced a second try just before half time but the chance slipped away.

Due to a succession of injuries ‘Ensians had a reshuffle substantially at half time and, following turnover ball, the visitors scored wide out followed by an excellent conversion. Five minutes later ‘Hegians scored a further converted try to make the score 7pts to 19pts.

’Ensians went into the opposition 22 on numerous occasions with Matt Tenniswood’s telling touch kicks gaining many yards. From two of these his brother Brett stole possession from the resultant line outs but the ‘Hegians defence held firm. The visitors scored another converted try after 63 minutes. ’Ensians made further skirmishes into the visitor’s 22 but were unable to cross the line leaving ‘Hegians the winners by 26 points to 7.