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Yorkshire Silver Trophy 1st Round
Halifax---61 points versus Old Otliensians----29points

The game was played on a well maintained pitch in perfect conditions for rugby and ‘Ensians started in a great style. After 2 mins following a good pass from scrum half Rob Lofthouse, Dale Kennedy broke through the Halifax defence and winger Ali Campbell scored an unconverted try in the corner.

Halifax came back strongly and good defence held them out until a try came after 12 mins making the score 5 all. Sam Featherstone was competing well in the lines outs, but Halifax scored a converted try after 20 mins. Lee O’Donnell, Alan Harker and Richard Crossley were prominent in attack and defence and when Halifax offended Kristian Keinhorst converted a penalty goal.

After 35 mins ‘Ensians won a scrum against the head and fine work by Rob Lofthouse and Sam Grey resulted in a try by Jed Copsey converted by Kristian Keinhorst giving Ensians a half time lead by 15 points to 12.

In the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half Halifax scored 2 converted tries, but ‘Ensians fought back and after 15 mins when they again took the ball against the head Lee O’Donnell scored a try converted by Kristian Keinhorst to make the score Halifax 26 points Ensians 22 points.

Unfortunately , ’Ensians gradually ran out of steam with the heavier Halifax pack becoming dominant, allowing their slick backs to take control scoring 5 more tries, all converted by their on-form kicker. ‘Ensians did come back with a good consolation try by Ali Campbell after an accurate cross by Kristian Keinhorst who converted it himself to make a final score of 61 points to 29 points in favour of Halifax, who will now travel to Baildon in the next round.

Despite the score ‘Ensians can take heart from their first half display which must promise better things in the future.


As usual this local Derby was played in a great spirit with Viscounts taking the lead through a well-worked try after 5 minutes. As the hosts settled, Matt Tenniswood converted a penalty after some good runs by Steve Grundy and Dan Ball to make to score 5 – 3 to the visitors at the break.

In the second half, the visitors started strongly and the home defence was outpaced for a try wide out, extending their lead to 10 – 3 on 55 minutes. ‘Ensians responded with an angled run from lock Ross Nichols who scored near the posts and Matt Tenniswood’s conversion levelled the scores at 10 – 10 on 60 minutes.

The end-to-end play was even until Viscounts struck a penalty on 69 minutes and then hung on to come out 13 – 10 winners in an entertaining encounter.