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OORUFC 11 pts vs Hemsworth 0 pts

Hemsworth 129
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After a dismal showing last week, ‘Ensians completely turned things around with a superb performance to come out on top against promotion contenders Hemsworth who were second in the League. With a strong wind at their backs, the hosts set about their opponents with the pack showing the way. Despite being outweighed in the scrums, the home forwards through the front row of Toby Barltrop, Ross Myers and Tom Twist had the nudge on their visitors. In the lineouts locks Steve Wade and Sam Gray commanded their own ball and pinched several from the opposition.

With a good supply of ball, half backs Peter Gillson and Kristian Keinhorst soon pinned Hemsworth back in their own 22. From a ruck No. 8 Lee O’Donnell was pulled up short, but swift ball across the back a few minutes later saw young centre Ali Campbell use his pace to beat the cover to go in at the corner. Although the conversion failed, the home side were now 5 – 0 up after 15 minutes.

The visitors showed their capabilities on a couple of occasions with good counter-attacks up the flanks, but solid defence from the back three of Declan Jackson, Ben Smith and Josh Howarth snuffed out the moves. Dale Kennedy moved to centre to replace the injured Nathan Rogers and the pack began to dominate the loose and pressure the visitors’ line. Hemsworth were now getting frustrated and from a string of offences, some unpleasant, Keinhorst kicked two excellent penalties on 26 and 35 minutes, the latter from 40 metres near the touchline, to give the home side a 11 – 0 lead at the break.

With the wind in their favour, the visitors pressured with long kicks, but as they were struggling in the lineouts, they couldn’t always take advantage of attacking positions. The home pack were now almost in complete control with the back row of Sam Featherstone, Lee O’Donnell and Tom Dyson controlling the breakdowns and props Twist and Barltrop making ground with some forceful drives.

‘Ensians’ tactics were ideally suited to playing against the wind and their pick-and-drive game completely starved the visitors of ball and allowed them to command a substantial territorial advantage. Occasional long boots downfield were dealt with confidently by full back Ben Smith and winger Declan Jackson.

Hemsworth were now getting on the wrong side of the referee and when they lost a player through a red card, the hosts were now in complete control. For the last 14 minutes, the home side camped in the visitors’ 22. Toby Barltrop and Sam Gray went over only to be held up and experienced scrum half Peter Gillson was pulled down inches short. Hemsworth had no answer and frustration produced a continuous stream of penalties out wide which gave the home forwards lineout ball to control and drive, leaving the final score at 11 – 0 to the hosts.

This was a top-drawer performance from ‘Ensians who showed just what they can do when they buckle down and play as a team. The forwards gradually got on top in all phases of the game and paved the way for a well-deserved victory against strong opposition.



 Otley 5 pts vs OORUFC 2ndXV 14 pts

 Hemsworth 268

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In an entertaining local derby, ‘Ensians 2nd XV beat Otley Viscounts 14 – 5 with a try from prop Tony Myers and a try and two conversions from fly half Matt Tennsiwood.


 

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