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In the opening phases the visitors were having problems with a strong home pack playing a short passing game up the slope, posing problems for their defence and denying them clean ball to play their usual wide game. The home side opened the scoring with a penalty goal after 5 minutes, but ‘Ensians hit back shortly afterwards when the ball was moved quickly across the backs for winger Nick Keinhorst to score in the corner for a 5 – 3 advantage.

This lead was short-lived when the hosts added their second penalty, but the lead once again changed hands when fly half Kristian Keinhorst responded with a similar effort. Ossett then regained the lead through a well-worked unconverted try, but ‘Ensians obtained quick possession and slick passing resulted in a strong run down the wing by Declan Jackson who crossed for a try in the corner. The visitors’ lead was increased to 16 - 11 soon afterwards by a further penalty from Kristian Keinhorst on 28 minutes.

Again the home side came back strongly with an unconverted try to level the scores before Kristian Keinhorst kicked his third penalty to give the visitors a slender lead of 19 – 16 at half time.

As ‘Ensians had enjoyed the advantage of the slope in the first half, there was the possibility that this narrow margin would prove insufficient, but as the second period progressed the superior fitness of the visitors gave them the edge as they began to win greater possession and used it to stretch the home defence.

A strong run down the middle by centre Josh Howarth was closed down by desperate defending, but shortly afterwards quick hands saw full back Ben Smith squeeze in at the corner for a try converted by Kristian Keinhorst, extending the lead to 26 – 16 to the visitors on 67 minutes.

It was then that ‘Ensians had to mount a determined defence and they were saved when a pass was dropped when a try by the home side looked inevitable. The visitors worked their way back up field when flanker Dale Kennedy broke away and scored an excellent try, brushing off several defenders on his way to the line on 74 minutes. A further penalty by Kristian Keinhorst completed the scoring at 34 – 16 and took his personal tally to 14 points.

This was a commendable away win for ‘Ensians where their superior fitness and better organisation eventually paid off.


OORUFC 2ndXV 48pts vs Ossett 0pts

Ossett 2ndXV 326
Michael Wilson on the charge for the 2ndXV against Ossett.
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‘Ensians 2nd XV had a convincing 48 – 0 home win against Ossett 2nds to maintain their position at the top of their Merit League with tries coming from Liam Copping, Toby Gillatt (2), Steve Grundy (3) and Matt Taylor (2) along with 4 conversions from Matt Tenniswood.