OSSETT 16pts vs OLD OTLIENSIANS 34pts
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
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
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