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Having just scraped home against Mosborough in last week’s League encounter, there was a touch of apprehension as ‘Ensians went into this game without their regular front row and No.8. In the event, the hosts rose to the occasion with an afternoon of flowing back play and comprehensive defence for a comfortable victory.

In perfect conditions, the home side carried on from the previous week with half backs Ieuan Cranswick and Johnny Ratahi moving the ball wide at every opportunity. The visitors were pushed back by strong runs from centres Tobias Gill and Nathan Rogers and good support play put Ratahi over on 3 minutes.

The home front row of Rob Lyon, James Kear and Tom Twist gave no quarter in the tight against heavier opposition and Calum Murray, making his debut at No.8, provided a steady anchor in the scrums as well as making forceful runs in loose play. Mosborough were struggling to cope with the pace of ‘Ensians lively backs and on 19 minutes full back Kristian Keinhorst joined the line to cross half way out. The conversion failed, but the hosts were now 10 – 0 in the lead.

Forwards and backs then linked well to send hooker James Kear over in the corner on 23 minutes and 9 minutes later Ratahi jinked his way through a confused defence for his second. The conversion by Kristian Keinhorst stretched the lead to 22 – 0 as half time approached.

At this stage the previous week, the home side’s supply of ball dried up and they spent the second half on the back foot. Although Mosborough were still very much in the game with their big pack producing some robust drives, the home eight responded with spirited counter-drives to halt progress. Locks Steve Wade and Ali Campbell produced good ball from the lineout and in the second half the home backs continued to trouble the visitors.

After moving to fly half, Kristian Keinhorst dummied the defence and put centre Rogers over under the posts on 45 minutes. Rogers was in the thick of it again when he beat two defenders to send winger Declan Jackson away to touch down in the corner. A conversion from Keinhorst lifted the score to 34 – 0 on 57 minutes.

The visitors roused themselves and camped in the home 22 for lengthy periods, but the text-book low tackling by the back row of Sam Featherstone, Calum Murray and Tom Dyson snuffed out any threats to the line. Mosborough lived in constant fear of losing the ball because they knew that if it was snapped up by the home backs, they had no answer to the pace out wide.

Ratahi, now playing in the centre, rounded off a fine afternoon with a storming run down the middle for his hat-trick, Keinhorst’s conversion taking the final score to 41 – 0. This ‘Ensians performance was a big turn-around from the previous week when the hosts lived on scraps of ball in the second half. The re-jigged pack got stuck in with man-of-the-match Sam Featherstone leading the way and Mosborough simply had no answer to the speedy home backs.

OLD OTLIENSIANS 2ndXV 34 – Baildon 17

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In their first Merit game of the season, ‘Ensians 2nd XV beat Baildon 2nds 34 – 17 with tries from John Paul Ward, Michael Philpott (2), a penalty try and one from Matt Tenniswood who also converted 3 tries and kicked a penalty.