OORUFC Match Report
20th April 2013


In ideal conditions 'Ensians took on mid-table Ossett in what proved to be a lively afternoon with the hosts lifting their performance in the second half. The first half saw the visitors moving the ball wide at every opportunity to produce four well-worked tries only to find that possession dried up somewhat after the break when the game became scrappy and the home side managed to match three further tries from the visitors.

Starting down the slope 'Ensians were soon capitalising on clean lineout ball from lock Steve Wade and flanker Sam Featherstone. With the visiting backs posing serious problems for the home side, swift passing put winger Rob Lofthouse away to round the cover and score in the corner to give them a 5 - 0 lead on 8 minutes. Long kicks from fly half Kristian Keinhorst pinned Ossett in their 22 and after several robust drives with No. 8 Rob Arbuckle and hooker Ross Myers to the fore, prop Rob Lyon forced his way over on 15 minutes with Keinhorst adding the conversion.

The hosts had a fair amount of size and weight in their pack and the 'Ensians eight had to work hard for possession, but the home backs had no answer to the pace and quick handling of the visiting backs division. Centres Tobias Gill and Luke Cowdell had the edge on their opposite numbers and on 25 minutes winger Rob Lofthouse bamboozled the full back to go over for his second with Keinhorst's conversion stretching the lead to 19 - 0.

In the loose, 'Ensians forwards and backs were linking well and when flanker Lee O'Donnell received the ball and set off on a weaving run 65 yards out, few thought he would end up evading five would-be tacklers, but he did and scored an excellent try which with Keinhorst's conversion took the visitors lead to 26 - 0 at half time.

After the break with the slope in their favour and their heavy pack beginning to have the edge in the scrums, Ossett made a lively start with the visiting back three of Josh Howarth, Ieuan Cranswick and replacement Michael Philpott having to do plenty of tackling and fielding of long kicks. However, when 'Ensians turned the ball over slick hands put winger Howarth over in the corner to extend the lead to 31 - 0 on 47 minutes.

This seemed to spur on the hosts who used their pack in a series of powerful pick-and-drives to take play into the visiting 22 where their experienced centre jinked his way through under the posts, moving the score to 31 - 7 to the visitors. With their tails up and the 'Ensians scrum beginning to wobble, Ossett continued to press and gained a penalty in the visitors' 22. The defence was caught on the hop when the home scrum half tapped and nipped through for a try half way out, reducing the visitors' lead to 31 - 12 on 60 minutes.

'Ensians responded almost immediately when centres Luke Cowdell and Philpott produced some good inter-passing to send Cowdell away for a try under the posts. Keinhorst converted to stretch the lead to 38 - 12 on 66 minutes. The hosts were far from finished and put together a good move to score a converted try on 72 minutes, but 'the visitors had the last word when smart back-play sent winger Rob Lofthouse tearing up the wing for his hat-trick. The conversion failed leaving the final score at 43 - 19.This was a comfortable win for 'Ensians even though the weight of the opposition pack gradually restricted their supply of clean ball in the second half.

Despite narrowly missing out on promotion, this has been a very successful season for 'Ensians under Coach John Walker with the young 1st XV scoring well over 700 points and the 2nd XV consolidating its position in mid-table after promotion to the Aire/Wharfe Division 2 League last season.

Otley Viscounts 6 vs 64 OORUFC 2ndXV
Try-fest at Cross Green

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Ensians 2ndXV finish the season in style with a comprehensive victory at Cross Green.