OORUFC Match Report
18th November 2017

Cleckheaton 3rdXV 10 vs 10 OORUFC 2ndXV
Honours even

With ensians 1sts not having a game, team manager tempo thought he would have a platoon of players, but the nature of the modern player meant it wasn’t to be, with yoga classes & men humming while sitting under a water fall in a loin cloth getting in the way. With 2nd team coach Harrison away on a birthday weekend [ whats that all about ! ] & autumn internationals + injuries hitting numbers, tempo hit a low & put the call into fixture sectary & gambling addict beardo to cancel the game, but with his phone cut off, the message didn’t get through, till a round robin came in to settle the bill, by which time Harrison had found 3 becket brothers to play & it was too late to cancel. Big eddy was a doubt, with his new girlfriend wanting sex on Saturday night & eddy worried he couldn’t do both! With ensians turning up with15 players & just a hooker for the front row, conversations needed to be had, & not to blow his trumpet [ salvation army joke ] dan ridgeway stepped up to the front row & looked very comfortable ! . cleck lent a prop & danny did ensians proud, not taking a backward step. With john beckets as hooker, with dan & danny up front & bret & mick Wilson in the 2nd row, ensians held their own. Kieron beckets played 6 with ben jones moving to 8. Alex beckets played his favourite position at 7 & was outstanding with turnover after turnover even after getting a bent nose for it. Jacob wragg played 9 & Dom oddy put the 10 shirt on again & the pair of them stood out with Jacob growing as the game went on, but oddy letting the team down with a cynical yellow for tripping the cleck winger as he pulled away. Captain conner played 12 & the ” hands “ dave smith moved into the 13 shirt from the wing. Mick birts was on one wing with new boy matty teniswood on the other. Jay beckets caused problems from the 15 shirt. Cleck played with the wind & down the slope in the first half, & with them having a more mature, solid looking team, it was ovious they were looking to build a lead. Tempos vision was to move the ball & take the legs out of them. Cleck started by throwing the kichen sink at ensians, but the backrow with alex, outstanding, kept pinching the ball off them to frustrate cleck. Jacob & dom moved it away from the pack & conner & dave ran hard up the slope, with jay frustrating cleck from fullback. 20 minutes in, with good hands from oddy, conner kicked on & outpaced the cover to score & make it 5 – 0 & upset the home team. With jay running great lines from fullback, tries looked on the cards, but a stray boot meant he had to leave the field, for top shagger, big eddy to show his other ball skills in the backline. Half time came & with the young ref making some different decisions, & ensians playing with the slope & wind, the game plan was to kick them into their 22 & make them run up the slope, but with hooker john going off at half time & ensians already having a cleck player playing on the wing for mick birts who also went off with a head injury, ensians ended up playing the 2nd half with a 7 man pack, uncontested in the scrum. Cleck put the pressure on & scored a couple of tries, using their quick winger against the player lent, but tempo knew that one good move could get them back in. he also realised that rugby needs rules or chaos takes over & it did, with players entering rucks & mauls from all angles, offside, blah blah blah, but from a quick tap penalty from Jacob, dom went over near the sticks, but matty missed the conversion to make it 10 – 10 with 10 minutes to go. A game to forget for many reasons, [ ask the players ] but some points for ensians rather than a 5 point reduction for a late cancelation, so not all bad.