OORUFC Match Report
7th December 2019

Ossett 15 vs 9 OORUFC
Abandoned after 58 mins due to injury

It was a pleasant winter afternoon for the game at Ossett despite the pitch being rather "claggy".

'Ensians started brightly with Will Cooper converting a penalty after only 3 minute .Early memories were of fine touch kicking from Olly Eaves making good metres and being on top in the lineouts but the Home team had a slight ascendancy in the scrums. Play took place mainly in the centre of the pitch .

After 12 minutes, however, following numerous phases by the well drilled home forwards their stand off chipped the ball towards the touch surprising the visitors' defence and the Ossett winger kicked on to win the chase and score a well converted try wide out to give Ossett the lead 7 points to 3.

Play continued to be even but after 20 minutes when the home team was penalised 40 metres out Will Cooper slotted the ball over to narrow the score to one point.

Five minutes later full back Luke Cowdell fielded the ball on his own 22 metre line and crashed through 4 tackles to make 50 metres but was dragged down by a last ditch tackle with the line in sight.

Not to be outdone the home team made ground winning a line out on the 'Ensians 5 metre line but in the following drive knocked on inches short. A couple of minutes later Luke Cowdell saved a try with a great tackle on the home team's speedy winger racing towards the line.

Despite these instances play was pretty even but the 'Ensians backs were unable to break through the firm home defence. In the last move before half time the visitors were penalised and Ossett gained the 3 points to give them a half time lead of 10 points to 6.

'Ensians made a great start to the second half showing their true potential .The whole team forwards and backs stormed into the home 22 coming inches short of scoring but winning a penalty .From the resulting 5 metre lineout Ali Campbell climbed high to collect the ball and again the drive was stopped inches short. 'Ensians then won a penalty and Will Cooper scored again to reduce the home lead to one point.

Ossett came back again and found a hole in the Visitor's defence to score an unconverted try to increase their lead to 15 points to 9.

With an exciting finish in prospect sadly a complete accident caused an Ossett player to suffer a serious leg injury and he had to remain on the pitch until an Ambulance arrived .Light was deteriorating fast and the game was abandoned after 58 minutes and will have to be replayed later in the season.

The true spirit of rugby prevailed with the Visitor's physio attending and the players and supporters doing what they could to help. In the clubhouse afterwards 'Ensians made a collection for the injured player who responded with a message of thanks the next day.

John Churchman

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