OORUFC Match Report
17th September 2022

OORUFC 35 vs 5 York RI
A fine win for Ensians who are now 3rd in the Table

Will Howarth outpaces the defence to score a fine try in the corner
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On a day perfect for playing rugby 'Ensians entertained York. R. I. for a Yorkshire League 4 match. Unfortunately York could not raise a front row resulting in uncontested scrums but at this level the result stands.

'Ensians played into the light breeze and for the first 25 minutes ,play was scrappy and although it was from end to end defences were strongly on top.However ,York blinked first conceding a penalty in their own 22 which was duly scored by Jake Bentley .

This stirred the home team and after good forward play, and slick passing by the backs, Will Howarth outpaced the defence to score a fine try in the corner converted by Jake Bentley to give 'Ensians a 10 –nil lead.

Not to be outdone York came back with a couple of minutes to go in the half when their player twisted out of a tackle to score an unconverted try in the corner. From the restart the home team was awarded a further penalty duly slotted over by Jake Bentley to give 'Ensians a half time lead of 13 points to 5.

In the second half 'Ensians took control and after 10 minutes, when they obtained the ball from a York attack in the home 22, Will Cooper kicked ahead, followed up speedily by Connor Bateman who collected the ball to score an unconverted try

The home team were now playing with the light breeze both full back Will Cooper and stand off Olly Eaves used accurate high kicks throughout the half to force York back into hectic defence in their own 22. From one of these after 25 minutes the home team regained possession and with good passing and an overlap Jake Bentley scored an unconverted try to give lead of 23 points to 5.

The bonus point 4th try resulted from a weird cross kick by York in their own 22. It was caught by speedy winger Will Howarth who raced down the wing passing to Joe Tindall who sidestepped the defence to score a try converted by Jake Bentley.

Finally in the last minutes Olly Eaves collected the ball 30 metres out and passed to Will Howarth who streaked in for an unconverted try to make a final win for 'Ensians by 35 points to 5.

This was a fine win for 'Ensians who are now 3rd in the Table but a much sterner task awaits next week when they travel to top of the table Aireborough.

John Churchman