Old Otliensians travelled to Cookridge to play the re-arranged game with Leeds Modernians, on a perfect day for rugby, expecting a tough encounter with old adversaries.
However it did not turn out that way as Declan Jackson, playing at full back, raced through the Mods' defence in the first minute for a try converted by Jake Bentley.
'Ensians were at an advantage playing down the slope, and needed a decent lead in the first half. They took control of the game with their speedy backs being provided by good ball from the forwards. Scoring a further five in the first half courtesy of winger Will Howarth (2), another by Declan Jackson, Jake Bentley and Jay Walsh. Four successfully converted by Jake Bentley. The only scores by Mods were 2 penalty goals in their infrequent visits to the visitor's territory. The half time score was 40 points to 6.
After an early second half unconverted try by Kieron Walker, the home team had their best period of the game, spending a good 20 minutes in the Visitor's half. They came near to scoring on numerous occasions, but the sound 'Ensians defence held firm.
However after 23 minutes 'Ensians broke through with Harry Gillson scoring neat the posts, for Spencer Wood to convert.
'Mods were holding the Visitors in the scrums, but the lineouts were controlled by Messrs Campbell, Featherstone and Walker. Although they never gave up, Mods had no answer to the speed of the Visitors' backs. 'Ensians scored 3more tries by Eithan Heede and Will Howarth (2), two of which were converted by Spencer Wood, making a final score of 71 points to 6, taking 'Ensians to the top of the league table.
Report from John Churchman