OLD OTLIENSIANS A 45 – RIPON 3RDS 3
Mon General takes charge
all the match photos here!
With the visitors arriving short of several
players, ‘Ensians filled the gap with volunteers to provide a
fourteen-a-side game, albeit they had to make do with uncontested scrums.
Ripon had the best of the early exchanges and they went 3 – 0 up after five
minutes through a penalty.
With the home pack containing former first XV forwards Phil Cook, Richard
Smith and Tony Myers, they soon established an edge and a good supply of
ball enabled half backs Ben Newall and Will Haines to put centres Andy
Hayward and newcomer Nick Keinhorst away. Through good backing-up by the
back row of Matt Taylor and Joe Robinson, Hayward went over for a try after
fifteen minutes. The conversion failed giving ‘Ensians a narrow 5 – 3 lead.
With loaned players Steve Robinson, Johnny Saunders and Alan Garnett having
good games for Ripon, the home side was not finding it easy and full back
Sean Flesher had to make some last minute clearances to keep the visitors at
bay. Loose ball was snapped up by winger Darren Cooley who kicked ahead,
gathered and found Nick Keinhorst, the third Keinhorst brother to play for
the Club, on his elbow to go in for a fine try from thirty yards. Ben Newall
converted to put ‘Ensians 12 – 3 up after 20 minutes.
Lock Richard Smith then come to the fore with a rampaging run and quickly
recycled ball enabled No.8 Matt Taylor to go over half way out. With
forwards and backs moving the ball well, ‘Ensians were now comfortably on
top and Andy Bower was on the end of good inter-passing to score near the
posts. Ben Newall’s conversion gave the home side a 24 – 3 lead as half time
After the break Ripon were strengthened by ‘Ensians former 1st XV hooker
Richard Paley making his first appearance after a long lay-off through
injury. With Alan Harker replacing an injured visiting player, the Ripon
pack showed more determination and it was mid-way through the second period
before ‘Ensians winger Richard Cuff shrugged off several attempted tackles
to score an excellent try. Newall converted to extend the lead to 31 – 3.
Three minutes later a sweeping move by the home side saw Richard Smith
backing up to blast his way through a tiring defence to go over the line.
This was followed soon afterwards by good interplay between forwards and
backs to give Andy Bower his second try. Conversions by Ben Newall gave
‘Ensians a convincing 45 – 3 result.
At this early stage of the season with players on holiday or involved in
cricket, credit must go to Ripon for turning up and contributing to an
Report supplied by the coach, John Harrison.