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Bramley Phoenix 2nd XV 3 pts v Old Otliensians 2nd XV 68 PTS

In this Merit table game Otliensians continued their winning ways with a comprehensive win over the Bramley side.With the pack winning good ball from the lineout via Joe Robinson and Ross Myers taking several strikes against the head the backs were never short of good possession . Neil Barlow at stand off was again outstanding in general play as well as converting nine of the ten tries.

Centre Andy Hayward was first on the score sheet after some 7 mins following a strike against the head and quick passing in the backs. Wing Darren Cooley added to his seasons tally finishing off a break by backrow James Kear and this was soon followed by another backrow try by No. 8 Matt Taylor following a pickup and drive.Wing Nick Keinhorst scored after a tap penalty and added a second try following a series of good flowing back moves. Hayward scored his second try after a break from his own 22m by Kris Keinhorst to give Otliensians a 3 - 40pts lead at the break.

In the second half Nick Keinhorst completed his hat trick after intercepting on his own 10m line and this was followed by a try from skipper Brett Tenniswood after a rolling maul. Darren Cooley scored his second try after some excellent back play and Tenniswood scored the team's tenth and his second try after breaks by Hayward and Kear.

This was an excellent team performance.

 

Otley 4th XV 13 pts v Old Otliensians 3rd XV 14 pts

After Ripon gave backward early in the week, Otliensians were fortunate to find the Otley side also looking for a game. As in the previous week the sides were pretty well matched with the Ensians probably having the edge in the forwards where captain Alan Garnett won some good ball in the lineout and Dan Ridgeway and Andy Wood prominent in the loose but with Otley showing some pace in the backs.

Otliensians were on top in the early stages with some good forward assisted by Rob Arbuckle at scrum half but failed to breakdown Otley's good defence. A good break by Rob Grey at stand off should have produced the first score but lacked support to finish off. Otley began to string some good back moves together and after 35 mins their centre ran elusively to score from 25 m, Jamie Chappel converting. Ensians hit back with some good forward play and a drive from near halfway gave Grey the chance to kick left where wing Daryl Hamilton gathered to score wide out; Tom Twist adding the points with a good conversion to bring the visitors level at 7 pts all at the break .

In the second half , Otley soon took the lead with a neat drop goal from their no 10 and added a penalty after 20 mins putting the Ensians on the back foot. However , on 25 mind Grey broke and wing forward Rob Lyons was on han to score and then add the two points to give Otliensians the lead.In the closing stages Otley attacked strongly but could not find a gap in the resolute Ensians defence.

On Saturday , the 1st XV are at Hornsea in the League, whilst the 2nd XV are at Wetherby and the 3rd XV are at home to Nestle Rountrees. The intention is for the home game to kick off at about 3:30 after the England - Australia game which will be shown in the Clubhouse.

Reports supplied by Adrian Normanton

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