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Triumphant Otley must stop showing their soft-natured side
Otley 36, Dudley Kingswinford 19
continued their winning ways, once again picking up a full five points in SSE National League Two North but, also following the pattern of their games so far, they let a beaten side back into the game.
The visitors’ big pack made their presence felt with some powerful driving but Otley had the speed and guile, once again treating their followers to some exhilarating rugby.
They scored on 11 minutes. Winning a close-in line-out, the ball was spun wide, flanker Dan Temm appearing between the centres and making the break to put centre Chris Gemmell in.
Attacking from the restart, Mark Ireland put in a fine 40-metre kick to the corner, winger James Wood just being beaten to the touchdown.
But, from the 22-metre drop out, Ireland obliged with a 40-metre penalty.
Otley were kept on their toes by spirited play from the opposition but their cover tackling was first class and they were ever ready to turn defence into attack, running from all quarters.
Full back Arnie Ellison came up on the wing to round the defence but was pulled down short of the line, Dudley clearing with the aid of a penalty.
However, Otley went back to the visitors’ line. Winning a throw-in, Otley drove and Temm broke off to go over, Ireland converting.
Just before the break, it was Temm again making the break, Wood benefitting from a pass to put him in at the corner for a 22-0 half-time lead.
Though not intending to ease up, Otley fell into the same trap as the previous last week at Harro-gate.
Concentration slipped and errors were made. Three times in close succession, Otley got a five-metre scrum, only to concede a penalty to allow Dudley to clear.
But, that malady excluded, Temm was shadowing Ellison when he came up the side of the scrum at speed to take the pass and shrug off all attempts to tackle him and score, Ireland again adding the conversion.
Now 27 points ahead, Otley began to lose the composure, and the visitors came into their own with a strong approach.
A penalty gave Dudley a five-metre line-out from which they won a free-kick, and a tap and run allowed prop Stephen Blackburn to force his way over for fly half Gareth Bown to convert.
However, having moved to No 8, Temm picked up at the base of a scrum on halfway, broke blind and handed off all tacklers to run in at the posts.
Tries on 65 and 76 minutes from Liam Marshall and James Ramsey, the latter converted by Bown, added respectability to Dudley’s score.
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