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Otliensians survive sace to edge win
10:42am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
Leeds Corinthians 14 Old Otliensians 15
Following their impressive bonus point victory at Mosborough, Old Otliensians travelled to Leeds Corinthians full of confidence, but they were in for a battle their Yorkshire Four win.
Having won the toss the visitors elected to play into the wind and soon found themselves on the back foot.
The home’ stand-off pegged Otliensians in their own 22 and from a line-out the Corinthians pack drove over for a try.
The conversion was successful and the home side were soon adding to their lead.
The Corinthians stand-off again fired a huge kick to the corner.
On this occasion the ball took a wicked bounce and their winger gathered the ball to score a his side’s second try. The successful conversion made it 14-0.
The pattern of play for the first half quickly emerged. Otliensians tried to keep the ball alive and run at the home defence.
In contrast Corinthians were happy to rely on big kicks to force Otliensians back.
There was another setback for Otliensians when centre Nathan Rogers was forced to leave the field with an injury.
With Otliensians making little headway against a solid Leeds defence, Luke Cowdell was introduced in to the game.
On the stroke of half-time a powerful run from Cowdell resulted in him forcing his way through the stubborn home defence to score a try near the posts. The conversion made the score 14-7 at the break.
Otliensians kicked-off the second half and immediately had the home team pinned back in their own 22.
The home pack was visibly tiring and starting to concede lazy penalties.
The Otliensian backs were also starting to find gaps in the defence. From a set piece on the half-way line Cowdell burst through three tackles only to be halted inches from the try line.
On the hour mark Otliensians were awarded a penalty inside the home 22. Full back Ben Hatton landed the kick to reduce the deficit to 14-10.
The visitors were now dominating territory and with ten minutes remaining forced a scrum five metres from the line.
No. 8 Lee O’Donnell picked up from the base of the scrum and drove through two would be tacklers to score in the corner.
The conversion was missed, however, Otliensians now had a 15-14 lead which they protected to the final whistle with some determined play.
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