Ossett V Rotherham Phoenix
21 - 34
A hard day at the office saw Rotherham Phoenix run out winners at Ossett on a glorious Saturday afternoon. The best all round team in the league thought it was going to be a bit of a walkover and these thoughts were compounded when after a bad take at the kick off and a strong Phoenix scrum saw them score quickly. This was followed up shortly with another try and Rotherham were on the up, 0-12 within the first ten minutes. Rotherham looked at their most dangerous when their forwards had the ball as a big running loose head and number 8 kept Ossett busy but with Dale Burnley, John Hall and Leigh Learie throwing their weight into attack and defence Ossett started to come back into the game and held off continued Phoenix attacks with some outstanding defence all round. Quick thinking once again from the half back pairing of Danny Buckley, in his snazzy boots, and Jonny Karadzic saw Jack Drury break down the outside and with Mark Fisher in support offloaded for Fisher to run around the back off the Rotherham defence and score under the sticks. Converted by Drury.
Ossett saw limited possession and even more limited field position but made every opportunity count. A line out on the Rotherham five metre line was once again pushed over. Caught by Jack Peat and brought down to the waiting pack, Ossett forced their way over for Rob Young to score yet another push over try. Drury on point with the boot once again converted and Ossett were in the lead 14-12 at half time.
After the break, Rotherham kept on the attack. With Ossett down to 14 men after one seeing yellow for standing up in the scrum, Rotherham kept the pressure on. The pressure and man advantage wasn’t converted into points as a resilient Ossett defence kept the opposition at bay, their frustration at not being able to get that bonus point evident. Rotherham had more than the lion’s share of the penalties and were constantly in the referee’s ear, who was listening to their complaints and giving accordingly. Free flowing rugby was not the way of the second half as constant scrummaging was asked for by the opposition as they couldn’t break the Ossett line with ball in hand but were capable of pushing the forwards around the park. Adam Race impressed from the bench with his usual hard attacking runs and Louis Dunbavin propped at both tight and loose head positions against some very strong opposition.
Jack Drury broke the cycle of scrums in the Ossett 22 with an intercepted pass and break which saw a good chase back by Phoenix defenders, surrounding Drury, but not before a neat cross field chip to Buckley saw him tackled and the ball ripped inches from the Phoenix line. Ossett’s last try came from a similar style of play to the first try. The Phoenix back line letting Drury break once again for Shaun Abson to make his way around the back and score a well-deserved try after a fantastic, man of the match, performance. Drury once again produced the goods to take Ossett’s tally to 21 but by then the damage had been done. Phoenix had snuck over for a couple of tries after continued and prolonged pressure on the Ossett line.
We thank Rotherham Phoenix for their generous donation to the raffle of two kids Rotherham Titans shirts and thank all who took part in the race night and raffle.
Tries: Fisher, Abson, Young
Conversion: Drury 3
MOM Points: TBC