The Rams finally got their season started after 3 weeks of no opposition and unavailability.
The game was played in the usual good natured spirit of 2 local teams virtually on first name terms. Both sides only had 14 players so a good even contest was played throughout. Wharfedale had the wind behind them in the first half and missed an early penalty kick to open the scoring. End to end rugby was played with good phases of attack and defence. Ensians worked hard and eased into a 19-0 lead. Wharfedale pulled an unconverted try back on the stroke of half time to turn round 19-5 down.
Wharfedale began the second half the stronger and reduced the deficit to 19-17 with 2 more tries and a conversion. With 15 minutes to go, Wharfedale were pressing for the winning points with the Ensians scrum creaking, when an injury to their hooker meant uncontested scrums. Ensians capitalised and ran in 2 more tries and a conversion to seal the game.
Wharfedale scorers: – Tries – Pat Obrien 2, Liam Mc Cartan 1. Conversions: – Matt Donnezetti.