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Minor League West
Rainey Old Boys 3rd XV 33 Enniskillen 3rd XV 26
Enniskillen’s mighty 3rds travelled to Magherafelt on Saturday past for a league encounter against Rainey. The match kicked off and was played at a very high tempo in the opening quarter. Rainey were using their dangerous running backs and the huge boot of their centre to keep Skins pegged back in their own half. Enniskillen struggled to get their game plan going but finally once the bigger visiting forwards started making hard yards on their opponents they made some ground.
However this was short lived as Rainey scored 2 quick tries midway through the first half from their speedy backs, both of which were converted. This could have been worse only Wilkinson cleverly held up a Rainey attacker once he was over the try line but the ball was not grounded. Again the Enniskillen forwards got on top with lots of hard direct rugby which the home team couldn’t contend with. They were rewarded after the ball was moved along the backline with stand in winger Lewis Miller to finish in the corner, expertly converted by Maguire. The comeback was over briefly though when the Rainey backline sliced through the Enniskillen defence to score under the posts, again converted to leave the score 21-7 the homeside at the break.
Into the second period and Skins now played with the slight breeze at their backs, the visiting pack were again starting to get on top of matters. Strong carries from Duncan, Wright and Tummon accompanied by Aaron Kelly bossing the lineout seen Enniskillen get their reward with Beatty crossing the line, the conversion was however missed.
Again the slick Rainey backs made Skins pay for minor mistakes with another 2 tries one of which was converted. To their credit Enniskillen showed massive character in keeping going and keeping going hard at the home side. Spurred on by Out Half Wilkinson, the pack again made good ground as did Cleary. With 10 minutes left to play Skins aggressive lock Willis crashed over the line after great recycling by the visiting pack marshalled by scrumhalf Henshall. Skins continued battering their opponents in loose play, and despite surprisingly not being as dominant as normal at scrum time, the visitors kept plugging away. As the referee signalled last play, great ball retention seen Wilkinson crash over the line for Skins 4th try, which was again converted by Maguire.
Enniskillen left the pitch knowing that the 2 loosing bonus points they receive against a frustratingly strong senior clubs ‘Minor’ team are a fantastic reward for the moral strength and the never say die attitude in the squad that Manager Whittaker has assembled. Next up is a home league match against Cookstown on Saturday.