Oaks made the 180 mile round coach trip to Wenseydale on Saturday for their second game of the season.
A sleepy start from the visitors saw them down 10-0 within the first fifteen minutes after some strong running from the dangerous home scrum half. The next fifteen saw a dramatic improvement with intense Oaks pressure from a series of penalties and driving mauls. The tries just wouldn’t come though, despite being held up over the line twice, and eventually the three points were taken by fly half Joe Henson.
The effort took its toll and a tired looking Oaks side conceded two quick breakaway tries to turn at 24-3 down. Half time brought a change of personnel and man of the match Mike Kontou entered the fray. His first contribution was to carry flanker Simon Crossley over from the back of a maul for the Oaks’ first try.
Any hope of a comeback was short lived though, as the home side struck back immediately from distance. A much improved second half did lead to more opportunities though, and centre Callum Schofield continued his hot streak by capitalising on a dropped pass in Wensleydale’s in-goal area.
Turning possession into points was a struggle for the Oaks all afternoon and the hosts had the last word with another late breakaway try. The visitors were left to reflect on a perplexing score line of 39-13 where they were given a lesson in finishing.
Saturday’s match is at home to Leeds Corinthians in the Yorkshire Silver Trophy (3pm ko) and coincides with Ladies’ Day at the club. The 2nds begin their league season away to Doncaster Phoenix 3s.