A BATTLING Ossett were taken apart in the scrum by an impressive Wetherby pack as they opened their Yorkshire League Division Four with a 37-7 loss.
The travelling Ossett side knew it was going to be a real challenge against a side who had put 100 points past Knaresborough the previous Saturday.
And the visitors were ultimatley made to pay for a loss of the forwards battle as over half of Ossett’s scrums were turned over and only desperate work at the back by Burnley and Ward gave Ossett any respite.
Wetherby took the lead with two early tries, and a penalty took their advantage to 15-0 before Ossett responded.
As always it was Ward who took the battle to the opposition and jinked through to score under the posts to make it 15-7.
With Ossett sniffing a way back into the game, the match started to increase in intensity.
Sprott was sin-binned for retaliating after he was lifted and dumped after the whistle had gone. The Wetherby centre was also sin-binned straight after for another offence as both teams carried on with 14 men.
A crucial moment came at the end of the half when the Wetherby centre abused the referee who had given numerous warnings already.
But the repeat offender was given a warning and not a red card.
Despite the away side creating chances, Wetherby were still in the ascendancy and four further tries were scored as Ossett tired and dropped off tackles to make the final score 37-7.
Ossett travel to Hornsea at Southdale tomorrow (Sat) where they will look to kick-start their season with a win.