Henley College bag nine tries to record best ever result against local rivals
THE Henley College and Wasps AASE side eased to their best ever victory against St Paul’s
THE Henley College and Wasps AASE side eased to their best ever victory against St Paul’s Catholic College/London Irish on Wednesday of last week in the fifth round of the RFU U18 AASE League.
With two wins and two loses to date — which included taking seven times champions Hartpury College within four points — it was important that Henley took maximum points away from the derby clash to ensure their play-off hopes were kept alive.
St Paul’s started the brighter of the two teams crossing the line after just five minutes with an intelligent kick through that evaded the Henley defence.
St Paul’s dominance was short lived as Henley struck back almost immediately when England U18 number eight Tom Willis powered over the line from short range. From this point forward the Henley forward pack took control of the game and dominated their London Irish-affiliated neighbours.
Front row pairing Jamie Cox and Vlad Dumbravu were inspirational in the Henley pack while captain Tom Willis impressed. Willis and Dumbravu stacked up five tries between them, with Brad Harwood, Murray Bellis, Patrick Harris and Brendan Clarke also crossing the whitewash to bring the try tally to nine. Fly-half Ciaran Poynter was on song with the boot slotting seven conversions.
Although Irish did cross late in the second half to bring their total to 12, they were outpowered and out played as the Wasps recorded a bonus point in their largest ever win against London Irish AASE.