HENLEY HAWKS put in a good performance at Dry Leas against Bedwas in a pre-season match last Saturday, writes Noel Armstead.
The match was played in four separate sessions starting with three of 25 minutes duration and the final and fourth being of 40 minutes. The first and last sessions were played between the strongest sides.
In the first session the Welsh visitors quickly established themselves in the Hawks’ 22 having earned a penalty from the Hawks’ kick-off and in possession, which they kept, pressed forward. Their scrum-half was able to steal away from a maul to touch down between the posts, a try which was converted.
The Hawks began to settle and get some possession which was used well by scrum-half Conor Murphy to test the Bedwas cover and his flat pass to centre Danny Wells supported by flanker Tom Hall took play into Bedwas territory. The Hawks now pressurised the Bedwas defence and drove over from 10 metres for Robbie Stapley to touch down which with a conversion by fly-half Comben equalised the score at 7-7.
The Hawks pack more than held their own in the set scrums and generally the visitors were getting the worst of encounters and mauls and rucks. This bore dividends when Murphy swept up a loose ball on the blind side to race away to touch down a try which Comben converted to give the Hawks a 12-7 advantage at the end of the session.