Saturday, 20 August 2022

Bart bags brace to help Hawks pick up much needed bonus win

HENLEY HAWKS ended their five-match losing run with victory away at National Division 1 basement side Hull Ionians on Saturday.

It was a bitter sweetstart to the game for the Hawks as before kick-off they announced that influential number eight Robbie Stapley had been withdrawn from the game because of a hand injury. Then, directly from the kick-off by the hosts, prop Alex Penny, who has been ever present in the side this season, was forced to leave the field suffering a damaged rib as he attempted to deal with a loose untidy situation.

The Hawks opened the scoring when James Comben took the ball down the right and the eager Christoph Bart showed his pace and determination to outwit the home cover and to put the visitors into a five point lead.

From this positive start there was an indication that the Hawks were in the mood to play the kind of rugby that had brought them promotion from Division 2 South. This was helped by the weather as the prevailing rainy conditions gave way to a dry afternoon with pale winter sunshine.

There was a strong sense of déjà vu amongst the Hawks’ faithful, of the game with Coventry the previous week as they began to concede penalties. Referee Kirkpatrick awarded eight against them in the first quarter of the game, three of which scrum-half Isaac Green was able to put between the posts by the 32nd minute.

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