Tuesday, 16 August 2022

St Paul’s show their class as they turn on style in second half

THE Henley College lost out to St Paul’s RC College on the artificial surface at Maidenhead RFC last Wednesday in the AASE League.

The contrasting styles of the two teams made for a good spectacle in spite of the persistent rain that continued from start to finish.

The hosts had to defend for long periods in the early exchanges as St Paul’s adopted their route one approach to try and break through the Henley defence.

The defensive line stood up to this well, maintaining good shape and spacings and included some good offensive hits especially from Cameron Crawford and Addy Gurung. When St Paul’s elusive fullback eventually broke the line the visitors’ England U18 hooker Ollie Adams was on hand to force his way over a couple of phases later to register the first score of the game.

The rest of the half belonged to Henley. Having managed to secure possession they started to move the big St Paul’s pack around the park and fly half Liam Shields kicked intelligently in behind the rush defence to pin the opposition deep in their own half.

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