Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Eight-try win boosts Hawks in battle to avoid relegation

HENLEY HAWKS ran in eight tries to despatch Wharfedale and earn themselves a much-needed five points at Dry Leas last Saturday, writes Noel Armstead.

With the sun on their backs the Hawks played the kind of fast flowing rugby that had earned them promotion to Division 1 last season. The tries were shared out, five by their backs and three by forwards. This broke the dismal record of winning just one game in the last nine.

The foundation of such an impressive victory was a tribute to the throwing, usually to the back of the line, of Liam Dwyer — on his return from injury — and their line-out forwards, particularly Matt Payne and Dave Clements both also just recovered from injury.

They also had a firm grip on the set scrums where Billy Moss and Alec Penny were instrumental in gaining three heels against the head.

With such good possession the backs threatened the Wharfedale defence with their speed, handling and incisive running.

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