HENLEY HAWKS got their season off to a winning start as they narrowly defeated newly-promoted Dorking in Division 2 South on Saturday in their first ever visit to the Surrey ground.
The home side, playing at the highest level in their history after winning Division 3 London and South East last season, proved to be no pushover and their pack in particular caused the Hawks problems in most aspects of play.
The opening 10 minutes was played largely between the 22 metre areas of each side.
Scoring opportunities came as the result of penalties awarded by referee Alexis Manley for offences in rucks preventing the release of the ball.
After three minutes of play James Comben was able to convert a penalty from 45 metres in midfield but his score was quickly equalised by his opposite number at fly-half, Matt Noble.