Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Stapley’s try proves decisive in Hawks derby

HENLEY HAWKS maintained their winning start in Division 2 South with a bonus point win over local rivals Chinnor at Dry Leas on Saturday.

The Hawks secured the derby bragging rights in a pulsating encounter whilst Chinnor, who recruited widely in the summer and came to Henley with high hopes, will rue indiscipline and an inability to cope with the Hawks’ fast expansive style of play in the first half.

Henley’s intent was made straight from the start when they demolished a Chinnor scrum just inside the visitors’ half where scrum half Connor Murphy picked up the loose ball and ran 30 metres to score. He was unable to convert from near the touchline.

Henley were a constant threat and attacked at every opportunity, making good use of the short side or spreading the play wide through open back play. Scrum half Murphy was at the centre of everything and he and outside half Ed Yarnton dominated proceedings.

After six minutes, following a line-out, a great drive from Matt Payne allowed Murphy to feed centre Freddie Pierrepont who broke through the Chinnor defence. He put in a grubber kick but Murphy was just beaten to the touchdown by the Chinnor defence.

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