Sunday, 14 August 2022

Fly-half Robinson helps put Hawks in seventh heaven

HENLEY HAWKS maintained their unbeaten record in National Division 2 South as they triumphed at Clifton on Saturday and in doing so have now won their first four away matches in what is a highly competitive league, writes Noel Armstead.

The Hawks were able to do so because their defence was well organised and powerful in the tackle, restricting the home side to one effective break from which they scored their only try of the match.

Fly-half Will Robinson also put a top class performance as he scored 15 points by way of two penalties and two conversions and an outstanding try after 14 minutes.

The Hawks, who were the better side in the set scrums throughout, heeled well on the Clifton 22 and scrum-half Connor Murphy put his half-back partner away on flat pass which he ran on to at pace and proceeded to run through the Clifton defence by means of a dummy and side steps to touch down under the posts. Robinson then converted his own try to put the visitors 7-0 ahead.

At this stage of the game the visitors were well on top and had plenty of possession and the good support they brought with them to the game were anticipating a handsome victory. They were further encouraged when they doubled their score seven minutes later. This came by an impressive burst down the left wing by new signing Jake Randall, from Llanelli Scarlets Academy, which although stopped just short of the Clifton line, led to a try by prop Dave Manning impressively well up in support. Robinson converted from a wide angle to make the score 14-0.

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