Saturday, 13 August 2022

Depleted side ease to victory

DESPITE only having 13 players due to illness and injury, Henley Colts ran out comfortable winners at Newbury on Sunday.

DESPITE only having 13 players due to illness and injury, Henley Colts ran out comfortable winners at Newbury on Sunday.

The game started with Henley having to soak up a period of Newbury pressure, mostly coming through the home side’s bigger pack but the visitors’ defence was strong, a trademark of the team under coach Mark Venner.

Henley began to take the ascendancy following rucking from the Henley forwards. Debutant and scrum half Mulley Branch was able to provide fly half Ben Wiltshire with quick ball who released winger Sam Grindey down the short side where he beat a number of Newbury tacklers to get the first score of the game in the corner, the conversion just short by Wiltshire.

Henley were once again under pressure from the kick-off, following a number of penalties awarded to Newbury but once again led by Pete Browning and Dan Folley, Henley’s defence held firm.

Henley began to dominate the set piece, with numerous Newbury line-outs stolen by Ross Gilbert and Josh Beech, providing Henley with the majority of first half possession, which led to a penalty which Wiltshire duly converted.

Newbury finished the half strongly with a series of attacks to the Henley line, which once again the visitors’ solid defence held out.

The second half began in a reverse to the first with Henley enjoying a strong period with the ball and after strong runs from centres Josh Steiger and Liam Somers, Wiltshire produced a sublime chip over the Newbury defence for Sam Grindey to sprint on to and catch and outrun the fullback on his way to touching down under the posts. Wiltshire converted to make it 15-0.

Henley began to dominate Newbury in all aspects of the match, with scrums and line outs being won against the head. Henley were once again on the scoreboard, turning ball over in the Newbury 22 which was followed by a break from Somers who found prop Ed Capstick to score and put the visitors 20-0 ahead.

The visitors extended their lead with captain and hooker Ed Waldron evading the Newbury defence to make a 60 metre break for a try under the posts. Wiltshire again converted to make it 27-0.

Mulley Branch rounded off the scoring with a try that was converted by Wiltshire.

On Sunday Henley Hawks Colts host Cambridge in round five of the National Colts Plate, kick-off 1pm.

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