Thursday, 03 December 2020

Holmes puts in five-star display

HENLEY HAWKS took another step towards promotion with a 10-try to two demolition of Taunton last Saturday.

HENLEY HAWKS took another step towards promotion with a 10-try to two demolition of Taunton last Saturday.

This was not a bruising encounter but the Hawks ended the game with three players requiring hospital treatment and a fourth being helped from the field.

Taunton were first on the score sheet as Henley failed to gather the kick-off successfully and this led to a Gary Kingdom penalty.

However, this was short-lived as a move involving Josh McNally sent Jonah Holmes on a burst for the line for a try which was converted by Robinson who went on to kick a further eight conversions.

Slack defensive play briefly allowed the visitors back into the game as a clearance kick was charged down by flanker Childs.

Henley regained control when a line-out drive saw Winterbottom touch down. A few minutes later Richard Briggs scored wide out after a well-worked training ground move by Robinson.

Captain Tom Allen and Will Woodward were brought on the field to replace Ryan Newman, who picked up a knee injury, and Jeavon Marsh who dislocated an elbow after an awkward fall.

The changes galvanised Henley and they pushed Taunton off their own ball with a scrum enabling Robbie Stapley to claim the touchdown.

With the bonus point now in the bag, Henley recorded two tries in five minutes from Allen with a weaving run and Robbie Stapley finishing another line-out drive to finish the half at 42-8.

After the restart, Taunton raised their game and it wasn’t until the 54th minute that Josh McNally capitalised on a period of sustained Henley pressure.

Taunton then scored close to the posts but Henley finishing strongly with further tries by Robinson after Luke Carter made a half break close to the line and Liam O Neill showing a turn of pace to score right on full time.

Henley Hawks: Marsh (Allen 32), Holmes, Nutt, Wells, Briggs, Robinson, Carter, Milford Scott (Manning, 66 mins), Dwyer (O’Neill, 77 mins), Manning (Hadfield, 53 mins) Winterbottom, McNally, Newman (Woodward, 29 mins) Stapley.

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