Thursday, 11 August 2022

Hawks have the edge at Hartpury

HENLEY HAWKS pulled off a narrow 16-12 win in a pulsating promotion clash away to rivals Hartpury College on Saturday.

HENLEY HAWKS pulled off a narrow 16-12 win in a pulsating promotion clash away to rivals Hartpury College on Saturday.

Four points was the biggest margin between the sides during the match and the result was in doubt until the last seconds of the game.

At half-time the Hawks were trailing 9-6 with all the scoring coming from penalty kicks. In the second half a combination of forwards and backs led to the only try of the match. Will Robinson broke through 10 metres out and gathered his kick ahead. This set up a series of drives for the line and eventually Luke Carter broke the shackles of the College defence for Robinson to convert with a studied kick against a tricky wind.

The Hawks now had some breathing space with a 16-9 lead following Robinson?s third penalty of the match after 45 minutes.

Hartpury scored another penalty after 55 minutes but the Hawks held on to claim the four vital points.

Director of rugby Mike Poulson was delighted by the win and pleased for the 100 travelling Hawks fans. Speaking after the match he said: ? I thank everyone who came to Hartpury . Everyone in the squad was blown away by the amazing support. It was like a home game and it definitely played a part in the success. We are hoping for another big crowd at Dry Leas on Saturday for the game against Dings Crusaders a side who defeated us on their home ground before Christmas as they did last season.?

For full match report and a preview of this coming weekend?s home clash against Dings Crusaders, see this week?s Henley Standard.

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