Saturday, 28 November 2020

Hosts have no answer

HENLEY secured the double over Supermarine Ladies on Sunday.

HENLEY secured the double over Supermarine Ladies on Sunday.

The Hawks started the brighter and were already starting to make good line breaks both in close and out wide. With a dominant scrum the platform was there for the more potent pace of the Hawks to cause havoc.

Despite some good handling and clever offloads in contact, the final pass went astray and it seemed the clinical finishing from the previous encounter was missing. This allowed the hosts to stay in the match and play some good rugby of their own to keep in the Henley half.

A well-worked backs move saw Hearn burst through the line and finish off her powerful run under the posts. Dudding converted but with 35 minutes gone it appeared the advantage expected might not be enough.

Then pressure in the final minutes of the half saw a good team try led by Lester’s break, for Mckenzie to continue her fine run of form and scoring record.

Supermarine were now unable to get out of their half. Missing their influential number eight, now off with injury, and a play in the sin bin, Dudding threw a dummy to slip the ball to Carr, who in turn put Scott in the corner to make it 17-0.

The second half now played into Henley’s hands. Against the wind they had to run with ball in hand and this began right from the restart.

Fine build-up play through the hard yards of Ferguson and Wysocki-Jones meant Dudding was getting quick ball and duly overloaded to Hearn for her second.

A take by Wheeler at full tilt split the hosts’ kick off cover. Neat close-quarter hands provided Solowin space to break free and supply Carr with her only try of the day.

The Hawks were now soaring and continued to probe at every opportunity, none more so than Forbes. Wave after wave of attack followed and the strong run of Atkinson meant the white line was crossed again.

A moment of genius from Forbes saw her tap and go from the halfway to cap a fine performance. It just left Hearn to finish off some slick handling and run from Jones to claim her hat-trick. Dudding wrapped up the score line with her second conversion.

Henley Hawks Women now just have one Championship South West Division 2 game left against London Welsh on April 28 at Dry Leas.

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