Thursday, 11 August 2022

Henley pick up bonus point win

IN FRONT of a decent sized Dry Leas crowd, Henley Hawks Women ran in seven tries to put a strong

IN FRONT of a decent sized Dry Leas crowd, Henley Hawks Women ran in seven tries to put a strong London Welsh side to the sword on Sunday.

In what was a hard fought match Henley only had 30 per cent possession but a huge tackle count. Their ability to be clinical with the ball meant the visitors went home wondering how the game got away from them.

From kick-off Henley retained control for two minutes, before working the ball to the right wing. This allowed Wells to cut a fine line on half way and finish under the posts.

London Welsh responded with a good period of pressure in the Hawks half, but continuous tackles from Ferguson, Barrett and Simpson kept them at bay.

Through clever kicks and a solid chase the Hawks found themselves in the Welsh half and able to apply pressure of their own. Simpson stole the line-out, which resulted in another controlled two minute period, which Hearn finished in the corner.

The following restart allowed Henley to strike again with almost a carbon copy of the first as Wells dotted down for her second. Dudding converted again to make it 19-0.

Welsh’s strong runs and control at breakdown caused problems all day and eventually allowed the visitors to cross for their first try.

Minutes later Welsh failed to clear their lines as Carr caught and ran the ball back hard, only to be stopped short.

Quick ruck ball meant the ever present Forbes put Lynch in the left hand corner. Once again Welsh kept coming and were rewarded for their hard work just before the half as the hosts led 24-10.

Soon after the break Henley scored again when Tivey burst through on a straight line and Dudding converted. With a bonus point secured the Hawks went about their task of beating back a powerful Welsh side, who never stopped running.

They dominated the scrum too and this meant the Hawks played for long periods without the ball but when they did it meant Wells was put away for her hat-trick and further extra points. Welsh hit back with a further try of their own.

The game continued to ebb and flow and another good kick chase allowed Hearn to intercept and finish off an impressive run to the line.

Seeking a bonus point of their own, London Welsh broke through to claim their fourth try, but the fifth eluded them as the Hawks tackled everything that moved.

The result meant Henley remain top of the Championship South West 2 table.

Henley Hawks Women: 1 Barrett, 2 Ferguson, 3 Adams, 4 Wheeler, 5 Beech, 6 Simpson, 7 Tivey, 8 Wysocki-Jones, 9 Forbes, 10 Dudding, 11 Carr, 12 Lynch, 13 Solowin, 14 Wells, 15 Hearn. Subs: Cooke, McDonnell, Miller, Walsh.

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