Saturday, 28 November 2020

Hawks flying high after Albion triumph

HENLEY Hawks Women moved five points clear at the top of the Championship South West 2 table after winning 33-22

HENLEY Hawks Women moved five points clear at the top of the Championship South West 2 table after winning 33-22 at previously unbeaten Plymouth Albion.

Henley started the brighter of the two sides and controlled the first five minutes. Good composure and phases meant Wells could strike again from 40 metres out. The following re-start allowed Albion to enter the Hawks half and earn a penalty. A kick to the corner presented ex-Henley player Lennox a score from a well-worked line-out.

The visitors hit back as Dudding spotted a gap close in to make it 12-5. Albion struck back but missed the conversion. Minutes later Carr made it 17-10 with another well taken try and Dudding’s conversion.

Just before half-time Plymouth produced a strong attack and caused another penalty to be conceded. A kick to the corner and the same line-out move gave Lennox her brace as the visitors’ lead was cut to 19-15.

Playing up the slope in the second half Henley tightened up their defence, led by Solowin, and camped in the Albion half.

Some quick thinking allowed Forbes to dart through from the 22 and with the conversion taken Henley now had a small cushion, but with 30 minutes still to play, Albion continued to probe with good offloads.

Plymouth then had a strong run resulting in a score to reduce the arrears to 26-22.

Hearn, now playing at 10 due to injuries, came off the back of a well-worked series of rucks to smash her way over next to the posts. Forbes made sure of the extra points with the conversion. With 10 minutes remaining Henley defended their 11-point lead to secure the win.

Henley Hawks Women: 1 Barrett, 2 Ferguson, 3 Adams, 4 Lester, 5 Beech, 6 Simpson, 7 Atkinson, 8 Wheeler, 9 Forbes, 10 Dudding, 11 Carr, 12 Carr, 13 Solowin, 14 Wells, 15 Hearn. Subs: Walsh, Price, McDonnell.

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