HENLEY COLLEGE triumphed at Sunbury on Wednesday of last week against St Paul’s, the London Irish AASE team who had
HENLEY COLLEGE triumphed at Sunbury on Wednesday of last week against St Paul’s, the London Irish AASE team who had enjoyed a fine start to the season, winning all of their games and ending Hartpury College’s three-year unbeaten run in the process.
Henley got off to a good start as their aggressive defence meant that they were able to disrupt the home side’s structure and prevent St Paul’s from achieving much in the way of continuity.
In attack Henley were making inroads, especially through Patrick Culligan, Conor Corrigan and forwards Jackson Burton and Shek Sheriff but unfortunately the side lacked the necessary composure in the red zone to capitalise on these breaks as the half ended pointless.
The second half continued in much the same vain until Henley broke the deadlock with a Liam Shields penalty 10 minutes into the half. This was quickly cancelled out as St Paul’s kicked a penalty of their own.
The game was now on a knife edge, Henley going close on a couple of occasions and St Paul’s seizing an intercept only to be stopped by a solid hit from wing Isa Mohammed.
With five minutes remaining a draw seemed the most likely result until Henley scrum half Dan Wotton broke out of his 22 and raced 50 metres before being brought down. Jack Willis was on hand to carry to the edge of the 22 metre line and from the ensuing ruck the ball was moved through several pairs of hands for winger Corrigan to dive over in the corner. Liam Shields nailed the conversion from the touchline to seal the victory.