Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Hawks late rally not enough

A LATE rally by the Hawks was not enough to save them from slipping to their third successive National Division 1 defeat, 39-24, at Wharfedale on Saturday.

A LATE rally by the Hawks was not enough to save them from slipping to their third successive National Division 1 defeat, 39-24, at Wharfedale on Saturday.

After a disappointing first half which saw them 29-9 in arrears they rallied in the last quarter of the game and scored three tries which had the home side reeling.

In the second half the match turned in the Hawks favour when Wharfedale fullback Christian Georgiou was sent to the sin bin for a team offence ? persistent offending ? so they started the second half with fourteen men.

However, the home side were the next to score when Barritt observed the absence of cover and although Robinson covered a kick ahead well, in trying to use his pace to counter attack he was isolated, caught in possession and centre Donkin was able to score an opportunistic try. Barritt converted to make the score 36-9.

The Hawks now began to move the ball and use their pace. They closed the gap when skipper Martin Nutt, up from fullback, combined with Andre to touch down.

With Comben replaced because of injury the Hawks were unable to convert this or the other tries that followed with Robinson pressed into duty in an unusual role.

The Hawks were now showing the form that made it difficult for the opposition to cope, with speed and guile, which made the Greens look exposed. In pressing close to the line scrum-half Mark Bruce scored a debut try for the visitors.

The home side?s defence now looked fragile. The Hawks were eager to score two more tries to register a bonus point and produced a crisp cross field handling movement which put left wing Christophe Bart free to use his speed to cross for a try in the corner.

This Saturday Henley Hawks return to Dry Leas when they take on Blackheath (kick-off 3pm).

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