Wednesday, 25 November 2020

League leaders stop Gazelles in their tracks

UNBEATEN Henley Hawks Women stretched their lead at the top of the Championship South West Division 2 table to 11

UNBEATEN Henley Hawks Women stretched their lead at the top of the Championship South West Division 2 table to 11 points thanks to an impressive display away to newly-promoted Guildford Gazelles on Sunday.

With a late change, forced by an injury to Carr in the warm-up, Henley referred to their strong bench before the game started with Hearn moving to centre, Miller came on the wing and Parry to fullback.

Henley started well with Wheeler breaking 30 metres from the kick-off and it wasn’t long before they were inside the hosts’ 22. Good retention saw Solowin dot down near the posts, which Dudding converted.

The wind was slightly behind Henley and Lynch took full advantage to pin Guildford deep inside their half. They battled to get out but the pressure defence was not letting up.

Hearn took her next two opportunities well to put Henley 17-0 up. Just before half-time a forwards drove with a quick ruck ball and set up the back line to allow Atkinson to score in the corner. Henley, with a 100 per cent record this season, scored their fifth try via Dudding under the sticks. She then duly converted.

Lester, Hearn and Carr, now on at 12 having recovered, frequently broke the line as the onslaught continued. The visitors then scored the best try of the match which resulted in Parry, coming on a good line of the wing, to make it 34-0.

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