INTERMEDIATE Cup holders Henley lost their crown as they went down to a 5–0 defeat in
INTERMEDIATE Cup holders Henley lost their crown as they went down to a 5–0 defeat in the final against Hove last weekend.
The Hawks entered the final game of the season with the wind in the first half, as they looked to set the pace early on.
Hove had most of the possession during the first 25 minutes and went closest to scoring as they rushed up in midfield and worked the blindside well.
In contrast Henley put themselves under unnecessary pressure within their own 22 and failed to take advantage of the strong wind behind them.
It wasn’t until the 35th minute they found their opponents’ 22 off the back of a well–timed kick from Hearn. They then became alive and Parry looked to be in albeit for some good cover defence.
The Hawks started well as Wheeler provided some incisive breaks. The overloading game close in caused problems and when they created quick ball Hove scrambled to contain them.
Camped inside the Hove 22 they continued to probe. The Hove defence was continually slowing ball down inside and preventing the speed of Henley out wide to be utilised. When they had the chance to kick out of trouble, they did and Henley were then forced to build again from deep in their half.
It was during one of those occasions Hove worked the ball to the blindside and with it a score from what appeared to be a knock–on.
With 20 minutes to go Henley played all the rugby and once again were camped on the Hove line but couldn’t get the score.