HENLEY COLLEGE recorded a comprehensive victory against Ivybridge College at Dry Leas last week in their
HENLEY COLLEGE recorded a comprehensive victory against Ivybridge College at Dry Leas last week in their second round AASE play-off.
After an exciting start Henley were the first to strike with a close range try from Cecil MacCarthy, after a well-executed move from the line-out.
Ivybridge then broke the line and looked certain to score until winger Gus Charlier covered to make a crucial tackle. The ball was then turned over, and moved to winger Yannic Marriot who ran 80 metres to go under the posts for a memorable team try. From this point forward Henley dominated possession and were rewarded with a try to Charlier after a break from fly half Connor Eastgate to give the hosts a 17-3 half-time lead.
The second half saw Henley continue to dominate. Wasps Academy players Jacob Turner and Tom Willis were inspirational in the Henley pack, whilst centre Caleb Sheppard proved once again why he is firmly on the England U18 radar. After a period of sustained pressure Turner provided a break which hooker Sam Clarkson finished well, before the lock was rewarded with a try of his own.
Oli Bowles crossed the whitewash twice to add another 10 points to the home side’s tally.
Henley will now play Beechen Cliff (Bath) in the last round of the playoffs where they will be targeting a first place finish in Division 2 South.