HOSTS Henley got revenge for their defeat earlier in the season as they defeated Cheltenham Tigers at Dry
HOSTS Henley got revenge for their defeat earlier in the season as they defeated Cheltenham Tigers at Dry Leas last Sunday.
Henley set the tone with good possession and territory from the start with solid tackles from Ferguson, Barrett and Clarke.
The hosts were dominating the set piece and stole ball against the head. This provided plenty of turnover and a chance to counter which resulted in a kickable penalty, by Dudding to open the account and see some reward.
Five minutes later the Tigers entered the Hawks 22 and levelled the score with a penalty of their own.
Despite the increasing infringements, Henley enjoyed a dominant spell before the half-time whistle. The handling in the tricky conditions and ability to off load caused problems. Bursts from Tadman and Solowin often broke the line and eventually it freed Tomas to continue her scoring streak. Dudding added the conversion. Henley probed for a further score with two kicks to the corner but Cheltenham relieved the pressure well as the hosts went in 10-3 ahead.
The break allowed the Tigers to regroup and change their approach and the opening 10 minutes meant Henley had to scramble well in defence to contain the breaks.
The Hawks were equal to the task but the penalty count had increased. The Tigers pressed to level the score and were held only by a professional foul that led to a yellow card.
Play was then moved to an alternative pitch as a result of a serious collision between two Henley players at the breakdown. When play restarted from a scrum on the 22, Henley attacked from with Van der Grient, now at number eight almost making it from the pick at the base. Two phases later and close to the line, Wheeler cut an angle to seal the win.
The customary match awards went Tomas for player’s player and on debut, Clarke for coaches’ player.