Henley Hawks Women left stung by Wasps on their Senior Cup debut
HOSTS Henley Hawks Women lost out in their first pool match against Wasps on Sunday as they made
HOSTS Henley Hawks Women lost out in their first pool match against Wasps on Sunday as they made their Senior Cup debut.
The Senior Cup was introduced last year and is made up from all the Premiership clubs and the top two ranked teams from the North and South Championship.
With two teams having pulled out there are five in each group with Henley also having to face Lichfield, Saracens and Aylesford.
The two pool winners and two runners-up will qualify for the cup knock-out stage, those clubs finishing third and fourth in each pool will qualify for the plate knock-out stage.
Both teams looked to attack from the start and Wasps had to work for all their points as they ran in three tries in 15 minutes.
All the way through Henley were causing problems and enjoyed a good 10-minute spell but were unable to convert the territory and possession into points.
The visitors added to their lead, but again the Hawks continued to cause problems through some strong runs in Ferguson, Atkinson and Wheeler. They were rewarded with a team score and finished through the strong performance of Solowin.
Other opportunities went begging before Wasps finished the half with a score out wide to lead 31-5 at the interval.
In the second half the Wasps upped the intensity at the breakdown and this brought about turnovers and two early scores. Henley then put together a good series of phases to see Dudding dive in for another well earned team try. Again the Hawks had further opportunities to add to their tally, but the final phases or pass went begging.
Wasps continued to finish the limited possession they did have well and took the game away from Henley. Still the Hawks pushed as Burger looked to be away, only for it to be pulled back for crossing. Another break on the halfway almost saw Kemish speed into the corner, only for a fine cover tackle to keep her out.
With all the energy going into the attack a turnover from a penalty, for holding on was returned other way for a score. Wasps wrapped it up with another try in the last five minutes.
Henley Hawks Women: 1 Yas Matthews, 2 Kelly-Anne Ferguson, 3 Bobby Barrett, 4 Victoria Wheeler, 5 Issy Clarke, 6 Tina Simpson, 7 Amy Atkinson, 8 Jenni Balmer, 9 Yaz Lathbury-Haig, 10 Carly Dudding, 11 Charlotte McFarland, 12 Ann-Marie Solowin, 13 Nicole Burger, 14 Hannah Kemish, 15 Annette Tomas. Replacements: Jenny Kingman, Charlotte Sealey, Pip Timmins.