HENLEY HAWKS women went down to their second successive Senior Cup pool defeat at home to
HENLEY HAWKS women went down to their second successive Senior Cup pool defeat at home to Lichfield on Sunday.
With all their senior England players in six Nations camp, Lichfield still had plenty of threats and quality with their plethora of U20s free to play.
It was evident from the start Lichfield had an attacking mindset. Henley were soon punished off turnover at the scrum and their pacey right winger cut inside. Henley regrouped and for the next 20 minutes defended well, kept the ball and hard running from Tadman, Wheeler and Ferguson meant they broke out their half.
The ability to win their own set piece and the rising penalty count gifted Lichfield the ball. Despite some good cover defence from Burger and Tomas, the visitors run in three further scores before half-time to make it 28-0.
The Hawks had spent the majority of the first half struggling to convert the good passages of play and break out their own half.
In the second half the set piece started to function and Henley were able to get better front foot ball. The dynamic changed and the contest became more even. Dudding continued to hassle and forwards started to get the offloading game going as Lichfield were forced to kick more to clear their half, only to allow Byrne and Tomas to bring it right back.
The visitors had run in an early score after the break, but it wasn’t until the 63rd minute that the visitors were able to break free again. Further line break from the Hawks continued to send Lichfield scrambling with the final pass unable to happen.
Henley mounted further pressure inside Lichfield’s 22 and eventually it told as Wilcock was able to chip the rush defence, gather to score and convert to make the score 7-47.
Henley Hawks Women: 1 Yas Matthews, 2 Kelly-Anne Ferguson, 3 Bobby Barrett, 4 Emma Tadman, 5 Anne Wheeler, 6 Issy Clarke, 7 Tina Simpson, 8 Jesse Van der Grient, 9 Carly Dudding, 10 Catherine Wilcock, 11 Aisling Byrne, 12 Ann-Marie Solowin, 13 Nicole Burger, 14 Charlotte McFarland, 15 Annette Tomas. Replacements: Jenny Kingman. Charlotte Sealey, Pip Timmins.