ROUNDING off a successful season, the Henley Hawks U12 side enjoyed a clean sweep of
ROUNDING off a successful season, the Henley Hawks U12 side enjoyed a clean sweep of opposition in South Wales during their end of season tour to Cardiff.
A squad of 20 players produced some of their finest rugby of the season in three encounters with local opposition.
The first, against a mixed squad drawn from Barry RFC and Old Penarthians RFC resulted in a comprehensive win for the visitors 42-20. After a slow start to the first half and some resolute defence from the home side, the Henley squad opened up in the second half running in six tries to record a comfortable win.
The second day of the tour was expected to be tougher with top Cardiff side Llanishan RFC hosting the visitors in a three way fixture with St Peter’s RFC, another local side.
After witnessing the power of Llanishan as they recorded a comfortable win over their local rivals, the Henley squad took to the field. After conceding an early try to the home side, Henley played some good rugby with every member of the squad putting in good performances to record a 17-14 win. After a brief turnaround, the squad then took on St. Peter’s. Once again, the squad showed the local side a clean set of heels with some excellent running rugby and some powerful rucking from a dominant pack. The end result being a comfortable win for Henley 29-10.
Speaking after the tour, Henley U12s head coach, Mike Crook, said: “The boys have been fantastic all season and to win all three of our matches on the tour has been the icing on the cake.
“We played some amazing rugby with both backs and forwards combining to produce some great moves. As this was the first time many had actually played a 15-man game, the result was very impressive.”