Hawks bounce back with superb second half show

Broadstreet 12 Henley Hawks 42

This weekend Henley Hawks played newly promoted Broadstreet. Given the conditions handing errors were made by both teams.

The Hawks settled into the game better than their opponents and their forwards were able force their way over the line from a forward drive in the first six minutes with No. 8 Matthew Tibbatts securing the first of a hat trick of tries he got in the match.

The Hawks continued to press and added a second try when No 6 Daid Hyde used his height and weight to get over the line. Scrum half George Jackson, who was in excellent goal kicking form, converted both of these tries, to give the Hawks a 14 point lead.

Match photos courtesy of Steve Karpa

After securing a comfortable lead early in the game The Hawks switched off and with some hesitation in defence allowed Broadstreet to score two tries to make the score 14-12.

At the start of the second half The Hawks very nearly put Broadstreet on the front foot when a misdirected pass by fly-half Joe Butler was intercepted by first half scorer, Glasse, who seized it with half the pitch undefended. He was however chased hard by Alan Awcock who's try saving tackle saved The Hawks.

Awcock's try saving tackle was a turning point in the game and from their onwards The Hawks, with good possession from line-outs rediscovered their powerful driving mauls, which has been absent in recent games and they established a dominance with which the home pack could not deal with.

The Hawks adopted a game plan which hinged on an excellent kicking display by Joe Butler who's long accurate kicking ensured that Broadstreet were pinned back in their own terriory and the Hawks were now able to use their driving mauls, backed by line out superiority to create a series of scoring opportunities which led to a further two tries by TIbbatts in the 56th and 65th minute. George Primett and replacement flanker Scott White then followed this up with a further two tries to finish the game. These tries were all converted by Jackson bringing the score to 42-12.

Henley Hawks 

15. Jack Robinson, 14. Xavier Andre, 13. Alan Awcock (Adam Lobbock 75), 12. Simon Perry, 11. Sam Portland, 10. Joe Butler, 9. George Jackson, 1. Kieran Butler, 2. John Wunder (Tom Emery 57), 3. Joe Morris, 4. Dave Clements, 5. Jake Albon, 6. David Hyde, 7. Tommy Haynes, 8. Matthew Tibbatts