Hawks humbled by Rams

Redingensians Rams 51-0 Henley Hawks

The Hawks suffered their sixth successive defeat as they were humbled 51-0 by a rampant Redingensians Rams side on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks were outplayed in every facet of the game, their final league fixture of the 2017/18 National League 2 South season. 

Within three minutes of kick-off, Rams hooker Ben Henderson was able to cross the whitewash for an opening try and although Adrian Jarvis sent his conversion attempt wide, he quickly converted a penalty after 24 minutes to put the Rams 8-0 in the lead.

The Hawks were constantly under pressure and prone to giving away penalties, but Rams running with ball was decisive and swift and it was another ex-Hawks player, Connor Corrrigan who used his pace to extend his sides lead to 15 after 29 minutes.

In the approach to half time, Redingensians attacking pressure led to tries by strong-running centre, Ellis Jones and elusive scrum-half Miles  Lloyd, both converted by Jarvis which gave the Rams a comfortable 29-0 lead. It was certainly helped by the award of a yellow card to  Hawks’ hooker Tom Emery.

The Hawks had the advantage of the slope in the second half but any benefit to them was quickly dispelled as full back, Joe Duffelen came storming through to make the score 34-0. The home side were now rampant and the Hawks suffered the indignity of conceding a try, when on a rare occasion of being close to the home line in possession, only to lose the ball and see the Rams race to the other end with an excellent move which saw centre, Steve Bryant dotting down. One of five second half tries.

However, the final try by Ellis Jones saw the game come to an early end as a desperate tackle by Toby Howe to stop a score, ended with the young player being knocked unconscious and needing urgent medical attention. Fortunately, he recovered well enough to leave the field unaided but the referee considered that time was up and the game finished six minutes early. A disappointing end to a disappointing campaign. We can now reflect on the good and the bad before the hardwork begins for next season...

Match photos courtesy of Steve Karpa; https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_karpa/albums/72157694478789511

Henley Hawks

15. Jack Robinson 14. Xavier Andre, 13. Will Janes, 12. Liam O’Neill, 11. Sam Portland, 10, Toby Howe, 9. George Jackson, 1. Brad Cook,2. Tom Emery (John Wunder 61}, 3. Dave Manning (George Primett61}, 4. Dave Clements), 5. David Hyde. 6. Tom  Haynes (Scott  White 41), 7. Tom Hall, 8. Marcus Lowe