Supermarine Ladies 24-34 Henley Hawks Women
Henley Hawks Women continued their winning ways travelling west to old rivals Supermarine last Sunday.
The home side started strong and forced the Hawks back Into their own 22. They were forcing the errors and the Hawks were really struggling to make ground. Tavinor turned over a crucial ball for the visitors to exit, however the ball was lost after the line out. Eventually Supermarine crashed it over the line after several phases to get the first points in the board.
Henley were soon back in the Supermarine half slowly building their way up the pitch with some great work from the forwards. As possession consistently flipped there were great carries and tackles from Collins, Solowin and Wilkie. A quick line out from Wheeler to Moody who in turn offloads to Wilkie to score in the corner. 5-5.
The restart was taken by Simpson, with Etheridge running great support line to enable a break from Solowin, nevertheless some silly mistakes from Henley meant that Supermarine could make their way back into the Henley half. Ball ripped back by Wheeler with a cheeky off load to Williams, who accelerated away, unfortunately getting injured in the tackle and replaced by Hadfield.
Henley awarded a penalty meant they were back in the Supermarine half after a fantastic kick down the pitch, chased by Collins who stops them in their tracks with an impressive tackle. Henley then given the advantage but not needed as Hadfield picks and offloads to Davidson who delivers to Edwards to break through and scores, then converts her own try. 5-12
The second half of the game saw Henley starting strong again with Edwards breaking though tackle after tackle, but held up over the line. Some great lines from Henley enabled Hadfield to dummy and score a try just left of the posts, which was converted by Edwards. 5-19
Another stolen line out by Wheeler sent Henley running hard into the Supermarine defence, Solowin hands to Davidson who creates a perfect two on one and a nice offload to Kingman to score her first try for Henley. 5-24.
Henley were then on their back foot, with Supermarine pushing hard in the scrums close to the Henley try line, their patients and belief in their strength paid off with a try that was converted. 12-24.
Supermarine seemed to up their tempo of the back of this try running hard at the defensive line of Henley, and were awarded a penalty try due to a high tackle on the line. 19-24.
Henley re grouped and got back in the game with great runs from all over the pitch, Hadfield finding the gap for another dummy connecting with Edwards for her second try, but unable to convert. 19-29
Henley claimed their 6th try when Moody of the back of a great run passed to Solowin who in turn powered her way through several tackles to score under the post. 19-34.
In the closing minutes of the game Supermarine pushed their way through the solid Henley defence for a try which was not converted.
Players player was awarded to Sam Page and coaches player to Kate Edwards, Henley's next match is on the 31st March at Sheffield.
Match photos courtesy of Steve Karpa: