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A Clean Sheet of Wins for Old Hales

Last Updated: Mar 3, 2014 05:12pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Old Halesonians RFC
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Hales travelled to bottom of the  table Bedford Athletic and this should have been a comfortable win.

Whether it was the coach journey or the over confidence, Bedford were going to battle to the end. The home side used their strength in their backs who quickly brought them into action.

For the first 20 minutes Bedford were totally dominant, two tries in succession, both converted and a penalty from pressure, again in the backs, gave Bedford a 17 - Nil lead.

Hales were shocked at the display by the home side, a lack of crucial tackles gave Bedford the upper hand. The visitors seemed to leave their game on the bus but fought back for an unconverted try by wing Simon Sabel 17 - 5.

Bedford again took the initiative with back play and scored another converted try to lead 24-5 which visibly shocked the visitors into action. Hales needed to regroup and started to do that by forward dominance. 

The pack took control and after 12 phases of driving play by Breese, Jordan, Taylor, Evans, Fitzgerald and Dempsey  gained valuable ground and keeping the ball tight was the way forward.

A penalty to Hales after continued pressure saw the visitors elect a scrum, the pack drove forward for scrum half Nathan Jones to snipe over for a try, converted by Powell 24-12. 

The second half needed a wake up by the visitors and with the forwards carrying on where they left off, backs were fed for wing Luke Smith to out sprint his wing for a try and precision conversion from wide by Powell 24 -19.

The theme had to continue as the forwards were in control. On 50 minutes, another set piece, ruck and maul, loose head prop Tom Dempsey drove over for a try, converted by Powell to take the lead 24- 26.

Bedford were not out of it yet, more elusive back play gave them ground close to the Hales try line, a well taken drop goal put Bedford ahead 27 - 26. The next ten minutes were frantic and crucial for Hales, they  battled hard in spite of two yellow cards leaving 13 players on the field.

Forwards again did their stuff forcing another penalty close to the the visitors line wide out. Another scrum was elected, the drive was there, scrum half Jones again on the ball for a deciding close quarter try. The conversion failed but Hales retained a 27 - 31 lead to win the game.

Bedford played some great rugby and do not deserve to be bottom of the league. Halesonians were shocked into action and need to again regroup for the next game.

Hales meet staunch rivals Bournville at home this week for another crucial game, kick off 3 pm. Also Old Halesonians host their annual players reunion lunch at the club, commencing at 1230.

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2nds Report by Dan Hunt 

Worcester 2nds 30pts   Old Halesonians 2nds 36pts

Old Hales were on the front foot from the off and John Harris in particular tested the Worcester defence early on. Old Hales were awarded a penalty and Andy Tromans converted for a 3-0 lead.

The visitors continued pressing in the Worcester 22 and John Harris once more broke through the defence and was able to offload to Chris Harris who scored a well deserved try; the conversion was narrowly missed.

Worcester came back into the game and their backs started to move the ball along the line. Following some sustained pressure the home side scored an unconverted try to make the score 10-5.

Just before half time Old Hales attempted to run the ball from their own 22 but a miss timed pass was intercepted by the Worcester centre to score under the posts. The conversion was added and Worcester went in at half time with a 12-10 lead.

Worcester started the second half well but Old Hales gradually got back into the game and an Andy Tromans break down the left led to a backs move involving John Harris and Alex Church who managed to slip the ball to backrow Joe Bradley to score.

From deep inside their own half the visitors attacked down the right, Dave Wakefield took the ball in his own half and rounded two Worcester forwards before outsprinting the Worcester cover defence to score a fine try, Andy Tromans added the extra points to make the score 22-12.

Midway through the second half Old Hales seemed to take their foot off the gas and Worcester took their opportunities well and within 10 minutes they had run in three unconverted tries to take a 27-22 lead.

Old Hales bucked up their ideas and from a driving scrum inside the Worcester 22, fly half Chris Harris dummied his way to the line for an opportunist try converted by Andy Tromans to regain the lead 29-27. With five minutes left on the clock Worcester were awarded a penalty and their No. 10 slotted it over to take the narrowest of leads, 30-29.

From the kick off Old Hales threw everything into attack and a penalty kick to touch gave the visitors an attacking lineout. Possession was gained from the lineout and a driving maul from Old Hales set up a good attacking platform for Chris Harris to feed rampaging centre Craig Jukes to score close to the posts. Andy Tromans converted the try and the referee blew the final whistle for a 36-30 Old Hales victory

3rd Team:

Old Halesonians 3rds 41pts  Worcester 3rds 12pts

Tries: Gaz Price, Ben Roberts, Alex Eccles, Steve Deakin (3) and Lee Davis

Conversions: Gaz Price -3

4th Team:

Old Halesonians 4ths 36pts  Worcester 4ths 26pts

 

A Convincing Win for Old Hales Colts

Old Hales Colts had a convincing win away at Lichfield, excellent all-round team performance should have resulted in a far greater score. Tries from George taylor, James Warton and Chris Cooke resulted in a very well deserved 1st victory for the colts this season with the final score Lichfield 7  Old Hales 17.  

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