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A Deserved Win For Old Hales

Old Halesonians 29 v 10 Sutton Coldfield

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014 09:13pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By David Daniels
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Last weekend the new look Sutton 1st XV produced a mixed performance against a combative opposition and although after a slow start they levelled the scores at 10 all going into the break, Sutton lost out in the crucial exchanges during a testing second period and they slipped to a disappointing 29-10 defeat at Old Halesonians but there were enough good signs to suggest that this Sutton side will be force to be reckoned with as the season and the new team develop.
As old rivals, who have not beaten Sutton in any of their recent encounters, Old Hales kicked off on a mission and immediately invaded the Sutton 22 applying sustained pressure to pin Sutton in their own half for a full 20 minutes...but the Sutton defence held firm holding their own at the scrums and countering the powerful driving rucks and mauls set up by the Old Hales pack to deny their opponents the try they were desperate for.

However, 24 minutes into the game an over eager back row player strayed offside at a scrum and fullback Chris Hooper kicked the home side into a 3-0 lead but the score inspired Sutton and following the restart, on their first visit into the Old Hales 22, new 2nd row recruit Max Heppner scored a fine debut try as he broke off a driving maul and powered over the try line to give Sutton the lead. 
Centre Alex White added the conversion to extend the Sutton lead to 7-3 with 26 minutes played but not to be denied their hosts countered with another series of strong driving mauls to drive over the try line and flanker Nigel Burrows grounded the ball to retake the lead... and with Chris Hopper adding the conversion Old Hales took a 10-7 lead 10 minutes before the break but once again Sutton responded strongly following the restart and on the stroke of half time their pressure led to a 30m penalty for Alex White to level the scores.
Unfortunately the threatened Sutton recovery never materialised during a torrid second half and three well taken tries by Old Hales sealed Sutton's fate. The tries came on 10, 15 and 30 mins of the second half and were scored by hooker Peter Fitzgerald, fullback Chris Hooper and scrum half Nigel Jones respectively. Chris Hooper converted the first 2 tries, including his own, to give Old Hales the deserved winning margin of 29-10 and although Sutton battled strongly the tide was against them and they had to concede defeat but they survive to succeed another day!
This weekend Sutton play host to Burton at the RSG, Walmley Road. KO 3pm.

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