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Bromsgrove 30 - 25 Old Halesonians

Hales throw victory as Bromsgrove fight back

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2015 03:21pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By John Clark
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This always had the makings of a great battle, both sides fighting to stay in the top half of the league with Grove one place above.
Hales came out fighting from the off and the larger home pack were continually knocked back by ferocious tackling by the visitors. With crucial injuries last week to both props, the visitors front row of Tom Dempsey, pete Fitzgerald and particularly second teamer Matt Young at loose head were dominant.
Hales backs had a platform and within minutes centre Carl Robinson and Brother Andy were making breaks. Carl collected and sprinted through the defence for a try, converted by Chris Hooper to lead 0 - 7. 
It was one way traffic for 25 minutes with another break by Carl Robinson, to the supporting Hooper to Wing Luke Smith who sprinted for a try, converted by Hooper to lead 0 - 14. 
The visitors continued the pressure, Bromsgrove receiving a yellow card, penalty converted by Hooper for  0 - 17 lead.  Grove came back with a penalty but Hales again dominated in most areas, Hooper breaking for a try for a 3 - 22 lead at half time. Hales needed to maintain the pressure in the second half.
The home side came out refreshed and quickly set about the fight back. Their phase play worked well and they made good ground, their backs taking charge. Though the Hales tackling  was excellent the pressure told with two tries, one converted for a 15 - 22 score. Hales again came back forcing another penalty which Hooper converted to lead 15 - 25. 
Hales again suffered injuries with wing Warren Oliver and second row Guy Field leaving the play, replaced by Patrick Lufkin and James Martin. Shortly after more injury problems for Hales with Hooper leaving the field with a groin strain. 
This left replacement issues, Loz Breese moved to centre, Andy Robinson to full back and Prop replacement Harry Higgs coming in at second row.
The disruption effected Hales with 15 minutes to go, Bromsgrove took  advantage and a penalty brought them to 18 - 25. They fought back with a try from a lineout and driving maul. The conversion was successful to draw level 25 - 25 with 5 minutes to go.
Hales could not get possession, Grove again made ground, fed their backs for the left wing to avoid tacklers to score the deciding try in the corner for a final score and victory 30 - 25.
The visitors were distraught and could only witness an excellent fight back and victory by Bromsgrove. Hales now sit 7th in the league and meet Burton at home in Saturday 21 March kick off 3 pm.

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Old Halesonians 2nds – No game

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Old Halesonians 3rds – No game.

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Old Halesonians 4ths  27  Pershore 2nds  0

Match Report by Dan Hunt

 

Old Hales were quickly into their stride and after several phases of play, prop Chris Deeks scored from close range. The conversion was narrowly missed with the ball hitting the upright.

Hales were immediately on the attack from the restart and after some good work by the forwards the ball was moved to the right, and a well timed pass from Jack Linehan gave Dan Smith the space to score a well worked try.

Dan Smith was on the score sheet again following good work by hooker Gary Jones who offloaded the ball to Smith to score his second try for a 15-0 lead.

Pershore gradually gained more possession and their flyhalf and centres made valiant attempts to breach the Old Hales defence, but the defence held strong. The home side got back on track when they moved upfield and Jamie Leech ripped the ball from a maul and raced 20 metres to score under the posts. George Taylor added the conversion to make the score 22-0 at half time.

The second half was a more even battle, with Pershore’s defence more resolute and their long kicking game regularly relieving pressure. The second half deadlock was broken when Old Hales capitalised on a deep kick from Pershore. Dan Smith collected the ball on the bounce and linked with Jamie Leech who in turn released Brad Vernon supporting on the right. Vernon raced 40 metres towards the Pershore line before passing inside to Jack Linehan who crossed the line to score.

 

Final score: 27-0.

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