Early days but a cracking start

Old Halesonians 1st 41 - 3 Old Northamptonians

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2015 09:23am
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Mark Jackson
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Hales were prepared for their first home game having beaten Nuneaton and Syston in their first two difficult away fixtures. The scene was set with great weather and pitch conditions and an expectant crowd. 


The home side started strong but were over exuberant and after 4mins were penalised, the visitors converted to lead 0 - 3.  This was to be the last points for Old Norths as Hales started to dominate in all areas. 


The pack led by skipper Rich Taylor took control in the scrummage with his fellow front row, prop Louis Padian and hooker Sam Jones. Early pressure from strong forward and back combinations resulted in a penalty which Chris Hooper converted 3 - 3.


Hales then put pressure on the visitors with strong running from Tom King, Max McFarlane, Tom Jordan and new boy Guy Field. Dave Hadkiss orchestrated from 9 and stand off Oli Rayner distributed well on his first outing for the club. 


After 17mins Hadkiss fed Rayner to Ben Barkley in the centre to Carl Robinson and inside to wing Luke Smith who sprinted through the opposition backs. He fed Joe Oxford on the wing who drove into his opposite man, supported by Carl Robinson who went over for a try, converted by Hooper to lead 10 - 3.


This gave Hales the upper hand and they took the initiative with some great passages of play.  A line out in the opposition 22 resulted in another clean catch by King from Jones's throw and a driving maul. 


After pressure by Tom Jordan and Owen Jones towards the line,  Guy Field took the final drive for a well deserved try to lead 15 – 3 after 26 minutes. From the restart Hales were back on the attack and another driving maul which Owen Jones took over for a try converted by Hooper 22 - 3 at half time.


The second half saw changes for Hales, prop Matt Young on for Padian and Andy Robinson on for his brother Carl to partner Barkley in the centres. Possession again to the home side, interplay with Hooper, Barkley and Smith resulted in Robinson driving for the line and reaching for a great try, again converted by Hooper 29 - 3.


The visitors tried to respond but in all areas they were overcome by the power of the home side. The Hales scrum was solid, Young showing great continued promise on the loose head and the pack were totally dominant. 


On 46mins more open play and inter passing with Jordan, McFarlane, King and Jones. All players were involved and culminated in a well-deserved try by Tom King converted by Hooper to lead 36 - 3.


Again the visitors came back but the Hales defence was secure. After 60mins  the pack provided more ball for Hadkiss to move through Rayner, Barkley and Hooper to Andy Robinson. He shipped the ball to luke smith who had been threatening all day and he out sprinted the defence to score, extending the lead 41 - 3.


DOR Gary Cox used his replacements with Sol Rogers making his debut on for Jordan and Carl Robinson back on for Barkley to partner his brother Andy in the centre. Hales continued with dominance to the final whistle and victory 41 - 3 to take them to top of the league.


Next week the first team travel to Peterborough Lions for a difficult away fixture, kick off 2 pm


Second team - Luctonians 2nds 40 - 45 Old Halesonians 2nds


Old Hales 2nds had a tremendous league victory against last season’s League Champions.

After three league wins this season Old Hales 2nds lead Division 1 of the Midlands Reserve League.

Old Hales scorers:

Tries were scored by Leon Naif, Mike Topping, Sam Vaughan, Jake Shellis and Sam Foster scored two tries.  Old Hales were also awarded a Penalty Try. Sam Vaughan converted five of the seven tries.

Third team - Old Halesonians 3rds 55 - 14 Kidderminster 2nds

The planned game against Droitwich 2nds was rearranged at the request of Droitwich and Old Hales managed to pick up a friendly game against Kidderminster 2nds late in the week.

The first ten minutes of the game were evenly balanced with both sides having good attacking opportunities. The deadlock was broken when Old Hales were awarded a penalty ten metres from the Kiddy line. The ball was moved swiftly out to the left for Alex Herbert to score in the corner.

The next 30 minutes were closely fought with both sides striving to gain the upper hand. Old Hales were dominant in the scrum and from a Kiddy ‘put in’ gained possession.  Quick passing to the right released wing Callum Roberts on the halfway line; Roberts put in a great effort to evade the Kiddy defence to score. The conversion was unsuccessful and the whistle blew for a half time score of 10-0.

Old Hales started the second half positively and after only three minutes the backs showed lovely hands to get the ball out to Phil Jukes who provided a well timed pass to Callum Roberts, who once again stepped on the gas to outstrip the Kidderminster defence to score a second long range try.

The home sided were now in command and after a strong run into the Kiddy half followed by several good phases of play,  Jay Martin took the ball 5 metres out and powered his way to the line. Mark Wakefield added the conversion to extend the lead to 22-0.

From the kick off Old Hales were back on the attack and from a ruck close to the Kidderminster line Chris Harris took the ball, gave a quick dummy to wrong foot the defence and forced his way over for a try. 

Old Hales were running the ball at every opportunity and after a good break from their own half, Alex Herbert split the defence and offloaded to Matt Weaver who took the ball at speed and then slipped a good pass to centre Phil Jukes who raced to the try line to score. Herbert converted to make the score 34-0.

Kidderminster managed to get some possession and struck back to score a converted try.

From an Old Hales scrum just inside the Kidderminster half, quick thinking scrumhalf, Chris Harris, made a long pass to Nathan Newman on the left wing; Newman showed great pace and determination to outstrip the Kiddy defence to score under the posts. Once again Herbert converted.

Old Hales attacked once again from deep in their own half. Nathan Newman evaded a number of tackles on a weaving run before releasing the forwards. Simon Perrot took the ball on and passed to Elliott Hickman in support. Hickman gave a well timed pass to Alex Herbert who continued the move until he was tackled. The ball was recycled quickly at the ruck; Luke Snyman received the ball and gave an outrageous dummy before making his way to the try line. Herbert converted to make the score 48-7.

Old Hales surpassed the 50 point mark when Chris Harris passed to second row Connor Snellus in his own half; Snellus broke through the Kiddy defence and stretched his legs to outpace the defence to score under the posts. Herbert added the extras.

On the last play of the game Kiddy managed to squeeze over the try line for a converted try to make the final score 55-14.

Old Hales scorers:

Tries: Alex Herbert, Callum Roberts (2), Jay Martin, Chris Harris, Phil Jukes, Nathan Newman, Luke Snyman, Connor Snellus

Conversions: Mark Wakefield, Alex Herbert (4)

Fourth team - Bridgnorth 3rds 45 - 12 Old Halesonians 4ths

Captain Brad Vernon reported that veteran Derek Hill at the age of 70 played a full game against a strong Bridgnorth side.

Old Hales scorers:

Tries: Colin Willetts (2)

Conversion: Brad Vernon


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