Old Hales 2nd XV Dominate

Camp Hill 2nd 5 - 28 Old Halesonians 2nds

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2016 09:34pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Mark Jackson
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Old Hales home league game against Hinckley 2nds was called off on Friday due to a waterlogged pitch. At short notice a friendly game was arranged away at Camp Hill.

With the 3rd team game called off Old Hales 2nds took the opportunity of using 11 replacements in this game.

Camp Hill kicked off and put pressure on the visitors, immediately turning over possession at the first ruck. Camp Hill were decisive and went on the attack down the middle of the field. Good interplay resulted in a Camp Hill try after only two minutes for a 5-0 lead.

Old Hales composed themselves and started to dominate possession. Several attacking moves from Hales featuring a determined Jon Harris were thwarted by a good Camp Hill defence. Old Hales continued to attack and the ball was swiftly moved to the left and Tom Harris crossed the line in the corner; however, his foot was adjudged to be in touch before the ball was grounded.

The Old Hales pressure finally paid off when they were awarded a penalty 20 metres out. Quick thinking scrumhalf Jamie Keen took a quick tap penalty and scampered towards the line to score. In form Jake Shellis landed the conversion for a 5-7 lead to Old Hales.

Shortly after, Jamie Keen was in the action again; from a ruck deep in the Old Hales half, Keen took the ball, dummied and streaked through the Camp Hill defence. He took on the fullback, beat him and scored over on the right. Shellis once again converted to stretch the lead to 5-14.

Following several changes at half time and during the second half, Old Hales continued to dominate possession. From a solid scrum on the Camp Hill 22 metre line Old Hales got clean possession; replacement wing Jay Reid made a looping run in field to take a well timed pass from fly half Tom Harris and split the Camp Hill defence to score close to the posts. Tom Harris added the conversion to make the score 5-21.

As a result of the Old Hales scrum overpowering Camp Hill and the poor underfoot conditions, the referee made the correct decision on safety grounds to go to uncontested scrums.

Old Hales were awarded a penalty with 25 minutes of the second half gone. Alex Herbert kicked for touch to set up a lineout seven metres from the try line. A clean catch by Hales in the lineout was followed by a well controlled drive towards the line. Hooker Dave Hunt secured the ball at the back of the maul to score as the maul crossed the try line. Andy Tromans confidently converted the try for a 5-28 lead.

As a consequence of the uncontested scrums, Camp Hill gained a better attacking platform and in the final 10 minutes of the game they pressed the Old Hales line. The visitor’s defence held strong and final score remained as Camp Hill 5pts, Old Hales 28pts.


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