Old Hales Get Sweet Revenge

Old Halesonians 31 - 10 Scunthorpe

Last Updated: Feb 9, 2015 04:32pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By John Clark
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This was a must win game for Hales if they were to stay in contention with the league leaders. Scunthorpe were level on points before kick off and placed 7th in the league, a place behind the home side.
Despite  the Cold weather, both sides immediately tested each others defence with great periods of open rugby. Hales first taking the game to Scunthorpe during a period that included 14 phases and hard yards gained.
The visitors took the initiative with similar gains through a strong rolling maul, which eventually led to the first points of the day with a well taken drop goal after 15 minutes  for a 0 - 3 lead.
Hales came back with a number of great set piece moves, which included a stolen scrummage inside their 22. Scrum Half Nathan Jones fed wing Luke Smith  who ran almost the length of the pitch before being taken into touch 15 metres out.
The home pack was again dominant with Louis Padian, Pete Fitzgerald and Skipper Rich Taylor again in the driving seat at set scrums. Both sides were competing well for territory over the next 10 minutes. On 30 minutes the Hales pack took a scrum against the head on halfway, Fly Half, Gareth Bown fed wing Warren Oliver. 
He went in a mazy run through the defence, offloaded the ball to the ever present Tom Jordan who found the gap to go over for a brilliantly worked first try, converted by Chris Hooper for a 7 - 3 lead.
The remainder of the first half saw Hales taking control of the game in most areas of the field. Then came the unexpected try of the game. Hales win a line out on half way, Mark Evans  coordinated a driving maul,
Loose Head Prop, Padian received the ball and ran at the opposition selling an outrageous dummy to the opposite centres, off he steamed. As a former back row player no one from his own side could catch him. 
On the opposition 22 he sold another dummy to the full back for a classic try converted by Hooper for a 14 - 3 lead at half time. The team chat was one of caution as Scunthorpe were far from beaten yet. Evans and Jordan rallied the troops. 
Despite the lead, Scunthorpe were still well in this game, the next score could be crucial. On 47 minutes Hales won another scrum just in the visitors half. In a planned move, Jones fed Bown who dummied outside passing inside to Centre Andy Robinson. He split the defence with his gazelle like swerving running style to score another great individual try 19 - 3.
Hales were in control and attacked at will, Another scrummage on 60 minutes saw the Hales pack take again win possession. 13 phases of play took them within 5 yards of the line, a penalty was conceded and yellow card to Scunthorpe.
Further punishment came when after a scrum won by Hales, Hooper received the ball from Bown, rounded the inside centre for a try which he converted for a 26 - 3 lead.
More attacks led by Fitzgerald. Jordan, Evans and Flanker Jay Martin continued to overwhelm the visitors. Andy Robinson, back in form, again collected and went on another long distance slalom run.
He drew his opposite man, passed to Fitzgerald in support and again to the  waiting Jordan for his second try of the game 31 - 3.
The home side could be forgiven for switching off in what was injury time when Scunthorpe scored a deserved consolation try before the ref blew for full time and a bonus point win.
The win sees Hales rise to 5th in the league with a break from league action this Saturday. The next game is away against league leaders and promotion favourites South Leicester on  Saturday 21 February kick off 2.15  

The 2nds won comfortably against DKRFC:
Dudley Kingswinford 2nds  3pts   Old Halesonians 2nds  55pts
Old Hales 3rds v Evesham 2nds - Game called off by Ref because pitch frozen
Old Hales 4ths - No game
Old Halesonians Colts hosted Nuneaton at Wassel Grove
Report by Richard Hampton

The home side looked ring rusty in the first 20 minutes, conceding two tries the first of which was couple of minutes.
Trailing they upped their game and put significant pressure on the away team In the latter part of the first half. 
12 nil behind in the second half they fought back to 7-12 and came close with Jamie Keene bundled into touch two yards short.
The game ended without further score but a great effort was displayed by Hales winning the second half convincingly.


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