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Old Hales just miss out at Newport

Old Halesonians RFC senior match reports

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2013 08:45pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Simon Hussey, Craig Jukes, Richard Hampton
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A non league Saturday saw Hales first team travel to Newport Salop for a re run of last years cup game that ended in victory for the Old Boys.

This time Hales took the opportunity to blood new players and have a look at how the second team were developing. 7 regular first team combined as young squad of 18 with no one looking out of place.

Newport fielded a near full strength side but the visitors took the game to them immediately, led by skipper for the day Rich Sawyer. Early exchanges were even with new front row of Dan Blake, Sam Jones and Jon Deeks holding their own in early scrums.

Hales backs looked good with Scrum Half Greg Smith giving regular service to fly half Alex Herbert who distributed well. The Robinson brothers, Carl at centre and Andy at full back combined well with Andy Holloway, Simon Sabel and Alex Church to attack the home side.

The pack led by Sawyer and Dan Young at 8 produced some rugged defence to secure ball for the backs to run resulting in a try for Andy Holloway after 20 minutes, converted Andy Robinson for a 0 - 7 lead.

The home side were on the back foot with aggressive play from debutant Jake Hayden- Wright who was everywhere and showing true potential supported by Pete Lewis, Tom King and Prop Dan Blake in attack.

Newport began to work well together and earn't a try before half time, converted to draw level 7 - 7. Hales should have taken more initiative with the slope advantage in the first half but really stuck at the task well.

More enthusiasm was the half time chat, The second half saw Hales put all replacements on, Duffy for Lewis, Prop David Whiting for Sam Jones and Wing Rhys Denham for Alex Church. The lads continued to fight and kept the home side marauding forwards at bay. 

Due to the pressure of their driving second row Tom King received a yellow card for collapsing a maul and the attacking forwards of Newport took over for a converted try 14-7.

Hales regrouped with only a few minutes to go with driving combination between forwards and backs for Andy Robinson sprinting to the home 22, he fed Denham who was tackling feet from the try line, the whistle went for full time.

Hales produced an excellent performance throughout the team and should be proud of their efforts. Next Saturday league rugby returns with a home game against Broadstreet, kick off 2.15 pm. The game will be preceded by a HOGS lunch at the club 1200 onwards.           3rds played Stourbridge 2nds away

Stourbridge 38 - OHRFC 15

Old hales played well in this derby game. The 1st half finished 14- 5 to stourbridge with both of their tries coming from Old hales errors.  

Old Hales tries came from Harry Higgs, Matt Weaver and Lee Davis.                                    

Top notch running from Ben Perks gave Old hales numerous chances but we failed to convert, an overall good performance not reflected by the score line.                             

The Colts                          

Old Hales Colts lost a hard fought game having gone 2 tries down they came back to within a score but gave away an intercepted try in the dying minutes when counter-attacking.

A strong run from Conor leahy resulted in the try for Hales.

There were also a number of strong performances from other players including 4 under 17's who were drafted in to experience the step up in physicality. 

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