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Old Hales Rampant against Burton

Old Halesonians 55 - 19 Burton

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015 07:59pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Simon Hussey
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A great setting, fine weather, players reunion lunch prior to kick off, England to beat France, Hales first team did not disappoint. Still smarting from the narrow loss to Bromsgrove the home side needed a comfortable win and bonus point, Hales started strong and got into their stride.
Although Burton threw down the gauntlet for about 5 minutes, Hales gained the upper hand. Hooker Pete Fitzgerald picked up after 10 minutes and made ground into the Burton half. A resulting scrum saw the pack drive the visitors over their own line for number 8 Dan Young to score a try to lead 5 - 0.
Hales continued with pressure, centres Carl and Andy Robinson making runs supported by wingers Warren Oliver and Luke Smith. The Hales pack dominated another scrum with front row, Matt Young, Fitzgerald and Tom Dempsey in control.
Scrum half, Greg Smith found Matt Williams who went on a customary mazy run for 40 metres, he fed the ever present skipper for the day, Tom Jordan who cruised in for the second try to lead 10 - 0
On 20 minutes the pack took another scrum against the head on the half way line, giving Carl Robinson a break, he chipped the defenders and won the race to the ball for the third try, converted by fly half Gareth Bown for a 17 - 0 lead.
It took only 5 minutes from the restart for Bown to receive the ball from another strong scrum, in the middle of the field on the visitors 22. Bown glided through the defence for an uncontested bonus point try which he converted 24 -0.
The pressure from Hales continued with driving runs through Tom King, Loz Breese and Jordan. The home scrum continued to dominate with Burton resorting to infringement and a yellow card.
The resulting Scrum saw them force Burton backwards to give away another Penalty. Carl Robinson quickly tapped and crossed the line for a half time lead 29 - 0.
The second half was underway just 2 minutes when Burton fought back. Hales relaxed at a Burton penalty quickly taken. The player found a gap and sprinted half the pitch to score an unconverted try 29 - 5. Hales came straight back following a scrum, Andy Robinson found space to put wing Smith away for a great try 34 - 5.
Another scrum against the head, again Andy Robinson took it on, he powered through for a well deserved solo try, converted by Bown for a lead 41 - 5. The home side then became complacent with Burton capitalising with their second converted try 41 - 12
On 67 minutes Hales scrum pressure was too much and the visitors gave away s penalty try, converted by Bown 48 - 12. 0n 74 minutes flying Wing Luke Smith received good ball out wide, he stepped outside his opposite man and sprinted past the defence for the final home try, converted by Bown 55 - 12.
Again the home side relaxed from the restart allowing the valiant visitors to fight back with a consolation converted try for a final score of 55 - 19
This victory was sweet but on Sunday Old Halesonians had more success when the club under 15 side beat favourites Old Silhilians 31 - 25 in the semi final of North Midlands Cup. In front of a great crowd the 15's, coached by Matt Williams supported by Pete Fitzgerald, achieved a brilliant victory to reach the Cup Final.
Old Hales first XV meet Dudley Kingswinford  away next Saturday kick off 3 pm

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Old Halesonians 2nds 5pts   Bromsgrove 2nds 35pts

Match Report By Dan Hunt

 

Old Hales started this cup game promisingly, despite being under pressure in the scrum. Old Hales spent much of the first 20 minutes in the Bromsgrove half. Following several unsuccessful attacks, Jon Harris and James Mitchell combined down the left and from the tackle on Mitchell the ball popped out for Andy Tromans to score from close range.

Bromsgrove came back strongly and shortly after landing a penalty to make the score 5-3, a swift attack down the left released their outside centre who outstripped the Old Hales defence to score a try for a 8-5 lead at half time.

Although Hales had their chances in the second half, Bromsgrove had the better of the half and regularly stretched the home sides defence to score five unanswered tries. Bromsgrove won the game 35-5 and progress to the West Midlands Reserve League final.

Old Hales scorers:

Try: Chris Andy Tromans

Conversion: Andy Tromans

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Old Halesonians 3rds 10pts   Bridgnorth 2nds  48pts

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