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Old Hales U16’s 47 – 0 Malvern RFC

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2016 09:57am
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Kathleen Jackson
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For the third week running the Old Halesonians U16’s squad secured a commanding victory over some tough opposition. Playing away at Malvern RFC in a crucial cup match, the lads knew they had to win in order to progress to the next stage. They left little to chance from the off. Malvern attacked and were soon well into the Old Hales half, but our forwards won the resulting scrum and Aiden Whilby powered through the opposition defence for an early try. Fin Bridgewater converted and the lads were ahead 7 points to nil. Minutes later and Henry Thomas made an impressive weaving run, off-loading the ball to Aiden Whilby who scored his second try which with another successful kick took the score-line to Old Halesonians 14 – Malvern 0. 

Malvern attacked our half again, but Fin Bridgewater made an intelligent kick to set up a line-out near the opposition’s corner post. Old Hales won the ball in the air, passed it down to Fin Bridgewater, our scrum-half, who sped across the line for his first try of the match. He couldn’t quite get the distance in the kick to convert, but the score rose to Old Halesonians 19 – Malvern 0.

What followed was some impressive work by both sides as the play moved back and forth from one half to the other. One of the Malvern backs saw a chance to kick the ball long and high towards the Old Hales corner to secure a well-placed and threatening line-out, but Sam Higgins intercepted the ball as it dropped towards the line, it went out to Jack Saul who raced back up the field to score. Another successful conversion kick by Fin Bridgewater and it was Old Hales 26 – Malvern 0.

In the second half Malvern came back hard with renewed vigour, they wanted to score desperately and pushed us back deep into our own half. Again and again they were within 5 meters of our try-line and again and again our defensive line held. At one point Harry Fussell put in a crunching tackle against a huge Malvern forward who was travelling at pace and looked certain to score. When the Old Hales backs got the ball from the resulting ruck they sped forward throwing the opposition defence into disarray and Dylan De Sousa ran over to score first one try and then minutes later in another break he crossed the line for a second, but in true team spirit he chose to off-loaded the ball to Tom King under the posts to allow him to add his name to the score sheet and the tally rose to 40 with Tom taking two easy conversion kicks.

The game closed with Josh Gordon scoring his first try of the match which was converted with a very long and difficult kick by Jack Law. Final score Old Halesonians U16’s 47 – Malvern 0.

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