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Old Hales U16s Impressive Form Continues

Old Halesonians 75 - 0 Redditch

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016 08:12pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Kathleen Jackson
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A beautiful sunny day saw Old Hales welcome Redditch RFC to our ground. Old Hales won the toss and chose to kick off, Redditch received it well, but Old Hales were immediately on them and had soon won the ball. Once again we spectators saw the faultless passing from the backs along the line, stretching the Redditch defence. The ball went all the way out to Matt Dwyer on the wing who put in an impressive burst of speed to score his first try of the season. It was a long and difficult kick which went unconverted, but Old Hales were ahead. 

Redditch came back fighting, but Old Hales quickly took the play back into the Redditch half with an impressive run by Sam Higgins. A knock on by Redditch gave our backs the opportunity to work the ball to Matt Dwyer who once again ran in another blistering try. Old Hales 10 – Redditch 0. 

There followed a brief period of messy play by both sides with a couple of knock-ons and Redditch was able to push Old Hales back well into their half. Henry Thomas got the ball and kicked it high and long, chasing his own kick and surprising Redditch with his pace. Once again the ball came out to Matt Dwyer and he too made an impressive run into the Redditch half, but a forward pass near the Try-line gifted Redditch the ball and briefly removed the pressure. They kicked the ball into our half for Sam Higgins to intercept and make a weaving run through the Redditch defensive line to score! Old Hales 15 – Redditch 0. 

One minute later Henry Thomas scored a well-deserved try of his own, following a fantastic run from the half-way line, which was converted and the lads were on 22 points to nil. 

Redditch were playing well, but had no answer to an Old Hales squad that was playing like a well-oiled machine. Tom King, Scrum-Half was outstanding sending the ball first one way and then the other out of the scrum, Harry Fussell was going into the rucks and getting turn-over ball again and again and within minutes Brad Mullett, Jacob Saul and Will Hymer had run in a succession of tries to bring the half time score to Old Hales 39 – Redditch 0. 

Redditch didn’t give up, but the 2nd half was a repeat of the first. Alessi Knight scored the first Old Hales Try which was converted by James Freeman-Clews, who minutes later smashed through the Redditch defence for a try of his own. Old Hales 53 – Redditch 0. 

It now seemed that in spite of continued hard work by Redditch, the Old Hales squad was able to run in try after try, with Jacob Bannister and Oscar Crocombe adding their names to the score sheet and Brad Mullett running in another two! Final Score: Old Hales 75 – Redditch 0.  

The score-line does not reflect how threatening Redditch were throughout the game, but for the second week running the Old Hales U16 squad were very impressive and on top form. A cup match at Malvern next week promises another exciting game.

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