Old Hales Win Against Valiant DK Side

Dudley Kingswinford 5 - 48 Old Halesonians

Last Updated: Mar 30, 2015 08:35pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Simon Hussey
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What on paper should have been a walkover for Hales, Dudley K had other ideas. Early exchanges saw Hales flanker  Loz Breese make one of his many breaks during the game to score a try on 4 minutes to lead 0 - 5.
The home side showed character and grit throughout the game and broke up many of Hales unsuccessful attacking moves. The visitors game plan had been agreed from the kick off which was phase play utilising forwards to set up ball for the talented backs,
DK continued to spoil and it was 16 minutes before centre Andy Robinson found a gap and sprinted 40  metres to score an individual try, Gareth Bown missed the conversion to lead 0 - 10. But still Hales could not put any long passages of play together, the scrum was solid but the line out  was not dominant.
Again the Hales backs got the ball. scrum half Greg Smith to Bown, to centre Carl Robinson to his brother Andy who again stretched his legs for a try on 30 minutes converted by Bown 0 - 17. This should have been more had the team stuck to the plan. 
Just before half time, after another break by Breese, captain Tom Jordan received a ball and drove for the line for a bonus point try, again conversion missed 0 - 22. The DK crowd deserved to be proud of their sides effort and commitment, they never gave up. 
The second half continued with Hales threatening with the home side counter attacking. The scrums were pretty even, though the Hales backs looked dangerous in midfield. On 47mins, Loz Breeze again went on one of his runs, this time breaching the defence for a try, converted by Bown to lead 0 - 29
DK were winning some excellent line out ball from Hales infringements. They continually tested the visitors defence, on 61mins they were rewarded by a try 5 - 29. Hales needed to steady the ship, DK lost both props to yellow cards and Hales' Matt Williams, replacement for Andy Robinson, also saw yellow for a high tackle.
Uncontested scrums seemed to favour the home side, they continued to press. Coach Mark Evans came on and brought some order back. The phases started with good running by backs, Warren Oliver, Chris Hooper, the Robinson brothers and wing Smith.
On 70 minutes Hales were rewarded with a try from hooker Pete Fitzgerald 0 - 34, this opened the game up for Hales as the gallant home side tired. Another break by the forwards, Evans took the ball on, fed the backs, Carl Robinson found the gap for a great try converted by Bown 5 - 41
Towards the end of the game, another phase, a break by Williams and the Robinson's saw Luke Smith receive the ball on the wing, he cut inside and out sprinted the defence for a final try and Bown conversion for an unconvincing victory 5 - 48.
After the game Manager Simon Hussey was disappointed with the performance. "We didn't perform well, this should have been a more convincing win but credit to DK who played really well. We will need to lift our game for a crucial match against 2nd placed Hinckley in two weeks time"
Old Hales meet Hinckley at home after the Easter break on  11 April, kick off 3 pm.

2nds no match played this week.
3rds Woodrush 2nds 10    Old Halesonians 3rds 24
Old Hales scorers:
Tries: George Eccles (2), Nathan Newman, Sam Jones
Conversions: Paul Warwicker (2)
4ths lost against DK 4ths

Photo: File pic


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