Old Halesonians 20 - 24 Broadstreet

Old Halesonians RFC weekends reports

Last Updated: Dec 5, 2016 08:15pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Old Halesonians RFC
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Hales prepared well for this game against Broadstreet who sit 3rd in the league, 5 places above the hosts. 

Early pressure came from the visitors with non-stop attacking through a set of lively backs. After only 3 minutes Hales were penalised under pressure as Broadstreet converted for a 0 - 3 lead. The visitors continued with pressure through the backs and in a short period scored 2 tries, converting one to lead 0 - 15. 

Hales made some changes with Joe Collingham on at flanker and Matt Probert on at tight head prop. Hales came back into the game with fly half Chris Hooper coordinating play. Hales made ground forcing a penalty for Hooper to convert 3 - 15.

From the restart Hales put some decent phases together led by driving runs by Neil Mason, Loz Breese, Ben Barkley and Carl Robinson. Collingham collected on the opposition 22 for a try converted by Hooper 10 - 15. 

Hales seemed to have turned the tide with Mason leading again from a won lineout to score, converted by Hooper to lead 17 - 15 at half time. 

From the start of the second half Boardstreet came back again forcing another penalty 17 - 18. The game continued with Hales dominating in the forwards with the visiting backs continually causing danger for the Hales defence. Hales backs then took forwards possession along the line to wing Luke Smith. Smith beat two men only to be tackled by the last defender, he fed Robinson who was tackled illegally. Hooper succeeded with the penalty to lead 20 - 18. 

Shortly after this Hooper left the field with a yellow card for a high tackle. This put pressure on the home 14 players. Broadstreet capitalised, with 10 minutes to go the visitors had forced 2 penalties, again from the penetration of the backs to regain the lead 20 - 24.

Hales worked hard to pull back with forwards driving up the middle of the field. The pressure forced Broadstreet back on their line but they held out for the final whistle for a victory that could have gone either way.

Hales now sit 9th in the league and need to win against Derby (kick off 2.15) away this week to regain some credibility before the Christmas break.


Second team - Broadstreet 2nds 32 – 24 Old Halesonians 2nds


Old Hales travelled to Broadstreet looking to improve their league position. The first half started with Broadstreet on the attack and after only a few minutes the home side moved the ball quickly to score wide out on the left for a 5-0 lead. 

Old Hales reacted well and were quickly on the attack. After several good driving runs by the forwards, Old Hales captain, Rob Butler, picked up from the back of a ruck to score from close range to level the score at 5-5.

Old Hales had a few bright spells in the first half and right wing James Worton made a couple penetrating runs to test the Broadstreet defence. However, the home side composed themselves and put together some good attacking moves that resulted in two more tries and a successful penalty in the first half, for a score of 22-5 at half time.

The team talk at half time seemed to do the trick and Old Hales came out for the second half with more determination. The scrum was working well and the pressure was on Broadstreet. After several close calls with the ball being held up over the line, scrum half Dave Wakefield slipped the ball to Dave Hunt who took the ball cleanly before diving over the line for a try. Tromans successfully converted for a score of 22-12.

Old Hales continued to dominate play and from a scrum 10 metres out, No.8 Matt Mazters picked up the ball and made his way forcefully to the line to score. Tromans slotted over the conversion to make the score 22-19.

Old Hales were quickly back on the attack from the kick off and from yet another scrum the ball was moved to the right and fly half Alex Herbert and full back Andy Tromans combined well to put James Worton in to score in the corner and take the lead at 22-24.

Old Hales play was disrupted with Matt Masters and Jack Linehan leaving the field with injuries. Broadstreet capitalised on this and found a gap in the visitor’s defence to score a converted try to regain the lead at 29-24.

Although Old Hales had a few more opportunities, including a 70 metre run by James Worton before being bundled into touch short of the line; it was Broadstreet who sealed the victory with a long range penalty kick to make the final score 32-27.

Next Saturday Old Hales face another tough league encounter against Derby away.


Old Hales scorers:

Tries: Rob Butler, Dave Hunt, Matt Masters, James Worton

Conversion:  Andy Tromans (2)


Third team - Old Halesonians 3rds 32 – 26 Dudley Kingswinford Wasps


A good win over DK Wasps helped Old Hales 3rds to move into 3rd place in the league.


Old Hales scorers:

Tries: Adam O’Brien (3), Greg Smith (2), Harry Higgs

Conversion: Rhys Evans


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