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Old Hales enjoy family day with easy win over Bournville

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2016 06:23pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Kathleen Jackson
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The weather held out as Old Halesonians hosted a family day at the Grove with OH Thirds playing the Colts at midday, a great start to the pre-season. The crowd gathered early for a really exciting game with the ever developing OH Colts team beating their seniors in a close entertaining game. 

The clubs first team took to the field in only their second trial match, having taken on Newbold two weeks ago in a worthwhile run out, beating the visitors by 6 tries to 2. This was to be a more challenging test as Bournville beat Nuneaton, a league above, in a trial game last week. 

Hales had a squad of 24 which including several new recruits joining the club in the closed season. These include former Nuneaton player Adam Wilson who plays prop and hooker, back row Adam Clayton who captained National 3 side East Grinstead and former Worcester and Stourbridge Hooker, Jordan Page. Other additions include former Bromsgrove scrum half Chris Danks, utility back Ian Briggs and Martin Hooker from Birmingham Solihull and former Newport Salop winger Sam Musiyarira, who shows real potential. All of whom are seen as crucial additions to the squad. 

Early exchanges saw Hales dominant with tries from Musiyarira, Martin Hooker and Andy Holloway in the centre. Hales pack were rampant with Player Coach Ben Hughes, his second row partner Rich Sawyer,  Max Macfarlane and back row partners Clayton and Loz Breese totally overshadowing the visitors. 

Hales held strong in scrum and line out with Hooker Page finding his jumpers with ease, the visitors found it difficult to adapt to the game speed and non-stop pressure from Hales. 

Centres Andy Holloway and Andy Robinson regularly breached the Bournville defence with support from wing Joe Oxford and the revitalised Chris Hooper at full back orchestrating play. The first 40 minutes saw Bournville try to mount a defence but too many mistakes prevented them from troubling the home side.  

The second half saw changes for both sides. From the kick off Bournville failed to secure the ball which Hales flanker Macfarlane collected and sprinted unopposed to the line. Hales dominated with two more tries by winger Musiyarira.  

In the next play Breese, supported by Luke Smith, took an over arm pass inside to sprint unopposed for the line. Bournville fought back and scored twice but the home side were seeing the benefit of pre-season fitness training. 

Hughes found himself in support of the backs, taking a loop pass to sprint 40 metres to score, much to the delight of the lively crowd. More pressure by Hales saw Sawyer collect outside the visitors 22, he set off to beat the defence for an excellent try.  

At the final whistle Hales had been too strong for the Midlands 1 West side but are aware that the forthcoming season will be a real challenge. 

Head Coach Hughes and Director of Rugby Gary Cox said that this was a useful game to try out a number of players. 

Hughes said, "This was an 80 minute effort by all of the team, we can feel good going into our first league match in two weeks. We will do this as a squad, not everyone will play every week but we need to retain a large fit squad to challenge for the top of National Midlands 3". 

Old Hales first team meet Lichfield at home for their first league game on Saturday 3rd September, kick off 3 pm

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