Winning weekend for Old Halesonians

Last Updated: Sep 6, 2016 09:27am
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Kathleen Jackson
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First team - Old Halesonians 71 – 8 Lichfield


The first team took the field in front of an expectant crowd and did not disappoint. Pre-season has gone well with players competing for positions. PlayerCoach Ben Hughes led from the front from kick off and immediately put the visitors under pressure. Scrum Half Chris Danks and fly half Ian Briggs kept Hales on the front foot. 

New recruit winger Sam Musiyarira gathered the ball wide out to take on the opposition for an individual first try of the game to lead 5 - 0. The home side were in control from the off with all 8 forwards showing ball carrying ability.  

This was led by Second rows, Ben Hughes and [censored] Sawyer with back row, Max Macfarlane, skipper Steve Leach and new recruit Adam Clayton totally overpowering their opposite numbers. 

It was Macfarlane who scored after 13 minutes, converted by Chris Hooper to lead 12 - 0. Hales continued the first half with tries from Sawyer, Clayton, wing Luke Smith, centre Carl Robinson and another from Clayton with Hooper kicking well for a 47 - 3 lead having given a penalty to the opposition.  

After half time Hales continued with some outstanding rugby and dominance with centre Ben Barkley crossing the line after another driving run. Unfortunately this was then followed by a yellow card for Barkley after a high tackle on his opposite number. 

Hales continued with a totally dominant pack with front row Adam Wilson, Hooker Sam Jones and tight head Rich Jones showing how set piece should work. A scrum in the Lichfield 22  saw the visitors collapsing under pressure for a penalty try converted by Hooper, 59 - 3. 

Hales made changes with Rob Butler on for Wilson in the front row and Loz Breese joining the fray with immediate impact. Musiyarira left the field with injury, replaced by Andy Robinson which again only seemed to strengthen the home side. 

After 57 minutes Lichfield fought back with a try but this made no impact on the difference between the two sides. Carl Robinson was next on the score sheet having supported Smith on a break through the visiting backs for a try on 62 minutes converted by Hooper. 

Several minutes later Hooper gathered the ball in the centres, sprinted past his opposite man and fed Smith in support for a great try, converted by Hooper to finalise a well-deserved victory. 

Director of Rugby Gary said of the performance, "This was a really impressive performance by a squad of players who have worked hard during the closed season. Hopefully we can build on this and if we can maintain our fitness and positive attitude this could well be our season" 

Old Hales first team meet Longton away next week kick off 3 pm

Second team - Dudley Kingswinford 2nds 13 - 27  Old Halesonians 2nds 

Old Hales 2nds started the new season with an away league game against neighbours Dudley Kingswinford.

Old Hales fielded a strong side and took the game to DK from the off. Within the first few minutes Jay Reid looked to be heading for a try but the DK left wing managed to dislodge the ball from his grasp.

Further pressure from Old Hales resulted in a penalty awarded in front of the posts. Fly half Oli Rayner stepped up and landed the penalty for a 0-3 lead.

Old Hales continued to dominate possession but a resolute DK defence and the visitor’s handling errors thwarted try scoring opportunities. A series of Old Hales infringements were penalised and allowed DK to move up the field and after 20minutes the home side drew level from a well taken penalty kick.

Although Old Hales were dominant in the scrum and had the better of possession, try scoring opportunities faltered. Once again penalty infringements by Old Hales kept DK in the game and the home side took the lead 6-3 from a penalty kick.

Old Hales rallied and strong runs by James Saddler, Jim Stevenson and Sol Rogers gave the visitor’s momentum. Another powerful run by Saddler was continued by centre Andy Holloway who then released right wing Jay Reid to make good ground and to force his way over for a try in the corner to make the score 6-10.

With the last play of the first half in progress the ball went to ground just inside the DK half and the DK right wing was first to react, kicking the ball forward twice before winning the foot race to score close to the posts. The conversion was successful and DK led 13-10 at half time.

The first 20 minutes of the second half continued in the same vein as the first half. Then from an Old Hales lineout close to the DK line, the ball was taken cleanly by Sol Rogers and was then carried forward by Tom King before passing to centre Ollie Kealey to score close to the posts. Oli Rayner added the conversion for a 13-17 lead.

On 32 minutes Alex Herbert made a good break and although his pass went a bit wayward, wing Jay Reid retrieved the ball and made his way to the line to score in the corner. Score 13-22.

With the final whistle looming a kick deep into the Old Hales half was retrieved by Jay Reid who ran the ball to the halfway, from the tackle the ball was moved quickly to the right wing and Jack Keeling outpaced the DK defence to score the final try of the game for a 13-27 victory.

Old Hales scorers:

Tries: Jay Reid (2), Ollie Kealey, Jack Keeling

Conversions: Oli Rayner (2)

Penalty: Oli Rayner



Bridgnorth 3rds 5pts  Old Halesonians 3rds 66pts 

Old Hales 3rds made a flying start to the new season running in 10 tries in this friendly encounter with Bridgnorth. It was also reported that Old Hales crossed the Bridgnorth try line on a further four occasions only for the referee to disallow the tries. 

Old Hales 3rds are likely to face a tougher game next week at home against Bournville 2nds, as they start their league campaign as a newly promoted team in the Midlands Reserve Merit League Division 3. 

Old Hales scorers:

Tries: Callum Roberts (3), George Eccles (2), Dan Smith, Matt Weaver, Luke Irwin, Calvin Clements, Jamie Leach

Conversions: Gaz Price (6), Andy Tromans (2)


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