Sat 28
1st XV
Old Halesonians
Great Home Win

Great Home Win

By Peter Bright
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Scoreline suggests an easy game, but it was far from it with Old Hales showing some great resolve

The Greens really hit their stride with a 60 points to 5 victory over old rivals Old Halesonians from the West Midlands.

With only one change from the selected side when Mick Dunk was ruled out with injury, the team took the field with Rory Randall-Tyrrell making his season’s debut.

For the second successive week the teams had to contend with a strong breeze, this time across the pitch. The visitors were first to show and maintained possession for a lengthy spell but without any reward. Scunthorpe threatened through a break by Nick Dyson, extended by Gareth Mist, but unfortunately the recycled ball was lost. They did get the first score after 9 minutes when a long cross-field pass by Will Robinson created the overlap from which Paul Cook touched down. Cook added the extras. The lead was extended after 16 minutes when Dave Garbutt drove over following a catch and drive. Cook converted with an excellent strike for a 14 points to nil lead. The visitors, to their credit, came back with some powerful driving play and were justly rewarded when Wayne Cooper Claimed the try. The conversion was missed but they were back in the game with a 14 points to 5 score-line after 22 minutes.

With both teams showing good defensive work the scoreboard remained quiet until Ollie Wood broke through on Half-way for a fine try. Cook missed the conversion but The Greens now had a 19 points to 5 advantage after 34 minutes. Only 4 minutes later a good line break by Cook led to a try for Dyson. This time the kick was successful and the home boys went into the interval with a 26 points to 5 advantage and had secured the all important bonus point 4th try.

The Greens were straight out of the traps after the half-time break and after only 2 minutes Oli Cole drove over for a try in the left hand corner. Cook failed to add the extras but the home boys now had a 31 points to 5 lead. They continued in confident style and when a clearance kick was fed to Robinson just inside his own half, he outflanked the defence with a brilliant outside break for an outstanding try. Cook once more failed to overcome the difficult conditions from the left hand corner but the scoreboard now showed 36 points to 5 in favour of the home team after only nine minutes of the second period. The continuous pressure took it’s toll and Tom Foster scored twice in quick succession taking advantage of an Old Hales player being sent to the bin. The conversions having been unsuccessful, The Greens nonetheless held a 46 points to 5 lead after 17 minutes of the second half. Dave Garbutt also completed his brace two minutes later following a sweeping move that went through many hands. Cook was this time able to add the extras and Scunthorpe now held a handsome 53 points to 5 lead.

Ambition was the name of the game and once more a passing movement was completed by Robinson with great aplomb after 25 minutes which the Cook conversion improved for a 60 points to 5 score-line and 15 more minutes of game-time left. To their great credit, Old Hales managed to prevent any increase in the score-line even though the home boys did make some more line breaks which failed to achieve a successful conclusion for various reasons.

Another bonus point win for the second week puts The Greens in good heart for their first trip to play Doncaster Phoenix next Saturday. Both clubs have very similar records which points to a tight and tense struggle.

Louie Clayton

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Match date

Sat 28, Oct 2017




Midlands Premier

League position

Old Halesonians