Get involved: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting OXFORD NEWS to 80360 or email us
RUGBY UNION: Dudding praises Henley recovery
HENLEY Hawks head coach Nigel Dudding was delighted with the way his side bounced back to beat Chinnor 32-9.
Having surrendered their 100 per cent record the previous week with a 49-5 defeat at Worthing, Hawks hit back with their tenth bonus-point victory in 11 matches.
Dudding said: “We conceded six tries last week, but this week they didn’t come over the whitewash.
“I am just delighted with the way the players have responded and come back. It was a good local derby game.”
He added: “Once we were able to keep the ball and put some tempo into our game, we were fine.
“The first half was very much stop-start and we gave them six or seven pieces of possession, but we kept the momentum going in the second half.
“Even after we scored three tries, it was still tight, but the last 15 minutes were great.
“I thought we played the better rugby, but fair play to them, they were a very nuggety side and forced us into enough errors.”
Chinnor head coach Jason Bowers was far from downhearted after his side’s efforts at Dry Leas.
Bowers said: “Henley are a good side and very well organised. “We could not have had two tougher games back-to-back with Shelford and Henley, but we have got no excuses.
“They played well and their centres had very strong games. They also took their chances well.
“Up front, our scrummage was strong, as were the lineouts and the driving mauls worked well in defence and attack.
“We didn’t get enough ball and do enough when we had it.
“If one or two decisions had gone our way, it may have been different.”