RUGBY UNION: Newboy Hales' instant impact

Chinnor’s Henry Colver (right) took over the kicking duties after James Cathcart went off injured against Southend

Chinnor’s Henry Colver (right) took over the kicking duties after James Cathcart went off injured against Southend

First published in Sport

National 2 South

ADRIAN Hales scored a try on his debut as Chinnor defeated 14-man Southend 22-5 at Kingsey Road.

Hales touched down as after a mazy run run having coming on as a second-half replacement, but poor handling in the wet conditions stopped Chinnior earning a bonus point.

Southend started strongly and took the lead with a fourth-minute pushover try from No 8 Samuel Cook.

Chinnor fly half James Cathcart replied with a penalty before his side wasted at least three try-scoring chances.

Wing Tom Gray eventually got on the end of a sweeping backs move to touch down in the corner on 19 minutes.

A fracas around the half-hour ended with referee Karl Kirkpatrick sending off Southend flanker Lee Guess.

Will Millett replaced the injured Cathcart at half-time and bashed his way through for a try on 58 minutes, full back Henry Colver converting.

Hales bagged try No 3 on 77 minutes, Millett converting, while Kirkpatrick ruled out a late fourth when Millett’s hack through crossed the line amid a flurry of diving players.

Henley Hawks now only top the table by points difference alone after a 17-11 defeat at Redruth.

Had replacement prop David Manning not scored a late try to secure a losing bonus-point, Hawks would have been supplanted by Hartpury College.

Henley have now lost two of their last three matches, with just four points separating the division’s top-four sides.

Fly half James Comben kicked Hawks ahead with a third-minute penalty, but they trailed 17-3 at half-time.

Redruth bagged a penalty try and a score from hooker Richard Brown, with fly half Paul Thirlby converting both and adding a penalty.

Hawks found it hard going in the wet conditions, but managed a second Comben penalty.

Wing Xavier Andre was sin-binned for a high tackle on Redruth full back Murray Westren.

But Manning’s 76th-minute try ensured Henley at least went away with something.

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