RUGBY UNION: Powerful Henley hit back

9:00am Tuesday 26th November 2013

NATIONAL 1

AN OUTSTANDING second-half performance from Henley Hawks’ forwards ended a run of three consecutive defeats with a 27-11 home victory over Blackheath.

Henley trailed 11-8 at the break, but came on strong with tries from wing Jaryd Robinson and lock Will Woodward.

Blackheath’s early possession was rewarded when prop Nick Winwood went over in the corner.

Robinson’s run put the visitors under pressure and earned a penalty chance for Henley fly half James Comben to convert.

Two penalties from fly half David Marshall made it 11-3, but Hawks hit back when captain Martin Nutt bagged their opening try out wide.

Scrum half Luke Carter went close for Henley before the break.

Afterwards, Henley’s front row of Dai Maddocks, Ant Brennan and Alex Penny and then replacement Hugo Milford-Scott took charge.

Comben equalised with a penalty and then Robinson finished a slick backs move to make it 16-11.

Hawks went further ahead when Comben landed a penalty from halfway and he was again successful after Blackheath centre Philip Ellis was yellow-carded.

Following a good drive from No 8 Robbie Stapley, Carter fed Woodward, who powered over for Henley’s third try.

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