HENLEY Hawks remain in the National League 2 South promotion race after brushing aside London Irish Wild Geese 52-0 at home.

But they still trail second-placed Canterbury, who occupy the only play-off spot by six points with three games remaining.

Henley laboured to a 14-0 lead at the break, Sam Lunnon and Ian Stock crossing.

The second half was a one-sided affair with Hawks running in six tries.

Wild Geese were also not helped by having two players in the sin bin, which resulted in uncontested scrums.

Liam O’Neill (2), Dan Barnes, Xavier Andre, Scott White and Ryan O’Neill crossed.

Barnes enjoyed a good day from the tee, converting six of the eight tries.

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  • Liam O'Neill dives over for one of his two tries for Henley Hawks against London Irish Wild Geese Picture: Steve Karpa

Chinnor secured National League 1 rugby for another season, but were beaten 50-29 at home by struggling Loughborough Students.

Ben Christie’s try, Tom Ffitch converting, put the visitors in front.

But Chinnor went onto lead 22-7 after 25 minutes as Oscar Heath, Joe Dancer and Craig Holland went over.

Caolan Ryan, who also kicked a penalty, converted two of the tries.

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  • Caolan Ryan bids to make up ground during Chinnor's defeat to Loughborough Students Picture: David Howlett

However, Loughborough hit back to make it 26-22 at the break, Callum Watson (2) and Mark Dixon going over, Ffitch converting twice.

Chinnor looked in control of the second half when Danny Barnes crashed over and Ryan kicked the extras for a 29-26 lead.

But the visitors upped their game and Oskar Hirskyj Douglas, Christie and Watson crossed to seal victory.

Ffitch, who also kicked a penalty, converted all three.


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