Supermarine 13 Hawks 10
Very glad to miss the wind and rain of Storm Ciara on Sunday, the Hawks Women travelled to Swindon to play Supermarine on Saturday in their last league game of the season. Henley had already secured their spot in the Championship next year, with a bonus point loss against Bath the weekend before.
Henley Hawks got off to a poor start, in sunny Swindon. They spent much of the first twenty minutes in their own half, but managed to keep Supermarine from getting over the line.
Momentum changed leading up to half time, with an attempt at goal from Henley off a penalty inside the twenty two. Mia McCreash missed this first opportunity at goal.
She made up for it almost immediately with a second penalty which sailed through the posts.
Henley came into their own after that and played an expansive game, kicking to the corners, which proved very effective in gaining territory which led to their first try. Mia McCreash made a phenomenal line break, beating four defenders to get over the line. She then converted her own try.
Three minutes before halftime, Henley’s full back slipped making a covering tackle, and managed to trip over the attacking Supermarine’s player, which led to her being sin binned for 10 minutes.
Henley went into the second half with 14 men, still feeling momentum was on their side, but after a series of penalties, for being offside, Henley were forced back into their own twenty two.
Supermarine’s very narrow game plan, played into their hands and they managed, after several phases to get over the try line.
After that, most of the second half was played in Henley’s half, and due to another yellow card, and a second yellow for Henley’s full back, the away side went down to 13 men.
Supermarine managed to utilise this string of penalties, which gave them territory, as well as their overlap to kick one through the posts and score two unconverted tries. Henley defended solidly throughout, and were a testament to the yellow jersey.
The game ended 13-10 to Supermarine. It was a hard fought loss and a shame to end the league season in this way. Henley finished above Supermarine and have secured their spot in the Championship South for next season.
Coaches’ Player – Rachel Humphreys, Rachel’s work rate off the back of the scrum was high throughout the match. She also put Supermarine under immense pressure with her hard hitting tackles
Player’s Player – Katy Wysocki-Jones, Katy made a missive impact as soon as she came onto the pitch from the bench. Going forward with the ball in hand as well as leading the line speed in defence.