Sevenoaks Make Their First Visit to Dry Leas

Henley Hawks are at home again this week for their latest National 2 East fixture with visitors Sevenoaks RFC, making their first ever visit to Dry Leas. Kick off is at 3pm.

It was a pulsating encounter last week at home to North Walsham. The visitors, fighting for their league status were excellent and the Hawks were quickly 19-0 down and then 26-14 behind at the break.

Head Coach Luke Allen was philosophical afterwards saying“ It was a tense game and we were relieved to get the win but we weren’t good enough in the first half. You have to match these teams who come fighting for their lives, with heart and desire and more and we didn’t do that in the first half.”

However, Henley showed excellent character and commitment to find a way back into the match and scored four second half tries to move in front but even then they allowed the Norfolk side a fifth try right at the end. Eleven tries in the game and a final score of 42-40 meant it was a good watch for the crowd.”

Luke Allen added, “We will be better next week and are looking forward to it.” The Hawks stay sixth in the league table.

Head Coach Luke Allen has had to make a number of changes for this week’s game. Local youngster Charlie Sichel and Ollie Frostick both come into the front row, while Morgan Macrae reverts to the back row and Sam Lunnon comes back into the second row.

In the backs, usual outside half Max Titchener moves to the centre allowing Cail Cookland to come into the side. Also, Louis Flynn moves onto the wing.

Henley Hawks

15 George Wood, 14 Louis Flynn, 13 Adam Hakimian, 12 Max Titchener 11 Leo Webb,
10 Cail Cookland, 9 Ewan Fenley
1 Ollie Frostick, 2 Charlie Sichel, 3 Rory Mason, 4 Sam Lunnon, 5 Ben Harrison,
6 Morgan Macrae, 7 Tom Vooght, 8 Alex Bradley

Reps: 16 Kaleem Niazi, 17 Marcus Lowe, 18 Omar Ellaboudy, 19 Scott White, 20 Will Crow

Sevenoaks are another side fighting for their league survival and so the Hawks are sure to be in for another tough encounter. This is Sevenoaks first foray into National 2 level rugby and they have struggled for any consistency this season. Last week they lost at home to high flying Barnes 28-15 but the week before they beat Guernsey Raiders 33-26. They have also drawn with Dorking and run a number of other sides close. The Kent club have picked up just five victories this season but one of those was at home against the Hawks when they won 28-24 back in November. They are currently in eleventh position in the league, still needing points to avoid relegation.

There are just four games to go until the end of the season and elsewhere in the league, Blackheath were deservedly promoted back into National 1 after their 21-12 win at Bury St Edmunds.

Also at Dry Leas on Saturday are the Henley Bulls (2nd XV). They take on Sevenoaks 2nd with a kick off at 2.30pm.

The Henley Vikings (3rdXV) have a rearranged league game away at Beaconsfield 2nd. Kick off there is also 2.30pm.





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