Five Try Win for Hawks Over Sevenoaks

Henley Hawks 36-17 Sevenoaks

Henley Hawks put together an excellent five-try performance with victory over a dogged Sevenoaks at Dry Leas on Saturday.

Played in front of a good sized crowd, Henley were excellent value for their win against a side who had seen an upturn in their fortunes in recent weeks.

And it was the visitors who drew first blood after just two minutes when scrum half, Fin Davenport peeled off the back of a driving maul to dot down out wide. Ben Adams was narrowly wide with his conversion attempt.

However, the early setback didn’t phase Henley and they quickly clawed back the initiative with a penalty try five minutes later after a driving maul was stopped illegally.

The home side were beginning to find gaps in the visitors defence with Sam Lunnon and Tom Vooght, in particular, looking threatening. With the impetus well and truly with the Hawks, they went further ahead following a Will Benning score on 12-minutes following another rolling maul.

The catch and drive has been a real strength for the Hawks this season and Henley hooker, Tom Emery scored the first of a brace of tries not long afterwards following more good work from the Hawks pack.

However, just when it looked like they might run away with it, the Kent side hit back on the half hour mark with an excellent Drew Forrester try following a sublime crossfield kick from Charlie Corrigan.

It was the visitors who finished the half stronger, but some stoic defending from Henley managed to keep them at bay and the two sides went in at the break with the Hawks up, 19-10.

Henley started the second half back in the ascendancy and were rewarded when Emery powered over for his second before a Max Titchener penalty extended the lead further.

However, the Kent side weren’t done yet and winger, Barney Stone crossed the whitewash for the visitors to make it an interesting final quarter, but Henley sealed the triumph with a fine Toby Evans try 12 minutes from time to see the Hawks home whilst securing 5-points in the process.

The game also saw Henley presented with the Savills Shield, won by the side who had triumphed on aggregate over the two matches between the teams. This new trophy has come about in collaboration with Savills Estate Agents who are sponsors of both Henley and Sevenoaks. The Hawks were presented with the shield after the game after securing a 70-30 aggregate win.

Henley have a rest weekend coming up and will be back on their travels on Saturday, February 10th when they make the trip to Tonbridge Juddians.

Henley Hawks

Evans, Wood, Crowley, Titchener, Gordon, Oatley (Rawsthorn 56), Crow (Pattison 60), Collins (Bailey 71), Emery (Totic 60), Mason, Lowe, Lunnon, White, Vooght, Benning (Ross 64)

Reps: Totic, Bailey, Ross, Pattison, Rawsthorn

By Alistair Beynon

Photo credit: Andrew Turner


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