Hinck­ley score 80 points against Pav­iors

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A leaner, taller, brood­ing Hinck­ley U15s side took to the field fol­low­ing the sum­mer heat­wave for their in­au­gu­ral match of the 2018-19 sea­son, against an un­known Pav­iors team, write Andy & Bee Dug­gins.

It turned out to be a case of same score, dif­fer­ent sea­son, as this su­perbly drilled Hinck­ley side took the visi­tors apart from the on­set with an 81-0 win.

Hinck­ley’s open­ing score came within 30 sec­onds. The ball was shipped out wide to Smith, who showed he hadn’t lost any of his pace over the break by out-strip­ping his op­po­site num­ber to touch down in the cor­ner for a 5-0 lead.

Try num­ber two was just as quick af­ter the re-start, strong runs from Un­der­wood and Gold­ing set up Allen who romped un­der the sticks to in­crease Hinck­ley’s lead to 12-0 af­ter con­vert­ing his own try.

Allen scored his sec­ond in al­most iden­ti­cal fash­ion. A sub­lime off­load by Drake­ford set Allen on his way for Hinck­ley’s third try. An­other suc­cess­ful Allen con­ver­sion took the score to 19-0.

Hinck­ley has a li­ne­out which in­cor­po­rates one of the law changes for this sea­son, al­low­ing play­ers to be lifted. One of the train­ing moves was called, the jumpers shuf­fled po­si­tion, be­fore Barnes leapt like a salmon to take a su­perb catch. Wainde quickly shipped the ball out find­ing Bur­ton who crashed through the mid­field but was tack­led five me­tres short, forc­ing the first scrum of the game.

Hinck­ley’s for­wards packed down against some big Pav­iors units, win­ning the scrum bril­liantly against the head, show­ing that size doesn’t (al­ways) mat­ter. Jac­ques crashed over from 10 me­tres out tak­ing the score to Hinck­ley 26-0 Pav­iors as Allen’s con­ver­sion sailed over.

Smith scored his sec­ond try shortly af­ter the re-start fol­low­ing an­other su­perb Hinck­ley scrum, in­creas­ing the lead to 31-0.

Drake­ford picked up a loose ball and darted through for Hinck­ley’s sixth try of the morn­ing which Allen con­verted.

Fol­low­ing a break by the op­po­si­tion firm tack­les by Un­der­wood, Toon, Good­win and Dug­gins held them back, forc­ing a penalty five me­tres out. Hut­ton took the quick tap and popped the ball to Bur­ton at pace who crashed over for his first score.

Hinck­ley brought on all their re­place­ments for the sec­ond pe­riod, in­clud­ing Mens­forthGrove, mak­ing his long-awaited come­back fol­low­ing last sea­son’s shoul­der in­jury.

From the kick off, Jac­ques who clat­tered through for Hinck­ley’s open­ing try of the sec­ond half. Allen’s con­ver­sion notched up the half cen­tury.

Jac­ques scored his hat-trick try shortly af­ter the re-start, bull­doz­ing over fol­low­ing a scrum on Pav­iors’ 22m line. An­other ex­cel­lent Allen con­ver­sion in­creased Hinck­ley’s lead to 57-0.

A jink­ing L. Whit­ting­ham run and sub­lime back-door off­load to Drake­ford took Hinck­ley back up to Pav­iors’ line. A solid scrum then set up Moore in mid­field who ran a su­perb line to cruise un­der the sticks, tak­ing the score to 62-0.

Pav­iors were awarded a penalty on Hinck­ley’s 22, opt­ing to go for the kick to get at least three points on the scoreboard. But the kick hit the up­right and Hinck­ley counter-at­tacked al­low­ing Bur­ton to score a fan­tas­tic end to end try. Drake­ford slot­ted the con­ver­sion, ex­tend­ing Hinck­ley’s lead to 69-0, much to the de­light of Coach Good­fel­low J.

Af­ter the re-start, Barnes made good ground with the ini­tial break be­fore Moore sprinted through for his sec­ond and Hinck­ley’s 12th try. Moore con­verted his own try.

Hinck­ley had time for a fi­nal try in the last play of the short­ened sec­ond half, Bur­ton crash­ing over for his hat-trick fol­low­ing ex­cel­lent breaks by Drake­ford and A. Whit­ting­ham. The ref­eree de­cided Pav­iors had re­ceived enough pu­n­ish­ment for the morn­ing, blow­ing his whis­tle to end the game 13 min­utes early, fi­nal score Hinck­ley 81-0 Pav­iors.

Ac­tion for Hinck­ley RFC’s Un­der 15s at the week­end. Pic­ture: Lee Buck­ler

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