Hawks swoop to pick off Clifton

The Rugby Paper - - Feature - ■ By NICK PITSON

HEN­LEY Hawks claimed the spoils with a hard­fought bonus-point win against spir­ited Clifton.

The game started dra­mat­i­cally with two tries in the open­ing two min­utes. First, with the Hawks asleep, Clifton took a quick li­ne­out and Chris Leves­ley out­paced the Hawks de­fence to score in the cor­ner.

But the Hawks re­sponded as Clifton failed to gather the restart and Brad Cook pounced on the ball and ran 25 me­tres to touch down.

The rest of the first half was dom­i­nated by exHen­ley favourite Danny Wells who pulled all the strings for the vis­i­tors. He traded penal­ties with Ge­orge Jack­son be­fore mak­ing a clean break and set­ting up Charles Hu­bert to score Clifton’s sec­ond try.

The Hawks were more dy­namic in the sec­ond half as Joe Mor­ris fin­ished off a driv­ing maul.

Although the con­ver­sion was missed, the Hawks were now on the front foot as Clifton ap­peared to tire and they even­tu­ally took the lead with a try from Sam Port­land wide out.

Clifton re­sponded and en­joyed a pe­riod of good pos­ses­sion as they went look­ing for a win­ning score.

But Hen­ley scored their bonus-point try when Jack Robin­son squeezed in the cor­ner to give the Hawks vic­tory.

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