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Results

ClubPoints
Canterbury33
Henley Hawks26

Date Time Season
23rd Mar 2019 3:00 pm National League 2 South 2018/19

Match Report

CANTERBURY 33 HENLEY HAWKS 26

This was both a great rugby match and, for Canterbury, a revival meeting. Trailing by fourteen points at half time they staged a spectacular comeback, crowned by a winning try in the final minute of the game.
That last gasp burst by Tom Best may prove to be the most crucial score of Canterbury’s season in the battle for the National 2 South promotion play-off place. The bonus point victory moved them seven points clear of Henley and Kent rivals Tonbridge Juddians with four games left to play.
To achieve it they needed some real Lazarus moments and after sleepwalking through an ill-disciplined first half they discovered them with three tries in the final quarter of the match.
With so much riding on the result, big game nerves showed in the work of both sides but after Canterbury made a promising start it was the Hawks who took control. Dan Smart made a mid-field break before full back Aiden Moss stepped through the Henley defence to open the scoring but the city side were on the back foot for the rest of the half. The Hawks forwards carried with aggression and confidence and after a yellow card for Aaron Cooper they finally broke through with a try for lock Dave Hyde. Before the break the visitors tucked away two more as the penalties stacked up against Canterbury, lock Jake Albon and prop Ian Stock., plus three conversions from Ben Bolster, adding to the city side’s embarrassment. Even when Henley wing George Wood was sin binned they failed to take advantage.
Three minutes into the second half a Charlie Grimes try brought a glimmer of hope. His quick thinking tap penalty caught Henley out and Harvey Young kicked his second conversion. However, Canterbury’s troubles were not over. Sam Sterling was yellow carded, Wood made a piercing run for the Hawks and two missed tackles later Bolster’s try pushed the lead to twelve points. Then came the shift in power as the city forwards began to fire on all fronts and Henley looked a tired side. One glaring scoring chance went begging after Smart had done the hard work, then a scrum pick up and drive by Number Eight Jamie Stephens lit the flame. Young could not convert but when a massive catch and drive ushered Sean Stapleton over the line the fly half was on the mark to level the scores. A draw was not good enough and as the clock ticked down a turned over ball set up that incredible finale. The sheer determination and will power of Best, on as replacement for the injured Moss, and Young’s simple goal points repaired the frayed nerves of the season’s biggest crowd..
Canterbury: A.Moss (repl T.Best), R.Mackintosh, B.Neville, S.Sterling, C.Grimes, H.Young, D.Smart, A.Cooper (repl E.Lusher), T.King, S.Kenny, R.Cadman, M.Corker, S.Rogers (repl E.Lusher), S.Stapleton, J.Stephens

David Haigh

Canterbury

# Player Position T C P DG
Aaron CooperProp0000
Aiden MossFull-back1000
Alexander Wake-SmithSubstitute0000
Benjamyn NevilleCentre0000
Charlie GrimesWing1000
Daniel SmartScrum-half0000
Elliott LusherSubstitute0000
Harvey YoungFly-half0400
Jamie StephensNumber Eight1000
Kyan BraithwaiteSubstitute0000
Louis WhettonSubstitute0000
Matt CorkerSecond Row0000
Ricky MackintoshWing0000
Royce CadmanSecond Row0000
Sam SterlingCentre0000
Samuel KennyProp0000
Samuel RogersFlanker0000
Sean StapletonFlanker1000
Thomas BestSubstitute1000
Tristan KingHooker0000
 Total 5400

Coach/Committee Member: Andy Pratt

Henley Hawks

Position T C P DG
 0000

Match Venue

The Marine Travel Ground
Merton Lane North, Nackington Road, Canterbury CT4 7AZ