Clifton face key games now after finding Hawks too powerful

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By Western Daily Press | Monday, January 14, 2013, 09:00

clifton 15 henley hawks 63

Henley scored six tries before the break to dominate this SSE National Two South clash.

Winger Xavier Andre scored the first in the opening minute and centre Danny Wells converted.

Tries from Wells, who also kicked seven conversions, and scrum-half Luke Carter kept the scoreboard moving as the Hawks raced into a 21-point lead within a quarter of an hour.

Full-back Ben Roberts put Clifton on the board with a penalty.

Almost immediately the Hawks grabbed a bonus point try came when Andre crossed for his second try.

Further tries came in rapid succession through lock Joshua McNally and flanker Ryan Newman.

After the break Clifton began to win worthwhile possession which enabled them to improve the quality of their play with prop Charlie Bullimore launching some storming runs and their backs began to test the Hawks defence.

Territory was shared but it was the visitors who scored next when centre Neil Baggett went over to end a 55-minute try drought.

Clifton replied with an excellent try created by winger Sam Harrison. After a 50 metre run he was brought down just short of the line but centre Will Pomphrey was on hand to pick up the loose ball to touch down.

Clifton's pack began to tire against the heavier visitors and when Hawks were awarded a five-metre scrum No 8 Rob Stapley went over with replacement back Will Robinson converting.

Clifton scrum-half Callum Braley, who is in the England under 20 squad, dashed over following a break at scrum time with Roberts converting.

But the Hawks had the last word when they were awarded a penalty try in the final minute. Robinson converted.

Clifton's next two games are away to Southend and Lydney, who are both below them in the table, and they will be key games in the battle to steer clear of the drop zone.

      

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