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First half blitz sees Hayle to victory

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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Hayle 21, Newquay Hornets 0

IT WAS a credit to Hayle groundsman Paul Hurrell that this game went ahead at all, and he was rewarded as Hayle won with a fine first half display in which they scored all their points, writes Patrick Rescorla.

Against the wind and rain they completely dominated, scoring three converted tries.

Player-coach Danny Clackworthy opened the scoring on 10 minutes when he crashed over from short range following a period of Hayle pressure, James Nicholls converted. More pressure saw referee Simon Lord award a penalty try after the powerful Hayle scrum pushed Newquay back over their own line. Nicholls again converted to give Hayle a comfortable 14-0 lead after 26 minutes.

The try of the game came on 35 minutes when Hayle full back Rob Cutter hacked through a poor Newquay clearance kick, and followed up to touch down under the posts, with Nicholls converting. With a deserved half time lead of 21 points playing against the wind, Hayle were very much in the driving seat.

The few hardy supporters who braved the elements expected more of the same in the second half, but sound Newquay defence and Hayle's obsession with running the ball led to a forgettable 40 minutes. The only highlight was a break from scrum half Neil Mitchell, who was tackled inches short of the line.

The Lions will be disappointed they did not capitalise on the good work of the first half against a Newquay side that had little to offer in attack and never really threatened the Hayle line.

The foundation for this win was laid by the Hayle forwards. Skipper Tony Matthews led from the front with storming runs from both loose play and the base of the scrum, while Clackworthy and Fred Carter ran well and Alex Thornton was the pick of a new-look threequarter line.

On a dry day they would probably have converted many of the chances they created, although they should perhaps have kicked for position more in the second half when they had the strong wind behind them, and let the forwards do the work.

Hayle coach Clackworthy said: "It was a good win in difficult conditions. Our forwards were on top from the start and we gave them a hard time in the scrum.

"The threequarters did a good job considering they have not played much together. I was pleased with the first half and a bonus point would have been nice, but these conditions can be a great leveller."

This Saturday, Hayle travel to Plymouth side OPMs (2.30pm).

Hayle: D Penrose, J Nicholls, D Wood, P Tonkin, T Barber, D Clackworthy, F Carter, T Matthews (c), N Mitchell, M Watts, A Leek, R Goodman, A Thornton, J Iliffe, R Cutter. Reps: M Richards, G Richards, P Lello.

Scorers: Hayle: Tries – Clackworthy, Penalty, Cutter. Con – Nicholls (3).

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