10:43am Thursday 26th September 2013
OLD Halesonians are quickly getting the hang of National League rugby.
They reeled off their third Three Midlands win of the season so far when they produced a 33-14 success at Nuneaton.
It wasn’t all plain sailing and Hales team manager Simon Hussey said: “We were under the cosh for the first 20 minutes and it took us a while to get going.”
Old Hales didn’t help themselves when they had winger Pete Clifford yellow carded after eight minutes.
Then full-back Steve Hooper had a clearance kick charged down, enabling Nuneaton to score a converted try.
Hales hit back when winger Luke Smith intercepted a pass to sprint home. Hooper added the conversion.
Gradually, Hales got their act together and scored a second try when centre Andy Holloway, who was replaced the absent Andy Robinson, went over for a try before Pete Clifford supplied a third.
Hooper converted both to give his side a 21-7 half-time lead.
In the second-half, Hales flanker Dan Young forced his way over following some superb play by prop Richard Taylor, which Hooper converted.
Holloway then crossed for his second try of the game before Nuns responded with a late consolation converted try.
Hales now top the division and look to make it four straight wins when they head to Syston on Saturday.
They will be missing second row Loz Breese, who spent seven hours in hospital after requiring treatment to an ear injury, but both Richard Sawyer and Andy Robinson could return.
Halesonians Second XV beat Bromsgrove 25-19, while the Thirds thrashed Kings Norton second string 88-5.
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