RUGBY UNION: Henley withstand late Worthing blitz

Henley Hawks held on for their first win of the season on the road in National 1 and secured a deserved bonus point with a 32-27 triumph at Worthing.

With ten minutes left, victory looked a formality for Hawks, who led 32-8. However, the home side nearly turned the tables in spectacular fashion with three tries in six minutes.

Christoph Bart and Josh McNally scored first-half tries, one converted by James Comben, who also landed a penalty to give Hawks a 15-3 interval lead. Worthing notched a penalty.

The home side reduced the deficit with a try early in the second half, but Henley replied with a penalty from Comben, who then converted two tries of his own for a personal tally of 22 points, earning the man-of-the-match award from the local sponsors.

Worthing threw everything at Hawks in the closing stages, but they withstood the barrage to take the verdict – just!


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