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RUGBY UNION: Henley slip up in title battle
10:30am Tuesday 29th January 2013 in Sport
National 2 South
HENLEY Hawks’ title hopes suffered a blow with a 19-15 defeat at Launceston.
Hawks led 15-3 at the break, but could not hold on and are now six points behind leaders Worthing.
Centre Danny Wells, who scored all Henley’s points, put them ahead with a penalty – although the visitors passed up at least three more kicks at goal.
Wells’s first try made it 8-0 and his converted second came after Launceston No 8 Josh Lord and skipper Tom Rawlings had been sin-binned, hooker Liam Dwyer providing the scoring pass.
Full back Kieron Lewitt’s penalty got Launceston on the board and they came on strong as Henley, who had Martin Nutt yellow-carded, relaxed.
Lewitt slotted a second penalty with his side still down to 13.
Hawks felt wing Xavier Andre was denied a try due to a deliberate knock-on and they then had lock Josh McNally sin-binned for a dangerous tackle.
Lewitt slotted two more penalties and converted the decisive try from Lord as Launceston edged it.
Chinnor were unable to help Henley’s cause, falling to a 31-15 defeat at Worthing.
Kiba Richards put Worthing ahead with a try before Chinnor full back Henry Colver slotted a penalty.
James Redmayne bagged try No 2 for the hosts, Joe Govett converting.
Chinnor hit back again when No 8 Liam Gilbert was driven over from a lineout.
Alex Nielsen’s interception try and a score from Ben Dudley, Govett converting both, made it 26-8.
Chinnor scrum half Frank Jones gave them hope with a try after the break, converted by Colver, but Redmayne’s second try sealed the home win, although Richard was yellow-carded.