Canterbury RFC brushed aside by National League Division 2 South title chasers Henley
Canterbury tackle Henley on
Picture: Chris Davey
Canterbury were beaten 31-5 by National 2 South title-chasing
Henley at Merton Lane on Saturday.
The visitors scored four first-half tries to take control and
although the city club improved after the break, they were always
struggling to stay with the second-placed visitors.
Henley’s reward for constant pressure in the opening 40 minutes
was to force a string of errors from the hosts, with one missed
tackle leading to the opening try as wing Johan Holmes evaded Aiden
Moss before dashing to the line, with Will Robinson converting.
It was 12-0 soon after when No.8 Robbie Stapley touched down
from an attacking lineout and Luke Carter pounced on a loose ball
at a scrum to cross, with Robinson kicking the conversion to make
Canterbury’s woes were compounded as skipper Pete Kelly and Alex
Veale were lost to injury and it was not long before Henley secured
a bonus point with Dave Clements touching down.
Fijian Nicky Little came off the bench for Canterbury at the
break but was sin-binned for a high tackle within seven minutes and
after holding out a man down for nine minutes, Canterbury conceded
a fifth try when Holmes added his second score, with the conversion
making it 31-0.
The city club’s sole success came when Wim Baars broke and
combined with Moss down the right with Scott Browne getting the
final touch out wide, as they remained eighth with six games
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