Lions continue to roar with seven-try win
Hayle 48, Veor 5
HAYLE continued their steady climb up the table with a seven try win over local rivals Veor at the Memorial Park on Saturday, writes Patrick Rescorla.
It was not all one way traffic, however, Veor enjoyed periods of pressure but Hayle's defence was as efficient as their attack and restricted them to only one score.
It was Veor who started this game the stronger, and for the first quarter they had the better of the play. But Hayle took full advantage of the two opportunities they had when Martin Strick kicked a penalty on seven minutes and 11 minutes later Lions' scrum half Stefan Osborne darted through the Veor defence Martin Strick converted the try to give Hayle a 10-0 lead against the run of play.
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Veor came back quickly and scored four minutes later when they moved the ball wide and winger Andrew Hitchens crossed in the corner for an unconverted try after 22 minutes.
Hayle then increased the tempo and were rewarded when Scott Harvey cut through and went under the posts following a Hayle driving maul. Martin Strick converted to stretch Hayle's lead to 17-5. Five minutes later Harvey scored again with a fabulous solo try when he touched down after chipping over the Veor defence. Martin Strick converted.
Hayle went looking for the try bonus point and got it when Rob Goodman charged down a Veor clearance kick and followed up to touch down. The conversion was missed, leaving the half time score Hayle 34-5.
Hayle increased their lead soon after the restart when Osborne again touched down after Hayle counter attacked from inside their own half.
The Lions were in complete control but had to wait until the 60th minute for the next score when Doug Arnull scored after several unsuccessful attacks. Strick converted to take the score to 41-5.
Veor fought bravely and had the better of the last quarter, coming close several times only to be robbed by some last ditch Hayle tackling. Two yellow cards in the last 10 minutes did help their cause and it was Hayle who finished the scoring when flanker Rob Goodman broke through the Veor defence and ran 50 metres to score a try under the posts which Strick duly converted.
The Hayle forwards again played well in the set piece, supplying their lively threequarters with a good supply of quality possession. Veor are a better team than their league position suggests and will be disappointed that they did not make more of the opportunities they created.
Lions coach Danny Clackworthy said: "I thought Veor started very strong and showed some great ball carrying and handling.
"We stuck to our game plan and tried to play in the right areas of the field and as the game got away from them their heads dropped and our fitness was the difference.
"All the lads are showing the results of a great pre-season but I have to mention Rob Goodman, who has not only changed position from the wing to back row but has been outstanding in every game.
"There is definitely more to come from us and we frustrated ourselves at times, but to win by that margin and be unhappy can only be a good thing."
Hayle will be pleased with a bonus point win against a dogged Veor team, however if they are to be in the running for promotion they need to continue this good form when the visit Newquay Hornets this Saturday (3pm).
Hayle: Adam Strick, Luke Richardson, Bruce Pow, Tony Matthews, Richard Spear, Josh Smitham, Rob Goodman, Alex Thornton, Stefan Osborne, Scott Harvey, Lewis Laity, Martin Strick, Doug Arnull, Talan Daniels, Rob Cutter. Reps: David Penrose, Josh Heath, Daniel Magee.
Scorers: Hayle – Tries - Stefan Osborne (2), Scott Harvey (2), Rob Goodman (2), Doug Arnull. Convs - Martin Strick (5). Pen - Martin Strick. Veor – Try: Andrew Hitchens.