Development XV finish on top in derby encounter

PUBLISHED: 10:06 17 March 2017

Hornets Development XV enjoyed a hard-fought derby victory over near neighbours Weston United.

Hornets Development XV 29 pts

Weston United 19 pts

On what was a perfect day for a game of free-flowing rugby, both Hornets Development and Weston United did not disappoint.

The crowd knew they would be in for a lively first 10 minutes and the early deadlock was broken following a penalty at the breakdown, which David Litt kicked to make it 3-0 to the home side.

This was soon followed by some good play from Weston, who were also awarded a penalty, which was converted by Chapman.

Hornets seemed to settle into their stride and with the set piece providing good ball, it allowed Bailey Jackson, Robert Dempsey and Josh Hallett to make an impact around the park.

This was shown further following some Weston indiscipline and a well-taken line-out as Craig Withers was able to drive over to score against his old club. This was converted by Litt to make it 10-3.

From the kick-off, Hornets were able to mount sustained pressure and it was not long before Hornets were on the score sheet again, when Josh Hallett was able to capitalise on a quick tap penalty and score under the posts, Litt converting.

Weston came back at the Hornets and following another penalty from Chapman reduced the score to 17-6. This seemed to spur the home team on and Paul Cullum was able to ghost through the Weston defence to score under the posts, with Litt converting.

As half-time approached, Weston were able to mount a few attacks, which resulted in a try out wide to make it 24-11.

The break seemed to suit the away team best as following the restart, Weston scored a penalty and a try to reduce the gap..

The rest of the half then turned into a battle of wills, with both teams playing excellent attacking rugby, only to be met with an equal defence. On the Hornets side, special mentions to go Joe Howe, Dexter Nettleton and Mark Sheridan who led from the front.

The game was put out of Weston’s reach when prop Iain Cullum galloped in from 20 metres for a well deserved try to cap off an excellent performance.

Special mentions go to Phil Hobbs, captaining the home side and setting the standard and also John Xanh, making his first start at scrum-half.

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