Girls run riot with emphatic victory in Sidmouth
PUBLISHED: 15:29 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:29 29 November 2017
Hornets Girls Under-15s enjoyed an emphatic victory against a combined Sidmouth and Paignton team.
Sidmouth & Paignton 5 pts
Hornets Under-15 Girls 76 pts
Hornets enjoyed their second bus trip of the year, this time down to Sidmouth in Devon to play a combined Sidmouth and Paignton team.
Despite having only 13 players unavailable, the 17 left did themselves proud and produced a superb display to comfortably run out winners in a decent test for the Hornets girls.
Harrie Payne and Ella Hutchinson combined to put the latter through for the first of her five tries on the day. Hornets were soon on the scoreboard again when swift handling by the backline saw Erin Edwards dot down in the corner.
Hutchinson then put fellow centre Cass Hancock in for another brilliant try, Lily Jones added the conversion. Another beautifully-timed pass from the outstanding Payne sent Hutchinson clear to the line for her second try as the pair began to forge a successful partnership.
Edwards added her second try shortly after, before Hornets introduced county forwards Tianna Franks and Sophie Adams to the fray along with Georgia Seviour who was returning after an ankle injury.
It was no surprise to see Adams quickly get her name on the scoresheet by converting her own try. Sidmouth and Paignton got themselves on the scoreboard when an interception on their own line resulted in an exciting 90 metre chase to the line, leaving the score at 39-5 at half time.
The second half saw Hornets run in eight tries, with Hutchinson adding an impressive hat-trick to her first half double, Adams adding a second try and conversion. Hancock also helped herself to a second try.
Payne ghosted through a gap to cap a fine performance with a try, while captain Millie Mann added a try, before Seviour powered over for another cracking try.
The front row of Paige Swain, Miriam Bailey and Jess Delaney enjoyed strong games, while Ellie Maher and Trinity Goold both played extremely well in the second row, with Goold winning the player of match award, beating off a strong challenge from Hutchinson.
Ruby Pring was again the star of the breakdown while Mann, Adams and Franks also put in big shifts in the backrow. Beth Webber also played her best game of the season and Lottie Dadds continues to impress along with half-back partner Payne.
Centres Hutchinson and Hancock were dangerous in attack and miserly in defence throughout. In Paige Hoddinott, Seviour, Edwards and in particular on this day Lily Jones, Hornets possess some frightening pace and power in the wide channels.