Hornets Colts enjoy comprehensive victory

PUBLISHED: 09:23 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:23 17 February 2017

Hornets Colts ran in 10 tries in a comprehensive victory over Burnham.

Hornets Colts welcomed Burnham to a very cold Nest in the latest round of the Gloucestershire League and came out comprehensive 60-7 winners as they ran away with a 10 try to one victory and a bonus point win.

Burnham started brightly, but Hornets’ defence was superb. After 10 minutes of pressure by Burnham, Hornets showed that quality and clinical finishing is huge at this level.

The pack, led by Miell, were starting to control the game and skipper Hancock was outstanding all day. Hitchens, aided by Dover, enabled Blake Williams to deliver quality ball to Humphry at 10 on his starting debut and he put Holyday through a hole for the first, converted by Francis.

Burnham intercepted a loose pass to level the scores, before Miell stole a line-out as the backs linked well, with Francis and Holyday finding Middleton to score a fine try.

Confidence in the team was evident as Constable collected a loose kick in midfield and linked up with his forwards and found Parkman on hand to stretch out to score, converted by Francis.

Again Burnham were under the cosh and a clever kick through by Holyday and Francis collected, drew the full-back and slipped the ball back inside to Holyday for a quality try.

Right on half-time, an infringement by Burnham resulted in a red card for foul play and the day was just going to get tougher for the visitors.

Now with uncontested scrums due to the card, Hornets set about launching from static ball. Miell set off and found Francis and Chamberlain was over, converted by Humphry.

The next was a well-worked scrum move and Constable was strong enough to get over, again converted by Humphry.

Francis was dominating midfield and his turnover and slip to Haynes and the openside powered his way over. With Hancock again collecting the ball from a kick-off, he set off and the resultant ruck allowed Dover to crash over.

Hancock was sublime as he broke and the ball was shipped along the back line and Holyday showed the dummy and went through and he converted his own try.

The last word was Dover’s, as the pack again worked tirelessly as the big second row ploughed over.

The team now prepare for the biggest match of the season so far as they travel to Nailsea & Backwell on February 25, 2.30pm kick-off, in the semi-final of the Somerset Cup.

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