Hornets Girls win well on the road

PUBLISHED: 15:55 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 26 September 2018

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Hornets Under-18 girls recorded an emphatic victory over Cullompton.

Cullompton Under-18 Girls 12 pts

Hornets Under-18 Girls 72 pts

Hornets travelled to Devon knowing this would be their toughest test of the season so far against a well-established Cullompton side.

Hornets started strongly when Amy Coles’ long kick off was chased by Charmaine Bowen and a rushed clearance kick found Coles on the run, her outside pass to Gemma Batts saw the winger dive over with less than a minute on the clock.

The visitors’ next try would see centre pairing Ruby Richardson and Coles exchange passes, before Richardson offloaded to full-back Ella Hutchinson to double the lead.

Cullompton pulled a try back to make the score 10-5. The next score was a superb solo run by Hutchinson after fielding a clearance kick on halfway, scorched around the chase for a wonderful try.

Batts added her second which was converted by Coles c. Hornets’ fifth try was another beauty with Richardson making a half break and her one-handed offload set Coles free. She added the conversion herself before Cully once again broke the Hornets line to make the half time score 38-12 to Hornets.

After the break, Hornets kept up the pressure and soon scored tries by Richardson and Cass Hancock (converted by Coles).

Georgia Seviour was next to score and Coles scored a converted try, followed by a second for Seviour, again converted by for a final score of 72-12 to the Nest girls.

The tight five of Hannah Capes, Kerri Townsend, Megan Robb, Millie Mann, Heidi Swarbrick and later on Alicia Hancock were selfless in their efforts to win and maintain possession of the ball for the team, with Swarbrick outstanding.

Ruby Pring, Charmaine Bowen and Lois Bird seemed to be everywhere and all three enjoyed marvelous games. Katie Reynolds at No 8 had her best defensive game, making numerous hits on Cully’s big carriers.

Despite many top performances on the day, Lottie Dadds gave a masterclass of everything a team needs in their nine shirt and was awarded the player of the match.

This weekend, Hornets face another stern test as the highly-rated Devonport Services visit the Nest.

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