Hornets triumph with last kick of the day

PUBLISHED: 09:24 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:24 17 February 2017

Dave Litt converted a penalty to give Hornets Development XV victory with the last kick of the game.

Gordano 1st XV 25 pts

Hornets Development XV 27 pts

Hornets Development team travelled to Gordano on the back of a good start to the year.

From the off, Hornets realised they were in for a game as Gordano started the brighter and came at Hornets with an abrasive attitude to defence and attack. The early stages had both teams enjoy possession, but it was the home side that enjoyed the territory and early chances.

The deadlock was broken with a Gordano penalty, which was quickly followed by a try when the ball came off a Gordano head with the home side able to pounce on the loose ball to make it 8-0.

The home side scored their next try, with the Hornets’ defence falling off tackles. The home side increased their lead further with another try to make it 18-0 at half-time.

Hornets began the second half on the front foot and it was not long before some good forward play led to the ball being spread through the hands to Matthew Vaughan, who was able to cross out wide.

Gordano did not take this lying down and stretch their lead to 25-5 with another converted try. Hornets managed to deploy their game plan which opened space for the backs to again find Vaughan in space for his second of the game. This was converted by David Litt to make it 25-12.

Following a scrum on the Gordano five-metre line, Phil Hogarth was able to gallop over with Litt converting to narrow the gap to just six points.

Following the kick-off and knock-on, Hornets were able to turn the ball over which allowed Hogarth to make a break from the base. After beating a couple of defenders, he offloaded to Stuart Vinnicombe for his 11th try of the season and reduce the gap to just one point.

The game now became very tight in the final five minutes, but with time running out and in the last play, Hornets were awarded a penalty from the breakdown which allowed Litt to step up and win the match with the last kick of the game.

Special mention for Phil Hogarth for his constant work around the park.

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