Hornettes ladies see off Minehead in super show

PUBLISHED: 13:02 12 October 2017

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The Hornettes Ladies welcomed Minehead Ladies to the ‘Nest’ on Sunday for their first home game of the season. It was a fine and sunny day and allowed for a flowing game of rugby.

Minehead started

trongly using their powerful pack to clear out the rucks, and played a pick and drive up the middle tactic.

This put the Hornettes on the back foot, and allowed Minehead to score the first try of the game. It took a few minutes for the Hornettes to play themselves into the game, and as they worked up the pitch they were awarded a penalty. From the penalty, Abbey Constable received a quick pass, breaking the line and allowing the backs to use quick hands, releasing Lindsay Pilgrim into space to score the Hornettes first try of the afternoon.

Emma Small converted the try, taking the Hornettes into a 7-5 lead. The Hornettes then began to attack with more purpose, and from a line out Sinead Boys managed to collect a Minehead throw in. The ball was passed out wide, causing Minehead to infringe and from the resulting penalty Abbey Constable crashed over the try line to score, with Emma Small again converting taking the score to 14-5.

Taking advantage of some front foot ball, Kerrianne Williams was doing some great back up work, took an inside pass at pace, and ran in the Hornettes third try, taking the half-time score to 19-5.

Minehead started the second half strongly, scoring three quick tries through some opportunistic play, caused by the Hornettes switching off and reacting slowly to the referee’s whistle, Minehead now leading by 19-20. Fortunately, the Hornettes regrouped and began to get their running game back. Lily Edgar-Wilson cut a good line, and escaped the last ditch tackles to take the Hornettes back into the lead.

The Hornettes now started to dominate the rucks and won some valuable turn over ball, releasing the ball out wide for Scarlett Macmillan, playing as winger for the first time, to score. Next Kerrianne Williams was released into a gap and zig-zagged her way to the line, wrong footing three defenders on her way to score under the posts, for Emma Small to convert. Following up a break by debutante Gabriella Jade on the wing, inside centre Emma Britton got her reward for running hard all day, exploiting space down the touchline to score. The final play of the game saw Lindsay Pilgrim score under the posts, and Emma Small convert, taking the final score to a 48-20 win to the Hornettes.

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