Hornettes triumph in last home match of the season

PUBLISHED: 09:16 13 April 2018

Lily Edgar-Wilson.

Lily Edgar-Wilson.

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Hornettes enjoyed a comfortable victory in their last home match of the season.

Hornettes Ladies 44 pts

Aretians Ladies 7 pts

The Hornettes welcomed the Aretians Ladies to The Nest for their last home league game of the season.

Nerves were settled early when the Hornettes secured a solid scrum, scrum-half Kerrianne Williams picked up the ball, drew in a couple of defenders, slipped the ball to fly-half Abbey Constable, who sold a dummy and ran in the first try of the game from 60 metres, Emma Small converting.

Shortly after, right winger Scarlett Macmillan, having sprinted down the wing for 50 metres and at the point of crossing the try line was pushed into touch, where she sustained a knee injury and needed to be substituted.

Flanker Sara Curtis managed to mop up a loose Aretians line-out ball and drive the ball forward and from the resulting scrum, Williams darted over from close range.

The Aretians used a forwards driving game to move up the field, but although they made ground they could not make the final break. Hornettes replied when Emma Small put in a grubber kick behind the defensive line and Emma Britton outsprinted the defensive cover to score, Small converting.

The final try of the first-half came when Curtis again disrupted an Aretians line-out driving into the forwards, the ruck clear-out was swift and effective and Small drove over to score to make the score 24-0.

The second half scoring again started from an overthrown Aretians line-out, collected by second row Nicki Orme who drove the ball forward, with Lily Edgar-Wilson collecting the final pass to score.

Hornettes’ next score came from a scrum penalty, where Williams took a quick tap, catching the defence on the back foot, passing to Hannah Handsford who outran the defence to crash over the line and score.

The home side continued to attack, but were turned over at a ruck in the middle of the pitch and for once the Hornettes defensive line was not set and Aretians exploited the space to score under the posts and convert.

This gave the Aretians renewed spirit and their next attack, their winger was brought down by Edgar-Wilson with five metres to spare and with help from Emma Steer bundled into touch.

This defensive effort lifted the Hornettes and from the next scrum the ball was passed out by Williams to Constable, who wrong-footed the defence and ran in her second try from 70 metres.

Hornettes had time for one last try and from a concerted phase of attacks, Steer managed to secure turnover ball and run in for a try.

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