Plate triumph for Hornets Girls
PUBLISHED: 10:07 17 March 2017
Hornets Under-15 Girls defeat Sidmouth & Bideford to win the South West Regional Plate competition.
Hornets Under-15 Girls 41 pts
Sidmouth & Bideford 5 pts
Hornets Under-15 Girls won the South West Regional Plate competition by overcoming a talented Sidmouth and Bideford side from Devon in the final.
Hornets started well, but were stopped by some outstanding defence by Sidmouth. Slightly against the run of play, the Devonians took the lead with an unconverted try.
From the restart, it was again Hornets that held the upper hand and captain Georgia White dived over from close range, converted by Ruby Richardson.
Hornets devastating back division then took over. First centres Tianna Franks and Sophie Adams both scored tries before half-time, with Adams converting one.
After the break, fly-half Richardson and wing Paige Nigh both hit doubles on the try count, while Ella Hutchinson added a conversion to complete the scoring.
Outside backs Ella Hutchinson, Harrie Payne and Lily Jones were at their best with some ferocious defence and lightning attacks as the spaces began to open up.
In the second half, Louise Chapman and Ruby Pring’s huge tackles on their opposite numbers had the crowd wincing and set the tone for Hornets defensive efforts.
The front row of Jess Delaney, Sophie Reed, captain White and later Beth Wood and Georgia Spencer were dominating at set piece and uncompromising at the breakdown.
Forwards Charmaine Bowen, Meg Snook, Chloe Young and Lana Davies all worked tirelessly to win the ball. Special mention must go to backrower Millie Mann, who caught the eye on more than one occasion with both her powerful carries and tackles.
Scrum-halves Lottie Dadds and Olivia Brunt ensured a quick service all game and it was the speed of Hornets play that finally broke a spirited S&B side, who boasted some very good players themselves.
This is a fantastic achievement for this mostly Under-14 team, who have improved immensely over the season. Parent’s player of the game went to Ruby Richardson, while coaches’ player was Sophie Reed.