Somerset tour honours for Hornettes ladies

PUBLISHED: 09:56 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 08 September 2017

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Somerset County RFU invited five ladies from Hornettes to take part in a rugby tour to Belfast.

Five Hornettes’ ladies, Abbey Constable, Beth Page, Stacie Godfrey, Sara Curtis and Ros Forbes, were invited by the Somerset County RFU to take part in a rugby tour to Belfast.

Sadly Sara Curtis and Ros Forbes became unavailable to tour, but still have the honour of being invited.

The tour took a team of 23 playersto play in the Malone 10s competition. This festival of rugby, the first of its kind in Ireland, had teams from England, France, USA, Canada, Isle of Man and Ireland competing in the largest organised female rugby event in Irish history.

Somerset beat teams from Ireland, USA and Canada to progress into the semi-final where they beat another Canadian side to reach the final, with both Constable and Godfrey scoring tries along the way. Somerset met a strong side from France in the final where they were beaten to the top spot.

Following the conclusion of the festival, Malone RFC had organised the inaugural Ireland v England women’s legends game, where ex-international players enjoyed a 12-12 draw.

Saturday was the women’s World Cup final at the Kingspan Stadium. The team took the opportunity to explore Belfast and were given tickets to the World Cup final.

Somerset got back playing rugby in a 10s competition at Carrickfergus and beat three teams from England and one from Ireland, to reach the final of this tournament, but were agonisingly intercepted at 12-10 with less than a minute to go.

Hornettes Ladies travelled to St Mary’s Old Boys for a pre-season friendly game, on a wet and windy afternoon.

The visitors spent the first 25 minutes defending and despite big tackles put in by Emma Britton, Hornettes conceding three tries and two conversions finding themselves 19-0 down.

On the first adventure into opposition half, Hornettes gained a penalty which was taken quickly by Frankie Robins. Good play by Hannah Handsford set up Abbey Constable for a try, converted by Stacie Saunders. However, St Mary’s scored twice more to take the score to 31-5.

After the break, Saunders collected the ball and ran the ball straight back to score in the corner. Ten minutes later Beth Page jinked her way over the try line to score her first Hornettes try.

With five minutes to go, Constable scored under the posts for Sinead Boys to convert. Just before the full-time whistle, Lily Edgar-Wilson, playing her first game for the ladies, having come up from the Under-18 girls this season, was stopped just short of the line to leave the final score 31-24 to St Mary’s.

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