Bonus point victory for Hornets Colts
Hornets Colts picked up a bonus point with a 26-15 victory at Old Reds.
PLAYING their first competitive league fixture together, Hornets Colts came away from Old Reds with a 26-15 bonus point win.
They dominated the opening 10 minutes and opened the scoring when a quick penalty found its way to Oli Coppage, who capped his Marc Hartley Construction man of the match performance with a try under the posts.
The visitors continued to dominate, particularly in the forwards, and scrum-half Matt Cates benefitted from a huge push to collect the ball and go over for the second try.
Hornets secured a 21-0 half-time lead shortly afterwards, with a fantastic team try finished once again by Cates. Jack Osborne was on form, kicking all three conversions.
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Old Reds came out for the second half in determined mood, and reduced the deficit with two tries. With their tails up, only a last ditch tackle by Aedan Coleman prevented them scoring again.
Fielding a 23-man squad, every player got game time and with several players playing out of their regular position, Old Reds scored their third unconverted try in the 68th minute.
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Desperate to hold onto their lead, Hornets pushed forward from the restart, and secured the win when good play by Jacob Hill, Byron Marriott and Aaron Fry, set up Coleman for the final score.
After superb pre-season training sessions, the Under-16s took on Chew Valley and ran out convincing 83-10 winners.
Debutant Sam Bate collected the ball and linked up with Rory Hancockand a kick by Humphris put the ball behind the defence and Cocking was on hand to open the scoring.
More great interplay and offloads between the forwards got Hornets deep into Chew territory and when scrum-half Taylor set the backs off and Keane Williams finished off a superb try, converted by Humphris.
Following a mistake by Chew, a score by captain Richardson, converted by Humphris put Hornets were in control. Further first-half tries were scored by Chamberlain, Richardson and Holyday, two converted by Humphris.
After the break, Cocking was first to score, converted by Williams, followed by another for Holyday. Chew came back at Hornets and scored two tries, with a little help from Bate, who was on loan to the visitors for the second half.
Spencer Coe rounded off another move in the backs with a fine try, before Chamberlain completed his hat-trick in a superb period of controlled play by Hornets, one of which was converted by Williams.
Stand-in scrum-half Taylor capped a superb game as he side-stepped and jinked his way through to score the last try, converted by Humphris.