Colts keep their unbeaten record

Cleve Colts 6 pts Hornets Colts 46 pts - FOR Hornets' penultimate league match, they travelled to Cleve and came away with their unbeaten league record intact.

Cleve Colts 6 pts

Hornets Colts 46 pts

FOR Hornets' penultimate league match, they travelled to Cleve and came away with their unbeaten league record intact, setting up a winner take all final league match against Dings on April 4.

Hornets started brightly and put points on the board in the first five minutes. An attacking scrum on the Cleve 22 saw Ollie Sheppard pick up and put Sean Disney into space. Jermaine Jones carried the attack and from the resulting ruck, Dexter Nettleton crossed for the first points.


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Two minutes later, from a scrum in their own 22, Jermaine Jones dummied the kick and set the backs in motion. A well-timed pass put Harry Simmons through the gap and with the ball being moved wide to John McCarthy, Matt Cornish rounded off a superb 75-metre attack.

Cleve replied with a penalty and it was not until the half hour mark that Hornets struck again with two clinical finishes.

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From a scrum 30 yards out, Hornets brought a training ground move to the game which saw Tom Bradley hitting the line and space at pace to go over in the corner, to which he added the extras.

Minutes later, a Hornets catch and drive saw the pack walk Cleve back 20 metres before releasing their backs to stretch the defence to the opposite touchline. Winning quick ruck ball, they switched back to the other touchline. Alex Hawkins was found loitering with intent on the wing to crash through.

The second half started much as the first, Hornets scoring two quick tries within seven minutes to effectively end the game as a contest.

Chris Francis took a quick tap penalty 20 metres out to bounce over under the posts. From the kick off, Hornets received and drove up-field before spreading the ball left. Acceleration from Matt Cornish put John McCarthy free on the left put him clear and under the posts.

Hornets forwards had the last say when another catch and drive from an attacking line-out was illegally pulled down and from the quick tap, Chris Francis crashed over for his second.

Not to be outdone, Hornets final score came from another catch and drive, this time driving 20 metres for Alex Hawkins to claim his second.

Pleasing for Hornets coaches was seeing a full bench being utilised, and particularly seeing more Under-17s players such as Jo Keating and Jake Toman coming on.

AGM Services man of the match was Ollie Sheppard.

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