Ewan scores a hat-trick for Hornets

HORNETS Under-10s made the short journey to Cleve on a crisp Sunday morning.

HORNETS Under-10s made the short journey to Cleve in Bristol on a crisp Sunday morning.

The conditions were ideal for running rugby and it didn’t disappoint. Both teams set their intentions out from the start. It was a physical contest with both teams sustaining casualties.

Hornets’ scrum was awesome with Lois, Rhys and Ayden out-scrumming Cleve and providing plenty of ball to the backs. The first score was by Cleve, but Hornets responded with a passage of play which saw Ewan go over for his first of the day.

The second quarter saw a change to the pack with Owen, Tom H and Mitch coming on. However, the Hornets defence fell apart and saw Cleve run in four tries. The highlight was some fine rucking by Nathan and Bradley.


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Hornets dusted themselves down and took the game to Cleve. The ball was constantly in play with Charlie, Tom C and Kyle switching the ball numerous times. All this play resulted in Luke, Ewan and Owen scoring three excellent tries.

With all to play for in the final quarter, Cleve fielded their strongest and biggest side. Hornets responded with disciplined tackling and rucking. Hornets’ tries came from Ewan with his hat-trick and Luke with his second of the day. Man of the match went to Ewan.

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The Under-12s travelled to Cleve to play a strong side and struggled to keep up with their hosts.

In the first game, Louie Vernacombe and Adam Dover did their best to resist the surge of the opposition, whilst Brandon Robinson and Liam Fitzpatrick tackled with ferocity and Paddy Holyday pressurised Cleve into making simple errors.

Cleve got an early try before Hornets struck back. Blake Williams made a break and found Freddie Dolcezza. When he was held up, he fed the ball to Bryn Solomon to score a great try, converted by Jordan Humphris.

This stirred Cleve into life and solid tackling by Blake, Keane Williams and Spencer Coe couldn’t keep them out and last ditch tackles by Alex Francis prevented further scores.

Thomas Cocking made probing runs and Esme Bird was outstanding in both attack and defence. Josh Entwistle was consistently tackling and Jacob Parkman made good ground with the ball.

Tiah Lauder, as usual, was stealing the ball in the tackle off much bigger opposition, whilst Harry Taylor tackled everything that moved. Hornets constantly put pressure on Cleve, but were always thwarted.

The Under-9s visited Cleve and played two games. It was very much a tale of two halves as Hornets played well in the second game, but below par in the first.

Cleve won the first game 2-0 and it was the first time since the opening game of the season that Hornets failed to score a try.

There was some good tackling by Aiden McComiskey, Tim Morris and a try saving tackle by Lawrence Pilgrim, plus Tom Reed was held up just short of the line. However, Cleve took advantage of one or two missed tackles and scored.

In the second game Hornets played much better. Although this was a slightly different Cleve side, they got the ball out of the rucks much quicker thanks to both Bens and this resulted in four tries.

Reeve Bailey showed how to tackle low and around the legs and there were good runs from Tim and Harry McFarling, who was unlucky not to score.

The result ended 8-0 to Hornets with two tries to Alex Leach, one each to Reeve and Reef Morton and four tries to Aiden.

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