Five try Francis on fire

HORNETS Colts travelled to Wiveliscombe to play a double header Somerset Cup quarter-final and league fixture, having already beaten Wiveliscombe earlier in the season and again came away victorious scoring 11 tries to one.

HORNETS Colts travelled to Wiveliscombe to play a double header Somerset Cup quarter-final and league fixture, having already beaten Wiveliscombe earlier in the season and again came away victorious scoring 11 tries to one.

From the first scrum where Hornets larger pack drove the Wiveliscombe pack back, it looked like the home side were in for a long afternoon. It took two minutes for Hornets to score their first try when Reece Watson was put through to score under the posts, he then converted to put the away side 7-0 up. Three minutes later, following a line-out, Hornets caught and drove to score through hooker Chris Francis.

What followed then was five minutes of devastating running by Matt Cornish, scoring a hat-trick of unconverted tries and taking the score to 27-0 after just 15 minutes.

The next score came when Francis scored his second from wide out. The final score of the half came after a 22 metre catch and drive trundled over with Jonny Mitchell touching down, making the score 37-0 at the halfway mark.


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The second half started differently, Hornets seemed to switch off and Wivvy scored a converted try. For the next 10 minutes Hornets seemed to lose all structure and seemed in disarray until they managed to score when the two most dangerous players on the pitch, Cornish and Francis combined, with Cornish going down the blindside before passing over the shoulder to Francis who bundled himself over.

Francis was now playing like a man possessed, as well as making storming runs he made some bone crunching hits on the opposition. It was not surprising when he scored the next two tries, taking his tally to five for the day.

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The final try was scored with the last move of the game when flanker Rich Cooksley picked up a difficult ball to score. Joe Keating with two conversions and Jermaine Jones with one, completed the scoring to make it 63-7.

Francis’ fine performance earned him the Windsor Bar and Restaurant man of the match.

The draw for the Somerset Cup pitches Hornets against Weston and Bath take on Yatton.

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