High-scoring defeat for Hornets’ youngsters

Hornets Under-12s.

Hornets Under-12s. - Credit: Archant

Hornets Under-12s lost an entertaining high-scoring encounter against Yatton.

HORNETS’ Under-12s travelled to Yatton and lost a highly entertaining game 42-49.

The game started with great pace and both teams playing some great rugby. Cavey got the first try for Hornets, but Yatton replied with two quick tries and had some great phases resulting in two further tries.

The second half was entertaining as Hornets put the pressure on and some great passing resulted in tries for Deakin and Haywood. Yatton replied with three more tries and it looked like the game was over.

However, Hornets dug deep and fought hard which resulted in tries for Staynings and great run from Deakin. Man of the match Robinson edged over the line for Hornets. Tyers converted five and Almond one.

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Hornets were unlucky not to nick it the last five minutes, but ran out of time as Yatton edged it by one converted try.

The Under-16s welcomed Chard to The Nest for a curtain raiser before both teams met each other in the first XV fixture later in the day.

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A well-rehearsed scrum move paid dividends as Bate broke. The ball was shipped to Holyday and he then gave it back to Bate who stormed over for his first, converted by Humphris.

Some great interplay in the forwards saw Constable, Hancock and Eades made massive inroads into Chard’s half. A scrum five and Bate went over again, soon followed with a try for Wall, converted by Humphris.

Cocking supplied the perfect throw at a line-out and a drive by the forwards and Bate was on hand for his hat-trick, converted by Humphris. Constable was next on the score sheet, before Bate completed his return from a long lay off with his fourth.

Richardson was rewarded with a try of his own, converted by Humphris. Under-15 player Haines scored the next, before Wall completed his hat-trick and Turner crossed over, one converted by Humphris and one by Cooke as Hornets ran out 67-0 winners.

The Under-13s hosted Cleve from Bristol, a side they have never beaten and lost 11 tries to nil last time.

Unfortunately, Hornets had many players absent for various reasons and borrowed some players from the Under-14s. Cleve were still a good side and this showed with their quick ball, good handling and better use of the width of the pitch.

It was another heavy loss as Cleve again ran in 11 tries to nil. Although Hornets had several older players in the side, they did not play as a cohesive unit. Several instances of bunching in the middle of the pitch allowed Cleve to get the ball wide, leaving just Joe Rutter to stop three wingers on his own.

Cleve were slightly lucky with three of their tries as kicked balls somehow manage to avoid bouncing near Hornets’ defenders and always seemed to land in the hands of the attacking Cleve player.

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