Hornets denied by late penalties
Newquay Hornets 18 pts Hornets 14 pts - THE battle of the two Hornet sides in Cornwall was an even match with both sides playing entertaining rugby of a high quality.
Newquay Hornets 18 ptsHornets 14 ptsTHE battle of the two Hornet sides in Cornwall was an even match with both sides playing entertaining rugby of a high quality.The first half started with Hornets playing with a strong wind at their backs and down the slope, with Lloyd-Jones' tactical kicking pinning the hosts deep into their own half. A break by captain Disney set up the first real opportunity after beating a couple of would-be tackles he passed inside to Morrissey whose soft hands moved the ball to Fairedey only to be stopped short of the line. As the first half wore on with several attacks by both sides, Newquay began to assert themselves with their own brand of power rugby, keeping the ball close to the break-down area they found a gap to force over the try line to open the scoring, this being converted to open up a 7-0 scoreline. Hornets upped the pace with Fergisson making a couple of half breaks and from one Newquay were guilty of killing the ball and Lloyd-Jones slotted over the penalty. Back came Newquay who set up camp on the Hornets try line but for some body-breaking tackles by Baker and Frazier would surely have scored. Hornets' attitude to use the ball paid dividends when Simmonds suffered a high tackle and Lloyd-Jones put them a point behind at half time with another penalty. Hornets started the second half in dominant fashion with Chenoweth and Donnegan causing mayhem in the scrums, providing quality ball for Lloyd-Jones to direct the play. From one such scrum deep in the Newquay half, a training ground move sent Partridge through. With one defender to beat he jinked left and right before diving over in the corner for a try. Back came Newquay again, keeping the ball tight to their physical forwards to force themselves over to record a scoreline of 12-11 to the home sides. With captain Disney leading from the front Hornets replied again with Lloyd-Jones putting over a monstrous drop goal from some 40 meters to put them back in front again. Newquay would not lie down and with time running out their scrum-half slotted over two penalties to record a victory.Hornets can be proud of their efforts against a strong Cornish side unbeaten at home this season and would like to thank the large crowd who travelled to Newquay the support always helps.