Hornets gain an unexpected bonus point

Hornets v Barton Hill.

Hornets v Barton Hill. - Credit: Archant

Hornets travelled to Berry Hill with some trepidation having lost to the home side in the National Cup back in January, but came away with victory.

Berry Hill 14 pts

Hornets 24 pts

HORNETS travelled to Berry Hill with some trepidation having lost to the home side in the National Cup back in January.

The rearranged pack, with four changes, soon settled into their stride and their first try came after 14 minutes when a clearance kick was fielded by the Hornets cover. The ball was moved through the centres and Cornish found himself out wide with a bit of room to squeeze over.

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Disney and Leatherby combined to put Gadd into space anad he broke the final tackle to score, Jones hit the conversion and Hornets were 12-0 up. The Berry forwards started to get their game going, and they drove over the line to reduce the deficit to five points at the break.

The second half started with the home side crossing again after another drive to the line and took the lead after the conversion.

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Hornets made more changes to the forwards with Nash coming on for Kinchant, Chenoweth went into the second row with Haines taking over at prop from Grimes.

This settled the set piece again and with fresh legs on the park, plus Hogarth and Speller now starting to work in tandem, Hornets started to turn over ball in the loose.

A quick turnover in the home side’s 22 saw the ball move along the backs and Jones collected the pass out wide to squeeze over. He missed the conversion, but Hornets were now back in the lead as the game entered its final quarter.

Jones missed a penalty attempt and as tempers began to fray, Berry’s No 7 was show a yellow card. The extra man and Hewlett’s pace saw Hornets set up camp in Berry’s half.

A Hornets line-out in the Berry 22 gave Leatherby enough space to squeeze through the gap to go in under the posts. Jones added the extras for Hornets to move 10 points clear with three minutes left on the watch.

For Hornets to come away 24-14 winners with an unexpected bonus point was a good result on the day considering the changes made to the side.

On Saturday, Hornets play host to North Bristol at the Nest with the home side looking to avenge their 23-18 defeat at the hands of the visitors back in September. Kick-off will be at 2.30pm.

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