Hornets juniors lose out to late try


A late try by visitors Chippenham saw them beat Hornets Under-15s 29-24.

Hornets Under-15s hosted a strong and well-organised Chippenham side, losing an entertaining game 29-24.

The visitors showed their intent and confidence from the whistle by keeping the ball in hand and running from deep. This paid off as they scored two quick converted tries for a early 14-point lead.

Hornets did well too get themselves back into the game and kept Chippenham pinned in their own half. From a set piece on the 22, Luke ran a great line to go in unopposed under the posts, with Charlie Fairhurst adding the conversion.

From the restart, Hornets worked through several phases before second row Tom Howling broke from a ruck to crash through the defence to score.

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Chippenham were unlucky not be awarded a third try when their player was judged to have not grounded the ball. Hornets were awarded a scrum from which they turned defence into attack, leading to a second try for Collins on the stroke of half-time.

The start of the second half was almost a carbon copy of the first, with Chippenham scoring two quick unconverted tries. Hornets settled and Howling spotted a gap in the defence to score his second try, converted by Fairhurst to bring the scores level at 24-24.

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With the game drawing to an end and a draw looking likely, it was the visitors who had the final say with a score out wide to finish victorious 29-24. Special mention to Tom Howling for producing his best game to date.

In perfect conditions, Weston Under-8s travelled to Cheddar to play games against their hosts and a Crewkerne side.

The Weston team started well in their first match against Cheddar, with Charlie Calcutt (three tries) opening the scoring with a great run to the corner and Joshua Kaschek scoring the first of his four tries with a trademark run.

Sam Bishop defended well and was rewarded with a try when Joshua slipped him a perfect inside pass. Cheddar showed some good pace and sound handling as they responded with some well-worked tries, before Corey Morrissey (3) and Samuel Morgan sealed the Weston victory at 13-7.

The second match saw different Weston and Cheddar teams lock horns in another hard-fought and entertaining match.

Weston defended hard all game with Lissy Rogerson and Choo Bevan proving hard to get past. In attack, Adam Donachie ran well and scored an excellent diving try in the corner.

Will Stiddard showed his pace with a breakaway try just before half-time, while Ashleigh Truscott also had a strong game scoring a deserved try, set up by Abi Brown. Despite some great effort and resilient defence from the Weston team, Cheddar ran out 7-3 winners.

The final match saw Weston take on the travelling Crewkerne side and they produced some of their best team rugby of the season.

Excellent defensive work kept the tourists at bay, while the Weston side got on the scoreboard with a try apiece for Sam B, Samuel M, Oliver M, Corey and Charlie.

Good passing and support play throughout the match was much in evidence and the extra pace of Joshua (five tries) finished off several good attacking moves.

The Crewkerne side ran and passed well, scoring some excellent tries, but in the end Weston pulled away to win the match 11-6.

Special mention should go to Lissy and Abi, who pulled on Crewkerne’s colours to make up their numbers.

Weston U11s travelled to neighbouring Cheddar for a 3 way fixture with the hosts and Crewkerne. The first game saw the two visiting teams play each other, which produced some excellent rugby from both sides. Strong runs down the wing from Crewkerne produced some excellent defending play from Weston, leading to quick and impressive counter attacks each time. This allowed Weston to finish the game 7-2 winners. Weston’s tries came from Ryan, Kurtis (3), Bayley, Brett and Luke. With just a 5 minute respite in between, Weston then moved onto their game against hosts Cheddar. The home team started well with a 2-0 lead in the opening few minutes, resulting from well drilled play at the breakdowns. Weston maintained their composure and did well to bring the final score in at 5-5. Tries for Weston came from Kurtis (2), Ryan, Brett and Luca. Man of the match over both games - Dylan.

The Under-9s travelled to Cheddar and ended up playing four games against Crewkerne and coming out ahead on the day.

The Weston Warthogs played the first game against a big opposition and despite some heroic tackling from new boy Joe Jenkinson and Tom Addereley, the opposition proved too strong.

Fin Simpson and Leon Beard were awesome in defence, but it was going forward that they really caught the eye, with some silky passing. Dominic Hawkins showed great determination and skill in the offload, setting up opportunities, but ultimately the team came up just short at 6-8.

In their second game, the Warthogs proved just how strong a side they are with a convincing win over the opposition with everyone stepping up to the tackling plate.

Harry Gadsden starred with a clutch of tries to his name, but it was the team’s workrate in defence that really shone, with Joe Jenkinson, Fin Simpson and Leon Beard again showing that size really doesn’t matter. The Warthogs ran out convincing 10-4 winners to close out the day.

Meanwhile, the Weston Wolves were unbeaten on the day, running in 10 tries in the first match, with trademark bursts from Jayden Hood and Sam Pinchbeck leading the way. Lewis Brown was strong with ball in hand and Jack Groom was determined in defence, leading the tackle count.

In their second game, the Wolves found the going harder, but still managed a draw against the stronger of the Crewkerne sides.

The game saw great chasing back from Jayden Hood to deny a couple of tries and great support running from Sam Pinchbeck to score and set up tries.

The most determined try of the day was to Amelia Groom, who would not be denied as she scored a fine try. However, the last word must go to newcomer Liam Holbrook, who, a little unsure of the finer points of the game, certainly gets the run forward and run fast instruction, netting a total of 10 tries for the day.

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