Hornets keep up winning sequence


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Hornets travelled to Gloucester and came away with a comfortable victory against Chosen Hill.


HORNETS 25 pts

HORNETS travelled to Churchdown on the outskirts of Gloucester to play an in-form Chosen Hill, who were on a six match winning run.

Hornets had an early let-off when Hill’s Josh Pettifer knocked-on over the line when the tried to ground the ball. Greg Spellar relieved the pressure with a break, which was illegally stopped, earning the first of four yellow cards for the home side.

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A deliberate knock-on in midfield gave Hornets their first scoring chance, Leatherby kicking the penalty for a 3-0 lead. With Chosen still a man down, a Hornets line-out was collected by Hogarth and the pack drove 45 metres for Chase to touch down. Hornets scored soon again through Hogarth as the visitors went 13-0 up with 20 minutes on the watch. As the half drew to a close, Hornets lost centre Cornish to the bin, but kept their lead

After the break, a series of driving mauls in Chosen’s 22 saw their second player sent to the bin. But minutes after his return, they conceded a third try when No 8 Speller made ground and offloaded to scrum-half Disney to score. Leatherby added the conversion for the visitor to stretch their lead.

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The hosts managed to conjure up a try of their own, but as the game drew to a close, Chosen lost their skipper to the sin bin. With the last play of the match, a line-out was called. The familiar play saw captain Kent throw in, Hogarth catch and the pack drive Chase over for the try.

Hornets played well and centres Gadd and Cornish were always a threat, as was winger Vaughan. Leatherby’s positional kicking kept the visitors on the front foot for the best part and scrum-half Disney got his just rewards with a good try.

On Saturday, Hornets host Keynsham, which will be yet another tough encounter. Kick-off is 2.30pm at The Nest.

Hornets 2nd XV 31 pts

Chew Valley 2nd XV 3 pts

THE seconds entertained Chew Valley at home and from the offset, Hornets’ forwards showed dominance at the breakdown and at scrum time.

A well drilled line-out move saw Whitford throw in, Snelling catch and Hedges driven over for his first try of the season. Whatley kicked through for Owens to touch down under the posts, which Jones converted.

Chew replied with a penalty, but more good team play involving backs and forwards, saw Hornets create an overlap and quick hands from Colling and Kingman led to Hallett diving over for his fourth try of the season. Jones added the extras to give Hornets a 19-3 lead at the break.

In the second half, good team play kept Chew Valley on the back foot and Edwards spotted a gap to go over for his seventh try of the season, followed by a try for Collings. Jones kicked the extras to give a final score of 31-3.

Hornets 3rd XV 71

Crewkerne 2nd XV 0

HORNETS thirds extended their lead at the top of Somerset 3 South with a 13-try home victory over Crewkerne.

The first try from Hornets came after five minutes when Connor Morse turned over the opposition fly-half to allow Rob Owen to cross in the corner. The second try followed shortly afterwards when another turnover from Morse presented quick ball to Paul Sheppard to score, converted by Owen.

Jack Russ scored the next two tries and Greg White and Steffan Russ also added their name to the try scoring list. Kyle Cox went over from short range and with the last play of the half, a driving maul from 15 metres out resulted in a try for Ben Briffitt to give Hornets a 44-0 half-time lead.

Straight from the restart, White added his second score of the afternoon, with Owen’s conversion taking the score past 50. Mark Millman crashed over a few minutes later and White crossed for his hat-trick.

The last 10 minutes saw tries for Des Allen and Ash Kingshant to take the final score to 71-0. Man of the match was Connor Morse.

Hornets win took on added significance as second-placed Chard lost at Minehead, meaning they extended their lead to 10 points at the top of Somerset 3 South.

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