Hornets make it two from two

Hornets made it two wins from two games in the Gloucestershire Under-18s League when they ran in eight tries without reply against Keynsham.

HORNETS made it two wins from two games in the Gloucestershire Under-18s League when they ran in eight tries without reply against Keynsham.

Hornets’ first try of the afternoon came after a break by Jordy Kirk was well supported by Joe Smith, who took an inside pass to score. Slick handling and direct running then freed up Arthur Rousell to register the second try.

Their third try was a carbon copy of their first, although this time Smith was stopped just short, but he was able to find Ben Resiegh who touched down. Centre Adam Francis was next on the scoresheet with a fine try. Francis converted three of the tries to put Hornets 26 points to the good at the break.

Hornets rang the changes at the interval, but the quality remained and it was not long before Sam Balkham was crossing the whitewash. Their next try was beauty, a powerful break by Alex Colborne and a deft offload found Louis Symiakos to score.


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Craig Nicholls added Hornets’ seventh try and John Xanh wrapped up the try scoring when he timed his run to perfection off centre Conor Littlewood’s pass.

Littlewood added two second half conversions to leave the score at 50-0. Lewis Brake was awarded the Woolpack Inn man of the match award.

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The Under-14s defeated Wells 44-0 at Hutton Moor. They took the lead from a line-out, with Holyday finishing off the move.

Soon after, a good move by Keane Williams and Turner saw Solomon on hand to dive over. More pressure by the forwards and good scrummaging by Entwistle secured good ball and Solomon scampered in for another try, converted by Williams for a half-time score of 17-0.

After the break, Solomon soon completed his hat-trick. Good play from Richardson saw Eades cross for his first try for the club.

Solid defence by Coe, Blake Williams and Taylor kept Wells out and good runs by Vearncombe, Dolcezza and Parkman moved Hornets away from their 22. A classic counter-attack by Hornets found Turner in space.

When he was stopped just short, Robinson was on hand to scorch over for a great try. Cocking was enjoying spaces out in midfield found support on his inside, Dover crossing again, converted by Humphris. Caple scored the final try to take the score to 44-0.

WINSCOMBE Under-14s continued their terrific start to the season with a dominant 76-29 win against Thornbury.

With a large squad of 23 players to choose from, the coaches played three 20 minute sessions.

Winscombe stunned the visitors with three tries in the first 12 minutes. Tristan Greene was first to score. A run from Connor Wall saw him go close, then Joe Hartshorne was tackled just short of the line.

Greene made it two when he scored under the posts from a well-worked penalty. Jack Painter completed the trio of quick scores when he crossed the line.

A Thornbury clearance kick was gathered by Wall and he ran through for his first try. Winscombe continued to dominate in all phases of the game and scored two more tries with George Harrison and Adam Elkins getting on the score sheet. Thornbury replied with a try in the last minute of the first session.

At the start of the second period, the visitors scored twice. Winscombe rallied and scored two tries through Wall and Greene. New player Ben Cole also got on the score sheet with his first try for the club after a run by centre Greene.

Thornbury fought on and pressurised the home side’s try line with successive drives, which were rewarded with a try.

The third period started fairly evenly. Winscombe finally broke the deadlock when weaved his way through the defence to score his third of the game. Winscombe scored again from a well-controlled scrum.

Flanker Harrison picked up the ball and powered through for his second. Another new player, Billy Brooker, scored Winscombe’s final try when he drove though under the posts.

Fly-half Hartshorne had a good day with the boot, converting eight of Winscombe’s tries. Thornbury had the final say with a consolation try in the final minute.

A HASTILY-arranged fixture saw Weston Under-13s welcome neighbours Hornets to the Recreation Ground.

After receiving the opening kick, the Weston pack surged upfield and after many phases of play, Weston opened the scoring with Mitchell Bird crashing over.

With the well-drilled Weston pack in control at the scrum and breakdowns, further tries soon followed through Eddie Davies (3) and Jack Howard for a half-time score of 29-0.

After the break, Weston’s forwards continued to boss the proceedings, backed up by a swift back division where Josh Bloxham had a fine match.

Weston added six unanswered tries through Howard (3), Davies (2) and Archie Tinsley, who also added four conversions to make the final score 63-0.

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