Hornets register another bonus point victory
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Hornets secured another bonus point win, this at home to Bristol Harlequins.
Hornets 27 pts
Bristol Harlequins 8 pts
HORNETS secured another bonus point win, this at home to Bristol Harlequins.
From the kick-off, Hornets showed their intent to attack with the view to get points on the board before the pitch deteriorated. A set scrum allowed Hornets to use a training park move, as the ball was recycled on the Quins’ goal-line, Disney sold an elaborate dummy and dived over for Hornets first try.
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Harlequins hit back and they battered the Hornets defence, eventually crossing from a forward drive for a well-earned try, soon followed by a penalty.
This acted as a wake up call for Hornets. From the restart, Disney linked with Leatherby who found the gap to go in under the posts. He added the extras and Hornets were back in the lead at 12-8 with half an hour gone.
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Harris and Haines were making big carries and gaining ground, Nettleton was also becoming a thorn in the side of the opposition, a line-out take and drive saw captain Kent steal the ball from Chase to touch down.
From the restart, a rash challenge from the Quins’ hooker gave the referee no option but to issue a yellow card. Leatherby kicked to the corner and Speller took the throw from Kent and the ball sped through the hands across the width of the pitch for Carter to cross in the corner.
The conversion was missed, but Hornets went into the break 22-8 to the good having taken all of the chances that had been offered to them.
After the break, Hornets continued to pressurise the visitors. A series of scrums deep in the Quins’ 22 eventually allowed Speller to pick and go from close range to touch down.
Hornets came close to scoring on two occasions, but the final pass was adjudged forward. The game finished in something of a stalemate as the deteriorating pitch had the final say for the second week running.
Easter Saturday sees Hornets 1st XV away to Old Bristolians and on Easter Monday, they travel to second-placed Wells for what will be a tough rearranged fixture as they look to secure top spot.
Bristol Harlequins 2nd XV 5 pts
Hornets 2nd XV 15 pts
THE seconds travelled to Bristol Harlequins looking to keep their promotion dream alive.
The afternoon started brightly for Hornets, with good pressure and several passages of play, the ball was distributed well along the back line for Ashfield to cross in the corner.
The visitors were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, with Ashfield adding the three points. More good work saw Owens put into a gap to touch down under the posts, with Ashfield adding the extras.
After the break, a clearance kick was charged down for Quins to gather and score. The hosts missed a penalty in front of the posts as Hornets hung on for an important victory.
With the seconds only having two league games remaining, their promotion dreams stay alive as well as maintaining there undefeated away record.