Hornets return from Gordano with victory

Hornets U14's V Chippenham.

Hornets U14's V Chippenham. - Credit: Archant

Hornets Under-15s came back from Gordano with a 37-5 victory.

HORNETS Under-15s took the short trip up the M5 to Gordano and returned with a 37-5 victory.

Fitzpatrick, Cocking and Tanner were in control in the scrums and Eades and Mohide were dominant in the line-out, while Holyday opened the scoring with a try. Gordano were knocked back by solid defence by Coe and Foroughi.

Following a line-out, Eades, Francis, Constable, Richardson, Solomon and Williams set up Turner for a superb try. Gordano scored in the corner right on half-time.

After the break, Francis, Richardson and Holyday were rampant and Solomon set up Taylor to score. This was soon followed by a try for Solomon. There were further tries for Foroughi, Dolcezza and Richardson as Hornets ran out 37-5 winners.

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Special mentions go to Spencer Coe, Aryan Foroughi and Dolcezza.

The Under-8s took the short journey to neighbours Weston, with a squad of 26 which was split into four teams.

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Four games were played between the two squads with great displays of attack having to overcome some resolute defending.

The Under-13s entertained Taunton and ran out victors by 43-17. Most of the tries came from flowing rugby in open play, rather than from planned set pieces.

In contact, however, Taunton dominated, especially at the scrum and ruck where their size and power was put to good effect. Hornets turned over more ball as the game progressed and this allowed the boys to use the space out wide.

Birthday boy Ayden Chenoweth scored a hat-trick of tries, ably supported by Quentin Querl and Luke Collins with two apiece. Three conversions from Bradley Lucas and one from Charlie Fairhurst completed the scoring. However, Nathan Langdon was the man of the match.

The Under-14s travelled to Gordano and returned with a 43-14 victory. Hornets started well with the back row of man of the match Ethan Harris, Tyler Hayes and Nick Hitchins playing well.

Hitchins opened the scoring with the first of his three tries, followed by a score by Sam Foster, both converted by Tom Bailey. Gordano replied with a try just before half-time.

After the break, Hornets took Gordano apart with tries coming from Hayes (2), Hitchins (2) and Dan Swan. The performance was marred only a by a knee injury to Josh Cooke.

WESTON Under-11s entertained Hornets and ran in 11 tries to Hornets’ two.

Hornets enjoyed good possession and territory, but allowed the ball to be turned over too often and committed too many players to the breakdown. Bradley Robinson opened the scoring, followed by tries for Ruby Richardson (2), Jamie Meaden and Alfie Calcutt (2).

Ciaran scored as Weston pushed Hornets over their own line and Tom Burge, Charlie Harding, Matthew James and Kieran Crowley also touched down.

It was good to see the new players Isaac Bliss, Morgan Taylor and Jack Rollings getting involved, while Joel Briffitt, Edward Land, Dylan Way and Lottie Dadds all had good games.

The Under-12s hosted local rivals Hornets in a 10-a-side game fiercely competed by both sides.

Weston were caught napping direct from the start as Hornet’s Tom Read scored and only good defensive tackles by Joe Connolly and Ryan Jones stopped another Hornets try.

Euan Braidwood and Billy Howells led the Weston pack on a series of surging runs culminating in Dan Meadon offloading for Lewis Paterson to score. Paterson followed up with another try as he ran the length of the pitch from a quickly taken penalty.

A great run from Tom Biggs opened up the Hornets defence to set up Kyron Pearce for a try.

The second half saw Weston dominate with two tries from Jack Press. With Weston having scored five tries, Hornets seemed determined not to concede again as moves from Taylor Kingston, Hayden Main and two solo runs from George Steele, were each stopped in their tracks as Weston won 31-7.

For the second week running, the man of the match award went to Euan Braidwood.

The Under-7s played host to local rivals Hornets and after a fun morning of rugby, the teams left with honours shared.

For the Weston red team, Leon Beard was the star of the day, showing blistering pace in attack and a tenacious attitude to tagging. However, he well well backed up by Thomas Withers, Ollie Dadds and Mark Gowlan, who scored his first try of the season.

The team also welcomed debutant Gregory Cunnington, who showed great promise, scoring on his debut and helping the side to draw both of their games, 11-11 and 9-9.

Meanwhile the blue team equally proved more than a match for their opponents from Hornets. The side demonstrated great teamwork, especially when going forward.

Tommy Crane showed great pace and there was excellent interplay between Tommy and Jack Hobbs in particular, resulting in tries. Finlay Simpson demonstrated great defence, leading the tagging for the side, as well as scoring a couple of tries. However, it was the relative newcomer, Roo Beckett, who led the scoring for the side, proving an elusive runner with ball in hand.

The Under-10s entertained local rivals Hornets in two fantastic games of rugby.

In the first game, Hornets started well, but Weston’s defence stood firm and absorbed the pressure. The hosts scored first when Danny crossed the try line, but Hornets soon levelled.

Weston hit back with two tries in quick succession. After the break, there were further tries from Jayden, Olly and Tom.

The second game saw Danny score a well-worked try from deep in his own half. Huw, George and Jude worked well in the centre, while Riley and Olly did likewise at the breakdown.

Weston soon started piling on the points on in a barrage on the Hornets defensive line. Hornets replied with a try of their own, but Weston came out clear winners at the end of the game.

Danny Bamsey collected the man of the match award for his six tries over the two games.

The Under-9s welcomed Hornets for their first meeting of the season with a number of new players in the side

The whole team put in an impressive performance from the off with each of the team playing their part. Weston passed the ball brilliantly and everyone tackled well.

In the first match, there were scores from Brett Robinson (3), George Nuttycombe (3), Ben Crook (2) and Jacob Simpson (2) as the match finished 10-3 to Weston.

The second match it was a much closer affair with Hornets holding Weston and defending well and creating some good scores, but in the end Weston were too strong and finished the game 4-2 up with a try apiece for William Crane, Ben Crook, George Nuttycombe and Brett Robinson.

The Under-14s made the short trip up the M5 to meet Clevedon in the first round of the Bristol Junior Combination Cup.

The first Weston try was a great team effort with the pack securing the ball from a scrum and quick passing saw Jake Middleton dart through for an early lead, but Clevedon quickly responded with a converted try.

The remainder of the first-half saw great rugby from both sides with Weston leading at 15-7 at the break thanks to tries from Jack Howard and another from Middleton.

The second half started well for Weston with Middleton adding his third and Weston’s fourth try of the day, successfully converted by Archie Tilsley. With Weston leading 22-7, Clevedon replied with two more tries and one conversion making the scoreline 22-19 to Weston.

Weston’s Howard drove over for his second try, converted by George Bamsey. Again Clevedon responded and grabbed the final score on the day with an unconverted try as Weston ran out 29-24 winners.

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