Hornets' Richardson doesn't take notice of results ahead of Old Centralians

Hornets head coach Jon Richardson has led his side to three wins from three.

Hornets head coach Jon Richardson has led his side to three wins from three in the South West Premier so far this season. - Credit: Josh Thomas

Hornets head coach Jon Richardson says he doesn’t "take too much notice of past results" as they travel to the Stainbridge Sports Centre to face Old Centralians looking to make it four wins from four this season on Saturday.

It’s been a remarkable start to life in the South West Premier for Richardson's side, who had to wait over a year to play in the league after promotion at the end of 2019-20 was delayed due to the Covid pandemic.

Hornets currently sit in third place, behind table leaders Exeter University and Bournemouth, and being seven places and nine points ahead of Saturday’s winless challengers, Richardson insists his side will go there focusing on themselves and their abilities.

“We try not to take too much notice of past results,” he said.

“Everyone’s teams are changing hugely week on week including ours so it’s very difficult to try and second guess how games will go.


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“Like us Centralians are a newly promoted side and like us I’m sure they’re finding it all a bit of a shock to the system.

“However two draws against established sides at this level and one loss to Exeter University who seem to be in the wrong league is not a bad start! So we’ll go there and just play our way and hope it’s enough for the result to go our way again.”

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Hornets have enjoyed a successful start to the season with bonus-point wins over Ivybridge and Okehampton before hosting Launceston last Saturday.

A 17-15 triumph followed and left Richardson “very pleased” with his side’s start to the campaign so far.

He added “If we’d been offered 14 points from our first three games we would've bitten their hand off.

“The boys have performed really well, it’s not been perfect by any stretch of the imagination but they’re a tight group and work really hard for each other.

“There’s not going to be any easy games in this league and being one of the newly promoted teams it’s a big ask to adapt quickly but again we’re really happy with what the lads have achieved so far.

“Our defence had to be at its absolute best we were under pressure for long periods and had some big tests to pass.

“The squad did just that and then ground out the win at the end with a good decision to kick for the posts at the right time by Hayden Tuttiett. Charlie Carter sails it straight down the middle then we killed the game off with some mature plays at the death.”

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