Hornets youngsters reach the cup final
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Hornets Under-15s reached the Bristol Cominbation Cup final after beating Cleve 55-5.
HORNETS Under-15s travelled to Cleve for a Bristol Combination Cup semi-final and won by nine tries to one.
Hornets started well and from a quickly-taken drop-out by Francis, fantastic interplay by Holyday, Richardson and Turner set up Solomon for the first try, converted by Humphris.
Good work by Entwistle, Fitzpatrick and Cocking, allowed Eades and Mohide to create space. Hornets got to within five metres of the line when a penalty was awarded and Holyday was able to go over, converted by Humphris.
Soon after, Solomon again found himself in space and side-stepped the fullback to go over, converted by Humphris. Another stolen ball at the breakdown by Francis and Holyday set the backs off. Quick hands by Foroughi and Coe put Constable through to score.
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The second half started as the first finished with Hornets’ pack dominating. Richardson linked up with Humphris, who put Chamberlain in space to score.
Taylor and Keane Williams came on and both were strong in attack and defence. Further tries were scored by Foroughi and Chamberlain, while Holyday completed his hat-trick. Two of the tries were converted by Humphris for a final score of 55-5.
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The Under-8s took the short trip to face Gordano. With good numbers turning out again for Hornets and with half a dozen missing, Hornets were still able to field three teams to play three games.
While attacking has never been a problem, defence and poor tagging has let Hornets down in previous games, but hard in training is really coming together and is starting to make difference in tight games as Hornets are able to turnover ball and take full advantage in attack.
The Under-12s made the short trip up the M5 to take on Gordano Sharks in perfect playing conditions. Tom Read opened the scoring for Hornets, converted by Reeve Bailey, but Gordano hit back to equalise.
Read scored two more tries for his hat-trick as he again used his strength to smash through the Gordano players. Unfortunately, both conversions were missed but Hornets took a 17-7 lead at half-time.
Guest player Amy from the Under-13s showed the boys how to tackle by putting in a thunderous tackle, but some missed tackles allowed Gordano to score two more converted tries.
Hornets turned on the style and an excellent passing move across the width of the pitch brought winger Sam Hughes into the game and he touched down in the corner. Read slotted over the conversion and Hornets won a close game 24-21.
The Under-13s welcomed Bath for a friendly fixture played over four quarters to enable both teams to provide plenty of game time for their large squads.
However, Bath did not stick to the script arriving with a smaller squad than planned therefore fielding a strong side from the start and taking an early lead. Hornets bounced back with a fine try by Quentin Querl, converted by Bradley Lucas.
Bath dominated the first two quarters, taking full advantage of Hornets’ decision to keep many dominate players on the sideline.
At half-time Bath led 46-7, but after the break Hornets fielded their strongest side for the start of the third quarter, Captain Ayden Chenoweth led by example scoring the first try of the half.
Bath replied with what turned out to be their last score of the morning. Hornets started playing with a lot more commitment and Querl scored his second, while man of the match Luke Collins scoring two well-deserved tries, all three were converted by Lucas to make the final score 33-53 to Bath.
Special mentions to Quentin Querl, Josh Edwards for a superb debut and man of the match Luke Collins.
The Under-9s squeezed in four games against a well-disciplined Gordano squad.
Hornets started strongly and took Gordano by surprise with some great passing, attacking and defensive play. The visitors won two games and had a real chance of winning a third, so the final overall try tally of 12-7 to Gordano did not reflect the effort the team put in.
The Under-14s hosted St Brendan’s and enjoyed an entertaining match, despite losing 22-40.
Hornets’ pack were all over St Brendan’s from start to finish and they led 17-10 at half-time with two tries from Tyler Haynes and one from Nick Hitchens. All St Brendan’s tries came from breakaways when their powerful backs ran in to score.
Andy Meghan and Ed Mann again played well for Hornets as did the whole pack. Hitchens again went over and with the score at 25-22 to St Brendan’s, Hornets pushed hard to score again, but the visitors scored three more tries.
The final score does not deflect from the fact Hornets played their hearts out and the awesome pack put in their best performance yet. Man of the match was Thomas Budd.
WESTON Under-13s welcomed Nailsea & Backwell to the Rec and recorded a comprehensive victory.
Weston were well organised and competitive from the off, with Reece White driving over early, followed by Sonnie scoring his first for the team.
Weston’s strong defence and attacking runs paid off and White went over for his second, before Danilo Harness broke away to score and Max Seymour-Shove converted. An outstanding run saw Jack Bishop put Weston 29-0 ahead at half-time.
The tries continued in the second half with White completing his hat-trick and Lewis Patterson, Will Durston and Jimmy Bamsey all going over, despite Nailsea & Backwell rising to the challenge.
The last seconds saw scrum-half Tom Farrand dart over the line and the game finishing 64-0. Special thanks to Lewis and Kyron Pearce from the Under-12s for stepping up and to Jimmy for showing how it’s done.