Late tries seal victory for Hornets youngsters
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Two late tries by Hornets Under-12s made the game safe against touring side Marlborough.
HORNETS Under-12s entertained touring side Marlborough in a first meeting between the two sides.
The hosts started well with Oscar Browne crossing in the corner for a fine try. Marlborough were undaunted by this and dominated territory for the remainder of the first period of play.
The second period started as the first one with Hornets scoring through Charlie Fairhurst, but once again Marlborough refused to capitulate and were rewarded with a well-worked try. Hornets scored again through Ayden Chenoweth towards the end of the period, as the full size pitch began to take its toll on both teams.
Marlborough scored another try to put real pressure on the hosts in the third sesson, but two more tries from Luke Collins and Quentin Querl put the game beyond the visitors.
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There were many good performances on the day, but both Ayden Chenoweth and Nathan Langdon were deserved men of the match.
The Under-13s entertained two teams in a round robin fixture. The first match was against Cotham Park, who scored an early try. Hornets soon replied with a try from captain Tyler Haynes.
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More Hornets pressure saw Haynes score again, converted by Dan Odea, soon followed by Haynes wrapping up his hat-trick, this time converted by Nick Hitchens. Hornets wrapped up the game with a try from Jake Middleton to make the final score 24-5.
In the second game, Hornets played Welsh touring side Pontypridd, who had beaten Cotham 20-10, so a close game was on the cards.
Hornets made the breakthrough with a try from Middleton, but this was soon wiped out as Pontypridd replied, leaving it 5-5 at half-time.
Not much changed in the second half, until Pontypridd sneaked over in the corner. Temperatures were now rising between the two packs as Hornets pressed the visitors’ line. As Hornets sniffed a chance to score, things turned ugly as a brawl developed between the forwards leading to the referee abandoning the game.
Special mention to man of the match Ieuan Walters and playing up from the Under-12s were Aiden, Owen, Charlie and Nathan, who all played brilliantly
WESTON were given a reality check at the hands of a spirited and skilful Bath side at the Recreation Ground.
The first half was a scrappy affair with Weston’s only score coming through Eddie Davies, who was then sent to the bin minutes later for an alleged dangerous hand-off. Soon after, Bath used the extra man to level the scores at half-time.
Soon after the restart, Bath shocked the home side with another well-worked score. This kick-started a lethargic Weston into action with the superb Tom Hughes, Josh Gardner and Cosmin Bilciurescu making big gains with ball in hand.
Soon after, prop George Bamsey, who himself carried superbly and tirelessly all day, crashed over to level the scores.
The home side scored two long-range tries through centre Davies, converted by Archie Tilsley to lead 24-10 ahead with little more than five minutes remaining.
But Bath were not finished and aided by some poor defending, scored three tries and a conversion to win 27-24.
The Under-11s entertained St Mary’s in two brilliant games of rugby. The first game saw Weston lose 5-0 and the second game saw the score end 15-10. Man of the match was Brook Chamberlain, who scored an excellent try right on the whistle.
WINSCOMBE Under-15s lost an entertaining game 29-26 against Chew Valley.
They took the lead after an excellent run by Leon, converted by Ewan. Two minutes later, Ed scored the second try, again converted by Ewan. Chew hit back with two tries.
Another try by Ed extended the lead, but Chew hit back again to bring the scores level (19-19) at the break.
In the second half, Chew punched holes in the Winscombe defence to score another try. Good work by Ed, Leon and Josh nearly set up a try, but soon after Leon charged over for another try that Ewan converted.
With a three point lead and with minutes remaining, a lack of concentration let Chew in for the winning score.
Ed and Leon worked well together and there was solid play from Jack Capon, Jack Brabham and Josh Rogers. There were also good tackles made by Dillon, Rhys and Dom.