Comfortable victory takes Hornets into Somerset Cup final

PUBLISHED: 10:33 02 March 2018

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Hornets reached the Somerset Cup final after defeating Bridgwater 48-22 at Weston, scoring eight tries in the process.

Bridgwater 22 pts

Hornets 48 pts

Hornets took a week off from league action to play a Somerset Cup semi-final against Bridgwater at Weston and eased into the final with an eight try to three victory.

On a bright but very cold day, Hornets took the kick-off and Bridgwater cleared with a kick, but only to Carter deep in his own half. He attacked at pace and found Bailey in support.

The forwards joined in as Cheeseborough, Harris and Denton all had surges to the line and after five phases, the ball was shipped to Aplin who crossed for the first try.

A mistake by Hornets at the restart and Bridgy had good scrum ball deep in Hornets half and a well-executed try and conversion put them in front.

Hornets attacked again and Hobbs and Reseigh had a couple of trundles themselves. When a scrum was awarded in front of the posts, Parker sprang and found Disney, who popped the ball back to Denton to score, converted by Humphris.

Bridgwater got a penalty kick before Hornets were awarded another penalty. Humphris took the tap and found Francis at pace, he fed Dempsey and Carter was given a run in, but was held up over the line.

From the scrum, a straightforward pick-and-drive by Parker saw another score, converted by Humphris.

Bridgwater had their own problems at the restart, as their kick went dead so scrum back on halfway. Parker picked up the ball and fed Disney, whose clever chip was collected by Francis and he went in for the score to finish the first-half 24-10 up.

Hornets started the second half in similar vein and another penalty kick was put into touch deep inside Bridgy’s 22. Aplin found Denton in the line-out and Disney set the ball off down the line. Slick handling by the back division and Carter had space to go round his man and score in the corner.

Another Hornets penalty was kicked to the corner and another line-out. This time the referee decided a yellow card and Bridgy were down to 14 men. A scrum five metres out saw the pack edge forward in a controlled scrum and Parker bided his time to get the score, converted by Carter.

Bridgy were not done though and got a fine try of their own before another break by Carter in midfield and Hornets were close again. Parker timed his run perfectly and received the ball on the hoof from Oli James and the big No 8 completed his hat-trick, converted by Carter.

The bench was emptied, allowing some much needed first team game time to some new faces as Brimble, Phillips Jackson and Alex Francis came on.

Brimble was throwing the ball in at the line-out and was finding his man every time. One such time on Bridgy’s five-metre line and a simple catch and drive and Pape went over to score.

Bridgwater scored another try right on full-time as Hornets tired, but deserved the victory 48-22. They now look forward to the final later in the year.

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