Development side secure five points at the Nest

PUBLISHED: 09:42 20 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:42 20 January 2017

Hornets development side defeated St Bernadette’s in their first outing on the new artificial pitch.

Hornets Development XV 41 pts

St Bernadette’s 25 pts

Hornets development team welcomed St Bernadette’s first team to The Nest for their first outing on the new pitch.

The match started with Hornets kicking off which allowed St Bernadette’s to attack early and with powerful running and aggressive breakdown clearances, they enjoyed good spells of territory and possession. With Hornets defence standing tall, the visitors opted for a kick at goal and went into 0-3 lead.

This kicked Hornets into life and with a good spell of possession and jinking run from Matt Cates, Jacob Cox was able to crash over from short range, Dave Litt converted. With Hornets receiving the kick-off, it again gave them chance to attack and the forwards were able to drive over the line from a maul, with Lewis Brake scoring, again Litt with the conversion.

The rest of the half belonged to Bernadette’s, who mounted sustained attacks on the Hornets line, but were only able to cross at the end of the half.

Credit has to go to the Hornets defence, Stuart Vinnicombe, Craig Withers and Litt with a number of impressive tackles, but the visitors managed to score out wide.

The second half started with Hornets receiving the kick-off and they never looked back. Tries quickly came through Brake and Adam Vaughan, who had the pick of the afternoon’s tries.

Following impressive attacks from the forwards, Litt was able to send Vaughan through a hole in the Bernadette’s defence, before rounding the full-back and powering to the line.

More tries followed through Matt Cates, Brake with his second and sub Matt Vaughan, making his return from long-term injury. With the game coming to a close, St Bernadette’s were able to enjoy the best of the last 10 minutes by crossing twice to make the final score 41-25 to the Hornets.

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