Development team pay the price for poor discipline

PUBLISHED: 09:11 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 13 January 2017

Hornets' Development side were held to a high-scoring draw at Bristol Harlequins.

Hornets’ Development side started the New Year away to Bristol Harlequins and returned with a high-scoring 31-31 draw.

Hornets started positively and had the majority of possession and territory in the early exchanges, although they were unable to convert this into points. The deadlock was finally broken when Lewis Brake peeled off a maul to score the opening try, converted by Dave Litt.

From the resulting kick-off, Hornets were unable to secure possession and following a Harlequins scrum on the Hornets five-metre line, a penalty try was given. This seemed to kick Hornets in to action and following a number of phases, Litt was able to find Aaron Fry in space, who offloaded to Stuart Vinnicombe to score.

As the half came to a close, Hornets’ indiscipline started to show with Quins getting a penalty in front of the post which was converted to make in 10-12 at the break.

Harlequins kicked off in the second half and again took advantage of Hornets’ indiscipline with the first score of the second half, which was followed by a try to give the home team an eight-point lead.

Good counter attacking by Litt and Adam Vaughan, Hornets were able to score out wide through Jacob Hill. This was followed shortly after when scrum-half Dec Dorrington found a gap in the defence to set up Iain Cullum to power over. The conversion was kicked to give Hornets a slender five-point lead with three minutes to go.

Again a poor kick-off and discipline from Hornets lead to Harlequins camping on their line, the pressure proved too much and Quins were able to score a try, but could not convert the kick, leaving the honours even for the match.

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