Hornets book cup final place

PUBLISHED: 12:47 10 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:06 24 May 2010

HORNETS breezed their way into the Blackthorn Somerset Cup final with a convincing win over Taunton at North Petherton. In a game they never looked like losing, Hornets forwards proved too powerful for their South West 2 opp

Hornets 22 pts Taunton 11 ptsHORNETS breezed their way into the Blackthorn Somerset Cup final with a convincing win over Taunton at North Petherton.In a game they never looked like losing, Hornets forwards proved too powerful for their South West 2 opponents to handle.From the kick-off, Hornets forwards pressed with a well organised rolling maul that drove Taunton back deep into their own half and on three minutes, James Gould crashed over for the first try which James Cox converted.From the restart, Hornets kept up the pressure, pinning Taunton down in their own half and on 20 minutes another rolling maul drove over the goal-line for Mike Panoho to touch down and James Cox to convert.Again Hornets took control and kept Taunton on the back foot until Wiltshire was yellow carded for persistently collapsing the maul on 30 minutes. Being reduced to 14 men seemed to give Taunton some inspiration and during the 10 minutes they were short-handed, they scored a Retter penalty and a try by Rudkin to bring the half-time score to 14-8.But Taunton's recovery did not last long and straight from the start of the second half, Hornets resumed control with all eight forwards producing many well organised drives, culminating in a second unconverted try by Mike Panoho on 65 minutes.Taunton tried to get back into the game, but could manage only a penalty for not releasing five minutes from time, only for Hornets to reply almost immediately with Mark Mansfield's penalty for a similar offence.Hornets opponents in the final, scheduled to be played on Sunday, April 30, will be decided on Sunday when Bridgwater meet Clevedon.

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