Hornets Colts capture Somerset Cup in hard-fought contest

PUBLISHED: 09:28 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:28 05 May 2017

Hornets Colts became Somerset Cup champions after defeating Taunton in a hard-fought battle.

Hornets travelled to Bridgwater for the Colts Somerset Cup final against Taunton and came away with a fantastic victory, winning by four tries to two and go one better than last season as runners-up.

It was obvious from the start that both teams were in a battle as both defences were sound, with Paddy Holyday and his centre partner Alex Francis prominent.

Hornets took the lead when Jordan Humphris kicked a penalty deep into the Taunton 22.

Mikey Brooks delivered the perfect throw to Mitch Miell and good work by Tyler Haynes and Nick Hitchens led to Ieuan Walters touching down.

Soon after, a clearance kick by Taunton was collected by Jim Constable and he joined up with his forwards to secure quick ball for Blake Williams to dart through a gap and score, converted by Humphris.

Taunton got back into the game against the run of play when they scored a converted try deep into injury time.

The second half started in a similar fashion and a penalty to Hornets was reversed and Taunton kicked it to go two points behind.

Straight from the kick-off, a perfect kick by Humphris was retrieved by Sam Bate and he put Taunton on the back foot again. The resulting scrum had Taunton bamboozled and good work by Williams and Constable set up Jake Middleton to put Hornets seven points in front.

Taunton attacked again and eventually their persistence was rewarded with a fine try and conversion to leave the game at 17-all.

With only a few minutes left, Hornets knew that if the scores stayed the same, victory would be theirs, as the number of tries scored by them was greater than Taunton and so would win by a try count.

Hornets made the game safe when Connor Chamberlain, Devon Frost, Conrad Haswell and Tommy Bailey carried the ball well, setting up a scrum. Good ball and a fine grubber kick by Humphris saw Bate go over for the final try and make the final score 22-17.

They were also Gloucester County Cup finalists this year and so a successful season comes to an end.

It is very pleasing for the club knowing that the player conveyor belt is up to full speed as another set of quality players now move up to the seniors next season.

The junior players in the team will now join up with this year’s Under-16s to be the Colts next year and defend their title.

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