Hornets Colts net narrow win at Chew Valley

PUBLISHED: 20:26 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 20:26 10 October 2017

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Hornets Colts made the short trip to Chew Valley for their third round match of the Gloucester League, with both teams unbeaten in the competition so far this season.

Hornets Colts made the short trip to Chew Valley for their third round match of the Gloucester League, with both teams unbeaten in the competition so far this season.

Hornets started strongly retaining the ball really well for the first 10 minutes, eventually breaking the deadlock with some powerful forward play driving a well worked maul over the try line for Mikey Brooks to open the scoring converted by Josh Edwards.

Unfortunately Hornets did not maintain their dominance, some basic mistakes and conceding too many penalties and missed tackles allowed Chew straight back in the game scoring a try of their own. This inspired the hosts who continued to apply pressure. But against the run of play winger Quentin Querl returning for his first game after 16 months long injury lay off received the ball out wide on his own 22 and weaved his way through the home defence to score a fine try under the posts. Converted by Edwards.

Chew still with the upper hand and taking advantage of more sloppy play and missed tackles, ran in two more deserved tries before half-time to lead 17-14 at the break.

After a stern half-time talk Hornets came out firing playing better rugby but were caught off guard with Chew scoring a converted try under the posts. Hornets then put the home side under pressure and were eventually rewarded with a try, with Tommy Bailey going over to get Hornets back in the game and converted by Edwards.

The match became scrappy with both teams wasting chances, until Hornets scrum-half showed great skill to ghost over under the posts, with the conversion missed Hornets had the narrowest of leads 26-24. Chew now pressed for a win themselves in the final minutes and were awarded a penalty. Rather than kicking for goal they chose to kick the ball to touch in search of a try. The kick was good, giving them an attacking lineout but some smart defending from Hornets led to a penalty turnover ending a tight encounter. The final score was 26-24 to Hornets.

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