Hornets crumble against Taunton

PUBLISHED: 10:03 25 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 May 2010

HORNETS began their home league campaign in a disappointing manner, losing to a resurgent Taunton. Early pressure by Taunton saw them take a 10-point lead, thanks to South African Dwayne Britton that led to the first try whi

Hornets 25 pts Taunton 42 ptsHORNETS began their home league campaign in a disappointing manner, losing to a resurgent Taunton.Early pressure by Taunton saw them take a 10-point lead, thanks to South African Dwayne Britton that led to the first try which he converted and then adding a penalty.A much under-strength Hornets back line was further disrupted when Matt Vaughan had to go off with a facial injury.Hornets' pack started to get into the game and following a quickly-taken short penalty, John Fillingham crossed in the corner, but Taunton extended their lead shortly after when a high tackle was punished by Britton to put them 13-5 ahead.The next 15 minutes were all Hornets and Mike Panaho went close following a Dave Litt break. The ensuing pressure gave Litt the opportunity to narrow the gap with a penalty. Hornets pack were holding their own in the loose at this stage and following a powerful rolling maul, new recruit Rob Berry scored an excellent try and with Litt's conversion, Hornets went into the break 15-13 in front.Early in the second half, Taunton regained the lead, thanks to a penalty try given rather harshly by the referee who indicated the scrum had collapsed as Taunton were attempting a push-over try.Litt quickly replied with a penalty, but the game changed dramatically when a Hornets' attack deep in the Taunton 22 broke down and the visitors hacked the ball down field for their winger to gather and score. The Taunton pack now had the upper hand in set scrums and their next try was scored by a forward near the posts following continual pressure from a series of scrums in Hornets' 22.This was converted and a further penalty from Taunton's man of the match Britton took them into an unassailable 35-18.Britton then scored an individual try and his own conversion gave him a tally of 22 points. With only pride to play for, Hornets pressed at the final whistle and Mike Panaho scored their third try which Litt converted to give the final score an air of respectability.A disappointing afternoon for the home side and their loyal supporters, who must have expected a more positive performance, bearing in mind they had beaten Taunton three times last season.

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