Hornets' girls run riot in derby encounter

PUBLISHED: 08:51 11 October 2017

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Hornets Girls Under-15s enjoyed an emphatic victory in the local derby against Bridgwater.

Hornets Girls Under-15s made the short trip down to local rivals Bridgwater and produced a fine display of running rugby involving forwards and backs alike.

New signing Georgia Seviour proved an instant hit when with her first touch she broke a tackle and sprinted clear to score her first of four tries on her debut.

With Ruby Richardson, Miriam Bailey, Ella Hutchinson, Jasmine Buckthought and Jess Delaney all turning out for Bridgwater in the first half, the Hornets girls faced a tougher proposition than maybe they had first thought.

However, led by their superb back row of Millie Mann, Ruby Pring and Tianna Franks, the Black and Ambers went about their business and created space out wide for Seviour to complete her hat-trick after more impressive pace and footwork from the newcomer.

Paige Swain, Kerri Townsend and Emily Hemmett were carrying the ball strongly and it was a blow when they lost Hemmett to injury after a crunching tackle on teammate Delaney.

In the second row, Hattie Parkman again put in a shift for the team with her fantastic work ethic and Ellie Maher produced by far her best performance in a Hornets shirt.

The girls added another try before the break when Lily Jones burst clear to score at the posts. Hornets almost worked another try when good work from Paige Hoddinott saw Amber Peart break free, only to pulled back for an adjudged knock on.

The second half saw Hornets swap more girls over to Bridgwater and Buckthought in particular made the most of her chance playing well in the Hornets pack.

The tries rattled in during the second period with the potent 10/12 axis of Richardson and Harrie Payne looking threatening every time the ball was moved to the backline by Lottie Dadds at scrum-half.

Jones completed a fine hat-trick and Seviour added a fourth after great work from No 8 Mann. Hutchinson, not one to miss out on scoring tries, waded in with a double and Mann picked up a well-deserved score after good play from the Hornets back division. Hutchinson and Richardson (2) added second half conversions to complete the scoring.

Erin Edwards had a marvellous game for Hornets moving from the wing in to the centre, while Tianna Franks was immense in the pack making tackles and winning rucks throughout, but no-one could really argue with player of the match going to Seviour.

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