Hornets hit back after slow start

PUBLISHED: 09:22 05 November 2010

JUNIOR RUGBY :  Hornets U12's  V  Dursley U12's.

JUNIOR RUGBY : Hornets U12's V Dursley U12's.


HORNETS Under-12s entertained Dursley on Hallowe'en and the rugby was anything but a nightmare.

HORNETS Under-12s entertained Dursley on Hallowe’en and the rugby was anything but a nightmare.

Hornets’ front row of Josh Entwistle, Callam Tanner and Louie Vernacombe were creating a solid platform, while Jack Mohide, Brandon Robinson and Liam Fitzpatrick were constantly winning good line-out ball.

In the first half, Dursley started strongly and scored three tries. Hornets began to play well, Bryn Solomon released Alex Francis, he set off his back line of Matthew Balcombe, Harry Taylor, Blake Williams, Spencer Coe and Freddie Dolcezza.

Vernacombe was first to get a try, converted by Alex before Dursley struck back. Not to be put off, Hornets then played some of their best rugby all season. Great runs by Jack Mohide and Robinson set up Jack Richardson for a try, converted by Keane Williams.

After the break, Jacob Parkman and Richardson were causing huge problems for the defence and when a ball went wide, Bryn Solomon touched down.

Tiah Lauder then left the Dursley defence in tatters to score a great try. Further tries 
were scored by Solomon, Williams, Lauder and Francis, all converted by Jordan Humphris, to give a final score of 52-31 to Hornets. Jack Mohide and Esme Bird both contributed enormously and both were at their best.

The Under-11s welcomed Dursley. The team was short of players and were grateful to Esme Bird and Callum from the Under-12s and Nathan Langdon and Aiden Chenoweth from the Under-10s.

In the first game, despite some hard work and effort from the team, Hornets were overwhelmed by a superior Dursley and lost 30-0.

In the second game, Hornets were again low in numbers and thanks go to Nathan, Aiden and Liam Fitzpatrick from the Under-12s for their help.

Things went better for Hornets in this game, they defended well and were dogged in their attack, but again lost out to Dursley 5-0.

The Under-14s travelled to Thornbury to play in the quarter-finals of the Bristol Combination Cup and won 34-7.

The Thornbury team, previously unbeaten this season, provided strong opposition in the first-half, but Hornets eventually began to dominate and played some excellent rugby.

The only score of the first-half came through Jacob Swain, who weaved his way through the Thornbury defence to score in the corner.

In the second half, Hornets proved too strong for the Thornbury side and the forwards began to dominate, especially James Locker, Curtis Higgins, Curtis Langdon and Josh Caufield.

This gave the threes the perfect platform from which to attack and Hornets eventually scored another five tries to Thornbury’s one. Try scorers were Langdon and two each for Thomas Davidson and Jacob Swain. Two of the tries were converted by Kieran Manning.

WESTON Under-15s took on Clifton in the Bristol Combination Plate.

Clifton started well and scored two early tries, but Weston did not give up and the forwards of Paul Davis, Shane Tandy, Bradley Harvey, Casey Stanton, Zack Bartlett, Bailey Jackson, Kane Chamberlain and Connor Dobson kept going.

A couple of changes saw Harvey replaced by Jack Caulfield as Clifton scored again to lead 29-0 at the break.

After the break, captain Sam Clark kept control of the backs. Ben James, Kye Carpenter, Jack Bridgman, wingers Reece Kirby and Kieran Pulsford and full-back George Chapman made good ground before Chamberlain touched down.

Clifton scored again, but Weston responded with another try for Chamberlain, converted by James for a final score of 36-12.

Man of the match was Kane Chamberlain.

The Under-9s played away at Bristol Old Reds. Captain this week, Oliver Krossman led his team onto the pitch and Harrison Land soon opened the scoring. Lewis Paterson scored a second following an excellent run and then Hayden Main outsmarting the defence to add a third.

With Joe Connelly and Taylor Kingston also having great games, Weston were dominant throughout the first half.

Jack Press displayed some fine tackling in the second half to keep Olds Reds at bay and great running from Liam Horsnell and Billy Howells set up Main to add another two with the another coming from Land, giving Weston a comfortable 6-0 win. Man of the Match was Liam Horsnell.

The Under-10s scored an early try against Old Reds when Will Durston helped Joe Harper to score.

Old Reds soon equalised, but Weston’s good team play paid off when Jack Nicholds set up Harper to score another.

After the break, Harper completed his hat-trick. Great work by Reece White and Nicholds saw them held up just short of the line. Lewis Hicks made a fine tackle to give Weston a 3-1 win.

In the second game, Old Reds scored first, but Jack Schaffer helped Nicholds to equalise, before Reds scored again.

In the second half, Weston defended well before Mateo Turvey sprinted the length of the pitch to score. Good play between Durston and Harper gave Weston the lead, only to see an equaliser from Reds on the whistle.

Weston Under-8s travelled to Bristol to play Old Redcliffians and a win and a draw was less than the team deserved.

In the first game, Weston were always in front, but a combination of mistakes and missed tags allowed the hosts to stay in contention.

Edward Land ran well with ball in hand and his support play was excellent, whilst Thomas Burge was notable by the level of tags he made and Loui Satherley supported well.

Lottie Dadds tagged strongly and scored a try in each half, whilst Lewis Underhill ran well. However, the match was dominated by Bradley Robinson, who tagged well and scored three tries in each half from a mix of long runs and excellent support play. Weston ran out winners 8-7.

In the second game, the tiring Weston side was bolstered by the arrival of Tom, in combination with Thomas Burge. Loui Satherely benefitted from match practice and is showing great improvement in his game, whilst Dadds consistently shows she is an integral member of the team.

Early tries again from Robinson meant that the team were 2-2 at half-time. After the break, Underhill broke through for an early score and soon after Land made a great break to score his first of the season. However, a last minute try from the hosts allowed them to level the game 5-5.

The Under-11s travelled to Bristol to play Old Redcliffians. The home side fielded a much bigger and heavier pack, and a well organised and quick back line.

The Weston forwards, bolstered by the return of Mitchell Bird, rose splendidly to the occasion. Although the scrums were even, the more agile Weston pack, led by Jack Howard dominated the rucks, mauls and loose.

It was from this forward domination that Weston’s first try was scored when fly-half Archie Tilsley went over for a well-deserved try. Great tackling by Josh Gardner and Jimmy Bamsey led to Weston’s second score, when George Bamsey charged over the Old Reds line to touch down, converted by Tilsley.

The second half saw some good running by the Wheeler brothers. The excellent Howard scored Weston’s third and final try, converted by Tilsley for a 19-0 victory.

WINSCOMBE Under-14s took on Wiveliscombe in an action-packed game.

Wiveliscombe opened the scoring, but Winscombe captain Tom Cooksey scored two tries in quick succession, with help from Ryan Hodson and Tommy Parsons. Darren Atkins then scored an interception try.

Wivvy were soon back on the defensive, and after winning a penalty under their posts elected to run the ball out. Sam Rees wrapped up the visitor’s centre and drove him back over the try line, where Will Branch ripped the ball out to score his first try for the club.

Winscombe broke again, a splendid interplay between Brady Woods, Sam Chedzoy and David White unfortunately running out of space, before Wivvy came back with a penalty right on the break.

With a comfortable lead, Winscombe were able to make some changes after the break, but lost a bit of momentum. However, Branch was able to score a second, before Wiveliscombe replied with a try.

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