Hornets lose crucial relegation battle

PUBLISHED: 08:47 04 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 May 2010

Exmouth 23 pts Hornets 12 pts HORNETS failed to win this crucial bottom of the table clash which would have moved them clear of the relegation zone. They started well and for the first 20 minutes were camped in the Exmouth half and should have taken m

Exmouth 23 pts Hornets 12 ptsHORNETS failed to win this crucial bottom of the table clash which would have moved them clear of the relegation zone.They started well and for the first 20 minutes were camped in the Exmouth half and should have taken more advantage, as at one stage Exmouth were down to 13 men when Ben Rawlings and Ed Baxter were yellow carded in separate incidents. But Hornets could manage only a single score when they moved the ball wide to Ashley Carter who went over for an unconverted try. Once Exmouth got back to full strength they began to get back into the game and following a poor clearance kick by Hornets, they went straight on the attack which saw Ross Caddywood under the posts for a try which Boltrukiewicz converted for 7-5 after 30 minutes. Five minutes later, another poor clearance kick by Hornets was capitalised again by Exmouth and Neil Hooper went over for and unconverted try to bring the half time score to 12-5. Exmouth started the second half as they had finished the first, keeping pressure on, and when Hornets Sean Kent was yellow carded for killing the ball, Exmouth were awarded a penalty which Boltrukiewicz converted for 15-5.Once Hornets were back to full strength they began to get back into the game and following a period of sustained pressure, Dave Underwood broke the line of defence to go over under the posts, which Mark Griffths converted for 15-12 after 65 minutes. But five minutes later Exmouth were awarded another penalty which Boltrukiewicz converted for 18-12 with less than 10 minutes to play. Finally, Exmouth took the game on and kept Hornets pinned in their own half and in the last minutes of the game they spun the ball wide for Paul Morgan to go over for an unconverted try.

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