Hornets off to a flying start

PUBLISHED: 10:23 18 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 May 2010

HORNETS opened their league account by running in 10 tries to convincingly beat Spartans, opening the scoring on five minutes when Mark Griffiths took a quick line-out, the ball going across the line and then back inside, en

SPARTANS 7 pts HORNETS 68 ptsHORNETS opened their league account by running in 10 tries to convincingly beat Spartans, opening the scoring on five minutes when Mark Griffiths took a quick line-out, the ball going across the line and then back inside, ending with Griffiths touching down under the posts and Dave Litt converting.Spartans managed to keep Hornets out until the 20th minute when Matt Vaughan found a gap and dived in under the posts, Litt again converting. A well-organised rolling maul sucked in the Spartans defence and when the ball was released, Mike D'Arcy went over for an unconverted try on 25 minutes.Two minutes later, Mike Panoho made a break from the base of the scrum and although held up, he was able to feed Litt who scored under the post and converted.This was Hornets best stage of the game and five minutes later another break saw John Fillingham cross for a try which Litt converted.Hornets went straight back on the attack with the scrum forcing Spartans back to their line from 10 metres with Panoho in control. Just as they were about to cross the line, Spartans collapsed the scrum and the referee awarded a penalty try, which Litt converted for a 40-0 half-time lead.Early in the second half, Spartans' Steve Myatt was yellow carded for stamping, but this seemed to lift the team and they had their best phase of the game with Alex Keene crossing for their only score of the game which Smith converted on 50 minutes.Hornets were soon back in control and from a rolling maul Ross Seaton crossed for a try and Litt added the conversion.A prop from each side was yellow carded, but this did not affect Hornets game and from the next scrum, Phil Edwards broke clear to score under the posts for Litt to once more convert.Keeping up the pressure, D'Arcy crossed for his second try, which Litt converted, but two minutes later Sean Kent was shown a second yellow card for going over the top.This did not affect Hornets and Litt broke through the defence to send Vaughan over for his second try, which Litt converted to round off the scoring.

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