Hornets outplayed at home by Bournemouth
PUBLISHED: 09:26 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:26 17 February 2017
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Visitors Bournemouth beat Hornets at their own game and ran out comfortable winners.
Hornets 17 pts
Bournemouth 30 pts
Having won all three matches on the new artificial pitch so far, Hornets went into Saturday’s game with Bournemouth full of confidence.
However, that confidence was short-lived as Bournemouth outplayed Hornets at their own game and ran out comfortable winners, despite being reduced to 13 men for much of the last 15 minutes.
Bournemouth were out of the blocks quickly and straight from the start Hornets looked out of sorts and off of the pace. The visitors had obviously come to play and they were quickly into their stride, running the ball around and offloading with accuracy at every opportunity.
The first try came on three minutes with the Hornets defence stretched out wide and failing to make their tackles, the visitors scored their second try in similar fashion on 10 minutes.
The Hornets scrum was looking dominant, but missed tackles and a seriously mis-firing line-out meant they spent most of the first 20 minutes under pressure and unable to get a foothold in the game.
When they did put together some phases and worked their way up to the Bournemouth line, disaster struck as Bournemouth intercepted on their own line and their winger ran the whole length of the pitch to score under the posts to make it 17-0 at half-time.
The second half also started badly as Hornets knocked on attempting to gather the kick-off and gave away a penalty for offside when they tried to gather the loose ball, which Bournemouth converted to extend their lead.
Another interception try, from some poor passing along the Hornets backs, made it 27-0 on 47 minutes and it looked as through Hornets were going to be on the wrong end of a hiding.
However, Hornets started to wrestle their way into the game. The scrum was still dominant and from a penalty, Hornets elected for a scrum and Ben Fry darted over to score.
Bournemouth were starting to look tired and Hornets started to click. The visitors missed two long-range penalties before Hornets scored from a scrum again. This time Lewis Brake touching down and Charlie Carter converting for 27-12.
They scored again through Ryan Barrow on 70 minutes and the crowd started to wonder if a comeback was on the cards. However, a great drop goal from Bournemouth took the wind out of Hornets sails.
Despite the visitors going down to 14 men through a series of injuries and then to 13 due to a yellow card, they held on and despite lots of possession Hornets were unable to register any further scores.
With other results going in Hornets favour they only drop one league place to sixth and now need to focus on next week’s road trip to Bracknell before they get a week off which will enable some of their injured players some recovery time.