Hornettes well beaten by Bath

PUBLISHED: 12:26 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 16 November 2018

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Hornettes Ladies returned from Bath with a loss in their latest league match.

Hornettes travelled to Bath for their league game, returning home with a 48-21 defeat.

Both teams lined up before the start of the game and held a minute’s silence to remember those who sacrificed themselves in defence of our country over the last 100 years.

The visitors started strongly and from the kick-off, Georgia Grimes collected the ball and passed to Ellen Worrall. She slipped the ball to Tamzin Reis-Day, who broke through a couple of tackles to run in under the posts, converted by Sara Curtis.

Bath hit back, testing the Hornettes’ defence, but despite Sara Curtis and Kerrianne William each having several successful ruck turnovers, Bath found some space out wide and scored in the corner.

Hornettes managed to put several phases of attacking rugby together, but Bath intercepted the last pass and ran in to score under the posts and convert.

The home side scored next from a well-drilled maul created following a line-out and followed this up with a try under the posts, which was converted.

Hornettes rallied and put some phases together, the hard-working forwards putting them on the front foot, allowing Abbey Constable to throw a long miss pass out to Lucy Mager, who jinked her way through several tackles and ran in from 45 metres. Curtis again converting the try.

The second half started well for the Hornettes, who enjoyed a period of possession, which tested the Bath defence, but they were unable to make the possession pay until Constable ripped the ball off a Bath player in the tackle.

Constable offloaded to Reis-Day, who found the Bath defence wrong-footed and ran in from 50 metres to score under the posts, allowing Curtis to convert.

Bath began to dominate the line-outs from this point and their next try came from a line-out and a simple switch in the back line, creating space behind the defensive line.

Sadly, from the resulting restart, the Hornettes kick chase was slow to react and Bath ran straight back to score and convert.

Before the end of the game, Bath exploited space and a tired Hornettes side, to run in a couple more tries to bring the full time score to 48-21 to Bath.

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