Hornettes well beaten by league leaders

PUBLISHED: 09:42 20 January 2017

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Hornettes Ladies played top of the table Cullompton in front of a large crowd at the official opening of the new artificial grass pitch.

Hornettes Ladies played host to top of the table Cullompton Ladies on the new artificial grass surface.

While the RFU and the club had the official opening ceremony, the teams were warming up in the background. The RFU had also flown over an international female referee from Holland on an exchange programme.

Cullompton were good at exploiting space and had a powerful back line. The Hornettes worked hard and tackled well, but the Cullompton runners often took two or three defenders to bring them down, while the Cullompton forwards were well drilled.

The Hornettes found themselves drawn into the middle of the pitch on several occasions, only to find the ball moved wide to the speedy wingers. By half-time, the Hornettes turned round 36 points down.

The hosts regrouped for the second half and spent the first 20 minutes attacking the Cullompton try line, with Emma Small, Laura (Sid) Clarke and Kim Sweeting all making powerful drives at the defence. The team tackled their hearts out, but tired towards the end of the game and Cullompton ran in several more tries before the final whistle, with Cullompton running out 58-0 winners.

The ladies are hosting a pitch up and play session on January 29 between 3-5pm or in training with the ladies on Wednesday evenings between 7-8.30pm. Please call Rhi on 07729 245701 or email hornettesrugby@aol.co.uk

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