Humphris’ boot helps Hornets to vital victory

PUBLISHED: 09:13 26 January 2018

Hornets V Ivybridge

Hornets V Ivybridge

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Jordan Humphris enjoyed a 100 per cent kicking record to help Hornets to victory over Ivybridge.

Hornets 23 pts

Ivybridge 16 pts

Hornets welcomed Ivybridge to the Nest for the latest round in the South West Premier League and on a day of waterlogged pitches, their artificial pitch came into its own.

Although still with a couple of injuries, Hornets were able to pick a strong team and proved again that although things are tough this season, they can still put together a competitive game as sixth-placed Ivybridge found out.

Things started well for Hornets as they came close with an early try, but were knocked back by solid defence. Constant surges by Hornets forced an error, with Ivybridge conceding a penalty almost in front of the posts.

Jordan Humphris, who was starting only his fourth 1st XV game for Hornets, put Hornets three points to the good.

Ivy retaliated and forced Hornets to defend which they did valiantly, but eventually their winger went over in the corner and the conversion followed and Hornets were 7-3 down.

With the scrum under pressure and Jack Gibson in the bin for 10 minutes, Hornets defended well, but conceded a penalty which was converted.

Now Gibson was back to join up with the pack and his back row forwards of Denton and Parker. The outstanding back row combination along with the solid second row of Harris and Pape, set a good platform for the front row of veteran Hobbs, Vivian and Haines.

Hornets now started to hit top form, with James, Francis, Dempsey, Bailey and Carter all prominent. Inside Ivy’s 22, Hornets seized their chance with a well-executed line-out and drive by the pack and Parker went over for Hornets first try. Humphris completed the job with the conversion and Hornets were level 10-10 at the break

After the break, it was Hornets who were able to capitalise first, huge runs by Haines and Harris forced another infringement and a penalty to Hornets, which Humphris slotted over to Hornets the lead.

Hornets stepped up another gear and another penalty under the posts saw the referee send the Ivybridge second row to the bin.

Dempsey decided to decline the easy three points and opted for a scrum. A break by Parker and three phases later the ball spun down the line to Carter to score in the corner, again converted by Humphris.

Ivybridge launched a series of attacks and managed to get two long-range penalties to get within a score. Another two penalties to Hornets and Humphris completed a faultless 100 per cent kicking tally for the afternoon and Hornets were seven points clear and they held their nerve to emerge winners at the whistle.

This was a hugely impressive result for Hornets, who are fighting for their lives in this league and cling on to the hope that they may still be able to save the season.

It was another proud day for the Hornets’ mini and junior section as yet another talented player in Humphris has come through the section to provide players for the senior team.

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