Sam scores a personal best

PUBLISHED: 09:35 07 October 2011

Rugby Hornetsv Stroud,

Rugby Hornetsv Stroud,

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Hornets keep up their 100 per cent record in the league.

Hornets 67 pts

Stroud 12 pts

THIS comprehensive victory made it five out of five for Hornets in the Tribute Western Counties North division.

It was even more impressive when considering that it was achieved without the crop of young players who had been so devastating against Yatton the week before. In scorching temperatures Hornets ran in 10 tries, seven of which were converted, which included a hat-trick and personal haul of 32 points for Sam Lloyd-Jones.

Within two minutes Hornets had the lead when Lloyd-Jones kicked a penalty and this was soon followed by a try for Chris Disney that came off the back of several phases of pressure applied by the home pack.

After 14 minutes Disney crossed for his second, this one converted by Lloyd-Jones, after a well organised back row move saw him smash through two defenders to touch down.

Five minutes later Lloyd-Jones crossed for the first of his tries and another by Matt Parker soon followed. Lloyd-Jones converted and the bonus point was achieved inside of 25 minutes.

Kirk Middlemiss then took take advantage of a gap in the defence to run through under the posts without a finger being laid on him. Lloyd-Jones stroked over the extra 2 points. Greg Speller and Ross Cheeseborough were the next to go over and Hornets went in at the break leading 48-0.

The second half was a completely different story as Hornets, with the game won, eased up. This allowed Stroud to get back into the contest and although they were never going to regain parity in the score they were now competing on the field.

It was 20 long minutes before the second half deadlock was breached, Sean Kent scoring on his return to first team action following good work by the pack.

With Hornets still in a state of slumber Stroud experienced a 10-minute spell which saw them cross the whitewash twice through centre Fogerty and second row Higgins. This finally roused Hornets who played out the final five minutes in destructive form, Lloyd-Jones crossing twice to complete his hat-trick.

This weekend Hornets travel to Barton Hill. Kick-off is at 3pm.

* Hornets Colts entertained Wellington aiming to continue their good start to the league campaign.

Wellington, however, were also in determined mood, and immediately gained the upper hand by converting a penalty.

The home side then began to gain some possession and territory and, once on the front foot, the defensive gaps started to appear, livewire Ollie Beresford broke clear at pace only to be upended by a dangerous tackle.

The resulting melee led to Hornets being reduced to 14 players but, despite being a man short and much lighter per man, the forwards set up Tom Weston to burst through the defence and run in from the halfway line. This galvanised Wellington who produced a converted try to put them 10-5 ahead.

In the second half the Hornets forwards started to move the bigger opposition forwards around in the searing heat, becoming more dominant as the game wore on.

Bradley Ashfield was first to capitalise with a score from 35 yards which he converted himself.

Weston then went over again following some great work from man of the match Kurtis Moreton and skipper Jamie Richardson. Bradley Ashfield converted before winger Ryan Gibbs completed the 26-10 scoreline.

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