Youngsters defeated at Broad Plain
Hornets Under-7s travelled to Broad Plain and two teams played four matches.
HORNETS Under-7s reverted back to the old rules for the trip to Bristol to play Broad Plain, which meant seven-a-side and bigger pitches.
With both sides having reasonable size squads to make up two teams each, four games were played, all won by Broad Plain.
Both Hornets’ sides showed some great passing out wide and direct running to score tries several times, but poor tagging, couple of great interceptions by Broad Plain allowed Plain to keep ahead on the scoreboard and secure victories.
The Under-11s travelled to Bristol to play Broad Plain and the first-half of the first game was played nearly all in Hornets half as the bigger Broad Plain players used their weight to full advantage.
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However, they failed to score by dropping one ball on the Hornets try line and then Reeve Bailey held another Broad Plain player up short of the try line.
Hornets came to life after the break with Tim Morris and Harry McFarling working hard. The scrums and line-outs were also won against bigger players.
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This all resulted in three second half tries by Keelan Hodges-Swales and two by Tom Read. Conversions were added by Bailey and Alex Leeks and Hornets won 19-0.
The second game was much closer with Broad Plain now joining the party. Hornets opened the scoring with a further Read try converted by Leeks, but then a string of missed tackles resulted in a converted Broad Plain try, making it 7-7 at half-time.
The game carried on in a topsy-turvy way as a further Reed try and an excellent try by Tim Morris, helped by a good maul following a kick-off, gave Hornets a 21-7 lead. Both tries were converted by Bailey and Sol Midgley.
Hornets let slip the lead and more missed tackles resulted in two converted tries making the scores level.
WESTON Under-13s welcomed much vaunted Burnham for a first meeting of the sides in long while.
With their visitors winning four tournaments last year and consistently beating sides by 40 or 50 points this year, Weston knew they were in for a hard morning, and so it proved to be.
After a succession of forward drives and in a good position, Weston lost possession and Burnham scored a fine individual try. Weston hit back immediately with their half-backs combining to send centre Eddie Davies over for a try, converted by Archie Tilsley for an early 7-5 lead.
A simple handling error in the backs gifted Burnham their second score. After this, Weston tried gallantly to take the game to Burnham through the forwards with Jack Howard and George Bamsey making good ground.
The visitors stood firm and every mistake or turnover from Weston was punished with tries from long distance to make it 25-7 to Burnham at the break.
Weston began the second half much stronger and went straight back on the attack, and managed to make a four on one overlap, but the pass dropped, the ball was collected by Burnham’s excellent fly-half who sprinted 60 metres to score.
Weston rallied once more and scored through Howard and soon added another Davies converted try. With Weston tails firmly up, Davies crossed once more to bring the final score to 30-26.
Jimmy Bamsey, Mitchell Bird and Josh Gardner all had fine outings.