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News Archive > Sport > Hornets earn cup final spot

Hornets earn cup final spot

By Tom Howe 26th April 2017

Hornets earn cup final spot
TEAM WORK: It has been a successful season for the Hornets squads with the Colts earning a double crown

NEWQUAY Hornets booked a trip to the Cornwall Club’s Cup final following a comprehensive victory over Veor at a sunny Sports Centre on Saturday.

The win avenged an earlier league result with Veor being the only team to record a league victory at Newquay this season. The Hornets opened their scoring with a penalty from the trusty boot of Kyle Plummer and it was also the young stand-off's vision and accomplished kicking game that led to the home side's first two tries. The first was finished off by Johno Johnson after a kick ahead which highlighted the problems you can encounter if you let a ball bounce on a hard April pitch. The second was a beautifully weighted kick which again bounced kindly for centre Dan Bradford to reap the rewards and score under the posts.

The third try of the first-half was a cracker. Matt ‘Crazy’ Burt hit the line at pace and danced past the Veor defence to finish with a semi swallow dive under the posts. Plummer was on target with conversions of each first-half try. Veor kept battling away and picked up a penalty kick and a converted try to leave the Hornets with a 24-10 half-time lead.

Newquay made several changes during the second-half to ensure their whole match day squad enjoyed some game time and, although this slightly disrupted their patterns of play, they continued to dominate the game. The contest was wrapped up after two further tries pushed the tie beyond doubt. Bradford helped himself to a brace after alert play from Jack Burbridge and Harry Pendriech capped another fine game as he won the ball in the line-out and charged through a disorganised Veor defence to add the fifth. Plummer maintained his 100% success rate with the boot converting both tries.

The 38-16 victory sees the Hornets through to meet Liskeard-Looe in the County Club’s Cup final to be played on Bank Holiday Monday with a 3.30pm scheduled kick-off.

The day will see four separate finals being played concurrently and will take place at Bodmin Rugby Club. The schedule for the day is: Cornwall Club’s Shield 12.30pm, Cornwall Club’s Plate 1.30pm, Cornwall Club’s Vase 2.30pm, Cornwall Club’s Cup 3.30pm.

It has also been an exceptional year for Newquay Hornets RFC Colts who won the league on points, going through to play in the play-offs where they enjoyed further success.

This consisted of the league’s top team playing the fourth place finishers and the runners-up playing third place. Having already finished top of the league, Newquay Colts then beat St Austell in the semi and Liskeard Colts in a convincing final at Launceston.

On Saturday, Penzance visited Newquay to contest the semi-final of the Plate Cup. This was a hard fought game that could have gone either way but resulted in Newquay winning 13-10.

This sees the team progress to play Camborne at St Austell in the final on Saturday, April 29 where they aim to add the Plate Cup to their league trophy.

During this season, many of the Newquay Colts have been trickled into the club’s first team and this has provided them with additional strong and worthy players who have made their mark in an already well-established side.

Coach Darral Mares said: “Being predominantly senior colts this will be most of the players’ final year together as they go their separate ways to universities etc but we hope to see most of them back at the club next season playing for the first team. Whatever the players choose, Newquay Hornets RFC wish them all the best in the future.”

“Head coach Russ Whitchurch, my fellow coaches Mark Poole, Chris Ludlam and I would like to congratulate the players on their success. This has only come through their hard work, determination and commitment, especially during the last few seasons.”

By Tom Howe 26th April 2017

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