Old Cents were today beaten by a highly motivated Hornets side who were making their first home appearance in their new division.In front of a big crowd the home side were faster in thought and execution and put a weak Old Cents side to the sword.
The Old Cents side were a shadow of the side of the side that beat Bracknell well last week.Wheras Cents were strong up front last week,aggressive at the rucks and mauls plus had a good line out,this week they were out muscled by a big and young pack.Another feature of last weeks win was a strong defense,this week Cents allowed the strong running Hornets side to brush a side weak tackling.
Cents were therefore not at the races in any aspectof the match,however on saying this part of the blame for the defeat can be put down to a lot of the players being under the weather because of a club weeding the day before wherby most of the team were up to the early hours of Saturday morning.
However nothing should be taken away from the Hornets performance,they put in a thoroughly committed display and blew Cents away to win the match in style before their home supporters.If they play like they played against Cents they will be a team to be reckoned with,espcially at home on a very good playing surface.
Cents know what they are capable of and they should not play like this again especially after their coach will be back to read them the riot act.Newton Abbot are next up at the Stade de Bridge and they should not read to much into this weeks match because the home side will be better focused and fully fit for the game.
For the record Hornets stormed into a 29-8 lead at half time and they started their scoring with their first attack of the match. They scored at regular intervals and during the first half Cents scored through a penalty converted by Liam Hemming plus an unconverted try scored by Michael Mathers.Even though the Hornets dominated the first half Cents still had try scoring chances and if they had taken them the
match might have ended closer.
In the second half Cents started the half strongly and during this period the sides were evenly matched,however after the first 15minutes The Hornets resumed total control and put Cents away.Cents managed to two tries in the second half one of which was converted by Liam Hemming.the try scorers were Joe Preece and Sam Attwooll on his club first full game debut.Final score 53-2 to Hornets.
This is a match for Cents to take note of and move on,they know they will perform better next week against Newton Abbot and for Hornets well done to them as they showed they could be a force to be reckoned with in the league on this showing.They will meet a better Old Cents side when they visit the Stade de bridge.