Walcot 2nd XV travelled to take on Hornets 3rd XV with the home team having only lost once at home all season and after a tough home defeat to Bristol Barbarians two weeks prior in their last league game.
The game began with some tight forward play from both sides. However it didn't take too long for Walcot to score the first points of the game. A break from Korey Williams provided slick link up play between backs and forwards with good awareness from Jim Caveen to set up Ezra White who showed a mixture of strength and prowess to get over the line for the opening try of the game. The resulting conversion was slotted by fly half Nick Dagger 0-7.
The first half was plagued with penalties against Walcot and the referee soon lost patience as Dagger was sent to the sin bin for what was deemed to be a reckless high tackle. Down to 14 men the visitors fought valiantly in defense with captain Ricky Messer chopping down defenders left right and centre. The pressure increased with the Hornets forwards carrying hard and eventually the Walcot defense was unlocked as the home team went over in the corner. The wide conversion was missed keeping the score close at half time 5-7.
Walcot were now back to their full contingent however the infringements continued. Several penalties in succession saw Hornets take play into the Walcot 22 and they set up camp for a prolonged period. The visitors defense held strong until Hornets crashed over for their second try of the game. Shortly after the home side capitalised once more taking their lead to 17-7. From the resulting try Walcot had another man sin binned for killing the ball at the ruck.
With time ticking away Walcot knew they needed to strike. Quick thinking from Dagger saw him slide over for the teams second try as he took a quick penalty 10 metres out from the Hornets line 17-14. It didn't take long for Hornets to react as within minutes they had scored again. A few missed tackles in the midfield saw their fly half dot down under the posts.
The visitors continued to press hard and some fluid handling from Ashley Hobbs and Williams put away winger Dean Griffith who danced past his man to score in the corner. The wide conversion was missed 24-19.
The last play of the game saw Walcot awarded a penalty in the Hornets 22. Several infringements from the home side resulted in continuous scrums until White showcased his inner-kiwi with an audacious Sonny-Bill esque offload which was claimed by Dagger who had the easiest of run-ins from 5 metres out. With the score now levelled at 24-24 the fly half ensured Walcot took the full 5 points back to Bath by slotting the conversion from underneath the posts.
A brilliant team performance and a tight, tense game throughout. Walcot now look forward to a visit from unbeaten league leaders Bath Old Edwardians in their next league outing.