Whitehaven 2nds 32 v Hornets 34

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Saturday 18th October, 2008

Cumbria Shield League

The Hornets struggled to cope with the pace of the Whitehaven backs – a similar one to that faced against Keswick the previous week – youth versus advacning years!  Our hosts broke through our centre line three times in the first half and always looked like they could score with any possession they had.

A good talking to by ‘Percy’ during the break motivated the Hornets’ forwards into taking control in the second half.  A try soon after the break led the way and saw the Hornets with almost all the territory now. Potent use of the ‘shotgun’ was prominent.

Obviously the lack of ball was restricting the Whitehaven attack, but our centres turned around the defensive errors of the opening half, with some heroic efforts denying Whitehaven until the closing minutes.

There were a lot of good performances ‘Percy’ and John Trenell were particularly noticeable  –  especially John who was having his first outing of the season.  Robbie (Steve Robertson) deserves praise too for his efforts at scrum half, not a position he is noted for excelling at!

Half time score:  27 pts to 8 pts.

Result: 32 pts to 34 pts