Hornets RFC 26 Kingsbridge RFC 59
The Kings girls put in a blistering second half performance, scoring 44 unanswered points to win the South West Plate trophy against tough opposition in the Yatton based Hornets RFC.
The victory was no less than the team and coaches deserved after a hugely successful season that has seen only two defeats, five girls selected to represent the county, and two girls further selected to trial for the South West region.
The match started evenly in perfect weather conditions, with a fast wide pitch that suited the Kings attacking style. Hornets opened the scoring before Abigail Jarvis stormed down the wing to draw the teams level. The teams traded tries as Megan Pratt and Abigail scored further tries for the Kings, before the Hornets forward dominance took hold, stretching their lead to 19-15 at the break. The Kings were on the back foot as the second half commenced, and it wasn’t long until the Hornets took advantage of Kings defensive frailties to extend the lead to 11 points.
The Kings Girls were not going to give up though, with the foundations of a great comeback being laid by Maddie Robinson with a fine try following a great team move through the backs. Maddie scored again from a pick up from a ruck, and for the first time in the match, the Kings took the lead. As the Hornets visibly tired, Kings turned up the heat with the forwards taking control of the breakdown. Mila Lynch, Megan Pratt and Jo Lethbridge worked tirelessly, supported by Molly Matthews and Ruth Tucker who tackled and ran all day. The backs now really opened up, with Annie Jones controlling the pack at scrum half, and Sophie Seal distributing from fly half. Beth Falla, Harriet Haddy and Olivia Squire now found acres of room in the centre positions, while Maddie and Susie Gerrard were a constant threat on the wings. The Hornets had no answer, and a hat trick from Olivia, another try for Megan, and a score from Bracken Rawlins completed a remarkable comeback and a hugely deserved victory for the Kings.