Rugby: Newquay Hornets off to winning start
Newquay Hornets 20, Honiton 16
NEWQUAY Hornets kicked off their league campaign with a hard-fought victory over recently relegated Honiton RFC.
With a strong pre-season build-up, Hornets went blow for blow with Honiton, coming out eventual winners by four points.
The visitors gifted the home side wih an easy three points minutes after kick-off. Shortly after, with some strong running from Harry Pendrich, and some clinical set piece play, saw new captain Liam Freeman, put full back Brad Rossborough in the corner for the game's opening try.
Freeman just narrowly missed for the extras.
Honiton rallied and after some ill discipline from the Hornets, they were gifted an easy try, the conversion being successful.
In the second half it was a battle of the boot, as leads were being exchanged with every kick at goal.
It was scrum half Connor Riley who forced a penalty inside Honiton's 22, making it an easy three points for Freeman, now extending the lead to four points.
With big tackles coming in from Jake Cass and Patrick Thurtell, Newquay negated any chance of a Honiton comeback, giving the home side a deserved 20-16 win.
Hornets look to continue their strong start with a win away to Exeter Saracens this Saturday.
Hornets team picture – see Page 105.