Gordano register bonus point victory in windy conditions

PUBLISHED: 10:53 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 31 January 2018

Rugby ball.

Rugby ball.

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Gordano defeated Hornets’ second string to register a bonus point victory to keep them top of the league.

Gordano 31 pts

Hornets 2nd XV 3 pts

Gordano welcomed Hornets to Caswell Lane on what was a wet and windy afternoon and recorded a fine 31-3 victory.

With a strong wind coming in from the west, the toss would be key to how the game would pan out and again Gordano captain Tom Arnall lost. Luckily for the hosts, Hornets thought it was more important to kick off, so Gordano choose to play into the wind.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in front of the posts and decided to take the easy three points. From the restart, Gordano were loose with their passing and nearly handed hornets with a couple of gift tries.

Gordano started to ramp up the pressure and got their rewards with No 8 Arnall getting the touchdown. With the half coming to a close, evergreen prop Andrew Peterson made a lovely break and drew the last defender to send Jack Thomas though the hole to score a good team try.

The second half started slowly with Hornets having plenty of ball, but were held up by the strong Gordano defence. With this constant pressure, mistakes were creeping in and this was highlighted when a wild pass went straight into the Gordano captain’s hands and he was able to jog in under the post for an easy seven points.

With the conditions holding up, the hosts were still trying to play their expansive game, but with a strong wind at their back and a weakening opposition forward pack, it was no surprise when Thomas scored his second, with the conversation added by Sam Hodge.

Gordano finished off their workmanlike performance with a well-worked try finished by winger Jordan Mitchell to make the final score 31-3.

This was a good result for Gordano, a bonus point win is all you could ask for in the wet and windy conditions, but they also got a good points difference.

The Mark’s Barbers man of the match was hard-working youngster Andrew Peterson.

On Saturday, only the seconds have a game, at home to Weston, but the following week (February 10), Gordano are at home in the national cup against Barton Hill, who are currently top of Gloucestershire Premier.

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