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Newquay travelled to St Austell on Sunday with an seventeen man (and Evie!) squad to play a match in muddy but thankfully dry conditions. With a strong squad four ten minute periods were played. Newquay rewarded coaches Ian Morgan and Jim Pearce with their most consistently strong performance of the current campaign. Perren Heamen opened the scoring as the Hornets quickly set the tone for the whole match with good rucking and support play seeing him pushing over for the first try. Almost immediately Eddie Pearce was to lengthen the lead using his pace to outflank the Saints defence on the left. Newquay were linking well now and Sol Hawkins added to the tally following good passing and movement between Ewan Gilroy-Simpson , Ben Hunt and Ethan Reed with Eddie also adding another as the first period of play ended. The second quarter saw a different Newquay team continue in the same vein. St Austell sought to exert pressure early on but despite winning a penalty in Newquay territory they lost ground as excellent tackling, accompanied by the back line pushing up as the Saints sought to get some passes together, saw them lose ground.

A throw in to Newquay saw them regain possession and Ben Henwood powered through the Saints defence to score. Moments later more strong rucking from Newquay saw Ben impress further as he ripped the ball out , took it wide and then dummied a pass before gliding past the Saints defenders to go over. As the second quarter closed Newquay won a scrum from which Evie Longworth fed the ball to Ben who once more showed a clean pair of heels down the right wing to claim his hat trick.

The third quarter saw Finn Collins make the most of some slick passing among the Newquay backs as he accelerated away to score on the right. The Saints never gave up and responded well with a period of sustained pressure that saw Newquay working hard to contain them. They crossed the Hornets line several times only to be denied as they were held up by an in form defence. Eventually their dogged determination saw them over to pull one back for the home side. Newquay were in no mood to let them back into the game however. Chasing down St Austell whenever they had possession they forced them to back pedal. Eddie Pearce was to pick up a lose ball and it passed through numerous hands before Ben Hunt did a great offload in the tackle to put Ewan in at the left hand corner. The fourth quarter saw Lewis Edwards add to the Hornets commanding lead, linking well with Evan Pender before carrying the ball over himself to score on the right. Jack Higginson showed grit and determination as he forced over despite the attendance of several Saints defenders. St Austell were to pull one back as one of their forwards made an excellent break from defence, running through the middle as Newquay for the first time failed to take him down. Lewis Hollings was to round off the scoring in the final minute of the game, picking up a lose ball from a tackle deep in the Newquay half before running on to score. Hornets 60 St Austell 10. A great victory with everyone contributing to a real team effort. (Players of the Match: Ben Henwood and Finn Collins).

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