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Your News Hornets hold off Truro but get a lesson from Oxford

Blue skys at the Sports Centre on sunday made it an enjoyable day to both watch and play rugby. The Hornets took on Truro for the first time this season as well as hosting touring side Oxford in a three way series. Truro started the first game with Newquay's Ben Hunt making a crunching tackle on the first runner with his usual total commitment. It was Newquay who then went on to apply the early pressure but despite having some good possession they could not find a way past the Truro defence. Truro themselves came into the game as the half progressed taking advantage of their strength in the scrum to make up some ground. For Newquay Sol Hawkins and Ben Henwood both made good runs, whilst Ethan Reed and Robin Blackman impressed in the maul, ripping the ball from the opposition on numerous occaisions but at half time the scores remained level. Newquay started brightly in the second half and were unlucky when Owen Prior was pushed into touch on the left. Then a penalty to Truro as Newquay failed to release the ball on the ground saw them take the lead. On the restart Ewan Gilroy-Simpson drove through several Truro defenders before being held but still managed to get the ball away to Ben Hunt who was close in support and went over to level the score. Truro pulled ahead again, breaking down the left wing to score in the corner. As the final minute approached Newquay launched one more attack. Ben Henwood made a strong run through the middle before being held. Perran Heamen grasped the ball in the maul that followed close to the Truro line with Ewan taking it to go over and level the sores at 10-10.

Visiting side Oxford then humbled Truro winning by a comprehensive margin before taking on the Hornets. Having seen the way they despatched Truro, Newquay worked really hard against the visitors but they proved to be too strong, an excellent team who were a pleasure to watch. The awareness of their players was amazing. Constantly supporting each other they displayed some impressive handling individually and excellent passing as a team to make great use of the ball and although Newquay stuck to the task they were well beaten 45-5.

Over the two games Ewan's work rate saw him deservedly made Man of the Match.

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