Newquay Hornets 26, Veor 8
NEWQUAY Hornets lifted themselves out of the bottom two with a crucial bonus point victory over basement side Veor at the Sports Centre on Saturday.
Man of the match, Harry Penderich helped himself to two tries and others were added by Brad Rossborough and Tim Eustice, with skipper Liam Thornton kicking three conversions.
Hornets now go to second in the table Tiverton this Saturday, with confidence boosted after ending a run of poor results since their win over Pirates Amateurs in November.
With weather disrupting training and postponing games, it has been hard for the Hornets to get any momentum in recent weeks.
Hornets picked a strong side to try to ensure victory over Veor, with fly-half Tom Heayel making his first team debut, while Freeman was back from injury and in his preferred position at outside centre.
Max Cowell, a Newquay colt, came in with another strong performance at second row and showed that development in the club is taking a positive effect.
Newquay started the game with flair, as debutant Tom Heayel linked up well with centre Tim Robey, to get the ball out to Freeman.
He unleashed full back Brad Rossborough, who sprinted 60 metres down the line to step his opposite man and score under the posts. Freeman added the extras.
Hornets seemed to get a rush of blood to the head after scoring such an early try and discipline was costing them territory. Eventually Veor opted to go for the three points, with their fly half being successful.
Hornets rallied and with strong forwards possession, fly half Heayel was able to put a well placed kick down into the corner allowing the home side to add more pressure on to Veor.
After some ill discipline from Veor, vice-captain Penderich took the quick tap and smashed his away over the line to score Newquay's second try. Freeman was unable to add the extras this time.
Now playing with more confidence and enjoyment, broken play allowed No8 Tim Eustice to dance through a couple of tackles to go over for the game's third try. Freeman added the extra two points.
With a 19-3 lead by half-time, the Hornets knew the game was all but theirs. They just had to turn the screw in the second half.
Playing against the wind, Freeman had opted to run everything, knowing that Hornets' pace in the backs was more than a match for that of the visiting side.
Freeman was able to break the line to feed back row Josh Coombes on the halfway line who was left with a simple two-on-one with Robey in support.
Unfortunately Coombes, trying to compensate for the strong headwind, passed the ball forward and into touch.
Veor found strength in their set piece and with a large pack were able to utilise their driving maul, pushing Newquay back every time.
Midway through the second half, the away side's driving maul proved too much and were able to drive over the line for their only try of the game.
With only ten minutes to go Newquay had the four points in the bag, but really needed that fourth try to confirm a bonus point win and take them out of the relegation zone.
Veor then conceded another penalty, to which Freeman opted this time to kick to touch and take the lineout.
Utility player Adam Rainey, now playing in the second row, went up in the lineout to feed scrum half Perry Hughes, who got the ball out to fly half Heayel.
He made a good break and managed to offload to Penderich, who went over for his second try. Freeman again added the extras to complete the scoring.
Scorers. Tries: Harry Penderich (2), Brad Rossborough, Tim Eustice; Cons: Liam Freeman (3).
MoM: Harry Penderich.