Rugby league side Hornets sting the Maoris in friendly

Gainsborough Maoris v Boston 2nds
Gainsborough Maoris v Boston 2nds

Gainsborough Maoris were stung by Rossington Hornets on Saturday, going down 67-0.

The Gainsborough side were under the control of captain Paul Hooton and vice captain Sean Parker for this home friendly, against a rugby league side.

Any heated exchanges soon cooled down in the cold weather conditions whilst it was soft under foot in terms of the pitch.

Gainsborough started the first 10 minutes of the match strongly and defiant.

However soon trouble would prevail as the visitors started to show their worth and broke through Gainsborough’s defense to unlock the first try of the match.

Fortunately for the Maoris, Rossington missed their first conversion of the match, but this try would be the first of many to come, assisting Rossington’s final tally.

The whole affair was mainly played in the centre of the field on both sides of the halfway line.

Gainsborough’s number six Darren Smith put in yet an another Man of the Match performance, giving him his fourth of the season.

The Hornets would then turn on the gas once again and run in four more tries with two converted and this would end the first half of the game with the team from Rossington in the lead at 29-0.

Gainsborough in small periods kept Rossington at bay as the home team put in a lot of good tackles, which was always going to be the requisite given the strength of the opponents.

The second half kicked off and some changes were made during the half-time interval to give all replacements some game time.

Hornets showed they had a ruthless side by banging in another six tries with only four being converted.

Rossington Hornets usually play rugby league as mentioned before but they do play union and are a strong force to be reckoned with, as the score would suggest.

The full-time score was not for the faint hearted, 67-0 to Rossington Hornets.

Despite the heavy scoreline, Gainsborough Maoris enjoyed the run out and played the game in a professional manner.

The defeat will also help to aid preparations for the return of the Merit League next week as Market Rasen come to town to reignite the local rivalry.

Gainsborough Rugby Club’s first team, the All Blacks, are not back in actionuntil 7th November.

Their next opponents will be Bingham in a home league fixture.

On Saturday they beat Barton and District 17-12to sit seventh in the table.