Hemel Stags 52 South Wales Hornets 6
HEMEL Stags bounced back from a poor performance against Nottingham to secure a crushing victory over South Wales Hornets.
Stags raced into a 26-6 lead at half-time, and the Hemel side romped home after the break to record the comfortable win.
It was an accomplished display from the Stags, and they opened the scoring after just three minutes as man of the match Seb Ward forced his way over the line before Ryan Butcher added the conversion.
And it did not take the hosts long to extend their advantage as Eddie M’Baraga crashed over with eight minutes on the clock.
A superb Aiden Pritchard try – converted by Butcher – made it 14-0 with 15 minutes played, and Stags added to the scoring shortly after the half-hour mark as Luke Wattling touched down.
The game was almost all one-way traffic, but the Hornets finally managed to get their first points on the board just before half-time.
With a 24-6 lead, Hemel came out confidently after the break and extended the advantage on 50 minutes as Tim Thompston-Essex galloped home from 50-yards.
From then on, there was no way back for the Welsh side, and Hemel put the result beyond doubt with further tries from Pritchard, James Phillips (2), and Kelvin Moore-Rapana.
Next up for Stags is a home game against Bristol Sonics on Sunday, kick-off 2.30pm.