HORDEN produced some good rugby to beat a Waterloo XV 39-17 in their high-profile friendly at Welfare Park.
The home side did the damage in the first half, scoring three tries against the National Three North outfit, whose side was mainly first and second team squad players.
The second period was closer, but there was no denying the hosts.
Horden had the wind and bank in their favour in the first 40 minutes and scored straight from the kick-off, retrieved by Owen Bennett.
The skipper started the ball rolling and after a number of quick phases, possession was moved swiftly to Paul Malcolm, who went over in the corner, with Andrew Turner converting.
However, Waterloo scored immediately, running in an unconverted try after a poor home kick handed them possession.
A Turner penalty put Horden 10-5 up and Dan Greener’s unconverted score after good pick and drive work by the forwards made the lead 10 points.
A brilliant run by the number eight almost produced a try for Daz Witte, but the ball did not go to hand.
However, Greener was soon on the scoresheet again. From a scrum 10 metres out, he picked up and outpaced the defence. Turner converted to put his side 22-5 up.
Horden scored their fourth try when Neil Hartley darted through a gap and sidestepped the full-back.
A good counter-attack by David Heckles seemed to set Horden on their way to another score, especially as Andrew Rollins had an overlap outside him.
However, his pass was intercepted and Waterloo went under the posts for a converted try.
Horden brought on David Mason and he was quickly in on the act.
Turner fed out a long pass to Heckles, the full-back putting Mason into space for the winger to outpace the covering defence to go in at the corner.
Shortly afterwards, Mason got his second try when he rounded his opposite number after another break by Heckles.
Despite the scoreline, Waterloo kept on battling and were rewarded with a try right at the death.