Further proof of how good Honiton second string can be
PUBLISHED: 16:07 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010
North Tawton 1st XV 5, Honiton 2nds 17: North Tawton 1st team away has been a great fixture for the seconds in recent seasons – won them all, too!
North Tawton 1st XV 5, Honiton 2nds 17: North Tawton 1st team away has been a great fixture for the seconds in recent seasons - won them all, too!
Competing well against sides in Devon 2 has brought great results and proven what a good side Honiton's second string can be.
With recent selection being a challenge, the 15 who started resembled those who should have been playing all season.
Good warm-up, nice polite chat by the skipper in the changing rooms - all was looking good for a fine start to 2008.
So, 15 minutes in, they'd just scored, we'd not touched the ball and, while waiting behind the posts for their conversion attempt, Jason Hannay added his pearls of wisdom - "Well, if that's all they've got!"
Funnily enough, this did spark Honiton into life and what happened from then on resulted in a cracking game, with determination and the will to win by the Lacemen.
With the Honiton pack making good yards in the loose, Rikki Lennon taking a lot of his and the mid Devon side's lineout ball, their fly half not being that keen on tackling, and some fantastic box kicking from Rice at nine, the first Honiton touchdown soon came.
The scorer, Robbie Harrison, whose show and go to fellow prop Knocker, then relied on all his 'gravity' to crash over.
Quite what either were doing out on the wing they couldn't explain! Kick missed, but game on!
More forward domination in the rucks and mauls and quick hands from Galling and Rice put Rickie Lennon in space for try no 2!
Missed kick, but half time came and Honiton were 10-5 up.
Rice had his kicking boots in awesome form and the Honiton pack, with Wright, Harrison, Meadows (plenty of padding protecting those ribs) and Fahy made good inroads.
Little surprise that the second half saw Honiton camped in the home side's 22 with Rice now jumping at four, and later in the half moved onto the flank so young Luke Kenny could strut his stuff at scrum half!
After a couple of scares, including Dan Garmen getting to a kick-through between the posts a few inches before the home centre, Honiton rounded off their efforts and long periods of possession with a deserved try at the death, scored and converted by "cut him and he bleeds" Dave McGrath.
To be fair, the home side always looked a threat and, despite the going backwards in the scrums, only the hard graft up front and some solid midfield work by Burrows and Hannay saw Honiton home to win 5-17.
By Jonathan Galling
North Tawton 1st XV 5, Honiton 2nds 17