Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Honiton colts entertained Okehampton in a contest that the young Lacemen could ultimately have claimed victory in, writes Paz Parratt.
With the early exchanges being tit for tat, both sides looked to be playing equally well.
Unfortunately, Okehampton broke the deadlock and ran in a well-worked try. The kick went wide and the home side had to regroup quickly. Honiton were next on the score board as Okehampton were a little too keen and offside was declared from the ruck well in range of Jake Smiths boot 25-yards out.
Okehampton responded well and a second try was dotted down just out of reach for the kick. Things looked level again in all departments for a while until the Oaks widened the gap by a further five points.
Coming straight back Jake Smith was unleashed up the left wing and, a few good hand off’s later, the ball was dotted down. Smith slotted the conversion to close the gap to 15-10 in favour of the visitors. With the Lacemen playing down the slope after the break and generally known for being a bit late off the starting block, the game was played predominantly in the Oaks 22, with a good number of opportunities to cross the white wash the game should have been put to bed on more than one occasion, but the Lacemen were unable to cross!
All the hard work ended suddenly following a break away try with a full length run up the slope from the Oaks.
This time the conversion landed taking the game out of reach of the hosts.
Honiton launched one final assault to narrow the points but, Okehampton kept them at bay and fought their way back up the slope to end the game with another try.
The score generally didn’t reflect the game as both teams played some exceptional rugby.
Honiton, however, need to slow the game up a little in the final stages, the try’s will come with a little more patience!