Honiton 2nds were defeated 15-0 against the Exmouth Nomads at the Imperial on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 0292-10-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Crediton 17, Honiton 3
Honiton slipped out of the Devon Intermediate Cup at the semi-final stage, writes Jerry Rice.
Following very heavy rain and many games having already been called off, Honiton were somewhat surprised that their semi final cup match against Crediton was still on.
On arrival at the Mid Devon ground they were greeted with another down pour which meant conditions were, to say the least, going to be challenging!
When rugby is like this the conditions are a big leveller and, on a day when it was an achievement to just be able to catch a pass, rugby goes out of the window and it just becomes a mud wrestle.
Having said that, the conditions were the same for both sides and it was Crediton who adapted the better.
Honiton started brightly and pressed the home line on numerous occasions, but they were often pushed back by stout defence and the inevitable handling errors.
Crediton capitalised on Honiton infringements and good kicking by the Crediton fly half saw them able to set up a maul and score for the first points of the game.
Ben Webber narrowed the deficit with a penalty but Crediton scored again with a similar try in the same position.
Honiton had it all to do in the second half and, as the conditions underfoot worsened, you couldn’t really tell who was on whose side the game moved into farce territory!
Even the referee was plastered in mud. In the slog, Crediton rumbled over again to put the game beyond Honiton’s grasp.
Crediton were worthy winners, but it must be said that Honiton just didn’t rise to the occasion on a day that really was most unsuited to any form of rugby!
Then, to make the day even worse a cheer up session watching England was going to be just the tonic but as we know the result just rounded of what was a bad day for Honiton!