Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Honiton 65, Chard 35
Honiton Under-9s put on an impressive show to complete the double over Chard with an emphatic victory, writes Ben Lee.
The young Lacemen made far better use of the space out wide and ran in some super tries after some slick offloading out of the tackle.
This enabled Joe Evans to race in for 11 tries, the speedy Cameron Pegg for four with Felix Williams, Luke Matthews and Osian Owen grabbing one each.
It was another impressive team performance considering the size of the opposition and the muddy conditions, but the Man of the match awards went to Charlie Shepperd who tackled hard all game and Luke Matthews who showed some silky foot work whilst in space.
Honiton Raptors 40, Chard 5
Honiton Under-11s leant the visitor’s three players including Ellis Baker who showed great tenacity. The hosts overpowered the visitors on more than one occasion with the muddy ground forcing all players to dig deep and try to avoid eating the pitch! Tries were scored by James Ashby, Sam Webb, with Rhys Phillips and Harry Shepherd getting two each. Conversions were taken by Dominic Bernhardt and Rhys Phillips. Special credit goes to Matthew Webb, Samuel Bevan and Ellis Baker, who was joint man of the match with James Ashby, for great sportsmanship.
Honiton Musketeers 21, Chard 14
Honiton Under-12s emerged with a deserved victory on a mud bath of a pitch. In an even first half, both teams tried to play direct rugby with the forwards carrying the ball up the middle and the ball rarely getting to the wings.
Number-eight Bralsford crossed for Honiton to give a 7-7 score line at the break. The second half started brightly with Phillips powering his way over for another trademark try, but Chard again levelled. The deciding moment came when the forwards won some good ball and fly half Woollacott jinked inside the Chard defence and crashed over. Honiton then managed to see out the remaining minutes mainly in the Chard half. Great to see run outs for debutantes Jack Young and Ethan Kellow, but the win was built around all the forwards who really worked hard on a heavy pitch. Man of the Match went to Guy Maynard who once again impressed at scrum half.
Honiton 25, Cullompton 14
Honiton Under-13s exacted sweet revenge over a side that had knocked them out of the cups two weeks before.
The soft underfoot conditions seemed to suit the home side and they took charge early on. Harry Todd went over for the first try followed shortly after with a try from Joseph Gibbs. The second half saw some great game play from the Honiton side as they continued to use the width of the pitch well. Sam Phillips scored and Harry Todd went over twice more to complete his hat-trick. Man of the Match went to the whole team for a fantastic hard working performance.