Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Honiton 8, Exeter University 36
Honiton lost to a well-drilled and efficient Exeter University side on Saturday afternoon at Allhallows, writes Nick Guilbert.
In what was a well contested affair, the students had too much in the tank and held possession for sustained periods to break the Lacemen’s defensive line.
Honiton set out to disrupt the University side from the outset and to be fair to the home side they played with a higher intensity than they had done earlier in the season. However the University have looked in good form and despatched Saltash 103-3 last week.
They opened the Lacemen by moving the ball quickly from one side of the field to another, and the Lacemen found themselves stretched. They University mixed their pack well into wide positions and the pace of their game was difficult to maintain.
They scored a try in the first five minutes and when Honiton kicked through Hodge was adjudged of foul play when tackling the receiver. He was sent to the sin bin, and Honiton conceded again up their right flank.
Things were looking ominous but Honiton had no real ball and with the set piece working well they eventually put some pressure on the Students. Honiton kicked to the corner from an infringement, and when Wright gathered the lineout the Lacemen marched on towards the Clubhouse corner line. With the maul going forward Whitton fed Rice, who put Dalton in space to score seven yards in from touch. Honiton missed the conversion but Ollie Rice added three more moments after and Honiton were gathering momentum.
This was halted by the students as they forced Honiton into conceding three. Honiton were having to work hard for everything, but they were throwing the kitchen sink at it. Injuries and unavailability’s saw scrum half Selway and flanker Hodge pair up in the centre’s but they did admirably all day.
The Student scored a couple more before half time, and with Honiton playing up the slope in the second period, they had it all to do.
However Honiton played well in the second half and restricted the University to very few chances. They lineout function well and Honiton frustrated the visitors with some fantastic defending. Honiton couldn’t break down the stubborn students, and it was not until the last ten minutes that the University broke through. Firstly with their man of the match full back breaking through down the right into clubhouse corner and at the death an inside flick un did the defence for the open side to score.
The University look to be a strong out fit this year and any team will do well to beat them. Honiton travel to Saltash on Saturday, the Cornish side are without a win after two matches.