Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Truro 15, Honiton RFC 1st XV 10
Honiton acquired a losing bonus point at Truro as they again lost a close encounter 15-10 in mid Cornwall. The Lacemen failed to score at a key time, and wasted a host of kickable chances, which essentially saw them come out in second place from another encounter, writes Nick Guilbert.
It’s a frustrating season for all those involved with the club as so often wins appear to be just around the corner, but the killer instinct is lacking at crucial times.
With no real slope to contend with Honiton kicked off and soon gained possession which they used to good effect, with Hannay and Coutts both making significant breaks. This lead to a penalty chance with Meadows uncharacteristically knocked wide.
Undeterred, Honiton worked away in the Truro half before missing another penalty, this time from further out. Truro worked their way into the Honiton end with sensible kicking. Whilst the Honiton lineout was an excellent source of possession all day, on this occasion Truro won the ball in the air and their number six trundled up through the middle of the field. Honiton couldn’t clear their lines and, when the number nine collected from the base, he set up a maul that couldn’t be stopped. With Truro seven points to the good, it was harsh on the Lacemen.
Honiton continued to trouble the Cornish side, but too often they attacked the wrong areas or with too little support. Eventually the Devonians won a penalty, with Webber hitting the post. From the 22 drop kick clearance Meadows pushed Truro back again and, from the Cornish clearance, Honiton were accredited with a lineout on the 22. Rice fetched the ball from Selway and off the top to Whitton who found the midfield carriers well. Decent ruck ball allowed dummy runners to create space for Small who broke through wide of the left hand 15 channel. He interchanged passes with winger Thompson before being stopped just short. Sufficient support arrived for Way to be put over in the corner. Webber converted from the touch line to bring the game within three points.
At half time Honiton were buoyed by their first half performance but fell by the wayside for 10 minutes following the break, and it cost them dearly. Truro turned the screw at scrum time and, following several pick-and-go efforts, crossed the line for a five pointer. The Lacemen were on the rack as Truro came again, pressing hard through the middle. Excellent last gasp tackles held the home side just short and eventually Honiton rebuffed Truro back upfield in admirable fashion.
They turned this defence into attack and found themselves in the Truro 22. Having won a scrummage 10 yards out, they worked their way towards the post from the left hand touch line. They were blocked several times before being turned over, in what was a key period of the game.
Truro steadied and, while Webber converted a penalty with 10 to go, Honiton couldn’t find the score required to win.The game was marred near the final whistle as the home side’s number nine was rightly dismissed for punching Hyland in the face as the Honiton man was getting to his feet. A melée ensued as the home side attempted to have the game ended early but the referee acted correctly in allowing Honiton to continue from the penalty.
●Next week Honiton face Bideford at Allhallows.