Wednesday, January 9, 2013
While a win for Honiton 1st XV is surely just around the corner, Honiton seconds kicked off 2013 with a well earned victory against Exeter Saracens, securing a 17-12 victory, writes Tom Churchward.
On a slightly beaten up pitch, Honiton kicked off up the slope in the first half, and conceded an early try after some poor tackling which went unconverted. Honiton regrouped and started to show some dominance, especially in the scrums and lineouts, and worked their way up the field. Ill-discipline from Sarries led to a penalty 10 metres out. Honiton wisely chose to scrum and great work by the front five saw Jon Galling touch down from the bottom of the scrum. The kick was converted by Carnell.
Honiton continued to pressure and added a further three points through the boots of Carnell. For the rest of the half Honiton were arguably playing their best rugby of the season and, after a pressured clearance from Sarries went high in the air, Dave Wellington, who was strong under the high ball all day, showed good strength to cross over, and again Carnell converted leaving the half time score 17-5.
The second half was a tough encounter and both sides shared the possession. Honiton had their chances but could not add to the scoreboard, whilst Sarries showed some good hands and took advantage of some poor tackling to cross over leaving the score 17-12. The last 10 minutes were tight but Honiton held out for a precious and well-earned victory, with Jon Carnell claiming the prestigious Man of the Match pint!