Honiton triumphed over Devonport with an away victory of 17-35.

Playing down on the Navy’s 4G pitch because the main pitch was water logged, conditions were just right for an open game of rugby.

There was a strong cross field wind for both sides to deal with and Services started strongly and seemed to be on top.

There was however no score for the firsts 20 minutes with Honiton defending well, especially in the midfield.

Services broke the deadlock with a well taken long range try to go five up.

Honiton bounced back with a try of their own when Jake Johnson scored after some slick hands from his fellow backs.

Skipper Jonny House slotted a good goal for Honiton to go 7- 5 up.

Honiton then added a penalty shortly after and then scored another great try through fullback Ollie Rice.

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Finn Parrot then got a yellow card for a high tackle but Honiton still looked dangerous and were playing some great rugby.

Another Mr House penalty and a great pass from Steve Smart saw Ollie Rice cut through to score under the posts for another converted try and Honiton turned round 27-5 up.

Ten minutes into an even second half, Mr House kicked another penalty for Honiton to extend the lead to 30-5.

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Despite good hands from both sides, there was no further score until 15 minutes to go.

Services then intercepted a pass and scored an unconverted try which left the score 33-10.

Honiton bounced back and a good break from Josh Rice released our quick hands backs and James Goodman dotted down out wide, 35-10.

Devonport didn’t give up and were rewarded with a late try.

So the score finished 35-17 to the away side.

Honiton had to battle hard, but it was a great team performance, an entertaining game to watch, and it was very refreshing to see an open game.