Holmes marks Honiton Titans debut with seven try haul

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9450. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9450. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Ben Holmes marked his first outing for Honiton Titans Under-12s with no fewer than seven tries in the teams 60-5 success over hosts Crediton.

Titans travelled to Mid Devon with a bare dozen players and found the home side ready and waiting with a squad of 25!

The home side kicked off and scored in the early exchanges. The Titans’ cause was then hindered by the loss of Jack Bevan to injury.

However, skippered by the inspirational Lidster, Titans hit back and a quick-fire brace of tries from new man Holmes put the visitors into the box seat.

Quick hands from Alex Barback out of a ruck saw the ball moved to James Gordon and the fleet-footed number 10 side-stepped his way through the home defence to score the third Titans try. A quick fourth followed with Holmes completing a hat-trick of tries.

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The home side hit back, but the Honiton defence was solid with Lidster, Ethan Hart and Jack Upton putting in some terrific hard work.

Lidster broke free and off loaded to Harry Smith who crashed over for the fifth try and tries followed from Smith and Holmes to leave Titans well ahead at the break.

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The second half saw Titans serve up the same sort of intensity.

Holmes raced in a couple of early tries to make it six for him at that stage and a superb individual try from Barback added to the score.

Neat approach play from Holmes and Clyburn led to Smith completing his hat-trick of tries before Holmes finished what he started, scoring his seventh and the Titans 12th try of the contest.

Mottram, who had a strong game, carried well as did Lidster, Hawkins and Leonard in what was arguably the best all-round team show of the season to date.

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