Honiton Colts step up to task in friendly
This weekend saw both the Colts and First teams opposition call off because they could not raise sides.
This weekend saw both the Colts and First teams' opposition call off because they could not raise sides and, with the seconds without a game because of a gap in the fixture list, there wasn't going to be any senior rugby at all. However, a few texts sent out by the skippers and coaching staff put forward the idea of an inter-club game and this was rustled up at short notice and two mixed sides took to the field at Allhallows.The game was played in good sprit and really there was some quality rugby on show in what was a high-scoring game. It proved to be a very useful exercise and some of the Colts on show did their senior aspirations no harm at all. Mistakes identified were treated as constructive criticism which all helps on the trail of excellence. l On the junior front Sunday was a rather wet, cold affair with a strong winds affecting the kicking game at most venues.First up was the U16s, who had a tough away trip to Exeter Saracens. After the euphoria of last week's high drama game, this was a bit of a 'damp squid' as Honiton failed to deliver. Playing against the wind in the first half they leaked three tries and turned round 19 points down. Honiton did rally in the second period and, using the strong wind, clawed their way back. Having scored two tries through Nathan Mugford and Man of the Match Billy Wilkins, they found themselves within one score of a result, but Saracens dug deep and hung on for a deserved win. Honiton have their semi-final against Tavistock away next week and will have to find another gear if they want to get to the ultimate final prize day!l Next up were the U13s who travelled over to a strong Wiveliscombe outfit in Somerset. The Honiton side was a little makeshift to say the least and the boys did well to come away with a 34-0 defeat and, if truth be told, most of the tries leaked were from errors rather than home side initiatives. l The U12s were at home and also entertained a strong Exeter Saracens' side. Playing with the wind advantage, Honiton did compete bravely in the first period and it was end-to-end stuff, with one score in it at half time. The turnaround proved the downfall of Honiton, as Saracens ran in several unanswered tries to win comfortably by 49-7. Honiton's scorer was Shaun Summers, but lesson of the day must be "with legs tackled, big fleas can't run".Away at Saracens, the U10s had a belter of a game which see-sawed throughout.Honiton looked to have the measure of things with a two try lead, courtesy of Man of the Match, Jacob Chugg-White, but with the foot off the pedal, Sarries bounced back and scored two themselves. Nick Johnson put Honiton ahead again, only to see the home side score another to level the scores at half time.Sarries scored early in the second period to take a deserved lead but, with 10 minutes to go, Luke Chambers was on the end of a quick tap penalty and he crashed over to level things. With afterburners full on, Honiton sealed things with two late tries dotted down by Johnson and Liam Perryman. Great comeback, great win! l The U9s, also at Saracens, had a game to forget and, in a rather ill-tempered, poorly-managed game, they came away empty-handed, going down by 4 tries to 1. Elliot Perez got Honiton's consolation try.l The U8s played two games away to Saracens, winning the first with ease, by 11-4, but with things being evened up a little by the official the second. Honiton came away having shared the spoils at 8-8. Torrin Jones led the scoring with seven tries and Man of the Match Ryan Woolacott, got five. Ben Levy got a hat-trick and Dan Philips, Oliver Uperdine, Jack Baker, and Luke Bralsford all weighed in with one each.l Finally the U7s who were also at Saracens, were involved in a real end to ender eventually going down by a single try in a close 14-15 game.