Honiton get ‘good run-out’ in pre-season meeting with Exeter Saracens

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9443. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9443. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Honiton Travelled to Exeter to play the last of their warm up games before the start of the season, writes Jerry Rice.

Exeter Saracens were the hosts and because they play their rugby a division below the Ton they asked if they could bring a mixture of first/ seconds side rather than a full blown first team.

You always have to be wary of these request and as the Exeter outfit had already beaten Topsham who are in Honiton’s league in their other pre season friendly, Honiton did have some of their big guns there just in case.

To be fair the Honiton coaching team did as asked and they took this opportunity to have a final look at players and several first teamers were either rested or only on for one of the quarters.

The first quarter started badly for Honiton because with in the first minute new signing Tlizzy Maunze made a fine break, only to be hauled down awkwardly and he had to leave the field with suspected knee ligament problems.

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Despite the set back Honiton settled and after a serious of good phase plays they were rewarded with their first try. This was soon followed by a second and by the end of the first quarter they were a comfortable three tries to the good and the combinations of players worked well.

With more swaps for the Lacemen, the second quarter saw the home side have their best passage of the game and with patient build ups they got themselves right back into the game with a couple of well worked tries and at the half way stage the score was 12-19 in Honiton’s favour.

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The second half saw more changes for the Lacemen and they seemed to up the anti and maybe with the addition of fresh legs they started to dominate and with a couple of quick tries you could see the resolve of the home side was broken and from there on in it was all Honiton as they ran in tries at will.

The final score was a resounding 62-12 win for the Lacemen and with this and the victory over Sidmouth, Honiton go into next weeks first league game in confident mood.

Amongst the highlights for Honiton on the day was having three Hannay brothers on the pitch at the same time for the last quarter.

Angus Meadows had a fine game and got a hat-trick and again Alex Brooks ran the show well from the number 10 berth.

Ben Welch the clubs second team skipper was in charge on the day and leading from the front he also got a brace of tries.

Given there was a glut of tries and it was only a trial game no one could fully remember all the scores, but it was a good comfortable result for the Lacemen and the only word of caution must be to control complacency as we all know you are only as good as your next game.

At the same venue the colts were also in action playing Sarries and like the seniors this was a trial/friendly game and with good numbers on show, Honiton were able to get all present a good game.

Sarries dotted down early on to open the scoring, but Honiton got themselves back in to the game with one of their own in the first half. Through out it was a close fought thing but Honiton ran out winners by 15-10.

For the Lacemen there were tries for Callum Budge and Rhys Phillips and Dom Bernhardt converted one and knocked over a penalty as well.

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