Olliff stars as Honiton Rhinos share spoils with hosts Bridport

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

Honiton Rhinos Under-9s showed real resilience to power back from three scores down to share 18 tries with hosts Bridport.

After an early home try, Eiran Enticott powered his way over to restore parity. Bridport scored again, but Rhinos were quickly level with Charlie Beer Bobby Perrett.

However, Bridport finished the half strongly and held a 5-3 lead at the break.

After the break the hosts extended their lead to make it 6-3, but a Harry Branch try reduced the lead only for Bridport to score their seventh.

Rhinos dug deep and, with tries from Sam Olliff, Beer and Perrett, the scores were once more level at 7-all.

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Once again Bridport edged ahead into what looked a match-winning 9-7 lead, but Rhinos were not to be denied and their efforts were rewarded with tries from Vernon and Perrett – the latter completing his hat-trick – left honours even.

Alex Palmer and Reuben Lidster, although not amongst the try scorers, played their parts with some terrific defending.

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The Rhinos Man of the Match award was presented to Sam Olliff for his persistence and strong tackling throughout the game.

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