Battled bravely with Bideford

PUBLISHED: 17:03 06 February 2013

Honiton RFC 1st team played Wellington on Saturday, January 4. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhsp 1327-02-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Honiton RFC 1st team played Wellington on Saturday, January 4. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhsp 1327-02-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Honiton RFC 1st XV 34, Bideford 15

Honiton had a mixed weekend as they lost out 34-15 to league leaders Bideford on Saturday before winning convincingly 62-5 against Tavistock in the Devon Intermediate Cup on Sunday, writes Nick Guilbert.

Beginning with Saturday’s game, Honiton faced a tough task against a powerful Bideford side who are clearly in a good position to complete their promotion push. The Lacemen contested fiercely in the loose and in the lineout, but struggled badly in the scrummage as the away side showed their power.

Honiton conceded two tries from scrum push overs in the opening quarter as the visitors showed their clinical edge. Bideford have had a very useful backline in recent years but it was the strength of their pack that set the tone for much of the first half.

Honiton grabbed a penalty through Webber and looked reasonable with ball in hand, but they soon conceded another penalty, and Bideford scored twice more before the break, the last coming just before half time as Honiton were turned over in Bideford territory. With their loosehead prop making yards down the right the following ruck saw the scrum half canter in from the 10 yard line.

At half time Honiton knew they were seriously up against it, but as they have done since the start of the season, they threw everything at it. Once down in clubhouse corner they went through countless phases, with the pack working every conceivable angle in a bid to break through to the whitewash.

Honiton did well to control the ball for so long, whilst Bideford did well in defence. Eventually Hyland got on to the outside shoulder of his man and showed good strength to cross in clubhouse corner for a score that Webber did well to convert.

Bideford came back into the game as they used a loose Honiton kick to score in the top right hand corner, however Honiton had the final say as they pressed down field once more and, as they hammered away, the ball was spun wide to the left and the industrious Selway, who came on at half time, fed Garman who finished well from 20 yards into the left hand corner.

Totnes 41, Honiton 2nd XV 15

Honiton 2nd XV travelled to Totnes with the bare 15 and several men playing out of position to face Totnes 2nds whose 1st XV were without a match, writes Tom Churchward.

The Lacemen were greeted by a large squad and didn’t get off to the best of starts. In attack Honiton looked dangerous but poor tackling let them down and they soon found themselves several tries to nil down. As always this season, Honiton’s scrum was superior and allowed a good platform for some good attacking play. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be converted into points and the half time score was 28-3.

The Lacemen were guilty of drifting off and conceded another set of quick tries to make it 41-3 and a big score was on the cards.

However, after a few stern words were shared under the posts, Honiton regrouped and dominated the remainder of the half. From a line out the forwards mauled the ball well and close to the line the ball was popped to Churchward who crossed over, and the conversion by Carnall secured the seven points.

Honiton touched down again, with the forwards again mauling their opponents over the line for Phil Bird to crash over. This time the conversion was missed and the game finished 41-15.

A tough day at the office but we travelled when many other teams this year have failed to, continuing the side’s 100 per cent record.

Next week Honiton entertain old foes Cullompton in a local derby.

Honiton U16s 7, Crediton 3

On Sunday Honiton RFC U16s entertained Crediton who are unbeaten in the league this season. With results always close this was going to be a tight encounter, writes Paz Parrott.

The sticky, muddy, energy-sapping conditions would also play a factor but at least the game went ahead. Playing up the field in the first half, Honiton started brightly but a conceded penalty early on was kicked well by the visitors for an early lead.

This was never going to be a fast running expansive game and both sets of forwards had to concentrate on the “hard yards” and defence, rucking and counter rucking were the main show pieces of the day.

The deadlock was broken when, after a good passage of possession, Honiton prop Finn Parratt broke from the base of the ruck and crashed over for a well-worked try. Harry Wright found the angle and the distance to slot the conversion over to give Honiton a narrow 7-3 lead and this remained the score until half time.

The second half continued in the same vein with neither side giving an inch and it was end-to-end stuff throughout. Honiton were unlucky not to kick penalty with the ball bouncing off the uprights, but it was stalemate until the final whistle and Honiton came away with a well-deserved win against a well-respected side that were, thus far, unbeaten.

Man of the Match went to Will Tyres who had a great game but every member of the team deserve a mention as each and every player put their bit in a very no holds barred entertaining game.


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