Brave Honiton go down fighting

PUBLISHED: 16:34 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

Honiton junior rugby: Under 16s On Sunday, a depleted Honiton squad travelled over to Crediton to play one of the two Devon league play-off matches against Crediton.

Honiton junior rugby: Under 16s On Sunday, a depleted Honiton squad travelled over to Crediton to play one of the two Devon league play-off matches against Crediton.

To the victors, there would be the dubious honour of a place in the final against the Exeter Chiefs who have quite frankly and maybe controversially brushed aside every team they have played against this season.

Crediton started brightly with a well struck penalty which woke the Honiton boys up, and a good blind side break saw Ashley Holding cross to give Honiton a 5-3 lead.

They held this lead into the break and really it was a very even contest played in the right sprit.

In the second half, Honiton had their chances and, on the other side, Crediton's heavier pack and their fly half with the boot also kept them in the hunt.

The deadlock was broken when Crediton scored a debatable try after a sustained period of pressure.

Un-phased, Honiton bounced back when a patient build-up produced a good ball to the backs, who spun it wide and again, Ashley Holding touched down for a top draw team score.

So game very much on, but then the killer blow in the final minutes: a dubious penalty right in front of Honiton's posts. It was un- missable and really, as it sailed over the post, Honiton knew there was no way back and they went down by a narrow 13-10.

Whilst feeling a little bit miffed about the result in this game, the under 16s can look back on a season that has been very successful and they can now have a good summer rest, get on the weights and come back raring to go as they join the more demanding Colts set up.

Under 15s

The under 15s have also had a successful season this year and on Sunday, in their last match, they entertained Dorset rivals Bridport and hung on to win 24-22.

In the first half, it was all Honiton and, by half time, they were 17-0 up and cruising.

Honiton's tries were scored through George Meadows and a Ben Small brace.

In the second half, it was a different matter and injuries to Honiton saw them reduced to 14 men which meant Bridport clawed their way back into the game amidst some poor tackling.

Honiton steadied the ship with a Micheal Barns' try and Honiton hung on for a narrow victory. Jack Fahy was picked out for the Man- of-the-Match award

Under 14s

As no one was at home on Saturday, the under 14s took the opportunity to entertain a strong touring side from Cirencester.

In a nutshell, they were good and, with several large players, it was more of a defensive effort by the home side.

It was in fact even at the break with Honiton's tries being scored by Mat and Jamie Long. However, in the second period, Cirencester pulled away and ran out eventual winners by 36-12.

Under 13s

The under 13s were the only other team in action and they travelled to South Moulton. Despite having all the possession for the first 10 minutes, it was Moulton who scored first. But Honiton bounced back with a try from Jack Fry but Moulton scored again to turn round 12-5 up.

Honiton upped the anti and scored twice through Jamie Long and Sam loader and looked to have the game in the bag but a lack of concentration allowed the West Devon side to score twice and they ran out winners by 19-22 in a game Honiton should have won.

Jeremy Rice

Honiton junior rugby

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