Bright stars joined by rusty ones!
PUBLISHED: 10:14 17 February 2011
Honiton 2nd XV made the short journey over the hill to play rivals Cullompton. International watching and other commitments meant Honiton were a tad light and only last minute badgering of the retired old man Jerry Rice saw them travel with the required 15 players.
Makeshift positional changes saw Honiton start well with solid work from the forwards allowing clean ball to the backs, but a quick turnover allowed the nippy Cully winger to score a try, unconverted, early on. Unperturbed, Honiton got straight back into the fray and, after good work by the pack, Steven Lane found space and shrugged off tackles to crash over for a good individual try. Josh Barratt, who was dragged back from Uni, nudged over the conversion.
Honiton looked strong, with the evergreen Jerry Rice controlling the forwards, giving the backs time to make some good yards. One of these breaks led to Barratt crashing over for a score which he duly converted. Unfortunately, just before half time, Cully bounced back and the useful eight crashed over to pull the score back to 10-14. Churchies’ half time talk was inspired, but not as effective as the boost they got from one of the opponents, who shouted ‘no-one wins at fortress Cully’. Honiton were quickly in stride as Barratt stepped and jinked to cross over again and convert, make it 10-21 in Honiton’s favour. Cully crossed over to make it 15-21, but the Lacemen turned the screw with two further tries from Barratt, one of which was converted, for a 15-33 lead. Again Cully came back when their 10 hit a lovely cross-field kick for the winger to run in. Honiton closed the game out as Stevie Lennon found space in the corner to cross over. A Wilkinson-like conversion by Barratt made the final score 20-40.
It was a great team victory, with a star performance from Barratt, who amassed 30 points. He had nearly been pinched by the firsts, but an epic game of paper, rock, scissors between Churchward and coach Channing, led to the seconds securing his services.
Jake Vinnicombe and Bill Bailey worked hard on the wing. Many thanks to Rice who put in a stunning performance at 9 and has paid for it since. Next week, Honiton take on unbeaten Tiverton.
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