Great weekend for Honiton rugby

PUBLISHED: 21:14 21 April 2011

Honiton 1sts Vs Stithians RFC on Saturday 16th April. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhsp 8061-16-11AW

Honiton 1sts Vs Stithians RFC on Saturday 16th April. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhsp 8061-16-11AW

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Honiton rugby club had a very busy weekend of rugby at Allhallows - On Saturday morning, the Junior section was out in force and pulled out all the stops to host a tournament which included all of the junior teams playing games against Launceston Juniors, who were starting their Easter tour, and Welsh outfit Rhigos, who were also on tour. With Tiverton supplying a team as well, I have to be honest and say I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people on Allhallows at once and it was all a very positive advert for junior rugby.

Then if that wasn’t enough the firsts and seconds took to the field in the afternoon in front of two large crowds.

●Honiton firsts entertained Stithians in their final home league game of the campaign and, on the back of eight straight wins in the league, the Lacemen were in no mood to be charitable, especially given the fact the scores had been close in the away fixture. Honiton raced to a 41-0 halftime score line and the ref called time 13 minutes early as Honiton were 82-0 up.

Apart from a Norman brace of tries all the other points came from the back division who appear to get sharper by the week. Luke Kenny and Chris Sampson helped themselves to a hat-trick of tries, with Josh Barrett Andy Canniford, Dan Garman and Ollie Hyland all dotting down as well. Canniford rounded of a good performance as the number ten with a penalty and seven conversions.

It would be unfair to mention individual players, but this was truly an all round, unselfish team performance and we must remember for the backs to score “at will”, you need a good platform from the forwards and they delivered the service on a plate.

●Honiton 2nds entertained a strong Teignmouth side at Allhallows in the last game of the season. With Cullompton not turning up for the Merit table clash, Honiton already had one win under their belt, and this 27-3 victory saw them claim two wins in one day, writes Tom Churchward.

The first half was a pretty tight, but, in the end, it was a comfortable 27-3 victory to the Laceman.

This was another good game for the second string and its always good to win by coming from behind. This ‘double win’ was a great way to end a successful season, and a good league position has been gained through some promising performances from the young guns and some mature displays from the more experienced members of the squad. On this occasion Man of the match went to Richard Wollacott who rolled back the years to put in a solid performance at 9.

Sunday’s cup game v Tavistock

Battle weary Honiton firsts then had to rally and take to the field again on Sunday to play the semi final of the Intermediate plate competition. This time the opposition were Tavistock who were on paper supposed to be much sterner opposition as they play their rugby in the division above Honiton.

Several casualties from Saturdays foray and one or two unavailabilities saw Honiton field several new names for first team duty with several regulars had to play in different positions. Nevertheless, all on show slotted in well on the day.

Honiton started brightly and two well struck penalties from fresh from the dentist, Ben Webber gave Honiton the early lead. He then added to this with a try that he fielded and ran back from his own twenty two and with the conversion and a further penalty going over his 16 point tally saw Honiton well in command at the break with an impressive 16-0 lead.

With the famous slope advantage and a following breeze, Honiton just upped the ante and, with the sword out, they took the illustrious opposition apart. Sammy Collins coming on for the injured Rice Jnr in the second half enjoyed his debuted by scoring a hat-trick. Luke Kenny, who is in top form at the moment, got a brace and Josh Barrett and Dan Garman got one each. Ben Webber also dotted down his second and with five conversions his tally of points was an impressive 33. This all went to make Honiton the surprise but comfortable winners by 56-0!

This was again an impressive performance against much stiffer opponents and with defence now top drawer, to come away with a nil score line this just goes to reflect the improvements the side has made. The county assessor present on the day was very impressed with Honiton’s all round performance especially the ball retention which was key in the victory.

Canniford, for the second day on the trot, marshalled the youngsters and Guilbert did well with the backs. The Front row crew of Dalton, Owen Huskins and the youthful Chester all looked sharp with Dalton really coming in to his his own as a formidable battering ram, or politely put, a strike runner. The row of Skipper Findlay and Lane did the biz and the backrow of Rice snr and Dean Norman were top drawer as usual and when joined by rookie “Slow Dog” Sloman who was in no way overwhelmed by his illustrious back row crew and produced an impressive début performance to help with the rout.

All in all another total team performance and a good weekend for the club . two wins 140 points to nil for the firsts. The seconds won and the Juniors day was hugely successful. I’ve also just found out that also on Sunday the 14s won their Sevens competition the U10s were runners up in the plate final…. so all round some good rugby and I’m sure there’s more!

The final of the cup is unfortunately away to Torquay and will be on Bank Holiday Monday - could it be another great scalp?


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