Hattan stars as Honiton Under-12s return to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 09:12 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 02 December 2015

Honiton 2nds at home to Paignton. Ref mhsp 6910-47-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to Paignton. Ref mhsp 6910-47-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton Under-12s returned to winning ways with a brace of wins over Sidmouth, writes Luke Owen.

In the first match the Honiton pack of Isaac Stanbury, Yannick Barrett, Osian Owen and Gabriel Cortinhas tore into the visitors. They took charge of the ruck and maul, and made constant inroads into the opposition defence.

This platform provided scrum half Joe Evans with a supply of clean ball, and his quick passing allowed the backs to showcase their handling skills, as they spread the ball across the pitch.

In one such move, fly half Billy Tarr offloaded to centre Arthur Hattan, and he stepped inside to power over.

This was quickly followed by another Hattan try, as he once again finished off a fine Lacelads move, before Joshua Giles crashed over in the corner, to cap a convincing first half team performance. With a comfortable 15-point lead Honiton played for territory in the second half, while the forwards, and the tireless Cameron Pegg, Drew Hamilton and Lee Pulman continued to nullify any Sidmouth attacks. However, with the last play of the game Sidmouth did manage to grab a consolation try, as some soft tackling allowed their centre to score from distance as Honiton ran out comfortable victors by 15 points to 5.

In the second match, the Lacelads showed no let up, as they once again dominated every facet of the game, by playing a brand of rugby that defied the windy conditions.

Once again a solid forward platform allowed the Honiton backs to put some width on the ball, and in one such move Lee Pullman capped a fine individual performance with his first Lacelads try. This score was closely followed by another Joshua Giles try, a fine Billy Tarr finish and a stunning length of the field effort from man of the match Arthur Hattan, who was imply unplayable at times. Once again Sidmouth scored late on, but it was too late to effect the outcome, as Honiton deservedly ran out victors by 20 points to 5!

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