Held on for the win

PUBLISHED: 13:41 10 October 2012

Honiton RFC U12s

Honiton RFC U12s

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Honiton RFC 16, Bude 14

Honiton acquired their first Western Counties West win on Saturday with a well-fought 16-14 win over Cornish side Bude, writes Nick Guilbert.

The win represents a big step in the right direction for the Lacemen, who perhaps should have had a couple of wins under their belts by now. The win raises them from the bottom of the league and means that they are still in touch with the pack.

Having kicked off, they retrieved the ball through a line out, and Hannay immediately made good yards up through the middle. Honiton kept control and moved the ball to the right. As they looked to come back to the left, and the open side; player coach Hill made an incisive run to the blind side where he fended off two defenders to cross the white wash out wide. He then had the presence of mind to run to the posts to dot down for an easy conversion. Cave obliged and Honiton looked good value.

One of Honiton’s issues this year has been their needless penalty count and it appeared that old habits were dying hard after the score, when they infringed to allow Bude good field position. They paid the price when Bude kept the ball well and found a hole five yards out, allowing their outside centre to cross for a seven pointer.

Honiton were making reasonable in-roads to the visitors defence but coughed up the ball in the 22 too often, and were a little guilty of trying to play from too deep. Bude, however, were more decisive when they acquired good territory. A well-judged kick down the Bude touch line found a gap in the Honiton back three and when Cave arrived at the scene he had little option but to knock the ball out of play on his five yard line.

Bude mauled infield from the lineout and crossed for another seven pointer.

Honiton went into the break a score down, and reality was dawning that every effort would have to put in to get the right result. They took a step in the right direction from the kick off when Meadows knocked over a penalty and another a few minutes later.

At 14-13 Honiton could smell their first win, but a knock on after the kick off led to an offside and presented Bude with a very kickable opportunity. Somehow the visitors’ 10 skewed the kick and Honiton were let out of jail. With the scrum performing well, with Wilson and Way interchanging to great effect; Honiton pressed down field. Sustained pressure saw Bude loose a man and Honiton gain the chance to go ahead. Cave stepped up and held his nerve to slot the kick from the 15 yard channel on the right hand side.

By this time Honiton were in the ascendancy and although it took a great deal of spirit and determination they held the Cornish in the bottom half of the field to hang on for the win.


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