Honiton 2nd XV put up tremendous show against Exmouth II

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:00 14 September 2015

Honiton at home to Exmouth. Ref mhsp 2464-34-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton at home to Exmouth. Ref mhsp 2464-34-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton twos kicked of their season with a home league fixture against much fancied Exmouth, writes Phil Oaten.

This fixture is a game Honiton rarely ever get any change from given their oppositions strength in depth and large pool players to pick from.

Honiton, with a new management team and James Foot at the helm on the field, got of to a bright start with an early penalty, but with several new faces on show continuity was an obvious issue and Exmouth dominated proceedings for the rest of the half and they were 24-3 up at the turnaround and things looked bleak for the second period.

However, Honiton, now playing down the field, rallied well and, with some strong leadership from the likes of Foot, John Hannay and in particular Jon Galling, them stemmed the flow and really got under the skin of their illustrious visitors who were clearly rattled. Dave Wellington going to nine helped greatly, and ,with Jake Smith bossing the show at number 10, they put some good passages of play together.

Honiton scored three tries through Smith, Ben Kidson and Foot and all were converted through the boot of Smith. Exmouth didn’t entirely roll over and did manage a couple of tries of their own but it was Honiton who won the second half and the 37-24 score line was probably the most respectable it’s been against Exmouth for a few seasons and bodes well for the season ahead.

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