Honiton Colts dominated
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:36 16 June 2010
Honiton RFC Colts made the short trip to face Sidmouth with both league points and the first leg of the Dave Turner Cup at stake.
Honiton made the short trip to face Sidmouth with both league points and the first leg of the Dave Turner Cup, at stake.
Boosted by the returning Norman at 8, Honiton fielded their strongest squad of the season and even had the luxury of three subs.
Despite the appalling weather over the previous few days, including the pre-match warm up being undertaken in driving rain, the pitch held up well and, aside from a swirling gale, conditions were slippery but playable.
From the kick off, a gale-assisted Sidmouth pinned the visitors down for the first 10 minutes, but some resolute defending by Honiton restricted the home-side to three points from a penalty, made 10 yards easier following some back-chat from the 2nd row.
An early turning point in the game was when full-back Ollie Rice made a last ditch, one-on-one tackle on the Sidmouth centre who had just crashed through the defensive line and looked odds on to score.
Despite this initial onslaught, from about 15 minutes in there was only one team in it and Honiton started to dominate every part of the game. The main advantage came from up front, where the home side were swept aside by the Lacemen's power.
Lee Clark, having switched from 2nd row to wing in midweek, crossed out wide to put the visitors ahead and this was after Honiton had sucked in the defence from a rolling maul and a quick release from scrum-half Meadows.
In fact, this was the pattern of play for the rest of the afternoon; Honiton pack were superior in the loose, dominated the lineout, but, most surprisingly, bossed the scrummages with ease. Under-16 Matt Baily, playing up a year, gave a lesson to his opposing prop and never took a step back all afternoon.
Baily's partner in crime, Dalton, who was a formidable handful all afternoon, crossed for Honiton's second try late in the first half and this put the Lacemen into a 10-3 lead.
Honiton's turn to use the gale in the second-half saw them hammer home the advantage and they spent long periods in the opposition's half. They scored a further three tries through Dalton, Wood and skipper Rice, who also converted two to end the game 3-29 in the visitors favour. Sidmouth never looked like scoring with Honiton's defence resolute and scrum half Meadows running the show, combining great use of his forwards with a balanced passing and kicking game, which earned him the Man of the Match award.
This was clearly Honiton's best display of the season, spurred on by a desire to beat their local rivals and honour the spirit of the Dave Turner cup. Honiton eagerly await the second leg, which is to be held at Honiton on Feb 6 and the return of the cup after a seven year absence.
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