Honiton enjoy a bit of entente cordiale

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010

Honiton RFC entertained the French tourists Aigrefeuille this weekend, and enjoyed a 68-10 victory against their European counterparts, writes Nick Guilbert.

Honiton RFC entertained the French tourists Aigrefeuille this weekend, and enjoyed a 68-10 victory against their European counterparts. With the French slightly short following Saturday's veteran's game and exhausted from the weekends 'activities', Honiton provided some back up with extra players. The home side gave a number of youngsters chance to stake their claim for first team places and their pace proved to be too much for the visitors.The Lacemen kicked off down the hill in the first half and started much the better side. Once they had acquired possession they moved the ball around efficiently from ruck to ruck. This provided Pellens with the opportunity to cross the whitewash as he took a pass on the angle to the right hand side of the t22. He beat the gain line and two additional defenders before crossing for a well taken unconverted try. Moments later Honiton broke through again after good work from Rice and Salter. Play quickly progressed down to the Aigrefeuille line, and a ruck right on the try line allowed Guilbert to bury over from short range. Guilbert converted this effort and all of the remaining kicks that afternoon. The game levelled out for the rest of the opening quarter, and the away side enjoyed some good possession as Honiton made a few unforced errors. It was Honiton who were to score next however, as new recruit Dobson intercepted a wide pass to score unopposed under the posts. Aigrefeuille took the game to Honiton and some weak tackling allowed the oppositions' number 15 to cross from 20 yards out following some nice French flair in the midfield. The visitors scored again soon after, but Honiton soon hit back with well taken from tries Dobson, who looks a good prospect out wide, and Rice to extend their lead at half time. Manager for the day Sampson rotated players as agreed to keep legs fresh and James Coutes and many of the youngsters played well. Honiton found keeping the ball alive the best tactic and were able to run around their opponents with reasonable ease. There were further tries through Rice, Dobson, Parkin, Coutes and Salter before a final flurry for the away side saw them cross in the bottom corner with their sizeable prop to the joy of the partisan crowd.

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