Honiton enjoy try fest

PUBLISHED: 12:50 31 March 2011

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Honiton RFC 1st XV 73, Saltash 3

Honiton put on a dominant show for the visiting Vice-Presidents against Saltash, blowing their Cornish counterparts away with intensity and control in front of the strong home crowd, writes Nick Guilbert.

Playing up the slope in the first half, the Lacemen blew out a fortnight’s worth of cobwebs immediately, stamping their authority on the game.

Having received the kick off, Ollie Rice set off up field, before offloading to Barratt. He popped out of the tackle to Guilbert as play progressed up field. In truth, it was a real try festival,

Two decent forward forays back to the left created room for Channing to set up Hyland against his opposite number. Hyland used a right hand fend to break the gain line and race away to score ten yards left of the posts. Channing hit a conversion and a long range penalty shortly afterwards to extend the Lacemen’s lead to ten points.

The visitors chose to kick the restarts to the open side with some regularity, and although Honiton did drop a ball early on, it soon became a good platform for the Lacemen.

The key to Honiton’s ability to amalgamate such a score line was mainly due to their superior support play, and ability to clear the ruck area quickly. Ollie Rice was soon on the score sheet post a decent run up the right, Channing this time unfortunate with the conversion.

The pack were in dominant form, and this was highlighted when Honiton elected to kick to the top right hand corner from a Saltash infringement. Chester was on target with his throw to four for Josh Rice to gather. Honiton quickly set the maul and kept the drive tight, ensuring progression was controlled and uninterrupted. They travelled a good ten yards before Norman dived over to claim his first of three for the day.

Saltash rallied briefly and Honiton conceded a penalty just outside their twenty two for diving over in the contact zone. Saltash made now mistake with the kick, but their respite was short as Honiton came back immediately and smashed their way over once again.

With the score at 35-3 at half time, the Lacemen were in control with the slope in their favour for the second half. Saltash came out for the second period in determined fashion, but Honiton were not to be denied. Great support play saw Dalton offload to Josh Rice, who drew the last man before offloading to Hyland who grabbed his second of the game. Channing was on target, and although Saltash contained Honiton for a 10 or 15 minute spell, the replacement of Findlay, Owen and Sampson ensured that the Lacemen’s train kept on track.

Channing made a couple of trademark bursts, one of which took play into the Cornish sides 22. Norman was on hand, as any good number seven should be, to take the pop pass from Channing and canter away to score under the posts. Ollie Rice grabbed another try, before Fahy scored a well-deserved try in club house corner. Channing did well to knock the conversion over from the touchline.

Honiton travel to Teignmouth next week as they hope to chase down Falmouth before the end of the season is out!


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