Honiton junior rugby round up
PUBLISHED: 09:35 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:53 16 June 2010
A misty and cold day saw Honiton s tag rugby teams a little short on personnel but not in heart.
UNDER-7s/8s Tag Rugby - A misty and cold day saw Honiton's tag rugby teams a little short on personnel but not in heart and they ran visitors Cullompton close in their opening pair of matches.
The pitch conditions made heavy going for both sides with the first encounter ending 9-8, with Bradley Levy running well and getting a couple.
On the other pitch things were also tight, ending 10-8, with James Ashby and Emily Lee both contributing with handsome running, being rewarded with a brace of tries each.
There were many signs that efforts on the training pitch were beginning to reap rewards but in the final match they unfortunately went down 9-3. However, there was still plenty to be pleased with.
HONITON U9s - A spirited performance from the U9 team saw them level pegging at 20-20 after the first two quarters. Jacob Wright had already chipped in with a hat-trick and then two three-quarter length runs from Guy Maynard and Ryan Woollacott netted a couple more. In an exciting last quarter, Elliot Moran dotted down to put Honiton right in the mix.
Unfortunately this was not enough to overcome a well-drilled Cullompton side and they eventually fell to a narrow 35-30 defeat. Again, plenty to work on but enough to make the coaches proud.
HONITON U10s - Two very muddy encounters between the sides saw a seesaw match in the first, with Honiton edging ahead with a 20-15 win. This, in part, was down to some impressive pacey running from Harry Todd who, through the day, saw his try tally reach the dizzy heights of four!
The second game saw a lot more washing machine-destroying mud application to the players' kit. The heavy going reduced the score line to 15-5 and, this time, it was Ben Phillips, Ethan Seymour and Joel Gibson who crossed the whitewash for tries.
HONITON U12s - The U12s travelled over to Cullompton for their first match since November due to the weather.
Understandably they were a little rusty. Add to that a Cullompton side who tend to beat everybody at this age level and you will understand why Honiton were on the end of a 50-0 score line. Still, the main thing was that the team was back on the field.
The under-13s are a very strong outfit nowadays and good aggressive teamwork saw them brush aside what was supposed to be a very strong Exmouth outfit. This game down at Allhallows had it all and there was a large crowd watching an exciting encounter. Once again, it was the trio of Richard Webber, Connor Long and Wez Keywood who did the main damage and they scored the tries between them. There was also an impressive goal kicking display from Harry Wright who slotted all the goals. Man of the Match award went to Ben Kidson and this 28-12 results sees Honiton ease into the next round in confident mood.
Honiton under-16s were also at home and they entertained a strong Bridport side who were at full strength.
Honiton, having just managed to reform and only playing their third game, are understandably on a steep learning curve but all the signs are good and they put up a spirited performance going down by 24-0.
For long periods of the game they matched their visitors and they defended well.
Amongst several good performances, Mattie Reed was singled out for several first class tackles on some rather large opposition players.