Honiton out-muscled on visit to Bude

PUBLISHED: 15:17 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:17 14 September 2015

Honiton at home to Exmouth. Ref mhsp 2441-34-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton at home to Exmouth. Ref mhsp 2441-34-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton’s tough start to the season continued with a difficult long away trip down to Bude on the north Cornwall coast, writes Jerry Rice.

Bude were celebrating there 50th year in rugby and had a strong support to mark the occasion.

Honiton’s visit in last season fixture proved to be tough as their forward presence was strong and on arrival it looked like the same personnel were going to be on show. This coupled with Honiton still struggling in the prop department the front row was always going to be an issue.

Nevertheless, Honiton started brightly and exchanges were pretty even, although it was clear Bude were having the better of the tight exchanges and the rolling mauls. Having defended well and survived a couple of close calls a break out with some good handling saw fullback Kyle Blackmore squeeze over in the corner, Ollie Cave converted well and Honiton found themselves 7-0 up.

Bude came back strongly and rumbled over for their first score. Honiton had a couple of slots at goal that were missed and on the stroke of half-time an interception pass saw Bude canter over to take a 12-7 advantage into the break. At this stage of the contest Honiton were very much in it.

However, in the second half Bude started to dominate and their forwards were getting more and more on top of things and with Honiton missing tackles in a 15 minute spell in the third quarter Bude scored and converted twice to stretch out the lead. Honiton kept plugging away and when Philip Cooke fielded a difficult high ball with a hefty clash of heads he broke through and fed in side for Blackmore to score his second try. Unfortunately, Cooke had to leave the field as a result of his endeavours with a head injury.

This score was really only a blip in proceedings as Bude finished strongly with two further tries they ran out comfortable 40-14 winners.

Having been in it for half the game Honiton will have been disappointed by the second half performance and they will have to work hard on getting a better forward platform to work from for the visit of one of the early league leaders St Ives.

The world cup starts on Friday night and Honiton are opening up the clubhouse to show the England Fiji game.

Everyone is welcome to come down and enjoy the atmosphere as and watch.

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