Honiton players unhurt after crash en route to match

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 00:38 16 June 2010

Honiton RFC 1st XV s day at Ilfracombe was a catalogue of disasters.

Honiton RFC 1st XV's day at Ilfracombe was a catalogue of disasters, and, after many changes due to injuries and unavailabilities, two of the team travelling up were involved in a car crash that wrote off their vehicle.

Fortunately, neither was hurt

Then, on arrival, it was pretty clear the game had no chance of being anything but low- scoring as the conditions were atrocious and maybe in reality unplayable. The ref decided to give the go ahead because Honiton had travelled 70 miles to play the fixture.

Having beaten Ilfracombe at home, Honiton very nearly came unstuck and ended up winning by just one try to nil as the paddy field churned up, making the match a lottery!

That wasn't the end of Honiton woes, as during the course of play, they then lost two players who both got knocked out in separate collisions.

Honiton enjoyed the lion's share of the territory in the first half and, after some good work from the forwards, fly half De Large slipped a pop pass to the oncoming Josh Barrett who broke the gain line and cross the white wash ten yards right of the posts for a fine individual score. Webber was unfortunate to see his conversion attempt come back off the posts.

The win keeps Honiton second in the league.

l All the rugby at Allhallows was sensibly called off, which meant the Seconds and Colts had a free weekend and, on Sunday, several of the junior home games were cancelled.

Remarkably there was some Sunday action as three Honiton sides went over to Tiverton for a game.

First up was the U14s, who played on a near waterlogged school pitch, and in dreadful conditions they narrowly lost a close encounter by 28-22. On the score sheet for Honiton was Fletcher Collins, Ollie Clapp, Jack Partis and man of the match Daniel Denslow, with Partis kicking one conversion. Apparently the boys loved it!

For the U10s there was a real white wash, winning 70-5. Again in dreadful playing conditions, the boys showed remarkable adaptability and they defied the weather to run in 14 tries. The tries came from: Ben Phillips, Shaun Monkhouse, James Turner, Elliot Perez ,Joseph Gibbs, Oliver Perez 2, Giles Richards 2, Harry Todd 2 and Joel Gibson 3. Man of the match went to Shaun Monkhouse, but all the boys deserved a pat on the back for a sterling performance.

Not to be outdone the U9s dished out the same sort of punishment and won 65-0. Torrin Jones led the way with five tries, Ryan Woolacott got four, Jacob Wright got a hat-trick and Luke Bralsford got the other one. Key feature (apart from the atrocious conditions) was the boys' concentration and not giving the opposition time to think when they had the ball. Because of this effort the coaching staff awarded them a "team man of the match" as they performed very well in their demolition job!

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