Honiton RFC 2nds put OPMs to the sword

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:14 16 June 2010

Honiton RFC seconds, having had two tough opening fixtures, were at home for the first time this season against Plymouth based OPMs.

Honiton RFC seconds, having had two tough opening fixtures, were at home for the first time this season against Plymouth based OPMs.

Unfortunately, this league fixture turned out to be a complete mismatch with Honiton putting the hapless visitors to the sword in what was a thrilling performance of running rugby.

With the first XV without a game, there was a large crowd to support the seconds and, on a bright sunny afternoon, playing down the field, Honiton's intentions were clearly posted as early as the first minute.

After the first try, it was really only going to be one-way traffic. By the time the clock had got to the 20 minute mark, Honiton were already 32 points up and at half time they were 56-3 ahead, OPM's only score having come from a well taken penalty.

At half time, Honiton decided to change eight of their personnel so that everyone who'd changed had a run around and even this made little difference to the onslaught, as they went on to add a further seven tries.

Honiton did score some very attractive tries with the ball being spun around all afternoon and, whatever the opposition, you still have to go some to score 16 tries. There was a brace of tries for Johnnie Selway, Lyndon Jones, Johnnie Galling, prop Ian Floyd and speed merchant Sam Collins. Also on the score sheet was Stevie Lennon, Josh Wood, Ollie Hyland, James Laughin and Phil Cooke. There was a disappointing number of conversions slotted, but Mike Salter, Brad Spiller and Ollie Hyland knocked over one each and Ollie Rice kicked two.

The final score was 90-3 and it could have been more. There were several fine individual performances, but pick of the bunch was Phil Cooke who made several good breaks and was often the man who gave the final pass for the try scorer to touch down.

What was also very pleasing was the fact that Honiton resisted the temptation to field any of the first teamers stood on the side line and, with several of the Colts getting a chance in the second half, the Lacemens's long term senior prospects look bright.

It will be back to reality next week for the seconds as they take on tougher opposition Tavistock. The first, are also at home to unknown Ilfracombe and the Colts have an early fixture against local club Cullompton.


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