Honiton RFC field 159 juniors

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:40 15 June 2010

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE boys turned out to play rugby for Honiton juniors at the weekend.

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE boys turned out to play rugby for Honiton juniors at the weekend. On Saturday Honiton Colts took the short journey over Cullompton to take on a much improved side. Honiton lost the toss and were faced with the slope for the first period and a stiff breeze. This advantage meant every time Honiton lost the ball the opposition were able to pin the visitors back in their own half. Despite this, the first half was pretty evenly contested and Honiton's defence held up pretty well but the men form Cullompton did manage a try, which, crucially, was converted and they turned round 7-0. Honiton felt confident in overhauling the deficit given it was their turn with the elements but a real lapse in concentration allowed the big Cully number eight to pick up and drive through the middle of a ruck and run on to the try line. This proved to be a fatal blow as Honiton started their revival. Ben Clark charged down a kick and won the race to the touch down for a try and, with 15 minutes to go, Josh Barrett also scored. With both tries scored out wide, the conversions were missed and Honiton were just two points down. Honiton threw everything at the opposition but the Cully defence held out and, with a late penalty kick just going wide, it was not Honiton's day and they narrowly lost a close encounter.On a positive note for Honiton, the defence was good with few missed tackles but you don't win games by just defending and they need to be more aggressive to break the gain line and get behind the opposition defences if they are to win games. The under-16s ground out a win against tricky opponents Chard. They were a little guilty of taking wrong options and failing to deliver quick ball when needed but, having said that, they did score four tries to none and only conceded a penalty. James Parris got the only score in the first half when he crashed over from short range. And in the second period there were also tries for Lee Clark and Devon representatives George Meadows and Ben Small, who got one and two tries respectively. Meadows also kicked three conversions in the 26-3 score line. There was also a special mention for Terrance Rich who acquitted himself well having volunteered for the difficult role of prop for the first time.Honiton under-15s were back in action after a five week lay off, having been struggling with numbers. They travelled to Chard and their comeback game was won in convincing style 32-5. Star player Ollie Cave set the tone by scoring in the first minute. Matt Long and Chance Harris also scored before Cave got another which he also converted for a 22-0 turn around.There were further tries in the second period for Jamie Long and Joe Keep, who fielded a cross field kick just like the ones seen on the telly. All in all this was a great game and a great lift for all the boys who have stuck with it!

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