Honiton rugby latest – Webbers scores 27 points as Lacemen win well in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 10:54 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:54 09 September 2014

Action from the Honiton game at Looe

Action from the Honiton game at Looe

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Honiton launched their 2014-15 league campaign with a workman like 37-8 victory at promoted Looe and Liskeard, writes Jerry Rice.

Memories of the last visit to their Cornish hosts in the mud, wind and rain were banished as the sun was out and the pitch was in fine fettle.

Despite this, the game was slow to start and the first quarters play was pretty even with both sides struggling for any continuity and penalties were rife on both sides . Ben Webber broke the deadlock with a well struck penalty but this was quickly cancelled out when the hosts replied with one of their own. Webber then landed a further penalty from the halfway line and just before the break good hands from the threes released Phil Bennett who raced clear from the half-way line to score a try that Webber converted.

From the restart a good break from Jonny House was only thwarted by a cynical ‘killing of the ball’ and Webber settled for another three points as the home side offender was sent to the bin.

With the extra man Honiton swept up field and a good break from Josh Rice released James Cotues-Tucker who crashed over near the post for a well worked try. Then is similar fashion Honiton moved up the field and some sharp footballing skills from Louie Lane saw Webber win the foot race to the line.

The home side rallied, though the Lacemen were guilty of taking the foot of the pedal as a try was scored.

Thereafter Honiton’s defence held firm and again a foray in to opposition territory saw Webber round of a good day with another converted try and Honiton won by a comfortable margin of 37-8 without really getting in to top gear or really being tested out wide.

Webber’s 27 points tally was clearly impressive, but he’s a regular so the Man of the match award went to Young Jonny House who was making his debut, he slotted in very well and was a real handful for the Cornish defence to deal with.


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