Honiton run riot among the 14 of B’fastleigh

PUBLISHED: 16:06 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:32 16 June 2010

Honiton put Buckfastliegh to the sword on Saturday with a convincing 89-0 win. The unfortunate South Devon side could only field 14 men and the contest was a mismatch from the first whistle.

Honiton put Buckfastliegh to the sword on Saturday with a convincing 89-0 win.

The unfortunate South Devon side could only field 14 men and the contest was a mismatch from the first whistle.

The result, which moves Honiton back into second position, does ask serious questions of the league's new structure.

Such results are positive for neither side in reality.

As it was, Honiton played down the slope in the first half and started brightly.

Having won a scrummage in the bottom right hand corner, the Lacemen pushed the visitors back, allowing scrum half Selway to pick from the base and dive over in the corner.

Guilbert converted from the touchline to extend the lead to seven points.

Garmen was the next to score after the Lacemen broke through down the left. He dotted down left of the posts for another converted score.

Dobson then scored the first of his four in the right hand corner, before Selway made another excellent break from the base of a scrum on the 10- yard line. He was tap tackled just short but Guilbert was on hand for the offload and he crashed over accordingly for an unconverted score.

Sampson, Steggle, Owen and De Large all scored before half time, with Guilbert adding a couple more conversions to take the score to 50-0 at the break.

Although Honiton started the second half well with a score from Dobson, they soon took their foot off the pedal.

White line fever became an element and the play grew to be disjointed as a result.

Buckfastliegh won a penalty and kicked for territory; Honiton stole the lineout but fumbled the ball in mid-field. They then conceded a penalty, but the Buckfastliegh open side missed the kick at the posts.

This gave the Lacemen a kick in the right direction and they re-asserted their authority on the game with scores from Owen, Sampson, De Large, Cooke and Dobson. Guilbert added a few more conversions to complete the score at 89-0.

Full credit to Buckfastliegh for honouring the fixture. It was not easy for them but they never gave up.

Next week Honiton have a week off, before facing old rivals South Molton in a cup game in Mid Devon.

By Nick Guilbert

Honiton rugby


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