Honiton so disappointing in Exeter Saracens defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:14 20 October 2015

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Honiton were beaten 55-19 at Exeter Saracens and sit rock bottom of the table as a result, writes Jerry Rice.

The Lacemen travelled to Exeter with what, on paper, looked a strong side, and had high hopes of getting a result as the opposition had also made a bad start to the season.

However, it turned out to be a day to forget, as Honiton produced a poor performance to get well beaten.

The home side started brightly and from a quick counter attack their pacey winger scored out wide. There was this air of expectation that Honiton would come back strongly, but it just never seemed to happen and in error strung half any progress Honiton did make was undone by handling errors or silly penalties.

Of course, the home side capitalised on this and had a field day where everything went right for them where as for Honiton, everything just went wrong!

By half-time Honiton were training 29-0 and, for the watching Honiton supporters, it was a case of stunned silence that this was the actual score and really the damage was done.

Honiton rallied after the break and it looked as if they realised they needed to play. They scored two quick tries through Nick Guilbert and Josh Rice and looked to be dominant, but this optimism was short lived and it was quickly back to not concentrating, spilled balls and a lack of ball retention.

Saracens once again capitalised on this and scored again against the run of play.

The Lacemen bounced back with a very good team try that was well constructed and this looked good.

It was Joe Briggs who dotted it down but really that was it. The Exeter side just fed of the mistakes and the indiscipline of the visitors and also enjoyed several dubious decisions made by the young ref but in reality, they cantered to the line with fire in their bellies a fact that Honiton sadly lacked on the day. Just turning up expecting to win is a lot different form actually doing it.

The final score line was hugely disappointing and leaves Honiton rooted to the bottom of the table and early hopes of a successful season have been dealt a near fatal blow with a mountain to climb.

They now have a two-week break to lick their wounds and come up with a survival plan and get them selves out of the mire they have created. It is clearly do able but must have buy in form all.

Yes, it was a day when nothing went right and that alone is something easily fixed but they need to play with more passion and maybe taking a leaf out of the Scottish team’s book wouldn’t go a miss. Hard work, working for each other being positive and having a never say die approach!

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