Honiton Tigers Under-8s battle well in matches at Chard

PUBLISHED: 22:04 21 October 2014 | UPDATED: 22:04 21 October 2014

Honiton Tigers Under-8s are still waiting for their first win of the season, but produced some excellent rugby at Chard on Sunday.

Split into two teams, coach Jon Hannay’s group shared a thrilling 10-10 draw in their opening match. Ewan Powers-Maguire crossed for a hat-trick while Alexander Goody (2), Finley Backhouse, Jake Carter, CJ Nequest, Jake Giles and Dylan Burrough also scored. Sam Gray and Danny Page also contributed.

The visitors made five tags on several occasions, but couldn’t force a turnover with the sixth tag which ultimately cost them in their second game, an 8-5 defeat.

Powers-Maguire (2), Goody (2) and Burrough scored the tries, but Hannay was happy with the defensive efforts of both teams as for a period of several minutes there were no tries scored and plenty of turnovers.

Tigers’ coach Adam Kent believed his group played brilliantly despite losing both their games 13-9.

Tyler Patch scored four tries in the first game while Louis Charleton (2), Harry Kent, Finley Offer-Hoar and Henry Devin notched.

Making up this group were Josias Drew, Harrison Griffiths and Jake Downs.

Four players each scored two tries in the second game - Drew, Offer-Hoar, Patch and Charleton. Kent had the other.

There was some great tagging and support play, but ultimately it wasn’t enough.

Coach Hannay said: “Despite losing the players are still in high spirits and are improving all the time. It won’t be long until things click into place and we can celebrate that first win.”

Special mention must be made of Harvey Hannay who stepped in to play for Chard, helping himself to four tries in the games he played.

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