Honiton Under-12s impress on first start at 12-a-side game
PUBLISHED: 16:01 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:01 13 October 2015
Honiton Under-12s made a superb start to playing the new 12-a-side game with a five man scrum as they defeated both North Petherton and Wellington in matches at home.
First up, against North Petherton, it was Honiton who adapted the quickest, as plenty of strong running from their powerful pack gave the Lacelads some real go forward!
New boys Yannick Barrett and Gabriel Cortinhas were particularly impressive, so it was no surprise when fellow forwards Osian Owen barged through for a brace of tries, with powerhouse Isaac Stanbury crossing for another.
This forward platform eventually created space for the Honiton backs, who with ball in hand carved the opposition openagain and again. This allowed Tim Goody, Cameron Pegg and James Harris to cross for a try each, before North Petherton did manage a couple of fine tries of their own, and the game ended with the Lacelads victorious 30-10.
There were several strong performances by the team, but man of the match was awarded to Arthur Hattan, for his unyielding running, and tireless work around the park.
Next up Honiton faced Wellington and it was no surprise that after such a short turnaround, that the Lacelads looked jaded. Despite holding siege to the opposition line they failed to take a commanding lead, and found themselves level at 10-all at the break, with Arthur Hattan grabbing a well deserved try, and Joshua Giles crashing over for his first. Aftar the break it was a different story, as the Lacelads came out like a team possessed! Once again the forwards took the initiative, with Charlie Shepherd a constant thorn in the Wellington side. This physicality allowed Edward Grimshaw to combine with Joe Evans, to score two fine tries, before Tim Goody emerged from a pile of bodies for a try, and man of the match Cameron Pegg side stepped his way to the line. With the last play of the game Honiton sealed a fine 35-10 win when Joshua Giles scored his second in the corner.
On the day there were impressive Honiton debuts for Yannick Barrett, Gabriel Cortinhas, Drew Hamilton and Oliver Cross.