Honiton Under-8s sparkle in games against visiting Exeter Saracens

PUBLISHED: 18:56 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:05 13 December 2018

Action from the Honiton U8s meeting with Exeter Saracens. Picture NICK CUNNINGHAM

Action from the Honiton U8s meeting with Exeter Saracens. Picture NICK CUNNINGHAM

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Honiton Under-8s met Exeter Saracens for the second time this season when the sides met at Allhallows.

Action from the Honiton U8s meeting with Exeter Saracens. Picture NICK CUNNINGHAMAction from the Honiton U8s meeting with Exeter Saracens. Picture NICK CUNNINGHAM

Honiton Under-8s met Exeter Saracens for the second time this season when the sides met at Allhallows.

After being beaten the week before at Cullompton, Honiton selected two well-balanced teams, pairing the stronger players with those that are a season behind.

This mix produced some of the best and most entertaining play of the season, and both teams took it in turns to face two opposing Saracens teams.

A good training regime has worked wonders, aided by Conrad – a new assistant coach from New Zealand. Passes flowed freely down the line, leading to some spectacular tries from Joseph Tennant, Eric Hattan, Tom Page-Turner, George Boyes, Ruben Lloyd and Riley Prettejohn.

Honiton’s defence was well organised and tricky to break through. Strong Saracens players did score some great tries, but the home team just kept grabbing those tags and often frustrated them.

Honiton Under-8s head coach Tom Hattan said: “I couldn’t be more pleased with the overall performance against what was a strong opposition.

“As we approach the Christmas break, it is a good time to take stock of how far we have come this season.

“Both the Under-8s and the Under-7s have worked hard in training and everyone has made really good progress.

“We’ve introduced a weekday training night, and this commitment is beginning to pay dividends. I’m happy that a good number of new players have joined the squad and are learning fast and enjoying themselves. We look forward to keeping the momentum going and seeing further development from every player next year. In the meantime, the players will enjoy a well-earned nerf gun party social next weekend.”

As far as return matches go, it couldn’t have gone much better for Honiton, and Sunday’s winning formula is certainly something to keep building on for the rest of the season.

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