Junior rugby round-up
PUBLISHED: 15:08 01 December 2012
Honiton RFC U16s 66, Taunton 7
Honiton entertained Taunton at a busy Allhallows and coming with a good reputation, the visitors were expected to test the Lacemen, writes Jerry Rice.
Unfortunately though, they bumped into a Honiton side who were in no mood to pay attention to pedigree and, by producing some menacing, aggressive unit skills, Honiton put the aristocrats to the sword in every department.
Two early tries set the scene and really it was one-way traffic for the rest of the game. Northcott and Roe Lavery got the early tries and Dean, House and Wright added to the tally . Half time arrived with Honiton some 40 points up and really the game as a contest was done and dusted.
The second half saw further tries for Webber, Bennett and Dowse and Wright, Roe Lavery and Bennet added seconds to their individual tally.
Taunton did get a consolation try which will not have pleased the coaching staff and Honiton were also a little guilty of occasional bouts of line fear which needs to be addressed. The ref, with 10 minutes left, made the call to end the game early to put the visitors out of their misery but all said and done, this was an accomplished route, with a first class “team” display, especially when counter rucking.
Honiton Musketeers 10 Sidmouth U12s 12
Strong defence by both teams limited the half time score to 5-5 both kickers seeing their efforts go wide.
The Honiton try came from Ben Levy after good work from Wright offloading out of the tackle. The second half saw Ryan Woollacott run the blindside and crash through the Sidmouth line, the kick again going wide.
The rest of the game was a tense affair and with a minute left Sidmouth found some space to cross over, their kicker added the extras to steal the win.
Both teams could be proud of their efforts for what was a very entertaining game. Man of The Match went to Oliver Upperdine for his tremendous work rate both with and without the ball.
Honiton Raptors 14, Sidmouth U11s 7
Harry Shepherd scored first after a well drilled opening from Honiton.
This was converted by Ben Deam. Honiton’s good work continued and Jake Williams touched down shortly afterwards, again converted by Deam.
Honiton continued to dominate play in the first third. By the final third Sidmouth were pressing hard and managed to get through Honiton’s defence to score after a good effort. After a fantastic technical and disciplined team effort, Honiton were victorious at the final whistle. Man of the Match went to William Briant for superb tackling under pressure.
Sidmouth U9s 25, Honiton U9s 50
Sidmouth U9s 10, Honiton U9s 40
The Lacelads visited Sidmouth and played some red hot rugby to overcome both the frost and the hosts.
In the first match scrum half Edward Grimshaw grabbed a try whilst leading the team to a convincing 50-25 victory. The outstanding Cameron Pegg ran rings around the opposition to score five tries while Osian Owen, Luke Matthews, Tim Goody and Joe Evans came of the bench to grab one each.
In the second match Joe Evans shone in his new scrum half role and showed some quick thinking to capitalise on a Sidmouth mistake to score the first of his seven tries. A huge defensive effort from all the players but especially Joshua Giles forced numerous turnovers, enabling him to grab a try of his own. It was the Lacelads’ best performance of the season and a real team effort which delighted parents and coaches alike.
Man of the match went to try machines Cameron Pegg and Joe Evans who were equally effective in defence and attack.
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