Lacemen complete Topsham rout

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:53 16 June 2010

Honiton overcame last week's frustrating draw by overwhelming Topsham 86-3. Honiton were in rampant form and easily outpaced and outflanked a weak Topsham side, writes Nick Guilbert.

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Honiton overcame last week's frustrating draw by overwhelming Topsham 86-3. Honiton were in rampant form and easily outpaced and outflanked a weak Topsham side.

With conditions ideal for running rugby, Honiton used their pace out wide to stretch Topsham and out-manoeuvre their defence. The key element of the win was good support play and, with options available to the ball carrier, Topsham struggled to contain the power of the Lacemen.

Honiton received the kick off with the Topsham clubhouse on their left. They soon turned the ball over and used runners such as De Large and Barrett to smash holes in the defence.

It was Barrett who scored first with a decent move from 10 yards out. He stood up in the tackle and waited for support. The support duly arrived and nudged him over the line for an unconverted score.

In truth, the Lacemen were far too powerful for Topsham at the contact zone and, having collected the kick off, Honiton pressed in-field, playing from right to left.

As the phases built up Honiton elected to move back to the right. Dobson received a long pass and made excellent yards up the left. He drew the last defender and offloaded to the supporting De Large who crossed unopposed.

Dobson then scored one himself which Nex converted. Topsham kicked a penalty before missing another shot at goal.

Poor marking allowed Guilbert to chip and re-gather from the 22 before offloading to Barrett. Barrett found Webber who offloaded to Cooke who scored in a move that went 65 yards. Nex again converted that try and others from Webber and Locke before half time.

Stegall also scored before half time from a maul and Locke grabbed another, as did Barrett.

Honiton turned around wanting to add to the score sheet and they did so in the second half with further tries for Webber, Barrett and Dobson and Barrett took another.

Webber took over the kicking duties as Selway came on for Nex. He ensured that the score was taken to 86 before the game was over.

It was a good day all round for the Lacemen as the Colts brought home the Dave Turner Cup from Sidmouth and Totnes lost, allowing Honiton to gain ground in the league.

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