Sharper thinking needed from 1st XV players

PUBLISHED: 09:01 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:56 16 June 2010

Honiton 1st XV eased to an 11-10 win away at Wessex on Saturday afternoon.

Honiton 1st XV eased to an 11-10 win away at Wessex on Saturday afternoon.

In cold conditions, the Lacemen controlled the game in the main and did just enough to ensure that they came away with the two points.

The Flowerpot fields are always a difficult place to visit, due to the ferocity of the opposition and the lack of any real width to the pitch. As it was, Honiton started the game with a scrummage in the middle of the field after the Wessex No 10 failed to kick off further than 10 metres.

Honiton remained in Wessex territory for the majority of the half, but the last pass often failed to go to hand.

Honiton went three points up when Webber slotted a long range penalty, and they looked to be on the up.

Wessex, however, had other ideas as they came back at the Lacemen. Webber was yellow- carded for a shoulder charge, and then Doige was also sent to the bin for a late tackle.

With Honiton down to 13, they had their work cut out. Wessex kicked to the corner from the penalty and scored a converted try from the lineout. Honiton had to pick up their game and ride out the next 10 minutes.

Ironically, it was in this period that the Lacemen produced their best rugby. By adding some structure to their phase play, and not kicking the ball away, they applied pressure on to the Wessex defence.

When Wessex eventually turned the ball over, more good pressure saw the home side's No 10 hash the kick into the midfield. Full back Rice gathered and ran to the left to find skipper Hannay and vice- skipper De Large. The three of them combined to great effect to enable Rice to cross the whitewash and restore the Lacemen's lead.

Honiton led 8-7 at half time, and they knew that with a full complement of 15 they could secure the game, which they did by playing the majority of the second half in Wessex territory.

Honiton should have scored more points given their possession, territory and overall dominance. There will be plenty to work to do this week but in the main decision-making that let them down.

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