The Lacemen outrun 44-3

PUBLISHED: 16:34 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

Honiton rugby: Honiton travelled to Tavistock on Saturday for the penultimate game of the season. The Lacemen were depleted through injuries and those members who decided to travel to Twickenham, and were outrun by 44-3.

Honiton rugby: Honiton travelled to Tavistock on Saturday for the penultimate game of the season. The Lacemen were depleted through injuries and those members who decided to travel to Twickenham, and were outrun by 44-3.

Conditions at Tavistock are always particularly variable weather wise, but nearly always damp underfoot and this game proved no different. Captain Chester elected to play up the slope into the elements in the first half in the absence of regular skipper Simmons who couldn't play due to a nasty sniffle.

The initial exchanges didn't go too well for the Lacemen as the hosts soon scored. Good rucking from the home side down the middle provided a gap for the captain. The robust eight was halted just short of the line but at the ensuing ruck the number nine burrowed over from short range. The effort was unconverted but the try was a big enough wake up call. From the re-start the Lacemen mauled the ball up the field and some slick handling saw Laughin make good yards up the left. Quick ball to Salter enabled Jones to make a break and offload to Bralsford. The ball went loose but Martin tidied and Harrison and Chester made suitable yardage. It was good rugby, and Tavistock were almost as surprised as Honiton. The long and the short of this passage was a Honiton penalty 10 yards out. Guilbert kicked it. Game on.

The possession was evenly distributed for the first quarter and Honiton took play into the Tavistock half but there was a distinct lack of cohesion in the Lacemens play. Players often found themselves isolated, and the ball was turned over. It wasn't due to lack of effort, all the amber hoops were running but in completely different directions. Tavistock were more direct and when they turned the ball over they moved it wide early. Two quick scores extended their lead but Honiton kept going, however when kicks didn't make touch Honiton made a rod for their own back and the home side came at them.

Honiton made it to the host's 22 but the Lacemen's pick-and-drive tactic didn't stretch the defence. As a result, Steve Martin found himself in the midfield against three defenders. He was accordingly stopped and Tavistock raced to the other end to score.

At half time things looked pretty bleak for the Lacemen, but they had the wind and slope in the second half.

Most of the game was played in the Tavistock half, but the home side were more cohesive and well drilled than Honiton and attacked with more success.

Honiton had difficulty in establishing themselves as an attacking force in the final third of the pitch as legs became tired and Tavistock escaped to score a couple more tries.

Honiton put a lot into this game but were the weaker side; they must now look to next week, the last game of the season, against Newquay.

By Nick Guilbert

Honiton rugby

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