Ton up for Lacemen in final home league game
PUBLISHED: 09:18 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 01 May 2018
Honiton RFC completed their home Tribute Cornwall and Devon season with a powerful all-round show that saw them demolish visiting Plymouth-based Argaum, chalking up a record score for the club, winning the game 107-7, writes Jerry Rise.
Heading into the final game, the Lacemen had already completed their aim for the campaign – a top four finish – and, with the pressure off, they relaxed and played some superb rugby.
There were several changes to the line-up that had the tough encounter against Wellington seven days before.
However, Honiton now have a strong squad and any ‘gaps’ in the starting VX, were filled with a degree of confidence.
Argaum had given the Lacemen a stern test when the sides had met in Plymouth earlier in the campaign, but this was a very different encounter!
Adding to the mix was the fact that the day was also marking a lunch in honour of sponsors Ultim8 Construction and a few other guests, and the Lacemen decided to serve up a real treat for another good Allhallows turnout.
Honiton won the toss and elected to play up the field and, just minutes into the contest, lock Elliot Parrett-Davis scored a good individual try after the ball had gone through several pairs of hands first.
From the restart Honiton were quickly back in attack mode and, after a neat ‘show-and-go’, Jonny Selway ran in under the posts untouched and Jake Smith added the extras.
The visiting side regrouped and, after a period of sustained pressure, scored a converted try.
The ‘against the run of play’ score merely served to spark a response from the Lacemen, who were quickly back up the field and scoring through a Jake Smith try.
The back row duo, Josh Rice and Nathan Hannay, then scored in quick succession and this sparked a period of home score after home score as tries from Wez Keywood and Ben Kidson sent the Lacemen into the break with a 45-7 advantage.
After the break, with the Allhallows slope in their favour, the Lacemen moved up a gear to run riot!
The subs bench was also emptied to add fresh legs and Phil Cooke, Keywood, Carlos Blackmore, Jack Proctor and Andy Canniford all got on the score sheet as the visiting side seemed to ‘throw in the towel’ leaving the home side to ‘score at will’.
Canniford, Bill Bailey, Smith, Blackmore and Bailey and Canniford again, completed the 17 try rout and Honiton, who have the other nickname of ‘The Ton’, amassed a ‘ton’ score to close out the game 107-7 winners.
The visitors were clearly not at full strength, but they certainly didn’t help their cause by blaming referee decisions all the time or frankly just giving up in the second half.
For Honiton, this is the first time they have score a 100 points in this division and all does bode well for next year, but on the whole and despite massive score line, I’m sure they will agree they were not at their pearly best.
The Ton have two more games to play, a very tricky away trip to Lanner in Cornwall and then the small matter of a cup final against Withycombe on a date ithat is still to decided.
● There’s more rugby inside on page 70 with pictures of Honiton U11s and U14s.