Try treble for Giles

PUBLISHED: 14:28 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 13 January 2015

Honiton Tigers Under-8s enjoy matches at Plymouth-based OPM

Honours were even when Honiton Tigers Under-8s made their longest trip of the season, visiting Plymouth to take on OPM.

Tigers travelled with a full squad and, with 15 on duty were able to loan the home side three players to enable two games of six-a-side to be contested.

Tom Phillips scored a hat-trick but it wasn’t enough to earn his side victory in their first game as Honiton were squeezed out 6-5. Harry Madge and Jake Carter scored the other tries while Finley Backhouse featured for the hosts.

Ewan Powers-Maguire (2), Sam Gray, Harry Kent, Madge and Carter all dotted down in the second game as they recorded a comfortable 6-2 win. Charlie Pickering and Bryn Johnson played for OPM in this game and did brilliantly.

Jake Giles helped himself to six tries as his team recorded a comfortable 10-5 success in their opening game. The Tigers dominated throughout and other tries came from Robert Hennessy (2), Harvey Hannay and Finley Offer-Hoar. Brilliant tagging ensured the victory, especially from player of the day Alfie Terry and Tyler Patch.

Johnson and Pickering featured for the hosts in this match but couldn’t prevent defeat.

A comfortable win looked to be on the cards in the second game as Honiton roared into a 6-3 half time lead but they became disjointed and the hosts were able to bag a 10-9 win. Hannay played a half for the Tigers and a half for OPM and scored two in each half.

Giles (3), Offer-Hoar (2), Terry and Hennessy crossed while Backhouse played for OPM.

Honiton coach Jon Hannay said: “We showed some glimpses of real class in both defence and attack but there’s always room for improvement.”

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