Wright and Smith score try hat-tricks as Honiton put table-toppers to the sword

PUBLISHED: 09:12 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 27 November 2018

Action from the Honiton home win over Penzance-based Pirates Amateurs. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Action from the Honiton home win over Penzance-based Pirates Amateurs. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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Honiton registered arguably their finest result of this league campaign when they defeated a table-topping Plymstock Old Public Oaks, who pitched up at Allhallows looking to secure an 11th win in as many Tribute Cornwall and Devon League outings, writes Justin Nuttall.

With the Lacemen going into the game looking to continue their perfect home record in league games this season, something clearly had to give and it was the visitors’ season-long winning run that was unceremoniously ended as the Lacemen chalked up a 48-12 win.

Another excellent Allhallows turnout was boosted by a sponsors’ lunch for Martin Summers Construction Ltd.

The Lacemen had first use of the infamous Allhallows slope and, as with previous weeks, they were fast and aggressive out of blocks and they took an early lead with Adam Thompson scoring under the posts to give Jake Smith a straightforward conversion. New signing Ross Watts then helped create an opportunity that saw Harry Wright score a try, again converted, and Honiton held a 14-0 lead.

The advantage grew when the ball was swung across the pitch by the impressive Honiton backs, who saw Smith in space and, with work to do, he ultimately crossed the whitewash. A second Wright try, this time from a Brooks off-load, further increased the home lead.The next score was undoubtedly ‘the try of the game’! With Oaks having been bludgeoned by Will Goulden’s pack in the scrums, they opted for a line out instead. Louie Groves stole the ball, which was slickly transferred across the back division and Smith had space to again round the defence. The final score of the half was one for the big men as they, from a five metre scrum, pushed the visitors back over their own line and Jonny House crossed to send Honiton into the break with a 34-0 lead.

The visitors began the second half well, and they got their first try 10 minutes in. However, shortly after, they lost man to a yellow card handed out for dissent.

Honiton took advantage and Wright completed a hat-trick of tries with Smith slotting another conversion. Smith then got his try hat-trick – his third in as many weeks – and he converted his own try. The visitors had the final say, but the match honours were certainly Honiton’s!

In an outstanding eight try performance, five of which were scored by the Honiton impressive back division, the forwards enjoyed dominance throughout and Groves, Rice and Wright proved a formidable unit from first whistle to last.

The Man of the Match award went to a richly deserving Harry Wright. On Saturday (December 1), Honiton face a tough trip to South Molton.

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