Honiton power to Victory for vital win
Honiton out gun Argum in all departments to deliver a comfortable victory
Saturday saw Honiton Rugby club entertain two of their main sponsors Synergy and Ultimate8 Construction and before the England Scotland game they utilised the extra support to help them with their small task of over coming Plymouth Argum in a tricky league fixture. The reverse encounter back in November narrowly went Argum’s way so Honiton were hoping for revenge and with the small matter of relegation at hand it really was a vital “win” situation.
Honiton elected to play up the Allhallows slope and started brightly and were awarded a penalty early on which Ollie Cave knocked over to steady nerves. This was quickly added to when a good break up the left, released Ross Oaten who jinked his way to the line for the first try of the game Cave slotted the extras and five minutes later a good catch and drive saw the forwards rumble the ball over the line for the second score Tom Irish dotted down. Then on the fifteen minute mark when Argum were pressing, Jake Smith neatly intercepted a pass that saw him then have to win the 75 metre foot race for the touch down and with the extras added, Honiton were 22-0 up and sitting pretty. Argum, reeling from points difference then shocked them selves into action and perhaps with Honiton also sitting back a bit on their strong lead and getting a player sin binned this allowed the visitors to throw the ball about and they scored two well worked tries in quick succession. This then bought them right back into the game at 22-14. Honiton gained composure and pressed for the last ten but their attacks were often thwarted as they gave away needless penalties and this often meant Argum were able to clear their lines and there was no more scores in the first period.
Half time came and from sitting comfortably in the early stages of the game, Honiton were now just the one score ahead but with the use of the slope and the general balance of play in the first half, the Honiton’s supporters were hopeful the Lacemen would be able to gear things up. With the line outs working well and Honiton being dominant in the scrum this was clearly the case and it was Honiton’s half. Oaten grabbed his brace from good ball from the forwards and some quick hands from Benny Webber and this score meant the try bonus point was in the bag. Cave converted and with wave after wave of attack Honiton added to the score when Cave him self crossed for the next converted try. It was really only one way traffic after that but frustratingly for Honiton, further tries just seemed to elude them as time after time they either lost possession or were penalised for fairly petty offences when they should have just scored. Will Tyers did however get got Honiton’s final score with a great run down the wing which rapped things up for the Lacemen.
The final score of 41-14 could have looked much better than it did as there were at least three other line crosses which were disallowed but who complaining as this was a comprehensive victory which also sees the Lacemen move out of the bottom three for the first time in the season. Yes there are things to work on but with the line outs function very well and with a pack that basically did a demolition job on their visitors there were far more positives on show and Honiton will need to build on this to keep up the momentum going as they are far from out of the woods yet.
There is no first team game next week but the seconds travel over to South Molton for a merit table fixture