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1st XV - Match centre

S Coffey
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O Cave
O Cave (2)
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Cornwall Devon Full time

Honiton lose the unbeaten run in lackluster display

Despite the very good start Honiton didn't deal with a plucky "never say die" Lanner side

By Keith Jenkin

HONITON 13pts LANNER 20pts

Honiton had the advantage of the Allhallows slope during the first period on a day when the breeze tended to negate the advantage the slope gave them, but really could not have got off to a better start. Although they were pushed back at the first set scrum, they kept possession and attacked from the Lanner twenty five.
They remained on the front foot, recycling through the pick and drive several times, and eventually lock Sam Coffey (sponsored by Phoenix Cellar Services ) got over by the posts. Cave added the extras and Honiton led 7-0 after just two minutes play.
The home side continued to cross the gain line, ball in hand and their job was made easier when one of the visitors was shown the yellow card for foul play, although I felt that his transgression owed more to do with clumsiness than intent. The home side continued to have the better of things during his absence but, after some fifteen minutes, Lanner showed their teeth when, after a Honiton player had fallen the wrong way after the tackle, they turned the ball over and set up an attack that took play some eighty yards up field. Honiton did win the ensuing lineout, but were penalised for not releasing and Lanner kicked the goal after some eighteen minutes play.
The visitors had worked their way into the game by this time and the contest remained even for a space. Around the half hour however, Kidson made a decisive break from his own twenty five, beating several defenders before being checked on the Lanner twenty five. He had support and the off load should have come. (if it had, Rice (sponsered by Ultim8 Construction)would have been in under the sticks.) It did not and the chance was lost.
A scant minute later Honiton conceded a penalty on halfway. Lanner kicked to the corner and won the lineout that followed, They sent the ball wide and one of their speedy backs got over halfway out. They had kicked well from hand thus far and it came as a surprise when the conversion went wide. The score did give them a narrow lead however at 7-8.
The home side had been conceding far too many penalties for their own peace of mind. giving away both possession and territory. They conceded another just before the break. Lanner kicked it to the corner. Having won the lineout, they sent the ball into midfield, recycled and switched and got over close to touch. This try too remained unconverted and Lanner led 13-7 at the halfway stage.
The home side did not start the second half all that well with a miss field kick giving their opponents an attacking lineout in the home twenty five. Honiton did clear their lines eventually however and took play back into midfield.
The game had become even more disjointed, certainly as far as Honiton were concerned, and progress was slow. They seemed content to play close to the breakdown, in spite of the fact that the Lanner defence was coping with this method of attack.
They did get a couple of attacks going as the hour mark was approached and one culminated in a penalty award in front of the Lanner posts. Cave’s ( sponsored by Tyers Pluming) place kick was accurate and reduced the arrears to 10-13 with some fifty minutes gone.
Lanner continued to show themselves to be a useful outfit however and launched an attack that took play deep into the home twenty two before an infringement brought a halt. Then, with some twenty five minutes left for play, the visitors found space down a very narrow side at a maul on halfway. Their winger outstripped the cover and cup a good angle to cross near the posts. The conversion was successful and Lanner were in control.

Honiton were not done however and they undertook a good passage of play in which Hannay was prominent, they was checked illegally just twenty yards from the visitors’ posts. The referee showed his second yellow card of the game to the transgressor and Cave kicked the goal for good measure to take the score to 13-20 with fifty eight minutes gone.
Now a man down, the visitors compounded the felony a couple of minutes later by stepping offside on halfway. Honiton kicked well to the corner and won the ensuing lineout. They went again to the pick and drive but coughed up possession and, from the following scrum, were penalised.
The final few minutes were pretty turgid with the odd knock on and the odd wayward kick blighting the home effort rather. Much of the play took place in home territory and, although a Lanner player was shown a red card (I think it was his second yellow) with about five minutes left, Honiton could not capitalise and the game ended with the ball well inside the home half.
One had the feeling that Honiton were beguiled by their early success. Having scored a converted try by picking and driving after just a couple of minutes. they continued to employ this tactic throughout with little variation. Their handling too was far from exact and they failed to take advantage of the fact that they enjoyed numerical superiority for the best part of thirty minutes. Penalties were conceded in profusion and altogether, it was not a good day at the office against a pretty useful outfit

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Key moments

Try Sam Coffey scores for Honiton
Conversion Ollie Cave kicks a conversion for Honiton
Penalty Penalty kicked for Lanner
Try Try for Lanner
40:00 +1:00
Try Try for Lanner
Try Try for Lanner
Penalty Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
Try Try for Lanner
Conversion Conversion for Lanner
Penalty Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton


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35:00 Red Card
A player is sent off for Lanner
32:00 Penalty 13 - 20
Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
30:00 Sub On
Philip Bennett is substituted on for Honiton
30:00 Sub Off
Phil Cooke is substituted off for Honiton
26:00 Conversion 10 - 20
Conversion for Lanner
25:00 Try 10 - 18
Try for Lanner
25:00 Sub Off
Jack Proctor is substituted off for Honiton
25:00 Sub On
Robert Price is substituted on for Honiton
18:00 Penalty 10 - 8
Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
15:00 Try 7 - 5
Try for Lanner
End of period 1
40:00 +1:00 Try 13 - 25
Try for Lanner
30:00 Sub Off
Finn Parratt is substituted off for Honiton
30:00 Sub On
Tom Irish is substituted on for Honiton
30:00 Sub Off
Robert Price is substituted off for Honiton
25:00 Sub On
Matthew Baily is substituted on for Honiton
24:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Lanner
18:00 Try 10 - 13
Try for Lanner
16:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Lanner
15:00 Penalty 7 - 8
Penalty kicked for Lanner
3:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Ollie Cave kicks a conversion for Honiton
2:00 Try 5 - 0
Sam Coffey scores for Honiton
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Honiton
  • Lanner
  • 0
  • Sam Coffey Try 2:00'
  • Ollie Cave Conversion 3:00'
  • Penalty 15:00'
  • Yellow Card 16:00'
  • Try 18:00'
  • Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Matthew Baily Sub On 25:00'
  • Robert Price Sub Off 30:00'
  • Finn Parratt Sub Off 30:00'
  • Tom Irish Sub On 30:00'
  • Try 40:00 +1:00'
  • Try 15:00'
  • Ollie Cave Penalty 18:00'
  • Robert Price Sub On 25:00'
  • Jack Proctor Sub Off 25:00'
  • Try 25:00'
  • Conversion 26:00'
  • Phil Cooke Sub Off 30:00'
  • Philip Bennett Sub On 30:00'
  • Ollie Cave Penalty 32:00'
  • Red Card 35:00'

Team selection

Webber, Ben Webber, Ben
Oaten, Ross Oaten, Ross
Blackmore, Kyle Blackmore, Kyle
Hawke , Dominic Hawke , Dominic
Kidson, Ben Kidson, Ben
Cave, Ollie Cave, Ollie
Cooke, Phil Cooke, Phil
Hannay, Nathan Hannay, Nathan
Rice, Josh Rice, Josh
Proctor, Jack Proctor, Jack
Groves, Louis Groves, Louis
Coffey, Sam Coffey, Sam
Parratt, Finn Parratt, Finn
Price, Robert Price, Robert
Goulden, William Goulden, William
  • 1. Dan Job
  • 2. Micheal Thomas
  • 3. Will Webster
  • 4. Chris Richards
  • 5. Ollie Thomas
  • 6. Nathan Carbis
  • 7. Liam Moyle
  • 8. Micheal Laity
  • 9. Dean Symons
  • 10. Lewis Moyle
  • 11. Perran Gale
  • 12. Adam Harris
  • 13. Ryan Thomas
  • 14. Matthew Cann
  • 15. Bevin Stone
  • 16. Robbie Kessell
  • 17. Alan Rule
  • 18. Nick Prout

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Wellington 26 118
2. Saltash 26 109
3. Penryn 26 108
4. Honiton 26 94
5. Bude 26 84
6. Lanner 26 67
7. Withycombe 26 63

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