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1st XV - Match centre

Topsham
Honiton
Tries
R Price, A Brooks, N Hannay, W Tyers, J House, B Small, B Logan, L Groves, J Coutts-Tucker
Conversions
B Webber (7)
Sat 1 Sep 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Cornwall/Devon Full time

Honiton win first league outing at a canter.. 3 - 59

Ton change gear in second half to score at will.

Saturday saw the start of league action for the Ton and first up was a relatively short trip down to Exeter to take on newly promoted Topsham.
Having performed well in their two preseason outings Honiton were able to field a strong side despite a couple of key unavailabilities.
What was also good was the fact the Ton supporters club out numbered the home contingent .
Playing into a stiff estuary wind Honiton did in-fact enjoyed early inroads and with patience key they broke down the Tops defence and went close twice. Ton were eventually rewarded on the 10 minute mark when robust hooker Robert Price crashed over from close range. Ben Webber converted.
Topsham were rattled and were giving away penalties regularly which allowed Honiton to gain territory and from a good break from Jake Smith a pass to Alex Brooks saw him chip the defender and win the chase for the touch down. The conversion was missed but the Ton were very much in the driving seat!
The home sides discipline continued to be an issue and the ref dished a yellow card for repeat offences. Honiton took full advantage and a great break through the middle from Jason Hannay was off loaded to Ben Small who in turn had Philip Cook to turn to, he then gave it to Nathan Hannay and at short range, there was no stopping him. Webber knocked over the extras and Honiton were very much in the driving seat.
Tops facing a mountain to climb, dug deep and for the final fifteen minutes of the half they had their best passage of play testing Honiton’s defences several times and it was they who were on the front foot. For all their efforts their only reward was a penalty but with another card on the stroke of half time they did them selves no favours.
With the use of the stiff breeze the second half stated well for Honiton Ben Logan took a great turn over and a neat floated pass from Jonny House found Will Tyers in space and he cantered in round under the sticks for another converted try.
The home sides resolve was broken and the Ton changed gear. Small cut a great line off Brooks to cross with ease and then it looked like a bit of a “training ground unopposed rugby” session with some great inter passing and flowing rugby. House used his pace to canter in from long range . Ben Logan got the biggest cheer of the day as he broke though from the ten metre line and with men either side he showed the ball and the hapless defender bought the dummy and had simple dot down under the sticks, not bad for a prop.
Louise Groves had the next after a great sweeping move down field involving several sets of hands.
Desperate defence saved several more crossings but it was Centre James Coutts who had the final word with yet another fine line was cut through the defence.
The final score was a rather one sided 3-59 to the Ton but it was a great team performance all round. Pick of the bunch went to Ben Small who seemed to be every where.
Yes there were errors to work on but it was a times, pretty to watch. Honiton must now be wary of complacency but with next weeks visitors, the once mighty Torquay putting 99 point past their opposition it will a much sterner test for sure!

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Key moments

7:00
Try Robert Price scores for Honiton
8:00
Conversion Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
14:00
Try Alex Brooks scores for Honiton
21:00
Try Nathan Hannay scores for Honiton
22:00
Conversion Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
43:00
Try Will Tyers scores for Honiton
44:00
Conversion Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
48:00
Try Johnathan D House scores for Honiton
49:00
Conversion Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
59:00
Try Ben Small scores for Honiton
60:00
Conversion Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
64:00
Try Ben J Logan scores for Honiton
65:00
Conversion Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
74:00
Try Louis Groves scores for Honiton
79:00
Try James Coutts-Tucker scores for Honiton
80:00
Conversion Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 0 - 59
Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
79:00 Try 0 - 57
James Coutts-Tucker scores for Honiton
74:00 Try 0 - 52
Louis Groves scores for Honiton
65:00 Conversion 0 - 47
Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
64:00 Try 0 - 45
Ben J Logan scores for Honiton
60:00 Conversion 0 - 40
Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
59:00 Try 0 - 38
Ben Small scores for Honiton
49:00 Sub On
Steve Trenchard is substituted on for Honiton
49:00 Conversion 0 - 33
Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
48:00 Try 0 - 31
Johnathan D House scores for Honiton
44:00 Conversion 0 - 26
Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
43:00 Try 0 - 24
Will Tyers scores for Honiton
41:00 Sub On
Johnathan D House is substituted on for Honiton
41:00 Sub On
Ben J Logan is substituted on for Honiton
End of period 1
22:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
21:00 Try 0 - 17
Nathan Hannay scores for Honiton
14:00 Try 0 - 12
Alex Brooks scores for Honiton
8:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Ben Webber kicks a conversion for Honiton
7:00 Try 0 - 5
Robert Price scores for Honiton
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As it happened

  • Topsham
  • Honiton
  • 0
  • Robert Price Try 7:00'
  • Ben Webber Conversion 8:00'
  • Alex Brooks Try 14:00'
  • Nathan Hannay Try 21:00'
  • Ben Webber Conversion 22:00'
  • Johnathan D House Sub On 41:00'
  • Ben J Logan Sub On 41:00'
  • Will Tyers Try 43:00'
  • Ben Webber Conversion 44:00'
  • Johnathan D House Try 48:00'
  • Steve Trenchard Sub On 49:00'
  • Ben Webber Conversion 49:00'
  • Ben Small Try 59:00'
  • Ben Webber Conversion 60:00'
  • Ben J Logan Try 64:00'
  • Ben Webber Conversion 65:00'
  • Louis Groves Try 74:00'
  • James Coutts-Tucker Try 79:00'
  • Ben Webber Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Webber, Ben Webber, Ben
Smith, Jake Smith, Jake
Coutts-Tucker, James Coutts-Tucker, James
Hawke , Dominic Hawke , Dominic
Tyers, Will Tyers, Will
Brooks, Alex Brooks, Alex
Cooke, Phil Cooke, Phil
Hannay, Jason Hannay, Jason
Small, Ben Small, Ben
Proctor, Jack Proctor, Jack
Groves, Louis Groves, Louis
Hannay, Nathan Hannay, Nathan
Goulden, William Goulden, William
Price, Robert Price, Robert
Baily, Matthew Baily, Matthew

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Plymstock Albion Oaks 6 28
2. Penryn 6 26
3. Bude 6 23
4. Honiton 6 21
5. Torquay Athletic 6 19
6. South Molton 6 18
7. Plymouth Argaum 6 14

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