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
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!