--Honiton travelled the short distance down to Exmouth to play Withycombe on Saturday and having had a disappointing defeat against them back in May for the last game of the season last year The Ton were clearly out for revenge and Will Goulden’s men looked very prepared as they took to the park.
Conditions were perfect for running rugby and Honiton elected to play up the Raleigh park slope and they got off to a dream start as a big drive into the twenty two by the forwards say the ball shipped wide and Jake Smith crossed unopposed in the corner. The seaside’s gathered them selves and had a good percentage of possession for the next ten minutes but on spilling the ball Honiton slickly moved the ball up field with some great support running and handling the ball was released quickly and in similar fashion it was Harry Wright who was the out side man to dotted down. Ben Webber slotted for a 12 nil lead.
Honiton then started to play what can only be describe as sublime rugby as they spun the ball, supported attacks with men either side of the carrier and just looked a different class. The halfbacks in Jonny House and the general Alex Brooks ran the show superbly and it was Brooks who deliver a neat pass to free Ollie Cave in space for him to canter over under the posts and Honiton were 17-0 up with 20 minutes on the board. The bonus point score followed shortly afterwards as Cooite got the “space pass” from Brooks to crossed for another converted try and then Honiton just seemed to change gear as they put on a show of how to play rugby, slick hands and great inter passing saw Nathan Hannay, Smith and Will Tyers add further tries as at 43-0 at half time it was over as a contest and what was supposed to be tough encounter just wasn’t allowed to happen.
Playing down the Hill Honiton got of to a dream start as again slick hands from Wright and Rice released Tyers to canter in from long range and then moments later two others Honiton players delivered similar passes for Webber to trot down the hill. For the traveling support the next half hour was simply a joy to watch as Honiton ran in tries as will. Smith finished of what looked like a very complicated set piece move with players running dummy lines all over the shop which meant Tyers was able to ghost though a gap, he checked the full back and Smith had an easy run in for his hatrick try. Josh Rice was on hand and in support for the next and Webber got a second as Logan broke the gain line and brilliantly off loaded to Cootie to canter in. Rounding off an fine individual performance Jonny House again there in support from a Jason Hannay line break and he had a walk in final try for a 92-0 emphatic victory .
Frankly this was a quality performance and was a joy to watch. The Ton systematically dismantled the opposition as they ran in 14 tries and was just an outstanding team performance from Will Goulden’ men . Whilst some of the tries were pretty to watch we must also applaud the defensive effort which saw another nil points against and with an average of 3.75 points against for the first 4 league games this and a 247 points tally is an impressive start to the season.
The real tough stuff start next week with a long away trip down to Bude who are always a strong side at home.