Lack of recent training shows
Both sides have suffered from a lack of matches in recent weeks and in Sidmouth's case a lack of numbers at training!
Both sides have suffered from a lack of matches in recent weeks and in Sidmouth's case a lack of numbers at training! That was the verdict at half time from coach Bo Vanstone, following a lacklustre first half. Honiton started the game with fortitude and a performance that was both strong and solid.They played simple and effective rugby, maintaining good spells of possession and were supporting the ball carrier in numbers. It was no surprise to see Honiton go ahead as Sidmouth were attempting unsuccessful, spontaneous moves and not concentrating on the basics. However, Sidmouth did manage to score a converted try (against this run of play) just before half time thanks to Richard 'Noddy' Hodges and Will Dunford.Following the half time talk Sidmouth switched on. The pack gelled and followed the ball carrier and consequently had greater possession. The front row, Sam 'Buka' Sowden, Fin Cawthera and captain Matt Farrington, in particular having an excellent second half. The backs moved the ball quicker, placing the Honiton defence under greater pressure, and a rugby match finally ensued. Kicker and fly half Will Dunford pulled up with a hamstring injury but Tom Hodge competently stepped up to the mark. With the Honiton scrum under pressure, Ollie Derryman (No 8) linked with centre Will Gater to work the blind side and came out on top with a try under the posts which Hodge ably converted. Sidmouth had more chances to go further ahead and winger Ben Salter was unlucky not to score on two occasions. Honiton never lost their belief and determination and thought they had scored a second try, only for it to be judged that the ball had been held up.