Tigers show benefits of training in defence

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As the Lacemen’s Colts licked their wounds from their recent defeat by a strong Barum outfit, they travelled to Okehampton for a must-win game and produced the goods in a 25-15 result, writes Paz Parratt

Honiton looked menacing from the off. As they worked the park the Oakes didn’t really seem to get out of the starting blocks

Will Tyers started the Lacemen’s points tally with a good run in through the centre to cross under the wood work.

Ross Oaten added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Dion Warner found the line next as he collected a well-placed cross kick and ran it in.


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A swirling wind stopped the conversion finding its target.

Okehampton tried to get back in the game, but Honiton’s defence stood firm.

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Tyers weaved through Okes’ defence for his second try and a 17-0 lead.

Okehampton were soon back in the game at 17-10 though having kicked a penalty and converted a try.

Honiton restarted after the half-time break and as the ball was gathered by the Okes it was apparent they intended to stay in the game.

Honiton struggled to keep possession and spent long periods pinned in their own half.

With defence the order of the day, Okehampton were denied any further points for the next 20 minutes or so.

It was the constant bombardment by Okehampton that eventually saw Honiton’s defence slip and Okehampton ran in to score in the corner.

Honiton had to step up a gear and as they broke out of their half frustration set in from Okehampton.

Honiton found some breathing space when Oaten slotted a three pointer in front of the sticks.

Honiton simply dug in and defended their line time after time as Okehampton launched attack after attack.

In the closing minutes Honiton were able to run the ball out of danger. Man of the match Warner collected a clean ball and broke a clutch of tackles for Honiton’s bonus point try.

Honiton Colts entertain Ivybridge this Saturday (3pm).

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