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GALLERY: Honiton turn on the style to win Devon Intermediate Shield

28 Apr 2019 10:11 | Sara Raine

HONITON warmed up for next weekend’s big trip to Twickenham by turning on the style to win the Devon Intermediate Shield at Allhallows on Saturday.

The East Devon club ran in six tries on their way to beating Plymstock Albion Oaks 46-12 in windy conditions.

Honiton had already secured promotion to Western Counties West by finishing as runners-up in the Cornwall/Devon League. They are now looking to cap off an impressive season by lifting the RFU Senior Vase at Twickenham next Sunday.

The Ton, playing down the slope first half, could not have asked for a better start in Saturday’s Devon final, scoring a try in the first minute. Oaks knocked on the kick-off and from the resultant scrum Honiton went inside and full-back Kyle Blackmore broke through to score on the left. Tom Steer added the conversion.

Steer then kicked a penalty on 11 minutes after Nathan Hannay had been held up over the line.

Almost instantly Honiton scored again when number eight Josh Rice ran in under the posts after great play from the restart involving Adam Thompson and Jake Smith. Steer converted again to make it 17-0 after just 13 minutes.

Centre Steer added another penalty four minutes later before winger Ben Webber scored a fine try down the right wing to make it 25-0.

And on the stroke of half-time, Honiton bagged a fourth try when  hooker Rob Price ran in to score under the posts after great play by veteran Nick Guilbert to give his side a 32-0 lead at the interval.

Honiton added another touch-down within two minutes of the restart when Hannay went over and Steer again converted.

Plymstock did response this time with a try by player-coach and hooker Aiden Taylor, who scored in the right corner after the ball came lose from a line-out. David Byng brilliantly converted from the touchline to make it 39-7.

The visitors were reduced to 14 players when Tom Richards was yellow carded for a high tackle and two minutes later Honiton scored again with Hannay bagging his second.

Plymstock did end the game on the front-foot and late on Richards scored after a good break down the wing by Taylor.