Saturday, October 6
Cornwall and Devon League
BUDE put in one of their best performances in recent times to end hotly-tipped Honiton’s unbeaten record at Bencoolen Meadow.
The visitors arrived in North Cornwall with four wins from four and a remarkable points difference of plus 232, however the home side had other ideas as they turned around a 17-14 deficit at the break to dominate the second-half and pick up their fifth win from six games to start the season.
Bude made three changes from their 63-14 victory at Hayle as the unavailable Chris Allin, Tremaine Fry and Rory Hodges were replaced by Adam Black, Charlie Watton and Kyle Speare, who was making a return to the club.
Simon Jeffery and James Comber came on to the bench for Barry Sobey and Andy Yates.
The first 15 minutes saw Honiton dominate most of the possession but fail to find a way past Bude’s well-drilled defence.
And they were left to rue their failure to score as Bude broke away to secure the game’s opening try.
A turnover in their own 22 allowed hooker Jason Bolt to pass the ball out to player/coach Angus Hodges who this week was playing at seven but was close to the wing.
However he went on a remarkable run to beat full-back Ben Webber and score from over 70 metres. Olly Denford converted.
Five minutes later Bude doubled their advantage as a speculative up and under bounced on the Honiton ten-metre line.
Speare was the first to the ball, picked it up, ran around a couple of defenders and full-back Webber before scoring.
Honiton put 92 points past Withycombe seven days earlier and were dangerous with ball in-hand.
They got back into the game when an excellent backs move ended with Webber crossing.
Soon after he struck a penalty to make it 14-10 and they ended up going into half-time with the lead in somewhat odd circumstances.
With Bude probing away in the visitors’ 22, fly-half Steve Yates’ pass was intercepted by winger Jake Smith who ran the length of the pitch to score.
The Cornishmen knew they needed the next try after half-time and it took them just five minutes.
Another dominant scrum ended with scrum-half Olly Mounce dotting down on the line.
Bude’s forwards were all over their opposite numbers and they were awarded a penalty try before the hour.
As Bude looked to work the ball out to the backs, blindside-flanker Louis Groves was adjudged to have deliberately knocked on resulting in a penalty try to make it 26-17.
It wasn’t long before Bude had their fifth try as Hodges again scored. Picking the ball up at the base of the ruck some 15 metres out, he ran through a gap at the ruck, again handed off Webber and dotted down. Denford converted once more and Bude were 21 points to the good.
Honiton got back into it through Nathan Hannay after the home side were sent back 30 metres by the referee for back chat while Mounce was sent to the sin-bin.
However Bude sealed it with the last play of the game as a driving maul from a lineout ended with prop Matt Williams crossing, which allowed Bude to leapfrog their opponents into third.
Hodges admitted it was one of the best performance since he took charge ahead of last season.
He said: “In the second-half I was delighted with us defensively and offensively and how we kept the ball and built pressure.
“To turn that pressure into points was great and we dominated them up the front and then when we spun the ball out wide we made lots of yards. So overall it was a very good all-round team performance for the full 80 minutes. Going into the game we knew they had a massive points difference so we expected a lot from them. But we had a good build-up and we believe that we can beat anyone at home in this league and we did it.”
Bude are in action on Saturday in the first-round of the Tribute Cornwall Cup at Wadebridge Camels.
Denford, Speare, Sharp, Watton, Horwell, S Yates, Mounce; Black, Bolt, Williams, Kingdon, Troke, F Fry, A Hodges, Aldridge
Replacements: Jeffery, Comber, Saxton
Tries: A Hodges 2, Speare, Mounce, penalty try, Williams
Convs: Denford 3
Bude’s man-of-the-match: Will Kingdon