What a difference a week made for Barnstaple’s Jarrard Hayler.
Barnstaple travelled to London Irish Wild Geese on Saturday, where they lost 37-22.
Seven days earlier, Hayler was making a guest appearance off the bench for Premiership side Saracens in their Anglo-Welsh Cup tie at Exeter, in front of 12,000-plus spectators.
Spool forward a week and he was back in National League Two South action with Barnstaple, playing in front of 125 supporters.
With both sides hovering just above the relegation places, this would have been a good one for Barnstaple to win.
As Barum have only won away from home twice this season, at bottom two sides Broadstreet and Wimbledon, the signs weren’t encouraging.
Hayler slipped in for a try on five minutes to put Barum ahead. Gwyn Parks kicked the conversion.
The first half was nip and tuck with the Geese edging it 13-10, Parks kicking a penalty for Barum on 24 minutes.
The second half started badly for Barum as the Geese scored three tries in a 10-minute spell to go 30-10 up.
Ryan Carter got a try back for Barnstaple on 64 minutes and Luke Berry added another on 70, but a fourth try to earn a point eluded Barum.
Barnstaple are back at Pottington this Saturday, with Redingensians the visitors.