Tuesday, October 8, 2013
This weekend’s rugby round-up
SOMETIMES wins have to be ground out against dogged opposition and Barnstaple’s 24-19 verdict over visiting Worcester Wanderers was one of those occasions.
Barnstaple were ahead from the second minute onwards when skipper Winston James was mauled over for a try that Will Topps converted.
Most of the second half was spent with Barum 24-12 up and by the time Wanderers scored in the last minute it was too late to make a difference.
James’ opener was quickly answered by a try from Tom Dodge for the visitors.
Topps converted his own try then a penalty as Barnstaple went 17-5 up by the break.
Eight minutes into the second half Warriors trimmed the leeway when James Tinther got over and Dodge converted for 17-12.
Scrum-half James Bath was next over for Barum, Matt Down kicking the extra points for 24-12.
That’s how it remained until a minute from time when Warriors wing Chris Jenkins steamed over for Dodge to add the extras.
Barnstaple’s joint coach Steve Perry was happy to take the win, but felt the margin of victory could have been wider.
“There was plenty of endeavour on our part and we deserved to win,” said Perry.
“But we set ourselves high standards and to only win by five points was disappointing.
“We ended up grinding out a win in a game we should have won far more comfortably.”
Barnstaple are at home to Bracknell this Saturday.
BARNSTAPLE did the double over Torquay Athletic in Devon Merit Table games.
The Tics beat Torquay Extras 66-22 on the Recreation Ground and the Buccaneers triumphed 60-10 over Torquay Quins at Torre Valley North.
TWO tries from Johnny Bond were among the few highlights for Barnstape U13s in a 43-15 Devon Cup exit at Okehampton.
The damage was done in the first half when Barum went 22-0 down – three of the tries coming in a six-minute spell before the break.
Two more tries put Okes over the horizon at 36-0 up – then Barum finally got on the board.
Bond scored twice in the last 10 minutes and Tom Ballinger chipped in with a try as well. Okes had one more try in them.
Barnstaple U10s sent two sides to South Molton – Rhinos and Scorpions – and brought home a brace of wins.
Excellent team work provided two tries each for Joe Hill and Zac Wheaton in a 22-0 win for the Rhinos. With a constant display of all-round hard work, Reuben Faulkner was man of the match
Tries from Alex Hookway (2) and Toby Clarke paved the way for the Scorpions to win their game 15-5.
Man of the match for Barnstaple was Thomas Thorne.
BIDEFORD got off the mark at last in South West One with a 17-15 win at Cullompton.
Cullompton gave away too many penalties in the opening exchanges and Neil Giddy potted three of them for a 9-0 Bideford lead after 10 minutes.
Adam Pearce got on back on 13 minutes while Giddy hit the woodwork on 23 after Cully new boy Martin Keeward had been sent to the cooler.
Pearce got it back to 9-6 on 34 minutes.
Cully thought they were ahead when Josh Wooff went through, but the referee said no try,
Cullompton had to settle for another Pearce penalty to make it 9-9 at the break.
Pearce and Giddy swapped penalties after the interval for 12-all.
Midway through the half Bideford replacement Andy Baxter was mauled in for a try.
Pearce landed one more penalty, but there was no way back in the nine minutes left.
Sidmouth, who are down in the bottom three with Bideford, visit King George’s this Saturday.
SOUTH Molton were undone by a golden oldie when they lost 17-16 to visiting Topsham in the Devon One top-off-the-table clash at Unicorn Park.
South Molton were 16-14 with a couple of minutes to go when they gave away a penalty.
Up stepped former Bath and Exeter scrum-half Ricky Pellow, now conditioning coach for the Chiefs., to stroke over the winning kick.
Topsham might have feared the worst as they fell behind on three occasions over the course of the match.
First when Steve Ayre slotted an early penalty for South Molton and although Lewis Pippen’s try, converted by Pellow, put them in front two further penalties from Ayre saw the hosts ahead at the break.
The visitors were back in front when full-back Russ Sayer joined the back line to finish off a flowing move. Pellow added the conversion.
South Molton responded by bringing on No.8 Dan Smith and what followed was the familiar sight of Smith powering over for a try, converted by Ayre.
Trailing by two points into the closing stages it looked like being another winless excursion for Topsham until Pellow’s crucial late strike.
South Molton have no league game this Saturday.
Buckfastleigh demonstrated their Devon Two promotion credentials with an impressive 34-21 win at Ilfracombe.
Two early penalties from Harry Laity and a score under the posts from Greg Robinson gave the Ramblers a great start and although Rob Holmes responded with a try for Ilfracombe the visitors added another Laity penalty and a try from Matt Partridge before the break.
The home side mounted a comeback in the second half with tries from Byron Montague and Billy Morley-Williams bringing them within six points before Chris Tester’s late clinching try for Buckfastleigh.
Ilfracombe are away to Devonport High School Old Boys this Saturday.
Torrington, who had no game last weekend, go to Tamar Saracens.