Tuesday, September 17, 2013
This week’s local rugby round-up
BARNSTAPLE came back once but couldn’t do it twice at Weston, where they went down 36-17 in National Three South West,
Weston hared into a 16-0 lead before Barum cut the leeway one, but from 19-12 the Seasiders pulled away to win with ease.
“Weston did the simple things well and we didn’t,” said Barum player-coach Steve Perry.
“The disappointing thing was we made too many errors and let ourselves down as we are a better side than that.”
Fly-half James Mackay gave the Seasiders an early lead with the first of his four penalties, and he was soon converting a try by wing Harry Jones.
Two further penalties by Mackay took the score to 16-0, but an accurate grubber kick by Barnstaple number ten Steve Perry produced a try for full-back Will Topps.
Just before the break, an 80-metre sprint by wing Ryan Brand almost gave the visitors a second try.
Early in the second half Weston wasted a good chance and the visitors replied with a try by centre Ryan Carter.
Topps converted to make the score 19-12, but Weston pulled away in the final quarter with tries by centre Stan Smee, lock Dave Bufton and scrum-half Dan Waldon, full-back Harvey Skelton adding a single conversion.
In between, Barnstaple picked up a try by replacement Luke Berry.
Barum are at home to Amersham this Saturday.
BIDEFORD’S harsh introduction to South West One continued with a 38-12 defeat by visiting St Austell.
St Austell trailed for most of the first half and only got in front just before the break.
Once ahead St Austell had to defend hard as Bideford poured forward looking for a way back,
St Austell saw out the danger then broke away to score the first of four tries that killed the game.
Bideford went ahead with a third-minute try from George Snell that Pat Sanders converted.
More Bideford pressure led to James Scott crossing on 11 minutes.
Paul Winterbottom put Saints on the board in the 20th minute when he ran off and over with a free-kick for not straight in the scrum. Matt Shepherd converted.
Right on the whistle debutant Ashley Taylor raced over and Shepherd converted again.
The turning point in the second half was a try by Curtis Newberry following a Sam Tank interception.
Tank then fended off the home defence to score a try if his own.
St Austell finished with a flourish in the last ten minutes as Hugh Noot and Shepherd scored a try each, the former converted by the latter.
Bideford will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat when they visit Camborne on Saturday.
SOUTH MOLTON won 32-14 at Salcombe, where a controversial incident swung the Devon One match.
Salcombe scored in the first half through flanker Rich Gregson while South Molton celebrated a first try of clubcareer for David Kift.
A score from Dan Smith saw the visitors narrowly in front at the break.
Further tries were traded in the second half with centre Anthony Squire crossing for Salcombe and Ollie Shaddick for South Molton.
With the match evenly poised, still only three points between the sides, a clearance kick struck one of the trees overhanging the pitch.
Most players stopped expecting a line-out but South Molton’s Courtney Lucas picked up the loose ball, which the referee adjudged had been kept in play be the tree, and ran unopposed to the line.
The hosts’ heads dropped resulting in further tries for Smith and Luke Doyle as the visitors pulled away.
South Molton are back on the road to Devon new boys Old Technicians this Saturday.
TORRINGTON lost their Devon Two opener against visiting Plymouth Argaum 26-11.
The home side, relegated from Devon One last season, took the lead through a Sam Britten penalty but a sublime kick ahead and gather from Argaum’s Tom Richards earned their first try of the game.
Britten added another penalty but a try from Jake Turfrey ensured Argaum lead at the break.
Tom Gooch responded with a try for Torrington but Richard’s boot kept his side in control with three successful penalties before a superb break and offload from debutant flanker Jamie Burton set up a final score for Luke Kenny.
ILFRACOMBE had no game last Saturday. Their league season starts this weekend when they go to Tamar Saracens.