Colts move into top three

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE Colts took maximum points from a 22-5 win at Paignton to put themselves in to the top three in the league with a bonus point for scoring four tries.

Barnstaple started well and with some good running and handling skills probably had the edge on the home side in the early stages.

From a catch and drive at a line-out, Barum drove the Paignton pack back and hooker Callum Dovell scored his first try in colts rugby.

Time was running out in the first half when Paignton piled on the pressure and scored a corner try.

The second half was a different game with Barnstaple tactically out smarting their opponents with a sound game plan that paid dividends with three unanswered tries.

Ben Vellacott caught a high ball from Paignton and with some super running skills he jinked his way to the line to score

Vellacott scored again when he chip-kicked a penalty over the dozing Paignton defence and ran down the bouncing ball to score.

Neat handling from the backs put Justin Southam in space to get past the cover defence.

The forwards who shined were Lee Casinelli, who put in his best performance of the season, Peter Keighley with tackle after tackle, Rory Slee again performing well and Danny Giblett.

Vellacott and Southam took joint man of the match for their creativity in scoring three of the four Barum tries.