North Devon rugby roundup

Joseph Bulmer

Barum in top gear.

BARNSTAPLE geared up for the Devon derby at Newton Abbot this Saturday with a businesslike 45-0 win over Newbury win

Newbury – who didn’t have enough players to fill the bench – looked resigned to relegation and were behind inside five minutes.

Hard work in defence by the Blues kept Barum to a 19-0 interval lead, but after the break the home side cut loose in the final quarter.

Will Topps was first on the board for Barum, followed by speedster Linford Brock then centre Ryan Carter while Blues had a man in the sin-bin.

Neil Giddy converted two out of three.

Blues had another player binned early in the second half, but managed to avoid conceding.

Pressure had to tell sooner or later and on 65 minutes Newbury gave away a penalty try. Then the floodgates opened.

Luke Berry, Toby Williamson and No.8 Dan Lee all crossed in the last 12 minutes with Giddy only missing one kick.

Barnstaple’s director of rugby Kevin Squire had one complaint about the win, which was: “It should have been more.”

Said Squire: “Without being disrespectful to Newbury, they were a poor team and we did not play as well as we can.

“With all the ball we had we should have scored more tries, but for a side with seven under 20s in it they did alright.

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BIDEFORD picked a five-point maximum by beating Exeter Saracens 26-5.

They could not have wished for a brighter start as James Buckland and Jono Mock combined to put Sam Olde over straight from the kick-off. Ollie Wickett converted.

Olde then had a hand in a try for Dave Slee, who slipped over by the flag.

When the ball went down the line to Chris Snell, he scooped up an ankle-high pass and scooted for the line. Wickett converted for 19-0 at half time.

There was no further scoring until the 69th minute when Bideford conceded a penalty try. Dan Chalmers drop-kick conversion was blown off course.

Eight minutes from time Bideford secured the bonus point try when Olde released Nathan Giddy to run through by the posts to leave Wickett a simple kick.

Braunton whistleman Dean Davies suffered a leg injury in the last 10 minutes, which required extensive treatment before he was able to continue.

Bideford visit lowly Ivbridge this Saturday.

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TORRINGTON were hoping for more than a losing bonus point against Plymouth Barbarians, but it was not to be.

A forward push-over led to prop Adrian Avery scoring a rare try for Torrie.

On the half hour Tom Richards popped over a penalty in reply for the Barbarians.

The game was won and lost at 10-5 after the break when Barbarians Eddie McKinlay was driven over for Richards to kick the goal points.

Torrie threw all they had at the visitors without success, even though they were a man down with Dane Warwyck in the sin bin.

Torrington go to Cornwall & Devon promotion tips Tavistock this Saturday.

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South Molton had not game last Saturday. Devon One action returns with an outing to St Columba.

Ilfracombe resume their quest for the second promotion place in Devon Two by travelling to Plympton-Victoria.

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