BARNSTAPLE had the cold comfort of a bonus point to take home from Weston after going down 32-31. Weston trailed 31-25 with time running out and it seemed Barum had done enough. But a try in the corner by George Wright and a matchwinning conversion by
BARNSTAPLE had the cold comfort of a bonus point to take home from Weston after going down 32-31.
Weston trailed 31-25 with time running out and it seemed Barum had done enough. But a try in the corner by George Wright and a matchwinning conversion by James Mackay snatched it for the home side.
Grant Tuhakariana, Neilson Webber and Gareth Espin scored Barum's tries. Joe Wearne goaled two and three penalties.
Barnstaple are on the road again this Saturday when they visit Bournemouth.
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TORRINGTON went down 16-14 to Falmouth in their opening Cornwall & Devon game.
Torrie were ahead until five minutes from time when Matt Horton kicked a penalty to put 14-man Falmouth in front.
Falmouth played much of the second half a man short after having a player sent off for fighting.
Torrington were 7-6 up at half time thanks to a Luke Hoyle try that Andy Manning converted.
Torrington's second try was scored by Luke Bament from a maul.
Next up for Torrington is a trip to St Austell.
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BIDEFORD overcame a hesitant start to beat Withycombe 29-13.
Mark Schofield scored two tries and there were singles for James Buckland and Peter Hockridge.
Dave Slee, back in the area after playing in National Three South West for Chippenham last season, kicked two conversion.
Bideford are away again on Saturday, this time to Crediton
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BARNSTAPLE made an impressive start to their Landscapes League campaign with a 44-0 win over Crediton.
Tries in the first half went to Scott Warren, Iwan Williams and Justin Southam with a brilliant individual 70-metre run from a restart.
With a 15-0 lead at half time, Barnstaple came out and put together a number of good team tries.
The first was after a mazy run by Ben Vellacott. Then Ben Ward on the right wing finished off a handling move the first team would have been proud of.
The other tries fell to James Hack, Charlie Bishop and George Houlford with Calum Sumners and Vellacott adding a conversion each.
Man of the match was Ed Harrison.
The U14s opened the season with an emphatic 48-7 win over Somerset rivals Hornets.
The Barum pack was dominant and regularly drove the big Hornets scrum backwards.
Try scorers were Robbie Hume, Nat Bayet, Zac Davie, Isaac Hydleman, Kipper Sluman and Owain Hughes.
Conversions were kicked by Robbie Hume and Sam Roberts.
The U13s' first game of the season was a long trip up the M5 to Gordano.
It was well worth the journey though as Barum played some exciting and entertaining rugby on the way to a 49-10 win.
Barum were the bigger side and soon began to dominate.
A solid scrum gave the platform for the backs who, despite being a little rusty, were soon scoring tries. The interval score of 5-32 was a fair reflection of the half.
The try scorers were Alfie Pennyfield, Rob Squires, Austin White (3), William Swales, Spencer Merrifield, Matthew Symons and Luke Harris. Conversions were added by White and Symons.
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TORRINGTON'S pre-season training, paid off with an enthusiastic colts side beating South Molton 31-3.
Torrington opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes when Tom Gooch powered over through the centres. Sam Britton converted.
Ten minutes later Jack Andrews gathered a loose ball from a penalty move and powered over.
South Molton applied considerable pressure in the Torrington half and just before the break were rewarded with a penalty for there efforts.
In the second half Torrington's man of the match Gooch went though the centre, again, to score under the posts. Britton added the extras.
It stayed at 19-3 to Torrie until Ryan Knight broke through the line to score a try. Britton kicked the conversion.
With 10 minutes to go Andrews capitalised on some poor covering defence to score the final try of the game.
Torrington have built a good colts' squad over the past couple of years, but are always looking for new players. Anyone interested should call Paul Banfield on 07711 290125.
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