Rugby roundup

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE U16s trounced Exeter 56-0 in a University of Exeter League game – with a little help from the U15s.

A Devon game was due to be played on Sunday, which would have left Barum short handed for the fixture, so the U15s were drafted in.

When the Devon game was called off the coaches kept some of the U15s in the squad in recognition of their commitment to the cause. They did not disappoint.

Hooker Jo Dimelow put in a good performance with some strong runs and gritty work in the tight.

In all there were 10 tries scored with blind-side flanker and Man of the Match Josh Beech keeping up his rich vein of form with a hat trick of tries.

Another big performer was Michael Peek who went over for the first try in the first 10 minutes.

Running rugby on a near perfect pitch saw Ben Ward score. Calum Sumners put in a very good shift and dashed over from 25 metres for a try.

Barum were 25-0 up at half time and put on all seven of its replacements with Jacob Nash, Dan Barrett and James Newman joining U15 team-mate Dimelow on the pitch.

Scott Warren once again stormed through the middle ground and went over under the posts which was then converted.

From a ruck 10 metres out James Hack was the first to react, picking up and driving over to dot down.

The ninth try came from a run by Nash who darted over from 30 metres run to go under the posts and leave an easy conversion.

Sam Roach brushed away all defenders to score under the posts to score try number ten, one of three converted by Dan Barratt.

Barnstaple U12s lost 21-19 at frosty Topsham a close-matched game. The team put in a great performance just missing out in the final minutes.

Barum’s U11s drew 21-all at Topsham against the team who are county champions in their age group.

Poor weather and illness resulted in Barnstaple just about fielding a side to face Topsham.

Barum youngsters played some of their best rugby of the season to lead 21-7 at half time. Topsham came back to snatch a draw in the second half.

Barum U14s showed the strength of their squad despite many regular players being unavailable to beat Exeter 50-0.

Good skills led to tries from Sam Roberts, Isaac Hydleman, Zac Davey, Nat Bayet, Robbie Hume, Callum Ford and two from newcomer Rhys Morrison. Conversions were kicked by Hydleman and Hume.

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BARNSTAPLE U12s lost 21-19 at frosty Topsham, just missing out in the final minutes. Barum’s U11s drew 21-21 at Topsham against the team who are county champions in their age group. The youngsters played some of their best rugby of the season to lead 21-7 at half time, but Topsham came back strong in the second half. Barum U14s showed the strength of their squad despite many regular players being unavailable to beat Exeter 50-0. Tries came from Sam Roberts, Isaac Hydleman, Zac Davey, Nat Bayet, Robbie Hume, Callum Ford and two from newcomer Rhys Morrison. Conversions were kicked by Hydleman and Hume.

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BARNSTAPLE are facing a mini fixture pile up already after having a second successive game called off.

Saturday’s home game against Redingensians was postponed after an 8.30 pitch inspection by Braunton-based referee Dean Davies.

Redingensians had been pressing since Thursday for a decision on the ground, but Barum left it as late as possible in the hope of getting the game on.

Davies ruled the ground was too badly frozen in places to be safe and there was no guarantee it would be fit by kick-off time.

Redingensians sent an official down to Pottington anyway. His view was the ground was playable after lunch – and he wasted no time telling Barum officials.

Martin Mogford, the Barnstaple chairman, was unmoved though and said the right decision had been made.

Barnstaple now have two games to catch up on as they were called off against Chinnor the previous Saturday, but only found out when they had reached Taunton on the way there.

Barum are due to visit promotion-chasing Bournemouth this Saturday - weather permitting!

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