BARNSTAPLE Colts won 34-20 at Tiverton in their opening Merit Table game of the season.

Scott Warren slotted an early penalty then Ben Ward ran in a try in the corner after sustained pressure by backs and the forwards

Another period of sustained pressure that brought about an opening for Justin Southam to go through the Tiverton backline and touch down

From a penalty near the home line, Reece Stacey darted over under the posts and with

Warren adding the conversion it finished 20 points to nil at half time.

The best move of the game, involving Ward and Keighley ended in Ward going over for Lewis Goss to convert.

Barum suddenly took their foot off the accelerator and paid by leaking three tries.

With the score at 20-27 it was game on for the last 10 minutes. Then the Barum tight five started to work again with captain Matt Gohl leading from the front Barnstaple secured the game.

Sumners switched with the ever alert Southam who went straight through the Tiverton back line to get the ball away to Danny Giblett who reached over the line to score and snuff out any thoughts Tiverton had of making a come back.

The Colts had warmed up for the season ahead with a 41-3 midweek win over West Buckland School.

Tries from Iwan Williams and Stacey put Barum 10-0 up at half time.

Southam crossed twice in the second half, Calum Sumners scored on, Alex Priest got another and Keighley ran in from 40 metres for the last.