BARNSTAPLE U16s remain unbeaten in the Landscapes League after beating Tavistock 25-12 in their first game for a month. The lack of match practice was obvious as the lads took a time to get going. Other than at the line-outs, Tavvy were winning the set sc

BARNSTAPLE U16s remain unbeaten in the Landscapes League after beating Tavistock 25-12 in their first game for a month.The lack of match practice was obvious as the lads took a time to get going.Other than at the line-outs, Tavvy were winning the set scrums and most of the rucks and mauls.Barum's defence was fierce and committed and when the ball was spun out to the backs, Barnstaple had the advantage. Jamie Todd and Rob Elliott both scored from the backs' superiority of pace and size and Jake Thompson made an impressive comeback from a broken ankle earlier in the season with some fine defence and bullocking runs. The Barum pack of forwards had to dig deep and were ably led by Josh Davie who disrupted and slowed down Tavistock possession in the loose. Tavistock were unable to break down Barum's defence sufficiently to ever get a grip on the game and they trailed 15-5 at the break.As well as the two Barnstaple tries, Joe Parrish kicked a penalty and a conversion.It was more of the same in the second half with Tavvy putting on all the pressure. When Barum broke out, Elliott was put into space and his pace got him over the try line.Further pressure from Tavvy resulted in a try for them and the score was 20-12.Barum brought on Ross Millar for Tom Phillips and he was immediately involved in a drive for the Tavvy line that produced the killer try.