BARNSTAPLE are as good as in the South West Two promotion play-offs now after winning 19-0 at Brixham. Brixham had defeated long-time leaders Exmouth in their preceding home game and Barum were anxious not to suffer the same fate. Barnstaple 'won' the fir

BARNSTAPLE are as good as in the South West Two promotion play-offs now after winning 19-0 at Brixham.Brixham had defeated long-time leaders Exmouth in their preceding home game and Barum were anxious not to suffer the same fate.Barnstaple 'won' the first half with ease and held on to what they had in the second.Exmouth's win over third-placed Taunton left the Somerset side three points behind Barum with six to play for. The maths say it's not over yet, but in the real world it's going to be an Exmouth-Barnstaple one-two now.Barnstaple claimed two first-half tries while Brixham were down to 13 men after Adam Thomas followed Ewan Campbell into the sin-bin. The impressive Jack Elliott scored the first and the hirsuite Simon Watkins claimed the second. Neil Giddy managed one of the conversions.Paul Scheres dashed in under the posts for Barum in the second half after Barnstaple failed to tidy up at the back and were made to pay.Barnstaple's win at Brixham means they stay four points behind leaders Exmouth, three points ahead of third-placed Taunton and on course for the play-offs.Kevin Squire, Barnstaple's head coach and director of rugby, said it wasn't a pretty game but he was happy with the win."We played a high-tempo pick-and-drive game in the first half that enabled us to make the hard yards," said Squire."When we were 12-0 up at half time with the wind and the slope in our favour for the second half, we expected to rattle up the points, but it didn't happen for us."Barum are away to Paignton this Sunday in the semi-finals of the Rhino Devon Senior Cup.l BACK-row powerhouse Sam Harris collected a hat-trick as Cullompton powered past Bideford 43-8 in the Cornwall & Devon Division.For Bideford, Ollie Wickett kicked a penalty and launched the cross-kick that led to Sam Holt dotting down.l Torrington 2nd XV put in a strong display to beat Ilfracombe Mariners 25-6.Blaine Quinlan opened Torrie's scoring with a penalty. Ilfracombe replied with two penalties.Just before the break, after some strong driving play, Torringon's Nic Nooth went in under the posts for a try he also converted.With the wind behind them in the second half, torrie continued to apply pressure. Centre Callum McRae scored a great solo try.Karl Howell, the other centre, scored after some neat handling.Torrie's final points came when hooker James Kendrew charged the last fivre metres after the pack had rolled up to the line.Plymouth Barbarians 2nd XV visit Torrington this Saturday.l Barnstaple U14s lost to Ivybridge 15-3 in the Devon Cup semi-final. Barnstaple conceded a converted try in the first minute. Ivybridge added a penalty five minutes later. The Barnstaple forwards tackled well and frequently troubled Ivybridge with powerful drives.Max Curtis scored before half time leaving Barnstaple 10-3.The second half was a war of attrition. With five minutes left, Ivybridge scored again.Barnstaple U12s played some fantastic rugby but ended up losing 35-7 to Okehampton. Just before half time, Man of the Match Jacob Trott powered over to score his first try for Barnstaple. The try was converted by Sean Davies to give Barum a 7-0 lead at half time. After the break it was a different story. Tired legs and missed tackles allowed Okehampton to pile up the tries.New players in this age group from school year seven are always welcome at the club.Training is at the club on Friday evenings 6.30pm-8pm. For more information contact Peter Dunbavin on (01598) 710277.The U11s returned to winning ways by beating Okehampton 49-7. Tries were scored by Joseph Caley, Robbie Hume (2), Alexie Bulpett, Alex Savage, Nathaniel Bayet and Niall Deasy. Hume and Barnaby Meadocroft kicked the conversions.