BARNSTAPLE are already plotting their revenge on Exmouth after crashing out of the Devon Cup 29-8 to the Cockles in a Pottington Road semi-final.
Barum had high hopes of knocking out the holders and having a crack at regaining the trophy they won three years running until 2010.
After leading briefly thanks to a Josh Squire penalty, Barum fell behind and were 19-3 down before adding to their tally.
Two Exmouth tries killed Barum off and left director of rugby Kevin Squire with no complaints.
“We can’t blame bad luck, the conditions or any decisions not going our way,” said Squire, ‘We were beaten by a better side.’
“We were surprised by Exmouth’s physicality around the break down area – they smashed us backwards far too often,” said Squire.
Squire said Barum could not hide behind any excuses as they were beaten by a better team with a stronger will to win.”
“Since we played Exmouth earlier in the season in the league they have improved dramatically.
“We play then again in two weeks time in our last league game and now have a very clear idea what will be needed to beat them.”
Two Andrew Powell penalises wiped out Barum’s early lead and a try through the hands for Paul Morgan was converted by Powell for 13-3.
After a break in play while Exmouth lock Adam Wylie was treated for a chest injury then taken to hospital for a check over, Powell landed two more penalties.
A Ryan Carter try gave Barnstaple some hope, but not for long.
Exmouth’s Matt Garner went over in the corner then prop George Savage trundled over to put the result beyond doubt.
Barnstaple are at home to Exmouth Harlequins this Saturday.