BARNSTAPLE sidestepped a potential banana skin at Paignton to win 36-17 and book a place in next month's Rhino Devon Senior Cup final. Waiting for Barum in the final are Exmouth, who defeated holders Torquay 13-6 in the other semi-final. The game is at Ex
BARNSTAPLE sidestepped a potential banana skin at Paignton to win 36-17 and book a place in next month's Rhino Devon Senior Cup final.Waiting for Barum in the final are Exmouth, who defeated holders Torquay 13-6 in the other semi-final. The game is at Exmouth on Saturday, April 5.Barnstaple bossed the game in almost every department for the first 20 minutes to shoot into an unassailable 21-0 lead. The Cherries stopped Barnstaple running away with the game in the second half by looking after the ball far better. They outscored Barnstaple two tries to one as well to claim a small moral victory.Barnstaple were ahead after just three minutes thanks to a try by slippery full-back Paul Scheres that Neil Giddy converted.On 16 minutes, Barum right-wing Mark Galliford to score an opportunist try from the half-way line. Giddy converted.Barnstaple attacked from the restart, Paignton failed to deal with danger inside their own 22 and Scheres wriggled through for a second try. Giddy converted again.Paignton reversed the one-way traffic with a try in the corner by stand-off James Onslow after Barum gave away a couple of penalties close to their own line.Barnstaple finished the first half on a high note with Galliford scoring again and scrum half Dan Frost following up behind Matt Slee to claim a poacher's try from close range.Less than two minutes into the second half the Paignton defence opened to allow Slee in for a try set up by Jack Elliott's first break.Paignton responded almost immediately with No.8 Pete Mortimore charging over from a quickly taken tap penalty.After that there was no try scoring action until two minutes from time when Paignton prop Tim Brazier made the hard yards for replacement scrum-half Liam Talbot to cash in. Onslow converted"Our plan was to get stuck into them straight away and kill the game off early," said Barnstaple coach Kevin Squire."When we went 36-5 up with a try straight after half time, my lads switched off a bit as everyone on the ground new the game was over. Credit to Paignton though. They didn't roll over and die for us, which other sides in the same situation might have done.