DAN Ewing scored a hat-trick of tries from No.8 as Barnstaple crushed Bideford 57-3 in the North Devon derby at Pottington Road on Boxing Day. A crowd nudging the 2,000-mark no doubt included a few casual spectators hoping that All Black Jerry Collins wou
DAN Ewing scored a hat-trick of tries from No.8 as Barnstaple crushed Bideford 57-3 in the North Devon derby at Pottington Road on Boxing Day.A crowd nudging the 2,000-mark no doubt included a few casual spectators hoping that All Black Jerry Collins would turn out for Barum. He didn't.That disappointment was quickly forgotten though as Barnstaple took the game by the scruff of the neck to underline exactly what the North Devon pecking order is these days.Bideford are two divisions below Barnstaple at the moment, but if Barum coach Kevin Squire has his way his team will add another division to the gap by the end of the season.It was largely one-way traffic, with few festive favours on offer to Bideford. Squire said it was nothing personal, but his men had a point to prove."We wanted to show just how good our current side is and I think we achieved that," he said. "Our last couple of games against Bideford have been close affairs - we've won them, but not by much - but I wanted us to show we have moved onwards and upwards."Other try scorers for Barnstaple were Neil Giddy, Matt Slee, Mark Galliford, Dan Frost, Jamie Lewis and Danny Gross. Giddy did the kicking.Tucker touch-downsBrothers Luke and Josh Tucker were South Molton's try scorers in their 12-0 derby win over Torrington. Adam Crispin kicked the only conversion to go over.League rugby returns this Saturday with a full programme of fixtures for four of the five North Devon clubs.Barnstaple resume their promotion push in South West Two with a trip to Bristol to take on St Mary's Old Boys.Bideford should pick up two points in the Cornwall & Devon Division when they visit bottom side Teignmouth.Torrington have the afternoon off in Devon One as scheduled opponents Woodland Fort have disbanded. South Molton are away to Topsham.Ilfracombe's Devon Two promotion drive resumes when they go to third-placed Buckfastleigh Ramblers.