BARNSTAPLE beat Launceston 8-0 in a friendly picked up at short notice when scheduled opponents Exeter Chiefs were redirected to Jersey to play in a cup match. Barnstaple started brightly, and won a penalty after five minutes which was not converted. Laun

BARNSTAPLE beat Launceston 8-0 in a friendly picked up at short notice when scheduled opponents Exeter Chiefs were redirected to Jersey to play in a cup match.Barnstaple started brightly, and won a penalty after five minutes which was not converted.Launceston began to dominate, but Barum's defence was sound and broke up every attack.It was slightly against the run of play when Barnstaple won a couple of phases of ball, giving fly half Luke Berry the chance to crash over to score a try.In the second half, Barum began to exert control over the game. Their pack was dominant in the line-out and equal to Launceston's pack in the scrum and contact situations.Barum's replacement fly-half Tom Pearce made an excellent break to run 30 metres but the final pass went astray five metres from the try line.A maul took Barum close to he Launceton try line and it was inevitable they would score again sooner or later. Scrum-half Tristan Lincoln-Gordon obliged with a penalty.Both sides played to a high standard and were a credit to their clubs.