BARNSTAPLE U16s warmed up for Sunday’s derby date at Bideford (11am) with a 48-0 win over Exeter Saracens.
Jordan Petherbridge latched on to recycled ball from Jacob Nash to go over for the opening try, which he then converted.
Barnstaple controlled play up to half time and stormed into a commanding lead with tries from No.8 Jake Meredith, Liam Ellis and a storming finish by Theo Seel-Kent.
Petherbridge kept nudging kicks over to give him a final tally of 18 points.
The second half carried on in much the same way with the front five working hard, in particular Kieron Morgan who drove over for the opening try of the second half.
Nash scored from a trademark breaks, which just left time for Dom Thorne to dot down for the last try of the game.
Petherbridge decided to test himself once more and slotted a great, long-range penalty to close the game out,
TORRINGTON U16 lost 12-0 to South Molton in their opening University of Exeter U16 Legaue game.
Molton were ahead after six minutes, but Torrie shored up their defence to keep the Blacks out until half time.
Front rowers Peter White and Nick Waterson and flankers Tim Parkinson and Brandon Ovey repeatedly denied South Molton
The second half started the same as the first with South Molton hitting hard and driving over the line for another early try.
This time it was the turn of Torries backs to step up in defence. Man of the match Shane Roach in the centre was a one-man tackling machine while fly half Harry Stark had his fair share of impact.
Towards the end of the game Torries backs tried breaking through South Molton’s defence. But runs from scrum-half Danny Cannon, winger Ashley Goodhead and replacement winger Donald Gill didn’t get them over the line.
BARNSTAPLE Colts lost 27-3 to a more experienced Okehampton side with a large contingent of second-year players in their squad.
Barnstaple started well in defence with some good tackling by Alex Priest and Peter Keighley.
Line-outs and scrums were a problem and it was only a matter of time before Okes cashed in.
Poor midfield defence didn’t help and by half time Barum were 13-0 down.
Priest and Lewis Goss put in 110 per cent after the break to keep Okes at bay, but with the defensive line staggered the visitors’ winger ran a good line to score,
Goss added a penalty in the last few minutes as Barnstaple started to put some pressure on the Okehampton line, but it was all to late.
The Barnstaple front five will have gained a lot of experience from this with four of the five being new to colts rugby and performing reasonably well under a lot of pressure.
Charlie Bishop at outside centre looked threatening the small number of times the ball reached him.
Man of the Match went to Priest and there were good performances from Will Falkiner, James Hack, Goss, Danny Giblett and Lee Casinelli.
BIDEFORD U13s got their season off to a good start with a 35-15 win at South Molton.
Some good rugby was played by both sides in wet conditions. Bideford’s try scorers were Jack Willes, Jordan Brent, Jordan Taylor, Kai Abbott and Alex Hannam, who scored a try hat-trick.