Barnstaple, Bideford and Ilfracombe beaten, but good wins for Torrington and South Molton.

Things can only get better for Barnstaple against visiting Bury St Edmonds this Saturday (2.30pm) after the 52-3 drubbing handed out by Taunton last time out.

Barum and Taunton were two from two going into the game, which was an early season top-of-the-table clash.

Well before the end of the first half, there was only going to be one outcome as Taunton piled on the tries.

By half-time, the lead was 34-3 to Taunton. Jake Murphy had kicked a penalty for Barnstaple.

Conditions deteriorated in the second half as bad weather set in, but Taunton adapted quickly and kept the ball in hand to add two more tries and three further goals.

Winston James, the Barnstaple captain, had no complaints about the result.

“We made lots of basic errors and Taunton were very clinical,” he said.

Bideford’s winning form deserted them when they suffered a 57-31 away to defeat at Clevedon on Saturday.

Clevedon, beaten heavily in their first two games, had a stronger side out – and it showed in the shape of nine tries on the board.

Bideford more than played their part in an entertaining encounter, but ran out of puff in the second half after getting back to 19-all just after the break.

After going behind to a first-minute try, Bideford turned the tables to go 12-5 up.

Rob Elliott scored a try, then Chris Snell kicked the goal after Dave Evans crossed, but by half time Clevedon were 19-12 ahead.

Snell kicked Bideford level after Richie Norman followed up a charge down to score.

Clevedon then put the game beyond Bideford. A penalty try got Bideford up to 36-25, but no closer.

All Bideford could muster as the tries piled up against them late on were two more Snell penalties.

After wins over Thornbury and Bridgwater, the Bideford management were hoping for something similar at Clevedon.

“Very disappointed to lose a game we should have won,” said team manager Bradley Goaman.

“Our attacking play was very good, producing some great tries. With 15 minutes to go we were only five points behind Clevedon.

“Our tackling was very poor to say the least, letting in some easy tries for Clevedon. Rob Elliott and Will Copp played very well.”

So, room for improvement when Cullompton visit King George V this Saturday afternoon.

Torrington needed some good news after two defeats and a clubhouse break-in - and got it in more ways than one in a 29-8 win at Pirates Amateurs.

Pirates were briefly 8-5 up – Callum Gardner with a try, Liam Lonsdale with a penalty – but by half-time trailed 15-8.

Torrie went on to score five tries to take home a bonus point too.

Leading the way with two tries was Jamie Todd with two tries and a couple of conversions.

Ben Hooper, Tom Gooch and Ben Sawyer all had a try each.

Thousands of pounds of damage was done by vandals at Torrington’s clubhouse recently when virtually every window was smashed and the interior wrecked.

The West Country rugby community has been quick to get involved. Pirates presented Torrie with £100 towards repair costs before the game.

A donation of £300 has been promised by Sidmouth towards repair costs. Torrie official Mark Waterson said the response from Devon rugby had been heart-warming.

“A crowd funding page was set up almost immediately and, to date, has raised around £6,000,” said Mark.

“Devon RFU has sent £240 and, together with other donations, we should cover the cost of repairs more than adequately.”

Plymouth Argaum visit Donnacroft this Saturday.

George Whiting scored four tries as South Molton made it three wins out of three in Pool A of the David Butt Trophy by beating Ilfracombe 55-5.

South Molton led 47-0 at the break, but lost their way second half and could only add one more try.

Molton’s other try scorers were Dan Smith, Ben Gatehouse, David Kift and Ben Ward.

Ben Smart kicked seven conversions and a second-half penalty.

Ilfracombe go to North Tawton this Saturday. South Molton journey to Topsham.