TOM Clark scored a try hat-trick as Barnstaple U15s opened their French tour with a 56-10 win over R C Roubaix.
There wasn’t just a language barrier to overcome, but different laws, such as uncontested scrums and lifting in line-outs, which don’t apply this side of the Channel.
Harry Bayliss collected two tries and there was one for Matthew Symons, who converted five times as well.
Hallam Chapman got his reward for some good carries with a try and there was a score for Zach Venner-Houlford.
It wasn’t all attack as Jack Cloke and Alex Roberts showed up well defensively.
The touring party moved on to Armentieres on day two, where they drew 17-17.
Chapman put Barnstaple five points ahead after four minuntes, but the hosts soon levelled and by half time were 12-5 up.
Barnstaple got ahead in the second half thanks to Champman and Bayliss going over. Symons converted the second try.
Armentieres equalised with a try from the final play of the game.
Land Rover Challenge
Back at Pottington Road, Barnstaple U13s defeated Bude 36-10.
Try scorers were Dan Cattermole (2), Alfie May, Ross Swales, Connor Robson, Jack Chapman(1); converted by Stan Wilks.
Barnstaple U12s went out in the semi-finals of the Land Rover Challenge competition played at Exeter Chiefs Sandy Park ground.
Barum’s first game against Exeter Saracens was a exploratory 0-0 draw as both teams found their feet in the cold conditions.
After that Barum moved into gear with a 10-0 win over Honiton. Jon Bond and Dylan Gosling scored to set up a final game showdown with Plymstock for a group win and a place in the semi-finals.
A tense game followed as Plymstock only needed a draw but scrum-half Sam Smale broke the deadlock after sneaking down the blind side of the ruck late on in the second half.
Barum played Hayle in the semi-final but could not replicate their group stage form. They conceded their only two tries of the day to fall 10-0.
The U11s also took part in the Land Rover Challenge, but with less success as they lost 15-0 to Chiefs and 5-0 to Plymstock before beating Honiton 5-0.
High scoring youngsters
Barnstaple U10s were pipped 45-40 win by Bude.
After Ben Dinnis, James Draper and Daniel Trapnell all went close, Zac Adams surged over to leave a score in it.
Earlier, Henry Huxtable, Chris Loat, Ellis Rees (2), Tom Chapman (2), Tom Turner and all crossed for Barum.
Barnstaple U9s hosted a strong Bude squad and played three games..
Barnstaple Yellow defeated Bude10-5. Barnstaple Red were 20-0 losers to Bude. Finally, Barnstaple Yellow beat Bude 25-0.
Tries were scored by Zac Wheaton (2), Alex Hookway (2), Henry Wilton (2) and Toby Clarke.
Barnstaple U8s emerged victorious against Bude. Both clubs fielded two teams with Barnstaple winning two games, drawing one and losing one by a single try.
There were two man of the match awards for Nicholas Watts, whose straight running and passing laid the foundation for his team’s success, and captain Finlay McManus.
Special mention was made by coach Phil Gordon of Fred Rees Cooper, who had one of his best games, scoring two tries and making numerous tags.