BARNSTAPLE warmed-up for Saturday’s Pottington Road date with Exmouth in the Devon Cup semi-finals by beating Weston 36-12.

Barum had a plan worked out to beat Weston and put it into practice superbly.

Weston shot off into a 12-0 lead. But Barnstaple pegged them back to 12-8 at half time and then clobbered the Somerset men with 28 unanswered points in the second half.

Kevin Squire, Barnstaple’s director of rugby, said victory was down to proper preparation.

“Weston are a lot bigger than us and we knew if we ran them round they would run out of steam sooner or later,” said Squire.

“About 10 minutes into the second half Weston were blowing and we cut loose.

“What I was pleased to see was the clinical way we implemented our game plan.

“Some of our play in the second half had to be seen to be believed. Mark Berry’s try had it all: the sidestep, the dummy and the pass out of the back door, which isn’t something you see every day from front-row players.”

Will Topps collected two tries from full-back and there were singles for Berry, Winton James and Richard Friend. Josh Squire landed a penalty and four conversions.

Neil Giddy (ankle) and Dan Lee (knee) both collected knocks in the win at Weston.

If Barnstaple defeat Exmouth they will be away to Brixham in the final.