Tavvy not so tough this time

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE U15s replayed last season’s Devon Plate final against Tavistock and won more easily than expected.

Having narrowly won the final 12-10, Barum defeated Tavvy by a comfortable 36-7 margin in the rematch.

From a loose pass and a missed tackle, Tavistock took an early lead. This stirred Barum into life and a great game ensued with flowing rugby defying the wet conditions.

Safe hands and good support play led to Ryan Dart touching down. Chris Kalisz caught a deep kick and hared up field, only to be hauled down short of the line. He offloaded to Jordan Petherbridge, who dotted down the second try.

Despite losing scrum-half Jacob Nash to injury, replacement Dom Thorne kept Barum moving forward. The forwards kept rumbling and, led by Man of the Match Theo Seel Kent, the lads beat Tavi up front. Further tries went to from Kieron Morgan, Liam Ellis and Sean Davis to close out the game.

A late cameo saw Bradley Drew supporting walk in for the last try. Thorne slotted three conversions.

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BARUM U12s drew 7-7 with Cullompton in a competitive match.

Barnstaple, who were under pressure at the set piece and breakdown all game, salvaged a draw through a Blake Simpson try converted by Jono Slee.

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BARNSTAPLE U9s learned a lesson about keeping possession in their double header with visiting Cullompton.

Barum’s strategy of adjusting their play to pass the ball more freely amongst themselves, whilst holding their position when needed, didn’t quite materialise.

In the first of the two games the U9s lost possession, carelessly at times, resulting in a 30-5 defeat.

After some serious discussion with their coaches prior to the second match, Barnstaple drew 10-10.

With defence always being a strong point, Barnstaple prevented Cullompton scoring more. Cullompton were composed and more fluid and had the edge when it came to snatching the ball, something Barum need to learn about.

“The boys are simply ‘too nice’ sometimes when it comes to seizing and holding possession,” said coach Jon Gray.

“Otherwise we are all very proud of their play and clearly enjoying their first season of contact rugby.”

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HONOURS were shared in the games between Barnstaple U8s and their Cullompton counterparts.

Barnstaple won the first 30-20.

Try scorers were Daniel Trapnell, Caitlin Turner, Patrick Clifton, Ollie Kelly (2) and Henry Huxtable.

Cullompton fought back hard winning the second game 50-30.

Try scorers were Patrick Clifton, Ollie Kelly (2) and Ellis Rees (3).