Young Barum slip on the slope

Joseph Bulmer

Colts failed to capitalise on the first-half conditions

BARNSTAPLE Colts failed to capitalise on the first-half conditions at Okehampton and paid with a 16-0 defeat.

Barum had the slope in their favour and at slight wind behind them in the first half, but failed to score a point.

They had opportunities – a dropped ball in the first five minutes with the try line begging and two or three other chances where passes went awry – but it was Okes who led 6-0 at the interval thanks to a couple of penalties.

Barum’s Reece Stacey gave the opposition the most trouble with some good runs.

Matt Gohl and Matthew Phillips put in good line-out performances.

It was backs against the wall for Barum after the break with the home side using the conditions well.

On an extremely heavy pitch, Barum struggled to get out of their own half but put in probably the best defensive display of the season.

Man of the Match Alex Priest put in a good display of turnovers, sharp runs and superb tackling.

Sean Davies, an U16 player, again showed up well.

Prop Danny Giblett worked hard in the tight and defended well.

Okes added two unconverted tries in the second half.

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MILES Rees and Dylan Gosling both swooped for a couple of tries as Barnstaple U11s won 40-14 at Topsham.

Having fallen behind early on, Barnstaple came back to lead 21-7 at the break.

Rees, ran half the length of the pitch for his first try, Billy Gubb got the next from a stolen scrum and Rees added the third of the half.

Topsham got back to 21-14 going into the final quarter, then Barum shot clear.

Gosling claimed his brace, Tyler Olding got one after a long run and Liam Drew got the last one.

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BARNSTAPLE U15s are through to the last four of the Devon Cup following a 22-12 win over Exeter Saracens.

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