|Bury St Edmunds||28||10||1||17||629||774||-145||16||58|
|London Irish Wild Geese||28||7||0||21||620||906||-286||18||46|
|6th March 2017||Junior Rugby 11am ko|
|11th March 2017||2nd Team V Crediton 230pm ko|
|11th March 2017||Colts V Ivybridge 2pm ko|
|18th March 2017||2nds V Sidmouth 230pm|
|18th March 2017||Colts V Exeter Youth 2pm KO|
|25th March 2017||1st V Bury St Edmunds 2pm KO|
Goodafternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to The Chiefs continuing campaign in Nation 2 South. Today’s opponents, Barnes RFC, herald from South West London and have travelled over 200 miles to be here today. We extend a warm welcome to their players, coaches, committee members and any supporters who made the long trip to Pottington Road and hope you have an enjoyable time here today.
We would also like to thank our sponsors for today's game South West Metals and Peregrine Mears Architechs. Your support for Barnstaple RFC is hugely appreciated and fundamental to our continuing success and we hope you see a spectacle of rugby here at today.
Well after last weeks rest we now enter the business end of the season with just 2 months and only 7 games left for everyones fates to be decided. Barnstaple have only 2 more home games against Bury St. Edmonds on March 25th and Cinderford on April 8th. Away games against London Irish and Henly also offer possible points so a win today will put the boys in a good position.
There is now just six teams fighting to avoid the drop and, with the exception of Exmouth, just 6 points seperating them which makes today's game against Barnes so critical to both teams survival. Like Barnstaple, Barnes have also failed to pick up any away wins and were desperately unlucky to go down 18-16 at Henly last week but still earned a losing bonus point to put them 1 point above us.
Picking up 2 bonus points away to Worthing a fortnight ago has helped The Chiefs immensly and in both that game and the Exmouth game The Chiefs have shown again how dedicated they all are to playing in National 2 South again next season with last minute tries and huge effort right to the end.
At the top of the table it is now a three horse race as both Taunton and Redruth have fallen away just slightly. Bishop's stortford have managed a five point advantage over Chinnor but they still have a match to play at Chinnor so there is everything to play for at the top.
Finally anyone thinking of going to Taunton next week by train they have put on a free mini bus to ferry supporters to the game, please have a look at Taunton RFC website and contact details will be on there. So lets get as many as we can to Taunton let them hear the Barum roar.
Good luck to both teams today and lets make the Barum roar loud enough so they hear back in London
To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 / firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Club Draw
The Draw was made in the clubhouse when the Tics played Newton Abbot and the lucky winners are:-
January £25 Ivan Turner, £10 Stephen Hawkins
February £25 Belinda Harris, £10 Kim Turner
Club House Decoration
Over the last couple of months our fantastic band of volunteers have been busily decorating the Main Clubhouse and Patrons Suite. The work is now complete and our thanks must go to those volunteers who regularly give up their time to keep our facilities up to scratch and to Rawle Gammon & Baker (RGB Barnstaple) for donating the materials.
As many of you will know The Wall of Tiles is on sale now. The idea is to fill the wall in the main room with 2000 tiles to create an exciting new image in the main bar.
Each tile is just £20. They will be individually numbered so you can choose your number (some have already been allocated so make sure you get yours soon to avoid disappointment!!!! )
Please help support your local rugby club by purchasing some tiles to be displayed on the clubhouse wall. This project will enable Barnstaple RFC to maintain the high standard of national league rugby played here and make our town proud.
If you would like a tile please email email@example.com
Thank you for your generous support and contributions.
“Together we’ve got this covered!”
Barnstaple v Barnes 04 03 17
Match day dawned for this critical lower table clash between Barnstaple and Barnes of West London. The blustery March sky was punctuated with violent, cold showers sweeping in from the North West, creating a gluepot surface for the players.
Barum kicked off with the strong wind from the start and soon forced a Barnes knock on but attempts to work the ball wide and engineer slick phases rapidly ran into trouble as the ball was spilled or lost forward in the tackle.
It was a day for forwards to put their shoulders down and pile into contact using the pick and drive routines to try and make ground. Early red zone pressure got the crowd excited but sustaining the moves proved challenging with the ball as slippery as the proverbial bar of soap. Barum came away with three points from their visit to the 22 however as JP slotted the first penalty with ease.
Barnes attempts to counter were met by lost ball and a hack though and chase. A Barum penalty to clubhouse corner was caught but, for the third home match running, the maul could not make progress and was turned.
Around the 17 minute mark a dispute at a ruck saw players fighting and losing their cool. Sadly for Barum the outcome was a red card for Ollie Mason for an alleged stamp. 14 men for the rest of the match and an uncanny symmetry to the match at Barnes earlier in the season when Barum had also been reduced to 14 players after a similar time period.
Inspired by Ryan Carter’s tackling in midfield the Barnstaple players stuck to their task and resisted the inevitable visitor’s pressure as they sought to take advantage of the extra man. Scrappy periods of play along the gainline could produce no end product for either side and ball retention was difficult for all participants.
Finally Barnes began to assert themselves and generate serious 22 pressure. Barum held a series of drives but at a cost: James Starkey sent to the bin for ten minutes.
The crowd were silent, tense but ready to cheer every tackle and every clearance as Barnstaple toiled to hold out. Then came the moment; Barnes running at speed, 13 men struggling to plug the gaps, out wide went the ball, somehow Linford and Will Topps got across to force their man into the corner flag. No try given, momentum changed and it was the 13 heroes of North Devon rugby who cleared their lines and worked their way upfield. Nat Bayet and Ryan carried powerfully into the heart of the Barnes defence, Pez ran into space and spun wide for Linford to complete the honours out left. A brilliant touchline conversion from JP completed the moment and, incredibly, Barum enjoyed a ten point lead.
As the yellow card minutes ticked Barum were content to join in the game of kick tennis from end to end as a time killer. 10-0 at the turn around.
Barnes wasted no time pulling back three with a long range penalty for an alleged line out infringement as the second half got underway. Barnstaple’s task was to keep the ball in their opponents’ half as long as possible and keep kicking them back when the wind would allow. The rugby was messy, disjointed with neither side able to establish any real control or continuity. It was nevertheless a credit to all players that they managed what they did in the horrendous conditions.
Barnes did not help their cause by repeatedly kicking ball away into the grateful arms of the Barum backs who happily ran it back, either to kick long or to set the close contact routines that enabled valuable possession to be retained. As the match degenerated into a brutal, muddy, gainline scrap the crowd sensed that Barum could hold out and even threaten further scores themselves. A penalty attempt went up into the wind but the ball was still a long way from the home tryline and that was what mattered.
A great team performance from all the home players with Ryan Carter and Nat Bayet outstanding in their contributions. The tireless work of the pack and support from the backs when needed all contributed to a magnificent Barnstaple team effort in very poor conditions, and all with a player short for 70% of the match.