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|12th February 2017||Junior Rugby|
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|4th March 2017||1st V Barnes 2pm KO|
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Good afternoon and welcome ladies and gentleman to another Nation 2 South fixture in what proposes to be a fantastic day of Rugby. Pottington Road welcomes our Devon Rivals, Exmouth, for a mouth-watering Derby game which could have a huge impact on both the Chiefs and Exmouth for their continuing future in National 2 south. We welcome their players, coaches, committee members and supporters who have made the trip today and encourage you to have a brilliant time here at Pottington Road.
We would also like to thank our sponsors for today’s game DJT Roofing and Taw Ford. Your continued support for this club has been massive and of huge importance in helping us reach the heights we have and long may it continue.
Last week was a tough ask for the Chiefs going to Bishops Stortford but by half time Barnstaple were still close to them trailing 14-5 and all to play for. Bishops Stortford however enhanced their title chasing credentials in the second half securing all five points
winning 35-12. Whilst this was a better result than the 47-8 loss the Chiefs suffered in the home fixture this still leaves Barnstaple winless in 2017.
This makes these next 3 games in February absolutely vital to win. All three are against opposition we are fighting at the foot of the table, next week a visit to Worthing followed by a home game against Barnes on the 25th February could make or break this season.
Today though and the first of the Chiefs three games and a rematch to avenge the loss Exmouth inflicted on us back in October. Since then The Chiefs have fared better winning their next 4 home games while Exmouth have only managed one further win against Henley more recently.
Good luck to both teams today and I’m absolutely confident it will be a fantastic game, so let’s let that Barum roar ring out loud today and you will have plenty of time to wet your whistle afterwards as you watch the Wales v England 6 nations game on at the club house afterwards, another eye watering prospect.
To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 / firstname.lastname@example.org
DEVON are to play a County Championship rugby match in North Devon for the first time since 2008. Barnstaple will host the county's Bill Beaumont Cup fixture against Kent at Pottington Road on Saturday, May 20th Kick off 3pm and will be Devon's last group game ahead of the Twickenham final the following weekend.
Devon last played a County Championship match at Barnstaple on May 3, 2008, when they beat Somerset 19-13 with tries from Plymouth Albion's Liam Gibson and Keni Fisilau. Barnstaple-born Kyle Marriott, who has captained Cornwall to back-to-back Championship success, skippered Devon at No 8 that day, while Dave Kimberley, then a Newton Abbot player but now Bideford head coach, was on the bench. Holders Devon went on to lose the final 33-13 to Yorkshire.
Under a new coaching team, which included Barnstaple's Steve Perry, Devon finished second to Kent in Division Two South last season but both have been promoted for this year's reorganised competition. A number of players from Barnstaple's National League Two South squad are likely to earn places in this year's squad as did Will Topps and Jordan Petherbridge last year. This should be a great occasion so mark it in your diary.
Ruben Chugg with his winning ball design
We are please to welcome our U12's here today, they have 15 members of their large squard of 30 members here with us today and fingers crossed most of them will be out playing for the 1st team in the next 8 years, as they are very lucky to be lead by ex Captian Phil Gordan, Who i am sure you all remember very well.
Although phil can't do this on his own and has a very good team of coach including Clive Magson, Simon Kift, Ian Manix. Nick Copper and Rhys Gabe and 2 great team mangers in Jenny Hakin and Heather Penny.
I hope they enjoy their day and contuine playing great rugby.
In order to sustain the club’s presence in National league Rugby we urgently need to fundraise for the future. The costs including travel, physios and grounds maintenance are now higher than ever.
A large photo of players composed of small individual tiles is to be displayed on the club house wall. Each tile will be sold for £20, or £100 for business. When all the tiles are sold, a Grand draw will take place and every tile number will go in to the draw with numerous prizes, business will have other options as prizes given to them.
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.
Thank you for your generous support and contributions.
“Together we’ve got this covered!”
Barnstaple v Exmouth 11 01 17
When Jake Murphy finally crossed the line in the 78th minute it was the first try of this tight, bottom of the table encounter and proved decisive in heaving North Devon rugby out of the relegation zone for the first time in a while. The Barnstaple centre had time to lift a celebratory arm before diving down to secure the vital score and be engulfed by his relieved team mates.
With an uncharacteristically icy easterly wind slicing across the pitch both teams fought a fierce and close battle with neither prepared to yield an inch on the gainline and scoring opportunities were kept to a minimum. Any highlights package would have been a short running edit but the crowd were still occupied by the inevitable tension of the occasion and trying to keep warm in the bitter cold.
For such a significant match Barum had not started well; the kick off went straight into touch, the Cockles said thanks and were soon in their hosts’ half. Barum then lost their first line out and the Exmouth team got a penalty on the floor: 0-3.
As they gradually settled Barnstaple were probing but not crossing the gainline. Exmouth’s tackling and drift defence cover was superb throughout the match denying their North Devon rivals any time or space on the ball. Kicks went down the throats of the Exmouth backs, gainline contact went nowhere and the effective tackling out wide choked all Barum’s attacking intentions.
Like the previous home game a penalty to touch was caught but the maul went nowhere with turnover ball in the clubhouse corner. It took a while for Barum to find any space from open play and when they eventually did it was full back Will Topps who did the damage. Taking a low pass he had to stop, go sideways and then straighten the line with a typical dart. Hauled own on the 22 Exmouth did not release and JP stepped up to equalize at 3-3.
The game was evenly fought with Exmouth using the wind to pin Barum back. Ryan Carter took some big hits in midfield and always retained possession but was stopped from charging though. Despite pressure at the set piece Barum could not find the killer pass. As half time approached Exmouth broke and won a penalty at 30m. Using the wind it was expertly converted: 3-6.
Now, with the wind at their backs, Barum’s second half intentions were clear: big booming clearance kicks and force the Cockles onto the back foot in their own half. A similar penalty to the Exmouth one was kicked from a similar distance. Unfortunately JP’s radar went astray but now the home side began to exert some control and the pressure began to mount. The second penalty was closer and over it went: 6-6.
Still Exmouth’s’ defence held, still they smothered Barum on the gainline and out wide; still the reds could not penetrate, even when the maul finally got rolling on the line. A couple of high tackles went unpunished to the anger of the partisan crowd but a third one raised the ire levels to a new rating and the referee reached for his pocket.
Despite their 14 men Exmouth continued to defend with great skill and speed and saw another Barum penalty go wide with kicks to the corner failing to produce any tryline chances. It was scrappy, it was tense, the minutes ticked. Would a draw simply be a suicide relegation pact between these two old rivals?
Then Ashlee Crouch broke and rampaged through the line. Hauled down, the ball was recycled left and the gap finally appeared. An offload wide to Jake Murphy and it was the Barum players and crowd on their feet. JP made no mistake from the touchline and a courageous defensive shift from the Cockles was broken at last. Cruel on the league’s bottom side but these two may yet again be competing next season in the league below. We shall see.