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|London Irish Wild Geese||28||7||0||21||620||906||-286||18||46|
|13th November 2016||U16's V Tiverton 11am ko|
|19th November 2016||Buccs V Honiton 230pm ko|
|19th November 2016||Colts V Exeter Youth 2pm KO|
|20th November 2016||Juniors 11am ko|
|26th November 2016||1st V London Irish Wild Geese 2pm ko|
Good afternoon ladies and gents and welcome to another National 2 South fixture at the earlier start of 2pm which will continue until the end of March. Today's opponents from over the border are The Tauntaon Titans and we extend a warm welcome to Their players, coaches, Committee members and supporters who have made the trip to pottington road today and hope they have an enjoyable day.
Thanks also got to our sponsors for today Panoptic Motion and Jewsons. 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.
Today Jordan Petherbridge plays his 50th game for the Barnstaple Chiefs. At the rip old age of 20 he has distinguished himself rapidly to become a supporters favourite at the club winning games with calm and composure as he slots the vital points between the posts, none more so than the one which beat Tonbridge Juddians. Have a great game today JP and here's to another 50 to come.
What a difference a fortnight makes. After the disappointment at Exmouth the lads showed their true Barum spirit and grit. As most of you saw they had a great win against a determined Worthing, followed by a trip to the capital to take on Barnes. Things didn't go to well to begin with going in at half time 17-3 down and down to 14 men after JP was sent off for 2 yellows. Immediately after half time Barnes increased their lead to 24-3 but that's when the fightback started as the chiefs took charge. Linford Brock battling through 5 challenges scored an impressive first try. A penalty try followed by a series of pick and drives with Will Topps finishing. Special mention also goes to Isaac Hydleman scoring all 9 points from the boot. All helping The Chiefs walk away with a well deserved 24-24 draw
Today's opponents will provide a much tougher challenge. The Chiefs last played Taunton Titans back in January 2010 where despite a really good battle Taunton won 16-25. That year they took the league title losing only 2 of their games and today look a very strong outfit currently 4th with 7 wins. A great start with five wins they have stuttered of late losing three of the last five, yet last weeks 59-19 thumping of Worthing shows they still mean business.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. In recognition of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday today's match will be preceded by a minute's respectful silence just before kick off.
Good luck to both teams today and lets hear that Barum roar which has been magnificent these past weeks and might just tip things in our favour.
To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Congrats to Jordon Petherbridge on your 50th first team game. Here's to many more to come.
The first 100 club draw of the season took place last Saturday and the winners are.....
100 Club Draw Winners
The first lucky winners of the 100 Club Draw this season are:-
Sept. £25 - Nos 39 Kim Turner
£10 - Nos 61 Paul Bartlett
Oct. £25 - Nos 182 Tony Richards
£10 - Nos 58 John Knill
If you would like to take part please see Trevor Shaddick
Thanks for your support
The Barnstaple Hotel
Monday 21st November - 19:00 for a 19:30 sit
Join us at The Barnstaple Hotel in the Arlington Suite for some great food, great company, maybe a beer or two, a great guest speaker and to raise some money for the North Devon Hospice. Tables of 10 would be best or individuals welcome as we can put a few Barbarian tables together. Dress Code - Smart dress.
Price - £40 per person
Over the previous 2 weekends, Colts Oscar Carter-Burns and Jack Chapman have represented Devon U18's against Gloucestershire and Cornwall.
In two hard fought games the pair gave great accounts of themselves with Oscar scoring a try in the Gloucestershire game which was won 22-7. The game against Cornwall was drawn 21-21. We at the club wish both boys the best of luck with the upcoming South West of England selections.
Today we welcome the Under 8's along for their first Super Saturday here at Pottington Road. We hope the boys enjoy their day and soon they will be th ones running out on aSaturday afternoon.
Tomorrow they will be heading upto Ilfracombe along with the U7's, U9's U10's and U11's, We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing the match reports in the paper.
The U12's will be heading down to Topsham while the 14's will be going to Cornwall to play Bude,
The Under 16's will be hosting Tiverton with a 11am ko at home in their 2nd fixture in the Fishemans Shield.
Barnstaple v Taunton 18 11 16
It was nearly seven years since these two West Country teams last met as Taunton have now enjoyed six successive seasons at National Level and finally Barnstaple are up there to join them. The forecast rain kindly moved through before kick-off to present a dry afternoon for the rugby.
By the time 80 minutes were up both sides had produced an intense and competitive game of league rugby in which the lead ebbed and flowed like the big spring tides on the river outside and saw Barum edge home with a late penalty from JP to seize the points at 22-19.
It was fitting that the young Barnstaple scrum half should score the winning points as this was his 50th appearance for the club and his superb all round performance seemed to be saying that he would make it up to the team for last week’s red card.
In the end it was a magnificent display from the Barnstaple forwards which won this match: stealing line out ball, crunching the Taunton scrum, winning the gainline battle and never allowing their intensity and commitment to cease. Inspired by Bryn Jenkins the whole pack paved the way for an unexpected four points against a team lying fourth in the table and with some impressive wins behind them this season.
Early exchanges saw Barum fired up and winning good ball but being repelled by the line speed of the visitors’ defence and a reminder of their power outside as both Taunton wingers just flew when they glimpsed any space. Barum’s initial efforts were repulsed and they saw immediately the opponents’ danger on the counter when No.14 Aron Struminski sped through for the opening try: 0-5.
Refusing to be overawed Barum hit back following a brilliant kick and chase by Will Topps who scragged his man and forced a turnover. From the maul JP broke, offloaded right and Linford was on his shoulder to do the honours under the posts: 7-5. An interception by Ben Hilton saw him run half the field before was stopped before the off load arrived and then Taunton countered. Exhibiting a range of ball retention skills and recycling at pace, their backs switched play from right to left and created the opening for their opposite winger Richard Bright to sail through: 7-12.
Barum soon retaliated, working hard as a team and forcing a penalty. The line out was seized, maul established and got rolling. No surprises when Winston James got himself under the pile for the score: 12-12. It was not long, however before the phenomenal pace of the Taunton wingers was stretching Barum once more. As half time approached a Taunton penalty was put into touch on the 5m line. The home tacklers were warned in the ensuing ruck but no yellow card was shown. Straining every sinew the Barnstaple forwards forced a knock on and survived. 12-12 and all to play for second half.
Blue sky and light winds greeted the players for the third quarter and the exchanges between the respective 22s continued as both sides fought for ascendancy. Shadows were lengthening in the low winter sun as a JP clearance kick was worked back inside. For the first and only time in the match the Red Sea parted and allowed a Taunton centre to dance through the tackles. Line broken, support runners outside and an easy seven points: 12-19.
Earlier in the season Barum might have folded at this point but now they are learning fast and do not cave in easily. 22 pressure brought a penalty. An easy three points were rejected by JP who tapped, almost lost the ball and then recovered to twist through the tackles and score under the posts: 19-19.
Sensing that they were at least matching their formidable opponents Barum now grabbed the initiative and took the game to Taunton. An electric burst by Ryan Carter opened the space, Will Topps continued the running but the pass out to Linford was just too high under pressure.
A gripping midfield contest enthralled the crowd as both teams used their benches but it was Barum pressing for the win. With four minutes remaining another carry by Ryan was held but a penalty awarded at the breakdown. It was tempting to go for the corner but Barum saw the clock: JP placed the ball on the tee: concentration, silence and a cleverly curved kick curled in on the wind. 22-19.
There was just time for Taunton to restart and win a kickable penalty of their own. They went for touch. The home fans held their breath. Into the line out maul steamed the Barum pack. Wrestling their opponents to the ground they caused a knock on. Ball cleared joyfully from the scrum and a jubilant Barum team punched the air with delight.
This was an impressive win and demonstrated to everybody that the season is far from over and that home form such as this really does make survival a possibility. A superb team effort, a group of players and coaches who are clearly learning each week and who are raising their game to match the levels demanded in this league.