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|22nd October 2016||Devlopment XV V Exmouth 2:30pm ko|
|22nd October 2016||Colts V South Molton 2:30pm KO|
|23rd October 2016||Junior Rugby|
|23rd October 2016||DAVE BUTT CUP FINAL 2:30pm KO|
|29th October 2016||1st V Worthing 2:30pm KO|
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another National Two South home fixture where today The Chiefs opponents, Bishops Stortford, have made the long trip from Hertfordshire to be here in sunny North Devon (hopefully). We extend a warm welcome to them and trust their players, coaches, Committee members and supporters who have travelled to North Devon will have a great day with us today and enjoy some excellent rugby
We would also like to thank our sponsors for today's game, Tony Pryce and Chichester Homes, 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.
What a great atmosphere we had at the last home game which saw Barnstaple record its first ever National 2 league win. There was some really hard crunching tackling and at times desperate defence but in between that was some great rugby which had the crowd on their feet and never have I heard Barum ring out so loud as at the final whistle that day
Then it was off to Reading to face some old friends of ours as The Chiefs took on Redingensians. Always a difficult fixture when together in National 3 last Saturday was proving to be the same. The first half was all Redingensians as The Chiefs incurred 2 yellow cards and let in 3 tries to go in at half time 19-3 down. That lead was extended to 26 - 3 at the start of the second half. Barnstaple then started the fightback with a Linford Brock run off loaded to Ryan Carter to score under the posts. A penalty try later and and a penalty kick looked like giving Barnstaple a losing bonus point but in the last play of the game the Reading club struck back to win 31-20.
The league is now starting to take shape with Chinnor and Old Elthamians both unbeaten while Taunton and Redruth are just below losing just one game apiece. Elsewhere in the league Exmouth are still to record a win which will make them a very dangerous opponent next week as The Chiefs travel to Exmouth to take them on. Kick off next week is at 2.30 so get there early to see what will be a brusing but fantastic derby match
Today's opponents Bishop's Stortford are in 5th place at the moment with four wins and two defeats under their belts and they have scored a lot of points already this season including a 55-0 home win against Clifton They will prove to be tough opponents today and will be a massive test for the lads.
Yet with the mighty Barum army in full voice I am sure The Chiefs will rise to the challenge as they did two weeks ago. Good luck to both teams today, lets have some great rugby and hopefully a beautiful sunny day before the real winter chill sets in.
So, with five wins out of six Barny two's find themselves at the top of Devon merit table one. With a great start to the season the only stumbling block was found on an away visit to Ivybridge. In fairness the loss was deserved as Barnstaple failed to follow and execute the game plan agreed at the start of the melee.
Wins against Devonport, Brixham, Sidmouth, Tiverton and Crediton have amassed 271 points while only conceding 72.
A real team identity has been generated under the leadership of Captain Ben Sharples whilst a strong training ethos has continued to reap rewards.
On home games the support from the club has been wonderful and this is hoped to continue through to a tough fixture against Exmouth on the 22nd of October. An away fixture to Bideford this weekend gives the two's an ideal platform consolidate victories leading into the Exmouth game.
Onwards and upwards.
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We are truly blessed as a club to have some of the most fantastic supporters. Through good times and bad you, our knowledgable crowd, offer amazing support to the players and never more so than this season where you have recognised the scale of the challenge the squad face at National 2. It is clear though that this season so far has seen even greater levels of support.
The noise and atmosphere created at our last home game two weeks ago was something to behold by all present, the players valued it greatly and long may this continue, however if there was one disappointment it was the booing of the referee as he left the pitch.
I would therefore remind all present how important the core values of rugby are to us as a club as we strive to make an impact amongst the countries top 72 clubs. Please respect the officials, their job is a tough one and they won't always get everything right (who does!) but let's ensure we display that fantastic Barum spirit at all time by applauding off the pitch both sets of players and the officials with equal enthusiasm and respect.
We will be holding the final of the Dave Butt cup NEXT week, Sunday 23rd October 2016 2:30pm KO. Devon RFU have orgaised this in his honour, it has been running over the last couple of weeks with clubs from across Devon at level 6 and below. Semi-finals are being played today.
It will cost £5 each to get in and we will be doing a raffle, The bar will be open from 12noon so come on down for an extra game and remembering a great MAN.
The Colt have a small trip to Okehampton today for their 5 game in the Devon Colts League, At the moment they are top of the table winning all 4 of their games. They have scored 72 point and only had 27 points scored against them, We wish them all the best and next week they will be playing their 1st Home game v South Molton kicking off at 230pm.
Tomorrrow they will be having their annual photo shot with all teams at home training, last week saw them all playing South Molton the U16's and U14's both went over to South Molton while the rest all played at pottington road, seeing over 260 children playing here followed by a great buzz in the club house with all the parents, granparents and other family members supporting them.
We must remember that with out the help and support of all the Junior coaches, Team Managers and other members of the committee we would not beable to have such an amazing junior set up. KEEP UP ALL THE GOOD WORK
We also need to say well done to Ruben Chugg who has won a colouring compertion and will be having his Rugby Ball design made up in to the really thing. Well done looking forward to seeing you kick it arond the club
Barnstaple v Bishops Stortford: 15 10 16
It was a first visit to Barnstaple for the Hertfordshire side who made a round trip of over 500 miles for the fixture. Such are the distances that have to be travelled in this league. A three week drought was broken by bursts of heavy rain as if to greet the visitors to a typical North Devon day. The omens were not good for North Devon rugby. Decimated by absences and injuries Barum had had to cast their net wide for loan replacements as over half the first team were missing.
Both teams probed each other with early kicks to test the conditions but it was not long before Stortford had won a penalty scrum. As the gainline scrap continued it was Barum who were losing territory and being forced back. The next penalty went to touch for the catch and drive and the sight of the visiting forwards muscling over with relative ease was ominous for the home side: 0-7.
Barum tried desperately to counter but, once again, met phenomenal line speed defence which rarely gave way and, on the few occasions that they got through, the runners were caught and stripped of the ball before any scoring impact could occur.
Struggling in the set piece Barum threw a line out not straight and the ball was quickly worked left through a series of rapid phases before the red sea parted and Stortford were a comfortable 0-14 ahead. With no set piece ball the Barnstaple forwards were getting mashed in the scrums and having to live off scraps of possession.
The monsoon hit the ground, Rob Dugard was carded and it was backs to the wall for Barum. In contrast to the last home game, the crowd was subdued, almost resigned to their fate.
They were finally brought to their feet when a penalty went to touch and the maul got twisting forwards. Working the ball along the line a chip from Pez saw Jake Murphy go over but he was held up as he tried to score. Still, a brief period of possession for Barnstaple saw them work some welcome phases and finally win a penalty for JP to reduce the deficit at 3-21.
It didn’t last long and a penalty from the restart was soon caught allowing the runners to slice through for 3-28 bonus point lead at half time. The gulf in class between National Leagues and the old South West 1 was too apparent in all aspects of the game: speed of thought, speed of movement, speed of defensive organisation, speed of attack and a higher individual skill set in each player.
As the second half began Barum dropped the ball from the kick off. A sequence of 12 phases flowed probing right, then left before sustained pressure saw the defence eventually cave in: 3-33.
Finally Barnstaple found some energy and kicked through from a loose ball. Runners were impeded, the first of three yellow cards for Stortford and penalty opportunities for the catch and drive. Jake Childs did the honours under the pack: 8-33. Now the crowd were roused from their slumbers and Barnstaple’s improved retention and passing enabled them to build some line pressure. More yellow cards with the home side camped on the line. At one brief stage Stortford had only 12 players on the pitch but still Barum could not break through.
For a while this seemed frustrating but the defence was just too strong and it soon dawned on many spectators that playing with a two man advantage at least meant some respite from conceding at the other end.
When player number parity was finally restored Stortford went through their paces once again and strolled through to make the score 8-38. The restart went into touch and backfoot rugby was soon the order of the day as the visitors turned the screw with a late try for 8-45. Unforced errors get heavily punished at this level as we know.
The final score would have been over 50 but an interception saw the runner trip and hit the ground completely alone before he could make it under the posts. An amusing moment which conjured memories of the Brixham “non-try” of last season when the interception carrier dived for a line obscured by mud not realising he was five metres short.
Less amusingly this was a lesson in higher grade rugby for the home side that battled as always but who were undone by a team whose all-round skill set was just too much for them to match.