Barnstaple RFC

Barnstaple RFC

Colts end season with a win

by Tony Sumners

This was a fitting end to a good season for Barnstaple Colts with a very entertaining game that was full of good quality rugby and played in good spirit by both sides.

It started with Linford Brock playing in the centre running through two tacklers and outpacing the full back to run in the 1st try after just 5 minutes.

Then it was Ben Vellacott who outstripped the covering defence with some great pace down the right wing to put Barum in the driving seat.

The back row combination of Lee Casinelli and Will Copp really did look good as they both worked tirelessly for the side and put in numerous big hits and driving runs against a large set of forwards.

Also prop James Hack played one of his best games of the season putting in some hard work around the ruck area along with his fellow prop Danny Giblett.

It was Reece Stacey who scored the final try of the half to make it his 20th try of the season with a trade mark try outpacing and side stepping the opposition.

Llanharan scored a try from a quick tap penalty which Barnstaple were slow to react to making it 15 v 5 at half time against the wind.

With the wind in their backs Barnstaple started well with Calum Sumners and Justin Southam linking up well and then Southam sending Calum Sumners over for a try.

Then with 25 mins still left on the clock Barnstaple made the changes bringing on 7no Under 16s who all played there part in the second half with Ryan Dart putting in some big tackles, open side flanker Jamie Charlton running nearly the whole length of the pitch only for some great defence by the welsh side stopping a try from being scored and 1st year Colt Iwan Williams carrying on his good form.

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Matthew Phillips as always did well in the line outs winning lots of good quality ball.

Barnstaple`s full back Billy Teape made a big impression with a good display and showed all the players his evasion skills to set up a score for Justin Southam who showed everyone a clean pair of heels to score and generally put in a good performance.

It was then the Under 16s fly half Jordan Petheridge who is making a habit of scoring lately with a lovely individual try going straight through the Llanharan backline to score under the posts.

In the last 15 minutes it was like watching a heavy weight boxing fight with each side playing completely open rugby looking for knock out blows and it was Llanharan who benefited with three late tries but they had to really work for them with all the side putting in a great effort in defence and attack with both sides looking to entertain rather than see out the game.

The man of the match was a joint affair with Will Copp and Billy Teape getting the award as both players really did show their qualities in a Barnstaple team.


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