Thursday, April 12, 2012
Barnstaple 8, Exmouth 29
Exmouth outplayed Barnstaple and will now defend the Devon Senior Cup in the final against Brixham later this month, writes Jan McCarthy.
The home side were crushed by three tries to one in what was a one-sided match played in excellent conditions.
The home side started the game well and were soon on the scoreboard when the Cockles were caught offside and Josh Squire gave them an early three point lead.
Exmouth came back with momentum, and a fine break by Mark Wathes took them to within yards of the Barnstaple line.
The Barum centre infringed and was yellow carded and Andrew Powell slotted an easy penalty to level the score.
The Cockles continued to attack and Powell increased the lead further after 15 minutes with a well struck penalty from some 40-metres out.
The Exmouth attack continued to build, and after 20 minutes, Paul Morgan went over wide out after some excellent interplay between forwards and backs.
Powell converted to add the extras and give Exmouth a 13–3 interval lead.
During the first half Exmouth lost Adam Wyllie with broken ribs and he was replaced by Ben King.
At half time the Cockles made technical substitutions in the front row bringing on George Savage and Will Norton in place of Lloyd Morgan and Nigel Berry.
The lead was extended just ten minutes after the re-start Cockles with a brace of well struck penalties from Powell.
The home side had no answer to the continual attacks both by Exmouth forwards and backs and Exmouth were unlucky not to score two further tries before the half hour.
Barnstaple’s only reward in the second half was an unconverted try after 30 minutes.
This spurred on the Cockles who finished the match off with two fine tries by Matt Garner and George Savage wide out but both difficult conversions failed.
This was a fine all round performance by the whole squad and Man of the Match was awarded to Bob Armstrong.
Exmouth can now look forward now to a Cup Final date away to Brixham on Saturday, April 28.