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Barnstaple overpower Sidmouth in Devon Senior Cup

By NDJSport  |  Posted: March 16, 2013

Winston James scored three tries for Barnstaple in their Devon Senior Cup semi-final win over Sidmouth

Winston James scored three tries for Barnstaple in their Devon Senior Cup semi-final win over Sidmouth

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Barnstaple are through to the Devon Senior Cup final for the first time since 2010 after overpowering Sidmouth this afternoon.

The National Three south west side's scrummaging was simply too good for their hosts from Tribute South West One.

Off the back of that set-piece superiority they scored seven tries for a 41-12 win that sets up a match at the winners of the other semi-final, Exmouth or Newton Abbot, which is due to be played on March 30.

Injuries and unavailability saw Barnstaple name an unusual back division with scrum half Ross Williamson on the wing and flanker Winston James, the captain, at outside centre.

Any anxiety that might have caused the travelling supporters was soon dismissed as Barum quickly took control.

After Rob Elliott was denied a certain try by a tackle from Sidmouth's Ben Dobson, the pattern for the match was set by a series of scrums.

Every time the home pack was penalised, Barnstaple opted for the set piece again. In the 12th minute, at the fourth time of asking, referee Chris Newton awarded a penalty try, which was converted by Luke Berry.

Ten minutes later, Will Topps was allowed to run through the midfield, Williamson took the ball on and James ran in the first of his three tries.

Elliott then forced his way through in the right corner for his first try of the season. Five minutes before half time, he ran down the touchline again to set up Topps, who reached over the line as he was tackled.

In the last minute of the half, Sidmouth made a rare visit to the Barnstaple 22 and a lofted pass found Jack Pyne, the No 8, overlapping to score.

With a 22-5 half-time lead, Barnstaple already had one foot firmly in the final.

That place was even more secure six minutes into the second half when James, restored to the back row, was driven over the line. The captain completed his hat-trick with a pushover try in the 64th minute, which was converted by Berry.

Hooker Matt Farrington won a race to get on the end of Dan Retter's 71st-minute chip to score Sidmouth's second try, converted by Tom Whelan.

Typically, the game finished with Barnstaple driving forward at a scrum. This time the ball was spun out and Steve Perry kicked over the defence for Elliott to score his second try, converted by Berry.

Bideford's semi-final at Ivybridge in the Devon Intermediate Cup was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

South Molton were handed a walkover into the semi-finals of the Devon Junior Cup after Dartmouth failed to fulfil today's quarter-final.

Bude pulled out of their Cornwall RFU Tribute KO Cup semi-final at Camborne, meaning the home club has made it all the way to the final without playing a match.

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