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Exmouth boast another rugby derby victory over Barnstaple

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

BURROWING: Prop forward Joe Bussell finds a way through to touch down Barnstaple's try in the defeat to Exmouth. Picture: Derek Parnell

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EXMOUTH can now boast three successive victories against Devon rivals Barnstaple.

And Barum had no complaints after their latest derby disappointment.

Riding high in National Three south west, Exmouth scored four tries for a bonus-point 30-16 win in South Devon on Saturday.

It left the visitors wondering why they cannot replicate their Pottington Road performances on their travels after three away defeats in a row.

Kevin Squire, the director of rugby said: "We played very well in the first half and were right in it at half time.

"They got on top of us in the second half and we made a few mistakes which resulted in tries.

"Overall, we can't have any complaints. We're disappointed that we lost to our rivals but they were worthy of the win.

"It's worrying that we didn't perform particularly well again.

"There is very little consistency in our performances and that is something we have to look at."

Josh Squire kicked penalties to put Barnstaple 3-0 and then 9-8 ahead, after Stuart Lowe crossed for Exmouth's first try and Andrew Powell added a penalty.

It could have been 12-8 at half time but Barum were turned over after they opted to run a penalty awarded in front of the posts and the home side made their move.

George Savage crossed first, then Matt Ryan went over in the corner, after good work by Tom Kill, and Powell converted.

Dale Sleeman scored the third try before Barnstaple gave themselves hope of at least a losing bonus point when prop Joe Bussell burrowed over and Squire converted to make it 25-16. It was Exmouth who had the last word, though, with Powell setting up a try for Kill.

A last-minute try saw Barnstaple Development XV beat Exmouth II. Max May went over in the corner and Shaun East added the conversion to clinch a 10-5 win.

Against a much heavier and more experienced pack, Barnstaple inflicted a first defeat of the season on the visitors.

The first score, on 12 minutes, came from an Exmouth lineout, moving through phases before crossing in the corner.

East slotted a penalty five minutes later but further attempts from him and Henry Meredith were off target.

Deep into the second half, the bigger visiting forwards started to tire and Barnstaple played some attacking rugby, which eventually resulted in the winning score.

Gary Parkin made the decisive break, crossing into the Exmouth half and shipping the ball to East who made 25 metres before offloading. With the defensive line broken, May finished the flowing move in the corner.East then made a difficult kick look easy.

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