THE RESULT was not the only familiar thing as Barnstaple continued their Boxing Day dominance.
There was also the unmistakable red headband and flowing hair of Simon Watkins at centre.
Two and a half years after his last appearance for Barum, the New Zealander was instrumental in the first try that sent them on their way to their latest derby triumph.
Visiting for Christmas with his wife Chloe and son Roman, whose first birthday was on Boxing Day, Watkins was only supposed to make a brief appearance.
But when Ryan Carter left the field clutching his ribs in the 13th minute, the former Pottington Road favourite was sent into the fray, playing 53 wholehearted minutes before being replaced by Danny Gross, another Barnstaple old boy.
Within seconds of his introduction, Watkins had taken the ball from the sidestepping Luke Berry, added a burst of pace and executed a fine offload as he fell to the ground.
Will Topps and Toby Williamson were then on the end of the line to finish, Williamson diving over in the left corner for the first of his two tries.
"I was a bit nervous. My first thought was I could take it to the line but then my instinct to always pass kicked in," said Watkins, who went home to New Zealand in 2010 after four years with Barnstaple, during which he met Chloe.
Seven of the players on duty for Barum on Boxing Day were in the squad for Watkins's last game for the club, the 2010 Devon Senior Cup final win over Brixham.
"It was a little bit like old times," he said. "I said before the game they wouldn't know how much it meant to me to come back and play this game."
Watkins now works on his family's farm in Putaruru, a small town in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island.
He lives just a few miles down the road from his old friend and former Barnstaple team-mate Paul Scheres.
Watkins has played one season each for Putaruru's rugby union and league teams but has now retired at the age of 30.
"I finished up this year," he said. "If I could, I would just do things like this cameo.Out there today I felt the hits – I'm not up for that any more."