Barnstaple under-15s unbeaten on French rugby tour
BARNSTAPLE under-15s were unbeaten on their two-match tour to France.
Barum scored eight tries in a 56-10 win over RC Roubaix and then drew 17-17 with Armentieres.
In the first match, the tourists used their pace and skill to overcome large and powerful opposition.
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Tom Clark scored a hat-trick of tries and Harry Bayliss added two.
Matthew Symons scored his first try of the season, stepping past the whole defensive line.
Hallam Chapman carried vigorously and scored a tremendous try, powering through the defence.
A determined performance on Sunday saw Barnstaple lead an impressive Armentieres side until the last play of the game.
The French, backed by a partisan crowd, were the largest team Barum had faced and they trailed 12-5 at half time.
Chapman powered over for the first score after four minutes.
After a stagnant start to the second half, the final quarter was a frenetic affair with Barnstaple playing with increasing urgency.
There was another powerful effort from Chapman, quickly followed by a try from No 8 Harry Bayliss at a five-metre scrum, converted by Symons.
With minutes to go, it looked as though Barnstaple would come away with an impressive victory.
But it was not to be as Armentieres were awarded a penalty at the last play and a well-executed move saw their No 8 smash through in the corner.
The conversion was missed to leave the final score 17-17.
Barnstaple under-13s beat Bude 36-10 with tries from Dan Cattermole (two), Alfie May, Ross Swales, Connor Robson and Jack Chapman. Stan Wilks kicked three conversions.
Barnstaple under-12s reached the semi-finals of the Land Rover Cup at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park.
In their pool, they drew 0-0 with Exeter Saracens, beat Honiton 10-0 with tries from Jon Bond and Dylan Gosling, then defeated Plymstock with a try by Sam Smale.
Barum could not repeat their group-stage form in the semi-final where they lost 10-0 to Hayle.
Barnstaple under-11s performed well in their Land Rover Cup pool, earning a 5-0 win over Honiton. They lost 15-0 to Exeter Chiefs and 5-0 to Plymstock.
Barnstaple under-10s scored eight tries but were still defeated by Bude who crossed nine times.
Chris Loat, Ellis Rees (two), Tom Chapman (two), Henry Huxtable, Patrick Clifton and Zac Adams touched down for Barnstaple.
Barnstaple fielded two under-9 sides against Bude with the Yellows winning two tries to one and 5-0, and the Reds losing 4-0.
The Barum try scorers were Zac Wheaton (two), Alex Hookway (two), Henry Wilton (two) and Toby Clarke.
Nicholas Watts and Finlay McManus were the men of the match for the two Barnstaple under-8 teams who took on Bude, winning two games, drawing one and losing one by a single try. Fred Rees Cooper was also picked out for scoring two tries and making numerous tags.