Barnstaple forwards technically superior in Devon Senior Cup tie, says Kevin Squire
Barnstaple director of rugby Kevin Squire was full of praise for his pack after the 41-12 win over Sidmouth in the Devon Senior Cup semi-final.
The Sidmouth forwards were repeatedly driven backwards in the scrums and conceded countless penalties.
Squire had to make changes to the Barnstaple team but was able to field his first-choice National Three south west front row of Mark Berry, Sam Roberts and Joe Bussell – which he felt made all the difference against opponents from Tribute South West One.
"We exploited their weaknesses and that's what a team playing in the league above should be doing," said Squire.
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"We said in the pre-match build-up we expected to be too good for them technically at the set piece and that if we developed an advantage to go ahead and exploit it.
"We should be better than them in those areas because we are playing higher quality rugby every week.
"We didn't win by being bigger, we won by being more technically proficient."
Outside the pack, Rob Elliott was rewarded for his good form in the Development XV with a start on the right wing and scored two tries.
"Rob Elliott was terrific," said Squire. "He was very strong and made no errors.
"He played very well and will start this week."
On Saturday, Barnstaple visit Malvern, whose defeat to Old Patesians secured Barum's place in National Three south west.