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Your News Barnstaple 36 - Malvern 19

Malvern went on the road looking for the first away win of the season, but came away from North Devon empty handed despite a second half in which they dominated. The home side went ahead after only 2 minutes with a penalty as Malvern struggled to contain their busy pack and after 15 minutes the game turned in Barnstaples favour after Nick Miller was sin binned for a high, but not dangerous, tackle. Two kicks took them to the Malvern 5 metre line but Malvern held up the catch and drive. However, from the scrum full back Will Topps joined the line to give the extra man and score in the 18th minute. With Miller still off the field, Barnstaple secured the restart ball and ran back at Malvern and scrum half Ben Vellacott was on hand to run in for the try, Squire converting.

Malvern started to play with more purpose, but a turnover ball was passed out to winger Linford Brock, who scored for Topps to convert from wide on the right. On the stroke of half time Malvern failed to find touch with a penalty and were immediately punished as Barnstaple again ran the ball back, Topps once more joining the line to score and convert his try. The second half brought about a different story as Malvern came out with a purpose that was lacking previously. Taking play to Barnstaple they looked much more positive and were rewarded with a try from Tom Longley after some crisp passing along the line, Longley converting. Malverns pack now started to dominate, inspired by skipper Matt Williams, and put Barnstaple under pressure. James Southall seized a loose ball and went over to give Longley a second conversion and Malvern were silencing the large home crowd. However, a long kick deep into Malvern territory saw the visitors lose the line out and Barnstaple drove to the line for Winston James to score Topps converting. Malvern continued to dominate and went close a couple of times but were penalised for not releasing until some handbags flew and James was shown the yellow card. Malvern ended the match having piled on the pressure for Southall to burrow in for a try at the end of the game.

As Head Coach Nick Tisdales influence is coming to bear it is clear that Malvern have the potential to do much better, but they must cut out the errors which cost them dearly, such as failing to find touch with penalties and losing their own line outs in defensive positions. Rugby is a simple game and as long as the basic skills are played then the results will come.

This Saturday sees the visit of high-riding Brixham to Spring Lane for a 2.15pm kick off.

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