1st XV vs Barnstaple at away

  • Competition: National League 2 South 2017/18
  • Squad: 1st XV
  • Date: Saturday 20th of January 2018 15:00
  • Final Score: 7 - 24

Match Report

                                          BARNSTAPLE 24  CANTERBURY 7


Canterbury never came to terms with a Devon mud bath as they sank to their ninth defeat of the season.They were outplayed by a more direct Barnstaple side who mastered a testing surface with effective ball carrying and surer handling.
If there was any consolation for the city side it came from their second half defiance which restricted the home side to one try and denied them an extra bonus point.
Led by dynamic Number Eight Jarrard Hayler, the Barnstaple forwards controlled possession after the break causing problems as they came on to the ball at pace and pinned the city side in their own half  
Canterbury, often static and lacking the essential physicality, looked ill equipped for a surface that deteriorated rapidly
They were only six points behind at the half way point but their lack of bite in attack was already showing.  Barnstaple took an eight point lead in the first quarter through that rare sight these days, a drop goal from Gwyn Parks, and a try by Luke Berry.  That came after Aaron Cooper was yellow carded for a high tackle and the wingman got a second grab at the ball as a cross kick bounced in the in-goal area.
When the city side established attacking positions they could make little of them but on the half hour mark Dan Smart’s clever anticipation earned his side’s first and only points. The fly half intercepted a pass to canter over between the posts and leave himself a simple conversion but in conditions where  points were always hard to come by Barnstaple then made the two scores that mattered.  In the final minute of the first half the City defence was too narrow, the Devon men found a gap and full back Jordan Petherbridge finished off with the try. Three minutes after the break Canterbury gave away a penalty which Parks converted with a good kick from 44 metres out.  After that Canterbury were rarely seen as an attacking force as Barnstaple put on the squeeze and the pressure  brought another, far more straightforward penalty for Parks. They were still held back by a solid city defence but when Hayler broke from a wheeled scrum to send Will Topps in at the corner for their third try it really was game over.
Canterbury continued to defend bravely, their spirit epitomised by Harry Sayers brilliant try saving tackle which denied Barnstaple a bonus point, but they had little else to offer.
Canterbury: A.Moss, A.Miller (repl H.Sayers), J.Murray, C.Kingsman (repl O.Best), B.Howard, D.Smart, K.Braithwaite, A.Cooper (repl J.Green), T.Rogers (rel J.Otto), S.Kenny, J.Rigby, D.Bailey (repl A.Woodward), M.Cantwell.

David Haigh

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# Team Pld Pts
1 Cinderford 30 143
2 Chinnor 30 131
3 Redingensians 30 112
4 Taunton Titans 30 101
5 Redruth 30 89
6 Tonbridge Juddians 30 86
7 Worthing 30 81
8 Bury St Edmunds 30 77
9 Henley 30 73
10 Canterbury 30 72
11 Clifton 30 63
12 Old Redcliffians 30 58
13 London Irish Wild Geese 30 57
14 Barnstaple 30 55
15 Wimbledon 30 50
16 Broadstreet 30 35