Match Report: Esher v Barnstaple 18th September 2021

Esher dominate Barum in the sunshine

By Nigel Scott

Report

Esher were able to dominate Barnstaple on a sunny afternoon, scoring 10 tries to give the visitors another difficult day away from Devon.

Esher opened the scoring after just 2 minutes with Harvey Scott crossing for the first try after just 2 minutes. Scott scored another 3 tries before half-time with Rowland adding a fourth in between to give Esher a Bonus Point before half-time for the third week in a row. The Esher scrum was dominant and Barnstaple could only gain parity at the line-out with their backs regularly pierced by good handling and running from Sam Morley and Luke Peters. Barnstaple had just a penalty to show for their efforts as they turned round trailing 26-3 at half-time.

The second half started as the first finished with Harvey Scott scoring his fourth try of the day, only 1 from the base of the scrum, the rest through good support lines. Barnstaple were able to score two tries through rolling mauls after Esher conceded space in their 22 metre area, sandwiched either side of a long-range try from Esher's Rhodri Adamson.

The last 12 minutes saw Esher add four more tries, 2 for captain Adam Bullett, a second for Adamson and a final one for Myles Rawstron-Rudd as Esher's backs sliced open a tiring Barnstaple defence.

Barnstaple had the final say, though, getting a third try through Flynn Elworthy to end a difficult afternoon for them.

Star Man

Harvey Scott

Teams

Esher

Adamson; Lang, Rowland, Peters, James; Morley, Thompson; Lowes, Hamilton, Skoumbourdis; Stanley, Bullett; Wilkins, McBrearty, Scott

Reps: Crawley, Keefe, Vajner, Bullock, Rawstron-Rudd

Barnstaple

Lee; Topps, Berry, Carter, Johnson; McManus, Pilkington; Robson, Snell, May; Marks, Grohl; Elworthy, Smale, Childs

Reps: Davie, Bayet, Hilton, Hill, Murphy

Referee

Jack Sutton

Gate

413

Score Timeline

2 mins

Scott Try, Morley con

7-0

5mins

7-3

McManus pen

8mins

Scott Try

12-3

19mins

Rowland try, Morley con

19-3

39mins

Scott try, Morley con

26-3

47mins

Scott try, Morley con

33-3

51mins

33-8

Elworthy try

58mins

Adamson try, Morley con

40-8

65mins

40-15

Snell try, Murphy con

68 mins

Bullett try, Morley con

47-15

75mins

Bullett try, Morley con

54-15

77mins

Adamson try,

59-15

78mins

Rawstron-Rudd try

64-15

80mins

64-22

Elworthy try, Murphy con

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