TRIBUTE CORNWALL RFU KNOCK OUT CUP 1ST ROUND
TRURO 23 – 51 ST. AUSTELL
Holders St. Austell got their cup defence off to a great start with a nine try win at Truro, reports Bill Hooper from St. Clements Hill.
Star of the show was Saints No.8 George Knowles who scored four of the tries, a performance that will have been noted by the county selectors at the game.
The Saints back row had an outstanding game apart from Knowles, Hector Bright bagged a couple of tries, whilst Andy Inch was a constant thorn at the breakdown.
Knowles started the try haul when he broke off a maul following a catch and drive to power over near the corner for an unconverted try.
To their credit Truro hit back soon after in kind when prop Darren Jacques took a line out ball five meters out and ran hard for the try-line.
Truro then got into a bit of bother down in the scoreboard corner whilst trying to play away from their own line. Having won the line out Bright came up with the ball after the St. Austell maul had powered over the try-line.
Craig Williams pulled three points back for Truro from a penalty shot soon after, but Knowles bagged his second try from another powerful catch and drive.
Then came the try of the game, a length of the field job after Truro had put in a good attack themselves when Matt Symons broke clear in mid-field, Saints got the ball back with Cav Boyer setting off support from George Tregilgas and Andy Ashwin put Bright away for his second try under the sticks with Liam Freeman adding the extras.
Although Williams pulled back three points with a penalty on half-time, Truro faced a mountain to climb trailing 11-27.
Ben Chenoweth scored an early try again bettered by Freeman to stretch St. Austell’s lead.
Truro pulled a converted try back when Luke Tidball went over following a strong run.
Back came the Saints with Knowles getting his fourth try before Tidball got his second try of the game for Truro.
Fittingly St. Austell had the final say with replacement Max Duggan and Freeman scoring tries to seal a fine win.
Truro: L Tidball, I Rowe, M Symons, A Suthridge, J Symons, C Williams, D Riches, D Jacques, L Webster, O Seagrove, R Denning, J Heazelton (Capt), D Head, B Teasdale, S Rhodes.
Replacements: L Rowe, S Teasdale, M Richards, E Tyler
Truro scores: Tries, Jacques, Tidball (2), Con, Williams, Pens, Williams (2)
St. Austell: L Freeman, C Boyer, S Johns, G Tregilgas, B Chenoweth, C Ashwin, A Ashwin; P Rowe, M Davey (Capt), M Martin, T Knight, A Kellow, A Inch, H Bright, G Knowles.
Replacements: H Noot, M Duggan, CJ Boyce, D Jane
St. Austell scores: Tries, Knowles (4), Bright (2), Chenoweth, Duggan, Freeman, Cons, Freeman (3)
Referee: Kevin Williams (CRRS)
In the other tie played yesterday Falmouth advanced to the next round defeating Bude 46-12.
Hayle and Wadebridge Camels had walkovers against Pirates Amateurs and Lanner.
The line up for the last eight is as follows; St. Austell, Falmouth, Wadebridge Camels, Hayle, Launceston, Penryn, Saltash and St. Ives.
Draw to be made by the CRFU with ties to be played Saturday December 23rd.