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Pirates Fall Short Under Friday Night Floodlights

 

London Scottish 32   Cornish Pirates 26

Having last beaten London Scottish at the Richmond Athletic Ground back in September 2011, the Cornish Pirates travelled with a purpose to reverse that losing trend. Sadly, however, under the Friday night floodlights at the ‘RAG’ the effort fell a little way short of not just hope, but also likely expectation, reports Phil Westren.

As per the Pirates, their hosts have also had their injury woes, but their selection was still a strong one. Indeed, there was a feeling pre-match that their 11th place in the league position could be deemed misleading, the personnel at their disposal providing an indicator that they could not be taken lightly. They also had two former Cornish Pirates in the shapes of wing Craig Holland and flanker Joe Atkinson who reported raring to go.  

The Cornish Pirates welcomed back from injury centre Nicolas De Battista, who also led the team. His inclusion in place of Nicolas Coronel was one of just two changes from the side that started against Hartpury RFC just five days earlier, the other being at tight-head prop where Christian Judge replaced Jack Andrew. Also signed back on loan with the Pirates was Redruth back-rower Chris Fuca, who took a seat on the bench.

Playing conditions for this Round 9 encounter in the Championship were just about perfect, and applying early pressure the Pirates were rewarded with two kick-at-goal penalty opportunities that were both comfortably slotted by fly-half Will Cargill.

So far, so good, but the Exiles side then settled and soon hit back with two quick-hit tries. Holland scored the first against his former opponents, followed then by one from ex England 7s man Matt Williams who followed a chip ahead and used his pace to cross in the corner. Fly-half Jake Sharp, a player/coach at London Scottish, was luckless with both conversion attempts.

It was felt pre-match that the home side had a dangerous looking back line, with a former Bristol Rugby try-scoring favourite, Ben Mosses, leading Scottish for the first time.

A fully competitive spell followed, with it appearing into the second quarter of the match that the Pirates were getting back on track. Tries scored by flankers Alex Cheesman and Rupert Cooper (his first in a Pirates shirt) – London Scottish lost the services of Namibian international lock Tjiuee Uanivi to the sin bin in between – were both converted by Cargill, and the Pirates suddenly held a 10 points advantage.

Heading towards the break, real encouragement had been provided both the team and their enthusiastic supporters, but then, after Uanivi’s immediate reappearance, it was the turn of Atkinson to inflict damage on former comrades when scoring an unconverted try from a line-out. The half-time whistle then followed, with the score line reading 15-20.

If at this stage the outcome of this one was still too close to predict, just 10 minutes into the second period painted a different picture, as the hosts regained the lead. Four minutes in, full-back Charlie Ingall scored a converted try, and a second in the match then followed from ‘Atko’. Clinical at line-out time was not for the first time the potent ingredient and Sharp once again added the extra two points.

A third penalty successfully kicked by Cargill kept the Pirates in touch, and a now trademark bullocking run from lock Josh Caulfield also raised spirits. However, London Scottish eased the pressure when their lively and experienced scrum-half, former Wales 7s man Alex Walker, was to the forefront, with good support also from his namesake, home club captain Chris Walker.

Into the last quarter, when a Sharp penalty opened up a nine points gap there was a fear that the Pirates could well be denied a losing bonus point. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, as in the last minute, replacement Laurence May kicked a penalty for the final score to read 32-26.

For London Scottish it was their first Championship victory since their Round 1 win against Yorkshire Carnegie at the start of September, and it was well deserved

As for the Pirates their four-game winning sequence, two in the Cup and two in the Championship, had come to a halt on a night when there was inevitable disappointment at the ‘RAG’, where they will reconvene again next weekend, hoping to return to winning ways against Richmond.

Speaking after the game against ‘Scottish’, coach Gavin Cattle said:

“We got off to a very good start and displayed plenty of energy, but ultimately our set piece fell short, our transition from attack into defence wasn’t as sharp as it has been and there were defensive errors that we will have to address this week.

“Our discipline also let us down to at times let them back into the game, however credit to London Scottish who looked dangerous with ball in hand and are blessed with a number of experienced players.”

Looking ahead to the Richmond game, Gavin also commented:

“For this coming week we’ll have to get back on the bike and prepare for what we expect to be a really tough battle against one of the most dogged teams in the league. Richmond possesses a never-say-die attitude, so we will have to up our game, especially in that contact area.”

    

London Scottish:   15 Charlie Ingall (22, Fraser Lyle 76), 14 Matt Williams 13 Ross Neal, 12 Ben Mosses (c), 11 Craig Holland, 10 Jake Sharp, 9 Alex Walker (21 Ed Hoadley 78); 1 Derrick Appiah (17, Ben Christie 72), 2 Isaac Miller (16, Dan George 68), 3 Phil Cringle (18, Ewan McQuillin 72), 4 Ed Milne (19, Matt Marley 74), 5 Tjiuee Uanivi, 6 Gregor Gillanders, 7 Chris Walker, 8 Joe Atkinson.

Replacement (not used):   20 Max Berry.    Yellow cards:   5 Tjiuee Uanivi (27), 17 Ben Christie (79).       .

Cornish Pirates:   15 Toby May, 14 Alex O’Meara, 13 Pete Laverick, 12 Nicolas De Battista (c), 11Kyle Moyle, 10 Will Cargill (21, Laurence May 68), 9 Alex Day (20, Mike Pope 68); 1 Billy Keast, 2 Tom Cowan-Dickie (16, Marlen Walker 57), 3 Christian Judge (17, Jack Andrew 62), 4 Josh Caulfield, 5 Toby Freeman, 6 Rupert Cooper (18, Tom Duncan 51), 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Tom Lawday.

Replacements (not used):   19 Chris Fuca, 22 Nicolas Coronel.

Yellow card:  14 Alex O’Meara (49).

 

Scorers:                                                                                                                        

London Scottish – tries: Atkinson (38, 50), Holland (13), Williams (15), Ingall (44); cons: Sharp (45, 51); pen: Sharp (67).

Cornish Pirates – tries: Cheesman (26), Cooper (33); cons: Cargill (27,34); pens: Cargill (5, 8, 56), L. May (80).

 

Referee:   Fergus Kirby (RFU)    Assistants:   Simon Harding & Clare Daniels

 

Attendance:  1,356

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Cornwall launch new O’Neills kit at Polson

Cornwall Launch their new O’Neills Shirt at Polson Bridge

Cornwall RFU has officially launched their new County Championship shirt at Polson Bridge at Saturday’s   Launceston V Cornwall Development XV trial match, reports Chairman Phil Trevarton.

Photo: The new Cornwall shirt supplied by O’Neills

 

This season the Cornwall RFU have entered into an agreement with sports suppliers O’Neills to supply playing strip for the next three years. TASC Merchandise Secretary, Marina Trevarton, was at Polson Bridge and was able to meet O’Neills business manager, Cornishman, Peter Kennedy who has held several key coaching roles in English Rugby, including England Ladies Head Coach 1999-2002.

 

 

L to R Marina Trevarton (TASC), Roger Watson (CRFU Hon.Sec) Peter Kennedy (O’Neills) Colin Hatch MBE (CRFU)

There was also a mark of respect paid to Trelawny’s Army by the CRFU at Saturday’s game. The Development XV wearing O’Neills strip included a Trelawny’s Army branding on the shorts, so it is right to say that we are right behind the team this year.

 

Photo: Trelawny’s Army branded Cornwall playing shorts

 

The game was an excellent workout for players from both sides with the Cornwall XV winning 36-18 played in good spirit and energy. Coach Graham Dawe was full of praise for his young players after the game and it will be interesting to see who will come forward in the future to play for the senior squad.

 

 

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Cornwall name Development side to face Cornish All Blacks

Cornwall Development XV to play Launceston at Polson Bridge, K.O. 1.00 p.m. on Saturday 18th November 2017

 

Photo: Penryn’s Mitch Vague Iktisphoto

Cornwall’s selectors have been busy travelling around Cornwall to assemble a group of aspiring county players to start the build-up to the 2018 county championship campaign. Many past Cornish stars have started their county careers at Development XV level. Entry is £5 with all proceeds going to the Little Harbour Charity.

The game will also mark the launch of the new partnership between the CRFU and O’Neills who will be supplying all the kit for the senior sides for the next three years. Supporters will be able to buy a wide range of Cornwall replica goods from the O’Neill’s on-line shop.

Camborne is well represented, providing five of the twenty-five strong squad but players come from the far south-west (Pirates Amateurs and St Ives) and north-east (Saltash and Bude). Indeed Bude’s Joe Wilson will skipper the side.

 

15 Ben Guy (Camborne)

14 Pete Mabbott (St Ives)

13 Declan Matthews (Camborne)

12 Andrew Seviour (Penryn)

11 Will Morton (Saltash)

10 Mitch Vague (Penryn)

 9 Noah Nash (Brixham)

  1 Ethan Pattison (Redruth)

  2 Tommy Lee Southworth (Camborne)

  3 Dom Connor (Brixham)

  4 Jack Heazelton (Truro) 

  5 Alex Thornton (Hayle) 

  6 Lewis Wells (Saltash)

  7 Kieran Westlake (Camborne)

  8 Joe Wilson [Capt.] (Bude)

 

Replacements:

 

Kieran Brownfield (Pirates Amateurs) 

Ryan Rayner (Saltash)

Sam Chapman (Wadebridge)

Mark Vian (St Austell)

Jordan Nicholls (Camborne)

Tom Simmons (Falmouth)

Dan Jane (St Austell)

Cavan Boyer (St Austell)

Kieran Down (Saltash)

Rhys Brownfield (St Ives) 

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Round up from the Cornish rugby scene

Photo TASC’s Viv Broadhurst presenting training balls to Hayle RFC.

 

Camborne will wonder how they lost their South West Premier league game they appeared well in control of heading towards half-time with a 15-0 lead.

The game was littered with stoppages with Exmouth players taking some bangs to the head.

Crucially Exmouth scored an unconverted try right on half-time, much to the delight of their head coach Jon Hill, to give themselves a lifeline.

Jake Champion kicked an early penalty for the Cherry and Whites and then forced his way over after Town’s pack nicked a line-out ball in Exmouth’s 22.

Champion surprisingly missed the routine conversion.

Great play from Declan Mathews on the wing took play into the 22, James Goldsworthy provided the link for Sam Bartle to crash over for Champion to convert.

Watkins pulled a try back for Exmouth right on the break to leave Camborne 15-5 up.

Exmouth then came right back in it when lock Mike Richards powered over from close-range with George Meadows converting.

Crucially Town lost both Champion and flanker Jordan Rose, but they managed to score a third try when Andrius Zacharovas bulldozed over for an unconverted score.

Exmouth enjoyed a stroke of luck when defending near their line, an interception saw them run away to score near the sticks thanks to centre Henry Goldson, the score bettered by Meadows.

With their tails up, and roared on by the animated Hill, Exmouth got their chance to win the game when Meadows dropped a goal near the end for a 22-20 win.

In National League 2 South, Redruth’s run of three wins was brought to an end by Redingensians who prevailed 21-12.

The home side benefited from a couple of penalty-tries, a speciality for them this season.

The Reds had one or two regulars missing for various reasons and lost prop Craig Williams after 23 minutes.

Shaun Buzza and AJ Cant scored the tries for Redruth with Nielson Webber adding a conversion.

In the Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston picked up another win on the road winning 21-19 at Clevedon. Dan Pearce scored 16 points with two tries and three conversions, with lock Mark Williams bagging the other try.

In London 1 South, London Cornish defeated Maidstone 30-15 to close in on the sides above them. Dave Smith and Chris Kolapo-Ajala both scored two tries with George Kimmins kicking a couple of conversions and two penalties.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell relinquished top spot for now as they lost to new leaders Devonport Services at the Rectory 27-12. Matt Davey got both tries for the Saints with Liam Freeman adding a conversion.

St. Ives went above St. Austell after their 22-20 win at Burnham. Hakes tries were scored by Treve Polglase, Tom Nicholas, Harry Parton and Liam Jolly with Rhys Brownfield adding a conversion.

Wadebridge Camels won 33-16 at Falmouth. Joe Pretty, Matt Ballard, Jake Grubb and Sam Chapman crossed for the Camels, whilst Danny Thomas kicked two conversions and three penalties.

In reply AJ Geach scored a try for the Eagles converted by Justyn Irons who also bagged three penalties.

Truro picked a useful win at home to Tiverton 29-25. Ben Teasdale, Ian Rowe, Darren Jacques and a penalty-try made up the try count for the Goats, whilst  “Eggy” Williams kicked three conversions and a penalty.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn maintain their top spot after battling past Pirates Amateurs 6-0 at the Memorial Ground thanks to a couple of Mitch Vague penalties.

Saltash picked up a good win at Hayle 26-10 to stay on the Borough’s heels. Steve Hillman scored a hat-trick of tries with Ollie Mulberry adding a fourth for the Ashes. Harrison Reburn added three conversions.

For the Lions, who were presented with a couple of training balls by TASC for winning Cornwall 1 last season, Damien Lines scored a try converted by TJ Farrell who also kicked a penalty.

Lanner defeated Plymouth Argaum 31-10 at St. Day. Michael Laity, Bevon Stone, Adam Harris, Jack Kessell and Ollie Reynolds scored the Falcons’ tries with Kessell kicking three conversions.

Bude beat Tavistock 24-0 thanks to tries scored by Alex Rakshami, Ollie Mounce, Angus Hodges and Will Kingdom. Ollie Denford kicked two conversions.

Phil Westren’s report on the Cornish Pirates Championship win against Hartpury College can be found in the previous blog entry.

See the results page for the scores from Tribute Cornwall League.

This week sees a break for most of the leagues with just the Pirates, Lanner and the Cornwall League with games.

Pirates Amateurs v The Coldstream Guards

This coming Saturday, the 18th November, a special match will take place at the Mennaye Field, Penzance (ko 2.30pm), when the Pirates Amateurs play The Coldstream Guards. The game will honour the memory of Darren Hicks who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

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Win sees Pirates move up the table

 

Cornish Pirates 25   Hartpury College 13

 Recording this well-earned result, the Cornish Pirates also leapfrogged their Gloucestershire opponents to move up to seventh place in the Greene King IPA Championship, reports Phil Westren from the Mennaye Field.

Number 8 Tom Lawday proudly took the skipper’s armband to lead the Pirates out just before kick-off, with a minute’s silence then respectfully observed on what was Remembrance Sunday.

The Pirates got off to an encouragingly bright start on the sunny but breezy afternoon, with fly-half Will Cargill successful with an early penalty attempt, and him then converting a try scored by hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie (his impressive sixth in all games), which followed a controlled build-up.

As Hartpury, who were making their first ever visit to the Mennaye Field, settled into the match, it was clear to see how they have been quick to find their feet competing in the Championship, after being promoted from National One at the end of last season. However, trying to breach a resolute home defence was proving a difficult task, and half-time arrived with the Pirates holding a deserved 10-nil lead.

Back to fitness, Tom Duncan was a welcome face on the bench who replaced an injured Lawday during the break. He also took over the captaincy role, and was clearly keen to make an impact, which he did with an early charge.

Hartpury scored their first points of the afternoon in the 51st minute, thanks to fly-half Jacob Perry firing a penalty through the Newlyn posts, and Cargill then responded with his second successful three-pointer of the afternoon, following former Welsh international Rhys Oakley, who skippered the visitors, being yellow-carded.

A penalty from Hartpury replacement James Williams made it 13-6, however immense scrum power by the Pirates set them on the way to registering their next score, in the form of a penalty try awarded by referee Mr. Matthew O’Grady.

To their credit, Hartpury would score again, when another replacement in the shape of diminutive scrum-half Charlie Chapman showed a clean pair of heels to cross at the Newlyn gate corner. Williams was again on target, this time with a well-struck conversion.

Although, with ten minutes still to go, for home supporters a 20-13 score line caused just a tad of anxiety, the players thankfully maintained their focus – and confidence. With a bullocking run, and one full of brawn, man-of-the match lock Josh Caulfield tore into the heart of Hartpury’s defence, and when play went left Alex O’Meara provided the scoring pass to fellow wingman Kyle Moyle. Diving over the line it was Moyler’s eighth Championship try of the season, leaving Cargill to then convert and cement the team’s latest ‘W’. This victory for their Pirates was their fourth on the trot, following Cup wins away to Hartpury RFC and home to Ulster A, and then away to Doncaster Knights in the league.

 

Cornish Pirates:   15 Toby May, 14 Alex O’Meara, 13 Pete Laverick, 12 Nicolas Coronel, 11Kyle Moyle, 10 Will Cargill, 9 Alex Day (Mike Pope 72); 1 Billy Keast (Christian Judge 54), 2 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 3 Jack Andrew (Marlen Walker), 4 Josh Caulfield, 5 Toby Freeman, 6 Rupert Cooper, 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Tom Lawday (captain, Tom Duncan h/t).

Replacements (not used); Alan Paver, Laurence May, Harry Strong.

Hartpury RFC:   15 Mike Wilcox, 14 Ed Coulson, 13 George Boulton, 12 Luke Eves, 11 Ed Sheldon, 10 Jacob Perry (James Williams 57), 9 Harry Cochrane (Charlie Chapman 60); 1 Dan Murphy (Mike Flook 54, Dan Murphy 76), 2 Will Tanner (Henry Walker 57), 3. Rupert Harden (Tom Heard 69), 4 Joe Quinn (Joe Dancer 14), 5 Rhys Oakley (captain) 6 Rob Langley, 7 Matt Gilbert, 8 Darrel Dyer (Iain Grieve 58). Yellow card: Rhys Oakley.

 

Scorers: Cornish Pirates – tries: Cowan-Dickie, Penalty try, Moyle; con: Cargill; pens: Cargill (2).                                                                                                                    Hartpury RFC – try: Chapman; con: Williams; pens: Perry, Williams.

 

Referee:   Matthew O’Grady             Attendance:   1,432

 

St. Austell Brewery’s Man-of-the-Match:   JoshCaulfield

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Round up of the games from last Saturday

 

With the Cornish Pirates having a week off it was Redruth who took centre stage last Saturday in their National League 2 South game against London Irish Wild Geese.

A hard fought entertaining game saw the Reds prevail 46-38 with the home side running in six of the ten tries scored.

Rob Coote scored the only Redruth try during the first half as the Reds turned around 17-13 down.

Tries from Ben Priddey (2), Sam Matavesi and Matt Bowden (2) saw Redruth home in the second half despite a late rally from Wild Geese which saw them gat a try bonus point. Ashley Hosking had another fine day with the boot landing five conversions and two penalties.

The win sees Redruth move up to fifth just a couple of points behind Redingensians whom they play this Saturday.

In the South West Premier League, Camborne upturned the form book winning 22-20 at previously unbeaten Dings Crusaders. Harvey Bell scored their try with Jake Champion kicking the other points.

In the Tribute South West 1 West league, Launceston got back to winning ways with a 19-13 win over Bridgwater & Albion at Polson Bridge.

Brandon Rowley, Ryan Westren and Jake Crabb scored their tries, Dan Pearce adding a couple of conversions. The win keeps Launceston in third place in the table.

In London 1 South, London Cornish produced a shock winning 43-23 at promotion chasing Chichester.

Cornish scored six tries through Toby Fletcher, Dave Funston, Chris Kolapo-Ajala (2), James La Broy and Harry Somers. George Kimmins booted over five conversions and a penalty. The win keep Cornish in fifth place in the league table, with DoR Dickon Moon saying it was their best performance of the season so far.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell are top thanks to a win at Tregorrick 19-5 against Crediton. The mid-Devon side took a 5-0 lead into half-time before Saints scored 19 unanswered points in the second half thanks to tries from forwards Hugh Noot and George Knowles (2), with Liam Freeman landing a couple of conversions.

St. Ives won the local derby against Truro 41-19. Pete Mabbott (3), Jamie Prisk, Martyn Lawrence (2) and Tom Nicholas all scored tries for the Hakes with Rhys Brownfield knocking over the conversions.

For Truro Josh Symons and Ian Rowe scored tries, with new-signing Nick Prout knocking over three penalties.

Wadebridge Camels drew at home against previous leaders Devonport Services 20-all. Jake Grubb, Jack Scott and Dom Hawkey scored tries for the Camels with Danny Thomas kicking a penalty and conversion.

Falmouth were always behind against Kingsbridge as the Devon side won 43-25 at the Rec. The Eagles put in a strong finish to pick up a try bonus point thanks to Mark Lea, Tom Simmons, Tom Job and Matt Brewer, whilst Justyn Irons kicked a penalty and a conversion.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn ran in ten tries to defeat Withycombe 66-5 at the Memorial Ground. Sam Hitchings ran in a hat-trick of tries and there were braces for Andy Seviour and Grant Randlesome. Other tries came from Nathan Strick, Josh Chambers and Adam Hughes. Mitch Vague kicked eight conversions.

Lanner piped Pirates Amateurs 33-31 down at the Mennaye. Both sides scored five tries, Mike Roach (2), Dan Lugg, Danny Tolan (2) for the Amateurs whilst Mike Laity (2), Adam Harris, Ryan Thomas and Jack Kessell crossed for the Falcons crucially Harris kicked four conversions for Lanner to Hall’s three.

Saltash won the other derby game against Bude 35-20 at Moorlands. Ollie Mulberry, Ryan Cruickshanks, Liall Honey and Will Morton scored tries for the Ashes with Harrison Reburn kicking the rest of the points.

Sean Andrew and Angus Hodges scored tries for Bude with a penalty-try also awarded for the North Cornwall side. Ollie Denford kicked a penalty.

Hayle lost at Plymstock 30-17. Rob Goodman and Doug Arnull scored tries for the Lions whilst TJ Farrell kicked a couple of conversions and a penalty.

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Cornwall U.18 girls put up a brave show against Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire U18 Girls 53-5 Cornwall U18 Girls

Report by NIALL Devenish.

Cornwall U18 Girls made the very long trip up to Banbury RFC in Oxfordshire for their first game of the season against the home team.

A very well organised Oxfordshire side put Cornwall under pressure from the outset and despite some spirited defence by the Cornish side started to work a healthy lead.

In attack Cornwall could not seem to find the fluency required and even after long periods of attack were unable to make much of a mark on the score board.

Cornwall started the second half brightly showing greater purpose in attack, managing a sustained period of pressure in the opposition 22. Following a great line break by Cornwall, Oxfordshire were penalised for deliberately killing the ball on their five-metre line resulting in one of their players being sin binned.

Cornwall used the extra player well to break down a stubborn defence and score their only try of the game.

The final score of 53- 5 did not reflect the effort and spirit the Cornish Girls showed, they were beaten by a good and well organised side, but never gave up.

Head coach Niall Devenish

Assistant coach Karl Thomas

Team manager Teri Hughes

 

Team sheet.

Cornwall U.18 Girls

1.Chelsea Mitchell
2.Mia Abbott-Smith
3.Joanne Hocking
4.Megan Shroff
5. Beth Hampton
6.Nadine Vincent
7.Zelah Yuill
8. Leona Hughes (vice captain)
9.Roberta Scotland
10.Amy Bunt (Captain)
11.Megan Trevorrow
12.Sasha Friggens
13. Ellie Benyon
14.Lizzie Langton
15.Lizzie Peverley

Replacements

16.Chloe Tyrell
17.Keira Goddard
18.Sophie Hall
19.Zoe Pixton
20.Lucy Rendle
21.Adriana Barker
22.Chloe Graham

 

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Cornwall girls win in Oxfordshire

OXFORDSHIRE U.15  12PTS CORNWALL U.15 24PTS

By Kevin Williams

Cornwall girls under 15s set off bright and early for the first of their three games against Oxfordshire at Banbury RFC.

 

Due to an accident en route and the changing rooms not being ready the girls only had a short period of time to warm up and to shake the journey out of their systems, not ideal preparation. .

Playing the first half down the slightest of slopes on a firm pitch with a bit of sunshine  Cornwall failed to claim the ball from kick off  knocking on. Undeterred Cornwall’s pack took the first scrum against the head, the ball spun wide to the blindside winger Abby Smith who from 30 meters beat her opposite number and full back to open the scoring for the visitors, that try lifted the girls.

A short while later Oxfordshire put together a good few phases to drive over the line for a converted try and a 7-5 lead.

After gaining a scrum in a good field position in the Oxfordshire half the Cornwall pack showed their strength and dominance winning the ball before putting together a number of phases allowing lock Evie Asman to crash over for a try converted by centre Chloe Vickery.

Oxfordshire bounced back with an unconverted try to level the game at 12-all.

With a minute or so left on the clock in the first half Cornwall had another scrum this time in their own 22, winning the ball Cornwall moved the ball to full back Laura Griggs who showed great pace beating the cover from distance to dot down under the post for Vickery to convert leaving Cornwall 19-12 up at half-time.

Cornwall started the second half the way they finished the first half dominating field position and possession, however play was halted for a period following a neck injury to Cornwall’s No.8 Kacey Rexworthy requiring the game to be completed on an adjourning pitch.

 

Oxfordshire put Cornwall under pressure from the re-start but Cornwall defended well turning the ball over on their 5 metre line with Griggs relieving the siege with a powerful run out of defence up to halfway.

 

Cornwall settled starting to put the phases together as the forwards and backs combined inside the Oxfordshire 22 resulting in replacement Charlotte Newstead crossing the whitewash for the only score of the half.

Speaking after the game coach Kevin Williams said. “With minimal preparation time and the long distance to travel we all thought we were in for a difficult day at the office but these young ladies showed brilliant commitment and team spirit from start to finish.
Cornwall’s pack was fantastic at the break down with lots of turnovers coming from lock Megan Moriarty whilst the Cornish scrum was dominant throughout.

“A special mention needs to go to centre Chloe Vickery for stepping up to take the  conversions, having never taken one before, she converted two out of four.”

Cornwall U.15: Laura Giggs, Abby Smith, Flo Bawden, Chloe Vickery, Jenna Dymond, Anna German, Chloe Shrosbree (Capt); Megan Clifford, Pyper Karkeek, Chelsea Cortis, Megan Moriarty, Kacey Rowe, Evie Asman, Sophie Daniel, Kacey Rexworthy.

 

Replacements: Mollie Maycock, Paige Clarke, Emily Hosking, Evie Curnow, Charlotte Newstead, Kizzy Dymond, Olivia Rowland

 

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Weekly review of the weekend’s games

 

What a cracking game of rugby the Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates Championship clash proved to be on SKY yesterday afternoon.

No question it was the best performance of the season, thus far, from the Cornish side as they triumphed 46-29 to notch up their first away win of the season.

Will Cargill kicked a penalty to open the Pirates’ account after 18 minutes before Toby May went over for the opening try.

Speedster Kyle Moyle rocketed in off an inside pass from Alex Day to put the Pirates well in command at half-time 17-5.

The second half started even better as Alex O’Meara ran in a gift pass from Donny. Then as the Knights found themselves down to 14 men, due to a sin-bin, Pirates added two further tries through Tom Lawday and Nicolas Coronel, Laurence May on the money with both conversions.

Despite a rally from Doncaster that saw them get their own try-bonus point, Lawday’s second try sealed the win, with May again slotting the conversion and a final penalty goal.

On Saturday, despite the early morning start, Redruth got their first away win of the season in National League 2 South at Henley Hawks 42-22.

Reds scored five tries through Sam Matavesi, Ben Priddey, Matt Bowden, AJ Cant and skipper Richard Brown, with Ashley Hosking four conversions and three penalties.

Congratulations to Redruth head coach Pale Nonu on his marriage to Amy, which took place early last week.

Camborne lost for the second time at home this season as they went down to a narrow 17-14 defeat to Cleve.

The game was watched by former England Internationals John Collins and Richard Sharp along with most of the CRFU committee.

Cleve’s big forwards proved a handful for the home side, but Town competed well and in the end with a bit more luck could have nicked it. Dave Mankee marked his 300th appearance for the club with three penalties, whilst Ashley Riches scored their only try.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston went down to defeat at Bideford 20-0.

In London 1 South, London Cornish bounced back from their defeat against Medway last week to defeat Brighton 23-7 and move above the Sussex side in the table. Tries for Cornish were scored by Andy Hill, Chris Kolapo-Ajala and Jake Slade with George Kimmins kicking the other points.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell maintain their push near the top following an impressive 20-3 win at Chard. Chris Ashwin, Max Duggan and Liam Freeman scored the Saints’ tries with Freeman adding a conversion and a penalty.

Falmouth slipped to defeat at Devonport Services 33-10, Justyn Irons with all their points.

St. Ives found Torquay Athletic in much improved form as the Tics won 38-13. Despite leading 13-10 at the break with tries from Josh Palmer and Jacob Ninnes plus a Rhys Brownfield penalty, the Hakes were shattered as Torquay scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.

Truro backed up last week’s win with success at St. Clements Hill 26-20 against Paignton. Luke Tidball (2) and Dan Head scored tries whilst Mark Richards kicked eight points and Eggy Williams added a further penalty.

Wadebridge Camels went down 30-3 at Crediton, Dan Thomas kicked their solitary penalty.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn march on at the top following their 29-10 win at St. Day against Lanner. Adam Hughes, Grant Randlesome, Steve Patterson and Andy Seviour scored the Borough’s tries with Tom Townsend adding three conversions and a penalty.

Saltash had a big win against Wessex 82-14 scoring twelve tries, both Steve Hillman and Sam Snell scored a brace each with other scores shared around.

Hayle had a fine win at home against Plymouth Argaum 28-5. Tallan Daniels (2) and Neil Mitchell scored tries for the Lions whilst TJ Farrell kicked three penalties and two conversions.

Bude also won at home defeating Plymstock 21-17. Olly Denford, Joe Wilson and Olly Mounce scored tries with Denford adding all three conversions.

Steve Evans kicked Pirates Amateurs only points as they slipped to defeat at Honiton 51-3.

Well done to Cornwall U.18’s who beat Devon at Keyham on Sunday 19-17. Cornwall’s tries were scored by Truro School’s Mike Austin, Liskeard-Looe’s Jordan Smith and Bude’s Rory Mead.

Cornwall U.18’s are preparing for their South West Championship games at Weston Hornets in December.

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“Stack” Stevens – Thanksgiving Service

 

 

It has been confirmed that a ‘Service of Thanksgiving’ for Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens is to be held at:

St. Mary’s Church, Penzance

Friday 27th October

commencing 12 noon

Those attending the Service of Thanksgiving are afterwards invited to the Pirates ‘Westholme’ clubhouse.

Following a long illness Stack sadly passed away on Tuesday 10th October 2017.

A true legend in Cornish rugby Stack skippered Cornwall from 1973 to 1975 and played 83 times for the county. He was capped 25 times for England (captain in 1971) and was a 1971 British and Irish Lion when they toured New Zealand in 1971.

Our thoughts are with Stack’s nearest and dearest at this sad time.

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