Pic – tough times for Benji Thomas at Penryn
The weather relented this week to allow the vast majority of the league and cup program to go ahead.
I took in two games this weekend, Penryn against Wadebridge Camels a basement battle derby in Tribute Western Counties West on Saturday, then
the following day down at the Mennaye to see the Cornish Pirates in B&I Cup action against Nottingham.
The affair at the Memorial Ground to start with; to be fair it was a game both sides will want to forget as both coaches acknowledged after the final
whistle, but a 19-16 win for the Camels gives them a lift going into next week’s home game against another struggling Cornish side Saltash.
Penryn have been hit hard by unavailability and injury this season, neither having to sit out the past two weekends will have helped.
Two first half tries from Matt Ballard and Richard Dawe both converted by James Grubb gave the Camels a 14-3 half-time lead with Matt Horton replying with a penalty for Penryn.
Horton continued to chip away with two further penalties for the Borough before Dom Hawkey scored the crucial third try.
Jordan Rose got Penryn back in it with a great try following a good mid-field break by Andrew Seviour with Horton adding the extras.
Despite several phases of play near the Wadebridge line Penryn couldn’t get over and when they knocked on that was it.
Elsewhere in Western Counties West, Truro kept up their good form with a 28-13 win at Saltash.
Ashley Riches (2), Luke Trescothick and Ethan Pattison scored the tries with Daryl Riches adding all four conversions.
For Saltash, Max Venables scored all their points with a try conversion and two penalties.
St. Austell make up the quartet of four Cornish clubs at the bottom of the table after losing at Tregorrick 15-8 to Devonport Services. James Martin scored their try with Andy Ashwin kicking a penalty.
Two defeats for our National League 2 sides on Saturday, Redruth travelled with justifiable hopes to Cambridge but lost 29-27. Reds still came away with two points as Ben Priddey got three tries and a penalty try. Dave Mankee kicked two conversions and a penalty.
For the Cornish All Blacks the losing run continues as they went down 38-5 to Worthing at Polson. Martin Kneebone with a consolation try.
In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne’s march continues on top of the table following their 24-8 win at Teignmouth.
Gareth Mankee (2), Rhys Brownfield and Neil Stanleick scored their tries with Ben Stean adding a couple of conversions. Town are still eleven points clear of Thornbury who have a game in hand.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, leaders Bude comforted their position with a fine 32-24 win at Falmouth.
Dan Pearce (2), Kyle Speare (2) and Joe Wilson scored their tries with Pearce landing a couple of conversions and a penalty.
Matt Lee scored a couple of tries for the Eagles both converted by Justyn Irons who also kicked four penalties.
St. Ives won their derby fixture against Hayle 55-3. Bobby Conroy-Smith led the try stakes with three. Lewis Thomas (2), Jess Tompsett, Ben Jenkins, Tom Nicholas and Louis Stevens also crossed for tries. Grant Thirlby added five conversions.
For the Lions Richards kicked a penalty.
Bodmin lost 45-10 at Honiton Josh Taylor scored their points with a try conversion and penalty.
Newquay’s game against Pirates Ams was postponed.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, a surprise as leaders Camborne School of Mines lost for the first time this season at Helston 17-8.
Veor closed the gap with a 45-7 win at Perranporth, whilst Lanner edged a close game against Liskeard-Looe on the Tregenver Road pitch at Falmouth.
St. Agnes look set for a swift return to Cornwall 2 as they forfeited their game to Illogan Park.
In Tribute Cornwall 2, Roseland remain unbeaten after their 29-3 at Stithians, St. Just remain second having defeated Camelford 20-13 at Tregeseal, whilst Lankelly-Fowey won 17-12 at Redruth Albany.
The Cornish Pirates dispatched Nottingham 38-19 in their British and Irish Cup pool game. They had the bonus point win secured by half-time following tries from Tom Channon, Kyle Moyle, Tom Hendrickson and Marlen Walker.
Further second half tries came from Alex Day and Tom Duncan, Laurence May kicked four conversions.
It sets it up for a table topping decider at Old Deer Park next Saturday against London Welsh.
Tom Hendrickson’s try was a peach at the Mennaye yesterday, but my score of the weekend has to be Max Bodilly’s cracking try for Exeter Chiefs at Stade Chaban Delmas against Union Bordeaux Bègles. His interplay with Olly Woodburn was fantastic.