Pirates get back to Championship action with a win


Report By Phil Westren, photo Brian Tempest – 30th Dec 2018

Cornish Pirates 27   London Scottish 0

Under the glow of the Mennaye Field’s floodlights, on their return to Greene King IPA Championship action this result gave the Cornish Pirates deserved satisfaction. Indeed, it not only saw them end 2018 on a high with a bonus point victory, but they also ‘nilled’ their opponents and, in the process, climbed up to third in the league table.

As expected, this final fixture of the year delivered another atmospheric occasion, with the expected seasonal bumper crowd present. It also marked scrum-half Alex Day’s 100th appearance for the club.

There was just one change in the Cornish Pirates starting line-up from the one that faced London Irish in the Cup before Christmas, with AJ Cant named on the wing. He had been used as a replacement in the game against ‘Irish’, following an injury suffered by Robin Wedlake.

The calm and mild weather conditions were far better than expected for the time of year, and there was a real buzz about a Mennaye Field that had also recovered well following the Pirates last outing.

Match underway, to their credit, London Scottish dominated possession for much of the first half but had nothing to show for it due to a miserly home defence.

With the Pirates line once again proving difficult to breach, it was also pleasing that they were able to create scoring chances. Two would be taken in the first half, an opener through full-back Kyle Moyle who, following some good inter-play, notched up his seventh Championship try of the season. Fly-half Will Cargill added the extras. Then, close to half-time, following a determined drive towards the Penzance posts the ball was swiftly released to the right, enabling wing Alex O’Meara to squeeze in at the clubhouse corner for try number two.

The crowd had been entertained well enough in the first period, as they were at the start of the second half when hooker Sam Matavesi tore down the right and in the process used his potent hand-off. It certainly raised added interest for supporters in the old Western National corner (nowadays often called Naughty Boys corner), as did a run from Cant who has quickly shown a level of ability that should see him do well at Championship level.

To their credit London Scottish continued to be competitive, with play a little boisterous at times, however the mood of the Pirates was simply to give them ‘nowt’.

A Cargill penalty on 68 minutes made it 15-0, and after No. 8 Tom Duncan then scored a converted try the Pirates dug deep to secure a bonus point effort. Replacements had been made, including a debut for hooker Charlie Gibbings. Other fresh faces, namely fly-half Javier Rojas Alvarez and prop Jack Owlett then made telling contributions. The former posted his penalty kick perfectly down the left touchline, and it was the latter who was in position to apply the downward pressure for try number four.

The Cup win for the Pirates against London Irish two weeks earlier had delivered the perfect Christmas present, whilst this result was one to provide genuine optimism for the New Year. For sure, a lot of hard work is and has been undertaken by individuals, with the passion of Dicky Evans also still steering the plotted course.

Cornish Pirates:   15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Alex O’Meara (Matt Evans 68), 13 Rory Parata, 12 Callum Patterson, 11 AJ Cant, 10 Will Cargill (Javier Rojas Alvarez 74), 9 Alex Day (Jake Ashby 74); 1 Jack Andrew (Marlen Walker 58), 2 Sam Matavesi (Charlie Gibbings 74), 3 Tyler Gendall (Jack Owlett 74), 4 Toby Freeman, 5 Brett Beukeboom (c), 6 Josh Caulfield (Dan Lee 61), 7 John Stevens, 8 Tom Duncan.

London Scottish:   15 Elliott Obatoyinbo, 14 Miles Mantella, 13 Richie Vernon (Jacob Perry 57),12 Reuben Bird-Tulloch (Jacob Perry 22, Bird Tulloch 32) , 11 Rob Stevenson, 10 Rory Jennings, 9 Grayson Hart (Josh Barton 73); 1 Jordan Brodley (Jonny Harris 61), 2 Billy Harding (Ollie Adams 76), 3 James Litchfield (Phil Cringle 48) , 4 Theo Vukasinovic (Byron Hodge 68), 5 Tjiuee Uanivi, 6 James Tyas, 7 Lewis Wynne (Matt Marley 74), 8 Mark Bright (c).

Scorers:

Cornish Pirates – tries: Moyle, O’Meara, Duncan, Owlett; cons: Cargill (2); pen: Cargill.

Referee:   Dean Richards (RFU)       Attendance:   2,963

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

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Camborne reclaim the churn

RODDA’S MILK CUP

REDRUTH 14 – 17 CAMBORNE

By Bill Hooper at the Recreation Ground.

Dave Mankee’s penalty mid-way through the second half proved to be good enough for Camborne to re-gain the Rodda’s Milk Cup against old rivals Redruth.

It proved to be an absorbing game with defences generally on top played out before a crowd of over 1,500 in the winter sunshine. It was by and large a good-tempered game.

Camborne’s head coach Liam Chapple was delighted with his side’s performance. “We defended so well throughout the whole game and when chances came our way we took them. Getting to half-time all square at 14-all gave us a huge lift that we could go on and get a result here. All credit to the boys for digging in and playing their hearts out. I hope we can use this result as a launch pad for our league campaign in the New Year starting at home against Newton Abbot.”

Playing down the slope first half it was Redruth who had the early pressure roared on by their home support. Having gone close early on wing Tom Notman finished off a textbook move off a scrum after Pale Nonu made good ground before scrum-half Jack Oulton provided the scoring pass.

Full-back Ashley Hosking knocked over the conversion and the Reds so it seemed were up and running.

Redruth looked to build on their early score with Sam Parsons making a return for this fixture playing in the back row putting in some strong runs.

As the game reached the half-hour marked so the fortunes changed. Within the space of a couple of minutes Camborne profited from two interceptions from deep in their own twenty-two to score. The first from a mistake from Nonu saw lock Neil Stanlieck charge up-field like a raging buffalo only to be hauled down five metres short of the Redruth line. After a couple of phases flanker Cameron Bone squeezed over to the huge roar of the Camborne end. Mankee’s conversion looked wide but was given by the referee.

Moments later it was a case of déjà-vu as man-of-the-match and winner of the Tony Pill Cup, centre Declan Matthews picked off another speculative pass to sprint in from his own twenty-two under the Redruth posts, Mankee slotted the conversion to put Town 14-7 up in front of their delirious fans.

Redruth hit back but their chances all came to nothing as the error count piled up, eventually in time added on at the end of the first half they scored a second try through centre Connor Gilbert from short-range. Aaron Simmonds on as replacement added the extras to tie it up at 14-all at half-time.

The second half proved a cagey affair both sides had chances but wasted them. Mankee was short with a penalty attempt from near half-way but some twelve minutes later he was on the money with another attempt that put his side ahead.

With time running out Redruth tried everything, however the game was held up following a neck injury to Camborne player Oakley Smitherham which necessitated in the player being stretched off to warm applause.

Redruth had a period of pressure on the Camborne line at the end but a knock-on saw Camborne re-gain the churn, despite defending for the final moments with just thirteen men, to the huge delight of their fans at that end.   

Redruth: Hosking, Notman, Gilbert, Whitworth, Bonds, Kevern, Oulton; Hodge, Brown (capt), Salt, Heazelton, Hattam, Parsons, Stevens, Nonu.

Replacements: Joyce, Barnes, Clemson, Tucker, Hosking A, Simmonds

Camborne: Long, Thomas, Semmens, Matthews, Blee, Mankee, Bawden; Hearn, Southworth, Drew (capt), Cook, Steinlieck, Bone, Nicholls, Rose.

Replacements: Trewhella, Zacharovas, Riches, Hendra, Smitherham, Brownfield.

Referee: Bradley Bignall (RFU)

Crowd: 1586

Trelawny’s Army Tony Pill Cup man-of-the-match: Declan Matthews (Camborne). A fine game from the centre who looked sharp in attack and tackled ha

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Cornwall Under 20s

COACHES THOUGHTS FOLLOWING CORNWALL UNDER 20S GAME WITH CORNWALL FIRE SERVICES

It was a steep learning curve for the Cornish youngsters against the Cornwall Fire Services XV which boasted several players with senior experience.

The final score of 52-14 to the Firemen under the Hayle floodlights was perhaps a little harsh on the lads who stuck at it and showed plenty of promise.

Speaking after the game Cornwall coaches Josh Lord and Richie Kevern gave me their thoughts. Josh felt that the lads could take a lot of heart from their performance. “There were masses of good points to take from tonight’s game, a lot of new boys coming into the squad and putting their hat in the ring for the nest trial game.

Josh acknowledged his side was up against it especially at scrum-time. “We were up against a well-drilled and solid pack with a lot of experience,  at this level you would expect them to dominate against a fairly young pack that had never played together before. I do feel that we adapted to the challenge as the game wore on and we can take a lot of credit out of the game.

“We had a good chat at half-time we set out some goals for the second forty and I felt we accomplished what we had planned, we looked a better unit and played some good rugby when we moved the ball.

Josh confirmed that the preparations are going well with training sessions at Truro College on a Sunday morning. “We are building for the opening championship game against Devon at St. Austell (Sunday 3rd Feb kick-off 2 pm). We will be building up our training ahead of our next trial game against Culdrose in January.

Josh acknowledges that the expectations are high following last season’s run to the final. “After tasting getting to Twickenham last season the boys want to go one better. I felt the score-line last year flattered Yorkshire in some ways, no complaints on the result, but we went out in the second half determined to play and not try to damage limitation. I am convinced that it’s a mindset thing as opposed to an ability thing, if we believe then we can achieve.”

Richie Kevern expressed how pleased he was to be involved this season. “It’s been great to come in and be involved with a great bunch of lads. We’ve got some exceptional talent coming through with the right attitude and they want to play, have a go.

“You saw that at times today when they move the ball they create chances and look dangerous, it’s just that final pass or offload we need to work on to complete the puzzle.

Richie was also full of praise for the attitude of the players at training. “Top draw I have to say, there is a huge buzz around the squad after last year, numbers are good at training and they all want to make the squad, it’s a great credit that they turn up having played a game on Saturday but are still keen on a Sunday morning. Josh and I are going to have a hard job picking the squad because so many boys are pushing their cases for inclusion.”        

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Boxing Day fixtures 2018

BOXING DAY FIXTURES 2018

CHECK WITH CLUBS RE KICK-OFF TIMES

RODDA’S MILK CUP               

REDRUTH – CAMBORNE 2 PM

FRIENDLIES

FALMOUTH – PENRYN 2 PM

PENRYN SARACENS – FALMOUTH ONE & ALL 11 AM

CAMBORNE FESTIVE XV – REDRUTH II 11 AM

LANKELLY-FOWEY – ST. AUSTELL SINNERS 11 AM

ROSELAND – TRURO XV 12:30 PM

BUDE – PRESIDENT’S XV 11 AM

NEWQUAY HORNETS – CHAIRMAN’S XV

PIRATES AMATEURS XV – GEOFF COCK XV 2 PM

HELSTON – EXILES 11 AM

SALTASH – ST. BONIFACE OLD BOYS 11 AM

LAUNCESTON – PAST PLAYERS 11 AM

PERRANPORTH – PRESIDENT’S XV

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Late Resurgence is Not Enough

Bedford Blues 27   Cornish Pirates 17

By Phil Westren

Playing their penultimate Pool 3 game in the new Championship Cup competition, despite this loss the Cornish Pirates will still ultimately progress to the quarter-finals stage – either as one of the two best third-placed teams across the three pools or as the runner-up in their pool.

The Pirates won 22-20 at home against the Blues in their Championship Cup opener and expected it to be nothing less than tough and likely close once more. Tough, it was, however but for a spirited late resurgence, it was anything but close.

One change in the backs from the side that started at Hartpury last weekend saw Alex Day selected at scrum-half, whilst in the forwards there were returns for hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie, prop Jack Owlett, the second-row pairing of Toby Freeman and skipper Brett Beukeboom, plus back-rowers Matt Bolwell and Tom Duncan.

With a festive feel about Goldington Road, after flanker Josh Buggea led the Blues out on his 100th appearance both sides went close to scoring in the opening exchanges, the Pirates following a charge down by centre Dan Koster and then Bedford who built the phases only to give a penalty away just five metres out from the Pirates line. However, in the 13th minute the home side, playing with the advantage of their renowned slope, got the scoring underway thanks toa penalty slotted by Will Hooley, a former England under 20s and present-day USA international fly-half.

 The Pirates were in general guilty of giving too many penalties away and their cause not helped when Beukeboom was shown a yellow-card for making a deliberate knock-on. It was also not long before the Blues took due advantage, when wing Pat Tapley scored a converted try between the posts.

 Having suffered something of a set-back, two minutes later the14-man Pirates fell further behind. Stretched defensively, Bedford’s replacement wing Ed Coulson was the man to ultimately make them pay with another converted try. Coulson’s early cameo then came to an end, the return to play of wing Dean Adamson following a head injury assessment, seeing Coulson take his place back on the bench.

 The penalty count against the Pirates would continue to climb, at the same time gifting Bedford opportunities to gain advantage, which they did once more before the break thanks to a try now scored by Adamson. Hooley was this time luckless with his conversion attempt, as it rebounded off the woodwork.

 In first half time remaining, further pressure applied by the Blues saw prop JackOwlett become the second Pirates player of the afternoon to be sent to the sinbin. Thankfully, the Pirates leaked no further points for the interval to arrive with the score reading 22-0.

After a truly disappointing first half, the second forty would be a real test of character for the Cornish team, the first nine minutes of which they would have to play a man short. However, there was at least initial credit due them for displaying extra energy to provide a glimmer of hope for points.

As the half progressed, and replacements were made, it would be Bedford who would score again, when midway through the period Adamson crossed for his second try of the afternoon. It was also one that secured the bonus point for the home side.

Under the glow of the Goldington Road floodlights, faithful visiting supporters could be forgiven for looking somewhat forlorn, despite an effort from full-back Kyle Moyle that saw him go close.

In general, the Pirates certainly had a little more of the play in the second halfbut there were no points to show for it until, after Coulson was yellow-cardedfor him to now assess the comfort of the sin bin seat, they made numericaladvantage count. Two fine tries were scored by wingers Alex O’Meara and RobinWedlake, the latter’s well converted by replacement Harvey Skinner. Then, deepin injury time, there was also a try out wide for centre Koster, adding to thetwo he scored the previous week. Yes, it was an admirable resurgence, but sadlyit was all just too late.

At the final whistle, with one pool game remaining it was time to sketch all the various permutations. In short, as previously mentioned, the Pirates will compete in the quarter-finals stage, their aim now to ideally secure the runners-up spot in their pool by beating London Irish at home next Saturday. It is a game now with added significance, and although a tough ask against a team they are yet to beat, the focus will be on doing just that. It will also be one of those occasions when a big home crowd can help play their part, to at the same time witness what promises to be a real Christmas cracker.

At the end of the game against Bedford Blues, Cornish Pirates co-coach Gavin Cattle said. “The penalty account against us was astronomical and ultimately if you want to win games you can’t give 20 penalties away.

“We obviously struggled at the set piece, where you need ball to play with, and in the first half we gave up the ball too easily at the attack breakdown.

“As coaches and players, we are disappointed, because there are areas of the game that we pride ourselves on that didn’t function. Injuries in certain positions haven’t helped and we’re aware there are areas of our game to work on.

“Yes, the boys are hurting from the performance today, however I’m proud that they stuck in there and showed resilience and will now want to put things right next week.”

Bedford Blues:   15 Rich Lane (22 Ed Coulson, 62), 14 Pat Tapley, 13 Lewis Robling, 12 Chris Czekaj, 11 Dean Adamson (22 Ed Coulson 17; 11 Dean Adamson, 25), 10 Will Hooley, 9 Lee Dickson (c; 21 Alex Gliksten 59); 1 Sean McCarthy (17 Toby Trinder 62), 2 Charlie Clare (16 Tadgh McElroy, 64), 3 Alex Penny (18 Ben Cooper, 62; 3 Alex Penny, 67; 18 Ben Cooper, 77), 4 Ed Taylor, 5 Mark Flanagan, 6 Justin Blanchet (19 Oli Curry, 52), 7 Josh Buggea, 8 Jarad Williams.

Replacement (not used):   20 Huw Worthington.

Yellow card:   22 Ed Coulson (71).

Cornish Pirates:   15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Alex O’Meara (17 Tom Concu, 43; 14 Alex O’Meara, 51), 13 Dan Koster, 12 Javier Rojas Alvarez (22 Callum Patterson, 49), 11 Robin Wedlake, 10 Will Cargill (21 Harvey Skinner, 57), 9 Alex Day (20 Alex Schwarz, 57); 1 Jack Owlett, 2 Tom Cowan-Dickie (16 Sam Matavesi, 33), 3 Jack Andrew 4 Toby Freeman (18 Nodar Cheishvili, 64), 5 Brett Beukeboom (c), 6 Matt Bolwell, 7 John Stevens (19 Josh Caulfield, 57), 8 Tom Duncan.

Yellow cards:   5 Brett Beukeboom (17), 1 Jack Owlett (40).

Scorers:

Bedford Blues – tries: 14 Pat Tapley (22), 22 Ed Coulson (24), 11 Dean Adamson (39, 11); cons: 10 Will Hooley (22, 25); pen: 10 Will Hooley (13).

Cornish Pirates – tries: 14 Alex O’Meara (75), 11 Robin Wedlake (77); 13 Dan Koster (80); con: 21 Harvey Skinner 77).

Referee:   Alexander Thomas

Attendance:   1986

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Dramatic Late Try Seals Victory for Pirates

Photo: In the gathering gloom Wedlake scores the late winner.

 

 

Hartpury RFC 29   Cornish Pirates 36

In the very final seconds of this match, and with the scores level at 29-all, the Cornish Pirates snatched victory with a dramatic late try scored by wing Robin Wedlake, reports Phil Westren.

Having met at the Mennaye Field six days earlier, when the Cornish Pirates won comfortably 53-17, both sides had made changes for part two of this Pool 3 double header played in Round 4 of the Championship Cup.

For the Pirates, hooker Sam Matavesi and lock Nodar Cheishvili were welcomed back fresh from international duty with Fiji and Georgia respectively, the latter player making his first appearance for the Cornish team in a competitive match. Dan Koster and Javier Rojas Alvarez formed the centre partnership, Will Cargill returned at fly-half and there were also starting roles for scrum-half Alex Schwarz, back-rowers James McRae and John Stevens, and prop Tyler Gendall. Prop forward Jack Andrew had the honour of skippering the side.

Before kick-off at the Gillman’s Ground there was a minute’s silence in memory of Martin Baber, a much-respected former President of the Hartpury club who had sadly passed away earlier in the week.

Match action underway, the Pirates got off to a good start as, continuing their try-scoring exploits from the previous week, McRae delivered after three minutes with his first such score in a Pirates shirt. Rojas Alvarez converted.

The Hartpury team managed to hit back and level matters when, following an attacking line-out opportunity, experienced centre Luke Eves scored. Fly-half Luke Scully, on loan from Worcester Warriors and making his first start for the home team, added the conversion.

Hartpury held territorial advantage for a spell, their cause helped when awarded penalties. Scully also nudged them ahead with one slotted on the quarter of an hour mark.

Showing good spirit to regain the initiative, the Pirates first went close to scoring a try through wing Alex O’Meara, and then did when Rojas Alvarez, who has shown good form with the boot, now scored his first 5-pointer for the club. For good measure, he also duly converted the effort.

As the clock clicked to 30 minutes, following a line-out inside the Pirates ‘22’ the Hartpury team would score again, hooker Luke Stratford again getting on the try-scoring list as he had the previous week. Scully was again on target.

It was the Pirates, however, who finished the half strongly, with a trademark burst by Matavesi first setting up a try-scoring opportunity for Koster. It was one taken by the Kiwi, his run and hand-off seeing him score an unconverted try to the left of the posts. Hartpury tried to hit back, but on the stroke of half-time Koster was at it again. The home team’s attacking effort from the restart had been thwarted by wing Robin Wedlake, with support then arriving from Schwarz, Cheishvili and Gendall before Koster showed strength to quickly make it over the line again. It was a score that also delivered a four try bonus point, with the conversion from Rojas Alvarez giving the Pirates a 26-17 half-time lead.

After an entertaining opening forty, the Hartpury team were first to score in the second period, wing Elias Caven making it over the line and his effort converted in the glow of the floodlights by Scully. One thing seemingly for sure was that the final outcome of this game would stay in the balance and was anything but a foregone conclusion.

Into the last quarter of the match, with the Pirates line-out not functioning at its best, and with replacements being made, it was important not to slip up. Also, perhaps of no surprise, when awarded a penalty opportunity after Hartpury lost the services of prop Rupert Harden to the sin bin, the decision made was to go for the posts, which proved a worthy choice, as Rojas Alvarez stepped forward to successfully open up a five points gap.

There was still no settle, however, as at the start of a tense finish the Pirates had to withstand considerable late pressure, and especially so after Matavesi’s afternoon concluded when he was shown a yellow card.

Now was surely a chance for the Hartpury team to perhaps at least draw level, or even secure a first ever win in seven attempts against the Pirates. It was not to be.

Penalties were conceded by the Pirates, including at scrum time, and although the Hartpury side also gained a bonus point through scoring their fourth try, by replacement hooker Will Tanner and following another potent drive for the line, it was the 14-man visitors who had the last say.

Replacements for the Pirates included prop Tom Concu who has been on loan to Blackheath, and in the very final seconds the match-winning try was delivered, it one scored through patience and dogged determination. Skipper Andrew and Stevens were to the fore, and the backs worked their magic, the multiple phases of play ending when space was created to enable Wedlake to break Hartpury hearts. He had scored four tries in the league match played at the same venue back in September but had seen little ball in this particular encounter. It mattered not though, for when the vital chance came, he took it. The extra two points kicked by Rojas Alvarez also took his personal tally to 58 in four Cup games played.

Co-coach Gavin Cattle was a satisfied man after the game, commenting. “We expected it to be close considering the changes made by both teams, plus their anticipated resolve to bounce back from last week.

“The character we showed, especially at the end of the match with the skills displayed in multiple phases when under pressure was excellent, and that is something we can draw from in the future.

“Hartpury had the better of us in the scrum, appearing more destructive in the second half, however there were several positives to take out of the game. Certain players gained experience, Alex Schwarz did well in the ‘9’ shirt, as did likewise Javier at ‘12’, which gave us a different dimension, plus we scored a very good team try at the end when Robin also still had a bit of work to do but took his chance.”

Hartpury RFC:   15 Mike Wilcox, 14 Elias Caven (22 Jamie Forrester, 53; 18 Wayne Thompson, 63),13 Conner Edwards, 12 Luke Eves, 11 Harry Cochrane, 10 Luke Scully, 9 Charlie Chapman; 1 Des Merry (17 Mike Flook, 55), 2 Luke Stratford (16 Will Tanner, 55), 3 Rupert Harden (22 Jamie Forrester, 74), 4 Joe Quinn (19 Tom Everard, 50), 5 Simon Linsell (c; 6 James Stephenson, 63; 5 Simon Linsell, 73), 6 James Stephenson (20 Tawake Tomasi,40), 7 Mat Gilbert, 8 Tom Pashley.

Replacement (not used):   21 Sam Leeming

Yellow card:   3 Rupert Harden (63)

Cornish Pirates:   15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Alex O’Meara, 13 Dan Koster (22 Callum Patterson, 63), 12 Javier Rojas Alvarez, 11 Robin Wedlake, 10 Will Cargill (21 Harvey Skinner, 63), 9 Alex Schwarz; 1 Jack Andrew (c), 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Tyler Gendall (17 Tom Concu, 76), 4 Nodar Cheishvili (18 Toby Freeman, 54), 5 Danny Cutmore, 6 Dan Lee (19 Matt Bolwell, 70), 7 John Stevens, 8 James McRae.

Replacements (not used): 16 Charlie Gibbings, 20 Jake Ashby.

Yellow card:   2 Matavesi (72)

Scorers:

Hartpury RFC – tries: 12 Luke Eves (10), 2 Luke Stratford (30), 14 Elias Caven (52), 16 Will Tanner (75); cons: 10 Luke Scully (10, 30, 52); pen: 10 Luke Scully (15)

Cornish Pirates – tries: 8 James McRae (03), 12 Javier Rojas Alvarez (35), 13 Dan Koster (37, 40), 11 Robin Wedlake (80); cons: 12 Javier Rojas Alvarez (03, 25, 40, 80); pen: 12 Javier Rojas Alvarez (64).

Referee:   Matt Turvey (RFU)

 

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Round up of league action

 

With the league program heading towards the halfway mark as we enter December a clearer picture begins to emerge about those sides in the running for promotion and also those who are at the wrong end of the table.

In National League 2 South Redruth after their welcome win at Barnes found leaders the Rams too hot as the visitors ran out 32-14 winners.

The Rams pack was well-drilled turning the screw especially in the second half. First half tries from Rich Brown and Sam Stevens both converted by Aaron Simmonds kept the Reds in the hunt at half-time but the game ran away from them in the second half.

In the South West Premier, Camborne despite leading 20-14 at one stage, thanks to a try from Declan Matthews and five penalties from the trusty boot of Dave Mankee, conceded two converted scores in the final minutes to lose 28-20.

Launceston continue to set the pace in Tribute South West 1 West following a 33-24 win at Polson against Keynsham. Adam Collings (2), Chae Jenkins, Martin Kneebone and Reuben Edwards scored the tries with Glen Coles kicking the other points.

St. Ives move up to third place following their 44-30 win at home to Bridgwater & Albion. Jamie Prisk and Rob Elloway both bagged a brace with other scores coming from Martyn Lawrence, Ben Jenkins and Dan Magee who also kicked the goals.

Up in London, London Cornish get due reward for a great team performance on the road in front of a bumper Festive crowd at Chobham in London 1 South, landing tries by Dan Leo, Rich Stephens, Jamie Owen, Matt Hakes and Skip George Kimmins, who also notched 2 conversions and a penalty to take his side to a 32-7 win.

In Tribute Western Counties West. A well-contested Cornish derby saw St. Austell overcome Falmouth 33-24 at Tregorrick Park. Ben Plummer, Liam Freeman (2), Kyle Marriott and Mark Martin scored tries for the Saints with Cav Boyer slotting two conversions.

For the Eagles four tries scored by Tom Simmons (2), Liam Barkwell and Lee Humphreys gave them a point with Tom Edmonds kicking two conversions.

Truro had a good win at St. Clements Hill 39-6 against Chard. Luke Tidball scored four tries with Owen Davey and Ieuan Boon getting the other two. Davey also managed three conversions and a penalty.

Wadebridge Camels got a much-needed win 39-12 at home to Bideford.  Camels tries came from Will Pengelly, Dom Hawkey (2), George Thomas, Rich Treleaven with Danny Thomas (3), Shawn Hartley adding the conversions and two penalties from Danny Thomas.

Saltash beat Paignton 17-15 at Keyham thanks to tries from Joe Rider and Ryan Cruickshanks both bettered by Harrison Ruburn who also kicked a penalty.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Bude got the better of Plymstock in the top-of-the-table battle 19-5. Kieran Sharp, Joe Wilson and Angus Hodge scored the tries with Ollie Denford kicking two conversions.

Penryn move ahead of Plymstock thanks to a 32-6 win at Pirates Amateurs. Andrew Seviour, James Salisbury, Tony Pellow, and Sam Hicthens scored the Borough’s tries with Paul Saberton kicking the goals.

Liskeard-Looe had a good win at Argaum 20-14. Ben Kitto, Charlie Brown and Treve Murley scored the tries with Nick Parker adding a conversion and penalty.

Hayle lost at Tavistock 45-19 and Lanner had to make do with a losing bonus point following a 18-12 defeat at Topsham.

Veor lead the way in Tribute Cornwall 1 after their walkover against Helston, whilst in Cornwall 2, Perranporth top the pile.

The draws for the National Cups to be played on Saturday 2nd February.

Intermediate Cup

Kingsbridge v Wadebridge Camels

Senior Vase

Penryn v Honiton

Junior Vase

Dartmouth v Newquay Hornets.

Congratulations to Cornwall U.18 who defeated Dorset & Wilts on Saturday 35-5 in their first game in the SW County Championship. Their next game in on Sunday 16th December against Berkshire again at Weston Hornets at 2 pm.

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Roger Watson stands down as Hon.Sec of the Cornwall RFU

The Cornwall Rugby Football Union is set to lose a most valued administrator Honorary Secretary, Roger Watson, has resigned and will attend his final meeting in January.  Recently, he has been unwell, he and his wife, Nikki, have decided to move to Newport to be closer to their daughter.

Roger’s time in rugby administration in Cornwall dates back to 1994 when he was Honorary Secretary of Cornwall Schools (16 Group) RFU and sat on the CRFU Committee.  He was Hon Sec of Redruth RFC from 2001 to 2014.  Well aware of his credentials, the CRFU approached him to become Honorary Secretary in 2015 – a position he has held with distinction.

Roger’s interest in Rugby started at an early age when he lived in Penzance.  He was the first Hon Sec of Trelawny’s Army Supporters Club.

Roger leaves with the very best wishes of Cornwall’s Management Board when his resignation was reluctantly accepted at Thursday’s meeting.  His loss is off-set by the welcome recruitment of Terry Williams, the former Camborne RFC Hon Sec, who has agreed to take over Roger’s role.  Roger also held the position of Secretary to Cornwall’s Disciplinary Committee, which will now be covered by Tony Knightsbridge from Liskeard-Looe RFC.

Myself, the C R F U and all the Cornish rugby family wish Roger and Nikki all the best with their move to Wales, and that Roger continues to overcome his illness.

Denis Preece

Chairman Cornwall RFU.

 

Everyone associated with Trelawny’s Army will wish to associate themselves with Denis’ words of appreciation to Roger. We owe Roger a huge debt for his sterling work as our first Hon.Sec. and his commitment  to the game. We wish Roger and Nikki the very best for their new life in South Wales.

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Wenzil Club Challenge in aid of Wooden Spoon

 

Photo: Rebecca Watson

 

On Saturday 15th December 2018 four volunteers, Rebecca Watson, Rachel Trembath, Mark Roberts and Alan Milliner will be driving to every affiliated rugby Club with facilities to the Cornwall RFU. The drive will commence at 6am from St.Just RFC and then to all 30 Clubs finishing at the Pirates, while they play London Irish. We will take ‘Wenzil’ Wooden Spoon bear and take photos of him at each Club, to evidence our attendance. All monies raised will support local vulnerable children projects in Cornwall. Please sponsor or donate to the volunteers on the drive or donate to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/coopst.just

 

North run                                                         South run

 

  • 6am St.Just                                                * 11am Saltash
  • St.Ives                                                         * Liskeard
  • Hayle                                                           * 11.40 Bodmin  (v Roseland)
  • Veor                                                            * Lankelly
  • 7.15 am Camborne                                   * 12.30pm St. Austell (v Saltash)
  • Illogan                                                         * Roseland
  • Redruth Albany                                         * 12.55pm Truro (v Kingsbridge)
  • Redruth                                                       * 1.10pm Stithians ( v Redruth Albany)
  • Lanner                                                         * Penryn
  • St.Day                                                          * Camborne SOM
  • St.Agnes                                                       * Falmouth
  • 8.15am Perranporth                                  * 2pm Helston ( v Lankelly)
  • Newquay                                                     * Pirates Amateurs
  • Wadebridge                                                 * between 2.30pm and 3pm, (Cornish Pirates
  •                                                                                                                    v London Irish)
  • Launceston
  • 10.20am Bude

 

All help gratefully received!   Big thanks so far to the Co-op who have already raised £5,468.53

 

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Pirates Secure A Convincing Victory

 Photo; Tom Duncan powers on

Cornish Pirates 53   Hartpury RFC 17

By Phil Westren

Responding to their hefty defeat suffered at London Irish the previous Sunday, the Cornish Pirates recorded this convincing home win against Hartpury RFC, outscoring their opponents by seven tries to two. Indeed, it might have more had the game not been amicably cut short by seven minutes after Cornish Pirates’ hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie was injured.

This Round 3 encounter was clearly one the Pirates were keen to win, however at the same time not taking anything for granted against a Hartpury team that has lost its opening two games – 35-7 at home to London Irish and 43-14 away to Bedford Blues.

Changes in the Cornish Pirates starting line-up from the team that ran out against ‘Irish’ saw returns in the backs for full-back Kyle Moyle, wing Robin Wedlake, centre Callum Patterson, and scrum-half Alex Day, whilst in the forwards Josh Caulfield partnered Danny Cutmore in the second-row.

On all but a perfect November’s afternoon for playing rugby, after initial sparring it was the visitors who opened the scoring when hooker Luke Stratford kicked and chased to the deliver the required downward pressure at the scoreboard corner. Fly-half Luke Cozens followed up with a fine conversion.

The Pirates looked to respond, with their cause helped when Hartpury centre Tom Seabrook was yellow-carded for foul play. It was certainly no bonus to the player concerned, however for 10 minutes he at least enjoyed first time comport in one of the brand new, Biffa-sponsored sin bins installed at the ‘Mennaye’. At the same time the Pirates also registered three points from a resulting penalty kicked by fly-half Javier Rojas Alvarez.

A second successful penalty strike by Rojas Alvarez midway through the first half narrowed the deficit to just one point, but the benefit was soon cancelled out when Cozens was similarly on target with an opportunity that came his way.

On 29 minutes, after Hartpury wing Ed Sheldon had also been directed to the sin bin, the Pirates pack gathered as one at the Newlyn gate corner to nudge themselves ahead thanks to a converted try scored by flanker Matt Bolwell.

This was game where occurring errors at least made it one entertaining for loyal supporters, and of no surprise both sides would score again as play opened up. Wing Alex O’Meara took off on a trademark run to touchdown for the Pirates at the Newlyn posts, and Hartpury responded with a fine try of their own finished off by wing Aquile Smith. Then, to all but conclude first half proceedings. Pirates’ full -back Kyle Moyle was identified as a try-scorer. All three efforts were converted, for the scoreline to read 27-17.

A bonus-point-providing try scored by scrum-half Alex Day, again converted by man-of-the-match Rojas Alvarez, saw the Pirates off to a good second forty.

Another man in fine form was Moyle, whose silky run ended almost effortlessly with his second try, and then there was a converted score for centre Callum Patterson after he charged the ball down. A short time after he became the third player to fall foul of referee Mr. Chivers, as another yellow card was shown.

The final try of the afternoon, with the floodlights now on, was a hat-trick score for Moyle which took the Pirates past the 50-mark. The conversion by Rojas Alvarez also gave him a personal tally of 18 points.

There was still time for further scores, however with both on and off field concern for the injured Tom Cowan-Dickie, during careful attention given him the decision was made to end the game, which everyone present respected and fully understood, the thoughts all focused fully on player welfare. (Update:   Due precaution was taken with what potentially appeared a serious neck injury – welcome good news confirmed later that Tom was okay).

Ego-wise the Pirates had taken a bit of a dent when losing heavily (64-17) against London Irish, so this was a result to at least restore confidence for inevitable challenges, both in the Cup and in the League, that lie ahead.

Cornish Pirates:   15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Alex O’Meara, 13 Rory Parata (Dan Koster 63), 12 Callum Patterson, 11 Robin Wedlake, 10 Javier Rojas Alvarez (Will Cargill 63), 9 Alex Day (Alex Schwarz 54); 1 Jack Andrew (Marlen Walker h/t),2 Tom Cowan-Dickie (Jack Andrew 73), 3 Jack Owlett (Tyler Gendall 47), 4 Josh Caulfield, 5 Danny Cutmore, 6 Matt Bolwell (John Stevens 51), 7 Dan Lee, 8 Tom Duncan (c – James McRae 51).                                                                                                                  Yellow card:   Patterson.

 Hartpury RFC:   15 Sam Leeming, 14 Ed Sheldon, 13 Tom Seabrook, 12 Connor Edwards, 11 Aquile Smith, 10 Luke Cozens (22 Luke Scully h/t), 9 Charlie Chapman (Richard Bolt 54); 1 Mike Flook (Des Merrey 54), 2 Luke Stratford (Jordan Liney 51), 3 Nick English (Wayne Thompson 61), 4 Joe Quinn, 5 James Scott, 6 James Stephenson (Max Clementson 47), 7 Mat Gilbert, 8 Tom Pashley (c). Replacement (not used):   Simon Linsell.

Yellow cards:   Seabrook, Sheldon, Scully.

Scorers:   Cornish Pirates – tries: Moyle (3), Bolwell, O’Meara, Day, Patterson; cons: Rojas Alvarez (6); pens: Rojas Alvarez (2). Hartpury RFC – tries: Stratford, Smith; cons: Cozens (2); pen: Cozens.

Referee:   Neil Chivers (RFU)

Attendance:   815

St. Austell Brewery’s Man-of-the-Match:   Javier Rojas Alvarez

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