Two of the stars from this season’s Cornwall side have been picked for England Counties tour to Georgia, leaving almost immediately following the final whistle in Sunday’s Bill Beaumont Cup Final.
For both Jack Oulton (Redruth) and Alex Ducker (Camborne), it is worthy recognition as both players have enjoyed a stand out season for both their clubs and Cornwall.
There are two games scheduled, both against a Georgia XV, with the first game taking place in Kutaisi on the 7th June and the second in Tbilisi on the 11th June, both games kick-off at 6 pm local time.
England Counties squad to tour Georgia
1. Tom Williams* Kent and Blackheath
2. George Porter* Gloucestershire and Cinderford
3. Henry Paul* Surrey And Esher
4. Danny Herriott* Kent and Blackheath
5. Nathan Morris* Kent and Old Elthamians
6. Neil Briggs * Cheshire and Sale FC
7. Bob Birtwell Lancashire and Sedgley Park
8. Joe Makin Yorkshire and Hull Ionians
9. John Kelly* Devon and Plymouth Albion
10. Ollie Hodgson Durham and DMP
11. Andrew Hughes Lancashire and Sale FC
12. Harry Hone Gloucestershire and Cinderford
13. Stephen Leonard * Kent and Cambridge University
14. Jack Daly Kent and Blackheath
15. Jack Oulton* Cornwall and Redruth
16. Dan Mugford Devon and Plymouth Albion
17. Greg Lound* Surrey and Rosslyn park
18. James Tincknell Yorkshire and Hull Ionians
19. Kieron Moffat* Kent and Old Elthamians
20. Lewis Minikin Yorkshire and Hull Ionians
21. Callum McKenzie* Durham and DMP
22. Craig Holland* Surrey and Chinnor
23. Nick Hankin* Hertfordshire and Bishops Stortford
CORNWALL SELECT SIDE
TO FACE CHESHIRE IN SUNDAY TEA-TIME FINAL
By Bill Hooper
Cornwall selectors have stuck by the same tried and tested squad for Sunday’s Bill Beaumont Cup Final against Cheshire at Twickenham.
It will be the third time
the two counties have faced each other in the final, Cheshire won the first
final in 1998, 21-14, whilst Cornwall won the second final three years ago,
35-13, Matt Shepherd notching twenty points in a memorable performance with a
try, three penalties and three conversions.
There are just a couple of positional changes for the final. Jon Dawe moves to the wing whilst Richie Kevern moves from full-back to the centre to partner club mate Jack Simmons with Shepherd having recovered from injury that forced him to miss the Devon game.
In the back row, Edd Pascoe
retains his place with fit again Sam Stevens returning having also missed out
Disappointingly, there is no
place for Bude winger Kyle Speare who is named as a travelling reserve.
The replacements bench will
supply plenty to the team’s performance when they get their chance. Penryn pair
George Jones and Grant Randlesome are bound to play a full part at rugby HQ, as
will Wadebridge’s Matt Ballard.
The whole squad at training joined in with the congratulations to Alex Ducker and Jack Oulton on their selection for England Counties tour to Georgia, which departs immediately after the final.
While there are still 80
minutes of rugby to be played, this Cornwall team will give everything and more
in this final game of their season and be a credit to their families, their
clubs and their county. They have played with pride and passion wearing the
black and gold and that has always been a hallmark of great Cornwall sides of
The selected squad will be
travelling up to Twickenham on Saturday and will arrive at the ground at
approximately 3.30 pm on the Sunday and look forward to being greeted by the
Cornish crowd as they step off the coach.
There may be many in the Cornwall
rugby community who will be baffled by the RFU decision to move the 5.30pm kick-off
Cornwall team to play Cheshire at
Twickenham on Sunday 2nd June. Kick off 5.45pm
Shepherd Plymouth Albion
14. John Dawe Plymouth Albion
11. Alex Ducker Camborne
Honey Plymouth Albion
9. Jack Oulton Redruth
1. Dan Job Lanner
2. Rob Elloway St. Ives
4. Tony Whittle Camborne
5. Ben Hilton
6. Edd Pascoe Redruth & Royal Navy
7. Sam Stevens Redruth
8. Brad Howe Redruth
Ballard Wadebridge Camels
21. Dean Bonds Redruth
Raumakita Plymouth Albion
Rikki Bentham, Kyle Speare, Rhys Brownfield, Charlie
Nicholson or Greg Thomas
their return to Twickenham in impressive style scoring eight tries as they defeated
a gutsy Devon side.
There was a late
change to the published team, with Sam Stevens failing a late fitness test.
Fellow red Edd Pascoe came into the back row, with Falmouth’s lock Dan
Sanderson onto the bench.
Roared on by Trelawny’s Army, Cornwall kicked off and looked to stamp their authority on the game.
It didn’t take long
with an opening try after just four minutes scored by the mercurial Alex Ducker
following some good phases by the Cornish forwards, Ducker’s balance and pace
bamboozled the Devon defence.
Fly-half Fraser Honey
made no mistake with the first of his five successful conversions.
Devon came back into
it with some good play from former Cornwall player Lewis Paterson and the
impressive back row Tom McGratton, they earned a penalty that fly-half Tom Putt
kicked to cut the deficit.
Honey then missed with a penalty attempt at the other end, before the game erupted with a dust up involving Brad Howe and Devon’s Dean Avery, both players were invited by referee Nick Wood to spend ten minutes on the naughty step.
was again rock-solid with Pascoe knocking over Devon players at will.
Cornwall then found
themselves down to thirteen men when Ducker was adjudged to have deliberately knocked-on,
it seemed a harsh call.
Putt, who had just
seen a penalty attempt canon off an upright, made no mistake at the second time
the short period of being down to thirteen before Howe returned, indeed wing
Dean Bonds was just inches away from scoring Cornwall’s second try.
The Black and Golds maintained the pressure near the Devon line, with penalty decisions going their way at scrum-time, eventually it told as scrum-half Jack Oulton sniped, seemed to lose balance but kept his feet to score near the posts, Honey was again successful with the extras.
Briant went close for the green and whites, denied once more by the granite
With half-time fast approaching Cornwall got their third try, from a ruck near the Devon line, prop Dan Job drove and planted the ball on the line, Honey’s conversion put Cornwall in the driving seat at the break 21-6.
Cornwall didn’t deal well with the kick-off at the beginning of the second half handing possession to Devon, they went through the phases near the Cornwall line before scrum-half Ben Watts went over, Putt’s conversion brought Devon back into contention momentarily as Cornwall got their act together getting the bonus point try through the impressive Howe, Honey again made no mistake with the conversion.
Just four minutes
later further pressure in the Devon twenty-two saw giant prop Jess Tompsett
drive over for try number five, and Honey adding his final conversion.
The Cornwall supporters were by now in full-cry as Cornwall, with the game in the bag cut loose with further tries from Kyle Speare, following great work from Ducker, Jon Dawe, given the scoring pass by full-back Richie Kevern and finally Taron Peacock, who found a big hole and gleefully accepted it.
Devon did have the final say with a try from Avery from a missed lineout near the Cornwall line, converted by Putt, but by then Cornwall’s black and gold army was in full celebration as the plans for Twickenham were being made.
Head coach Graham
Dawe was pleased with the win. “Delighted for the boys but it took us awhile to
get going, we fell foul of the referee again, so we have to make sure we
understand what he wants. We will look to prepare for Twickenham and make sure
the boys are in the best shape going into that game.”
unless stated): Charlie Briant, Billy Pinkus, Rhys Palmer (Okehampton), Lewis
Paterson, Frank Kelly (Plymouth Albion), Tom Putt (Unattached), Ben Watts; Matt
Dowrick (Newton Abbot), Dean Avery (Unattached), Charlie Tribble (Exmouth),
Adam Thomas (Brixham), Jamie Tripcony, Tom McGratton (Okehampton), Sam Thomas
(Brixham), Wayne Sprangle (Bridgwater & Albion, Capt).
Crouch (Plymouth Albion),Shane Cooper (Exmouth), Ben King, Olly Schuster-Wood
(Cullompton), George Wilson, Mitch Pinkus (Brixham), Jamie Hext (Brixham).
unless stated): Richie Kevern, Dean Bonds, Jack Simmons, Jon Dawe (Plymouth
Albion), Alex Ducker (Camborne), Fraser Honey (Plymouth Albion), Jack Oulton;
Dan Job (Lanner), Rob Elloway (St. Ives), Jess Tompsett, Tony Whittle
(Camborne), Ben Hilton (Barnstaple, Capt), Edd Pascoe, Grant Randlesome
(Penryn), Brad Howe.
Ballard (Wadebridge Camels), Craig Williams, Dan Sanderson (Falmouth), George
Jones (Penryn), Seti Raumakita (Plymouth Albion), Kyle Speare (Bude), Taron
Cornwall go into their third and final pool match this Saturday against old rivals Devon knowing a win will be good enough to take them back to Twickenham for the sixth time in seven years.
Having already defeated Devon in this season’s Tamar Cup
match at Brickfields last month 28-13, Cornwall will be keen to avenge the
Championship defeat to Devon last season at Camborne 20-19, however there will
be a key player from the Tamar cup win missing, full-back Matt Shepherd.
Shepherd picked up an injury against Hertfordshire last
Saturday, sadly has not recovered in time.
Redruth’s Richie Kevern comes into the starting XV at full-back, whilst fellow Red Dean Bonds, a try scorer last week, gets the nod over Kyle Speare on the wing, who reverts to the bench.
Albion’s Seti Raumakita comes in as a backs replacement on
the bench as does Camborne’s Taron Peacock, the unfortunate player to miss out is
another Cherry and White, utility back Rhys Brownfield.
Head coach Graham Dawe said ahead of the game. “It’s
going to be a huge battle against Devon, we have to earn the right to make the
final again, the game will come down to those fine margins and who is prepared
to put their bodies on the line.”
Kick-off at Brixham is 2:30 pm.
Cornwall side to face Devon;
15. Richie Kevern (Redruth)
14. Dean Bonds (Redruth)
13. Jack Simmons (Redruth)
12. Jon Dawe (Plymouth Albion)
11. Alex Ducker (Camborne)
10. Fraser Honey (Plymouth Albion)
9. Jack Oulton (Redruth)
1. Dan Job (Lanner)
2. Rob Elloway (St. Ives)
3. Jess Tompsett (Redruth)
4. Tony Whittle (Camborne)
5. Ben Hilton (Barnstaple, Capt)
6. Grant Randlesome (Penryn)
7. Sam Stevens (Redruth)
8. Brad Howe (Redruth)
16. Matt Ballard (Wadebridge Camels)
17. Craig Williams (Redruth)
18. Edd Pascoe (Redruth)
19. George Jones (Penryn)
20. Taron Peacock (Camborne)
21. Seti Raumakita (Plymouth Albion)
22. Kyle Speare (Bude)
Travelling Reserves: Andruis Zacharovas (Camborne), Dan
Sanderson (Falmouth), Rhys Brownfield (Camborne)
Re-visting the Recreation Ground 50 years after playing in one of the most famous games of rugby ever played on the famous old ground, some of the surviving members of the Cornwall side that played Lancashire in the 1969 County Championship Final, played on the 8th March.
23,000 spectators crammed into the Redruth Recreation Ground that afternoon in the hope that Cornwall could win the crown that had eluded them since 1908.
Sadly it was not to be as Lancashire staged a second half comeback to win the game 11-9.
Cornwall’s first half points were scored by Roger Harris and Raymond George, penalties and David Chapman with a drop-goal.
Sadly four of the side have passed away and they are sadly missed by all supporters of the game in Cornwall.
The players were the guests of the Cornwall RFU for the day.
Cornwall took a giant
step towards another Twickenham final with this exhilarating six try win against
last season’s beaten finalists.
Roared on by a passionate crowd and watched approvingly by the surviving members of the Cornwall side who played a county final on the same pitch in 1969, Cornwall showed all the pride and passion head coach Graham Dawe demands for the shirt he wore with great distinction.
Dawe said after the
final whistle. “I am pleased for the boys and the fans, we put in the tackles
and looked to manage the game. We played some intelligent rugby at times and
got our rewards, the scores just before half-time and then our third try immediately
after the break were crucial.
“Next week against Devon we have to be just as clinical, we will train well this week and look to work on little bits to fine tune our game.”
the toss and elected to play up the slope into a stiff breeze; however,
Cornwall enjoyed the early territory and earned a penalty as Herts were caught
offside. Fraser Honey stepped up to land his kick between the sticks.
Hertfordshire then enjoyed a long period of domination in the Cornwall half, with some good drives from their back row of McCartney, Radley and West but a combination of over eagerness and rock-solid Cornish defence, Sam Stevens again knocking players over like skittles denied the visitors.
Eventually Sam Cappaert
kicked a penalty, as Cornwall were penalised at the ruck, to level the scores,
it was scant reward for their efforts.
With half-time fast approaching
Cornwall needed to make the most of the slope. With a kickable penalty on offer
Honey opted for a kick to the corner.
Tony Whittle took the catch to set up a driving maul that powered into Hellfire corner with Rob Elloway dotting down for the second game running.
Honey added the conversion before Cornwall were back in a similar position moments later. Whittle secured the ball as Cornwall drove with Jess Tompsett powering on, the ball went to ground, Cornwall went through the phases with No.8 Brad Howe crashing over near the posts, Honey’s conversion put Cornwall 17-3 up at the break.
With just moments
played in the second half Trelawny’s Army were in raptures as Jack Simmons found
space down the Eastern Bank touchline to sprint in from 40 meters and evade the
desperate cover in the scoreboard corner to score Cornwall’s third try.
Cornwall then lost Alex Ducker to the sin bin for a deliberate knock on and survived a Herts catch-and-drive, before Honey kicked a penalty towards the top touchline. Cornwall went through the phases before Jack Oulton scampered in on the blindside to score Cornwall’s fourth try.
managed to score a try through wing Alex Ricci following a good move by the
The black and golds
were full of running, Oulton burst out of defence with prop Dan Job powering
Cornwall’s bench was
now on with George Jones, Richie Kevern and Rhys Brownfield all lending to the
With Ducker back from his rest, the mercurial winger went off on one of his scything runs skipping his way through the cover before passing to replacement Dean Bonds to score Cornwall’s fifth try.
Ducker then put the icing on the cake from deep in his twenty-two, an arching run saw him break the line, then jink his way through the cover tight to the touchline to canter in for try number six for Cornwall as the black and gold went into Barmy Army mode.
Ricci’s second try for Hertfordshire near the end was merely pride for the Herts’ lads and when the final whistle was blown Cornwall’s supporters, upon hearing the results elsewhere had gone in their favour, started the celebrations in earnest and began to plan their trip to Brixham.
unless stated): Matt Shepherd (Plymouth Albion), Kyle Speare (Bude), Jack
Simmons, Jon Dawe (Plymouth Albion), Alex Ducker (Camborne), Fraser Honey
(Plymouth Albion), Jack Oulton; Dan Job (Lanner), Rob Elloway (St. Ives), Jess
Tompsett, Ben Hilton (Barnstaple, Capt) Tony Whittle (Camborne), Grant
Randlesome (Penryn), Sam Stevens, Brad Howe.
Replacements (all used):
Matt Ballard (Wadebridge Camels), Craig Williams, George Jones (Penryn), Edd
Pascoe (Redruth), Rhys Brownfield (Camborne), Dean Bonds, Richie
unless stated): Josh Rudling (Northumbria Uni), Alex Ricci (Old Albanians), Kyle Lemon (Hertford), Richard Streets (Hertford),
Sam Barnes, Sam Cappaert (Bishop’s Stortford), Mike Sargent (Hertford); Ben Harrison-Price (Bishop’s Stortford), Mike
Bond (Old Albanians), Jack Flanagan, Rob Conquest (Cambridge, Capt), Harry Green, Nick Radley, Harry McCartney, Chris West (Harrow).
Matthew (Hertford), Douglas McGregor-Smith (Fullerians), Oscar Nicholson, Josh
Milton (Welwyn), Jack Elston (Hertford), Ben Creasey (Bishop’s Stortford), Iwan Dawes (Hertford).
Tries from Rob Elloway, Brad Howe, Jack Simmons, Jack Oulton, Dean Bonds and Alex Ducker plus seven points from the boot of Fraser Honey, saw Cornwall to a great 37-13 win against Hertfordshire.
Full report tomorrow, but with Kent winning at Gloucestershire 42-33 and Devon defeating Hampshire 30-27, it means Cornwall are in pole position ahead of their final game in the pool next Saturday at Brixham against Devon kick-off 2:30 pm.
Come and join the Black and Gold Army as Cornwall take the next step
on the road back to Twickenham. The Recreation Ground has been the scene
of many a stirring county match and Saturday promises to be another
closely fought game.
Gates open at 1pm, get there early to enjoy the atmosphere at Cornwall’s most intimidating venue. Lets make home advantage count.
Spectators will be able to lubricate their vocal cords with both
clubhouse bars being open to the public along with the Tribute Lounge
and outside bars on the East Bank and Hell’s Bar in Hellfire Corner. If
all the excitement makes you hungry, then Hell’s Kitchen in Hellfire
Corner and the clubhouse kitchen will be able to satisfy even the most
voracious of appetites. No need to miss any of the action getting fed
and watered at Redruth.
Safety Notice Please note that no glass, bottles
or cans may be brought into the ground. Any bags brought into the ground
are liable to be searched. Vehicle access to the ground will not be permitted after 2.30pm. No
vehicle may leave the ground during the match. After the final whistle
vehicles will be held in the ground until the crowd has dispersed and
will leave the ground via the Piggy Lane gate, please follow stewards
Please also note there is no smoking in the grandstand nor the enclosure at Redruth RFC.