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


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


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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Round up from the weekend games

Photo: Chris Fuca had a storming game for the Cornish Pirates in the B&I Cup deservedly man-of-the-match


Redruth weathered both Storm Brian and the early Clifton onslaught to run out comfortable winners 36-3 in National League 2.

The Reds scored five tries, with a brace coming from man-of-the-match Edd Pascoe, Matt Bowden, Jess Tompsett and skipper Rich Brown crossed for the other scores whilst Ashley Hosking popped over four conversions and a penalty.

Reds had to make do without Chris Fuca who was called up for the Cornish Pirates for their B & I Cup game against Ulster A on Sunday.

Down the road in Camborne the Cherry and Whites got the better of Newbury Blues 11-7 in their South West Premier League game.

Recent signing Harvey Bell, formerly with Truro before heading for a spell down-under, scored Town’s try with Dave Mankee kicking a couple of penalties.

Dave Roberts came out of retirement to help his old club as injuries continue to blight Camborne.

In South West 1 West, Launceston recorded their biggest win for a few seasons defeating Teignmouth 60-3. The Cornish All Blacks bagged nine tries scored by Torin Clarke, Chris MacDonald, Lloyd Duke, Ryan Westren (2), Brandon Rowley, Jordan Duke, Harry Dawe and Jake Crabb. Dan Pearce added four conversions and a penalty with Greg Loydall chipping in a further two conversions.

In London 1 South, “London Cornish didn’t turn up”; according to DoR Dickon Moon as the exiles slipped to a big defeat at home 15-59 to leaders Medway.

In quick order Cornish found themselves 0-28 down before George Kimmins kicked a penalty. Richard Stephens pulled a try back but the damage was done as Medway turned around 47-8 up at the break!

Chris Kolapo-Ajala pulled another try back near the end of the second half with Kimmins adding the conversion. A lesson learnt!

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell maintained their good form with a comfortable 46-0 win against Burnham at Tregorrick.

George Knowles and Cav Boyer both scored a couple of tries with Chris Ashwin, Liam Freeman, CJ Boyce and Max Duggan crossing with the other scores. Boyer put over three conversions.

St. Ives are level on points with St. Austell after their 31-17 win at home to Tiverton. The Hakes’ tries came from Martyn Lawrence (2), Jacob Ninnes, Cameron Bone and Ben Jenkins. Rhys Brownfield bagged three conversions in the tricky conditions at Alexandra Road.

Best wishes go to Hakes’ skipper Steve Kenward who suffered a bad knee injury last week in the win over Sidmouth. Always a popular chap to chat with. Get well soon Steve.

Wadebridge Camels over came Chard 17-12 at the Molesworth Field. Matt Ballard, Dom Hawkey and Cody Armstrong scored tries with Danny Thomas kicking a conversion.

Falmouth went down at the Rec 7-22 to Crediton. Simon Bailey with their try converted by Justyn Irons.

Truro got a win after some disappointing results winning 23-13 at Sidmouth.

Darren Jacques, Josh Symons and Levi Webster scored their tries with Mark Richards adding a conversion and two penalties.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon league, the boot ruled at the Memorial Ground as Penryn squeezed past previous leaders Honiton 9-3, Mitch Vague kicked the three second half penalty goals.

Saltash slipped to defeat at Moorland going down 26-32 to visitors Wellington. Adam Coutts, Will Morton and  Steve Hillman (2) scored tries to give them a couple of bonus points from the game.

Bude won 19-6 at Plymouth Argaum. Joe Wilson scored three tries for the North Cornwall side from pushovers with Ollie Denford converting two of them.

Pirates Amateurs beat Hayle 19-16. Sam Heath, Nick Nowell and Dave Law scored tries with Jack Hoare adding two conversions. For Hayle Doug Arnul and Matt Rashleigh scored tries with TJ Farrell kicking a couple of penalties.

Lanner’s game at home to Withycombe was postponed.

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Cowan-Dickie brace helps Pirates to Cup win

Photo: Cattle & Paver pleased with result and performance




By Bill Hooper

A strong second half performance from the Cornish Pirates made sure it was two wins out of the first couple of rounds played in this season’s British & Irish Cup.

Two tries from Tom Cowan Dickie and the trusty boot of Will Cargill gave the Pirates the win and denied Ulster a losing bonus point, which could prove vital in the final analysis.

The win delighted Pirates’ backs coach Gavin Cattle. He said after the game. “I am delighted really; these two games have seen our squad tested to the full. I thought the lads stuck at well and then took their chances well when they came, patience was key today. I was also delighted for Chris Fuca who has come in and had a big game for us, also Kieran Westlake who shows a lot of promise for the future.”

As mentioned above the Cornish Pirates were forced to bring in a couple of players from other Cornish clubs for this fixture as their injury list continues to grow.

Vastly experienced Redruth forward Chris Fuca went straight into the starting line up in the back row, whilst Camborne’s Kieran Westlake was named on the bench.

Prior to the game a minute’s applause was held in remembrance of a great Pirate, Stack Stevens who passed away last week.

The Cornish Pirates had an early chance for points but Will Cargill’s penalty sailed wide of the posts.

For the rest of the first half it was pretty much stalemate as both defences worked hard to keep the opposition at bay.

The Pirates pack carried well through Cowan-Dickie, Fuca, Brett Beukeboom and Rupert Cooper.

Pirates were dealt a blow when winger AJ Cant was adjudged to have deliberately knocked the ball on and sent to the bin, it looked a harsh call.

Happily the Pirates weathered the ten minute sin-bin period despite the pressure Ulster A put them under. Lock Jack Regan was a big ball carrier for the visitors, whilst out wide Irish International winger Craig Gilroy was a constant threat.

With half-time fast approaching the stalemate was finally broken when Cargill kicked a penalty to put his side 3-0 up.

The Cornish Pirates began the second half with greater intensity the pressure finally told when Cowan-Dickie drove over from short-range for his first try, Cargill adding the extras.

The Ulsterman soon struck back when the dangerous Gilroy slipped a tackle and jinked his way to the line for a try converted by fly-half Peter Nelson.

Young Westlake came on and showed some good touches but sadly for the Camborne player his debut with the Pirates was short-lived as he was forced off after a nasty bang to the head.

Good field position set up the Pirates for another score; again the forwards drove for the line and again it was Cowan-Dickie who squeezed over with Cargill’s conversion making it 17-7.

Cargill then kicked a further penalty as time began to ebb away, however a late try from Ulster A scored by replacement lock Greg Jones, again bettered by Nelson looked to have given them a losing bonus point.

There was still time for the Pirates to get back down field and sneak a penalty that Cargill popped through the uprights to seal the win.

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The road to Twickenham has started, the search for talent is on.


By CRFU Press Officer John Martin

Sunday 27th May is the date for the 2018 County Championship Final of the Bill Beaumont Cup, the highest level of County Rugby in this country. The Cornwall team has reached this final for the last five years in a row so it has become an expectation from the loyal fans of Trelawny’s Army that it will happen again!

The long road to that date has begun for potential new Cornwall players with the first training session held at Perranporth Rugby Club on Wednesday 18th October.

Thirty Cornish based players had been invited by the selectors, who had travelled around watching numerous club matches and picking out those who caught the eye.

Led by Head Coach Graham Dawe, assisted by Rhodri McAtee, the players were put through their paces with a skills session, handling drills, followed by decision making in game scenarios and defensive formations.

With some of last year’s Cornwall team, who lost 19-8 to Lancashire at Twickenham, now unavailable for various reasons, there are places up for grabs in the squad so, as expected, competition for places will be quite intense.

Before the session, Graham Dawe addressed the assembled players with the message that the Cornwall team is a revolving door, players leave – players come in, but the one thing that remains the same is that supporters expect Cornwall to do well in the County Championship!

Graham also said he wants to see if these players can buy into the Cornish culture and he is looking for the next players to wear the famous Black & Gold. Talking generally about rugby, Graham added, “life is about enthusiasm and passion and I love seeing young players fulfil their potential.”

After a further training session on Monday 13th November, a Cornwall Development XV will be selected to play Launceston at Polson Bridge on Saturday 18th November. More details to come through the CRFU website and local press.

Bill Beaumont Cup Fixtures 2018

Saturday 5th May           Cornwall v Surrey at Redruth

Saturday 12th May        Cornwall v Devon at Camborne

Saturday 19th May        Hertfordshire v Cornwall at Bishop Stortford

Sunday 27th May           FINAL at Twickenham

Players who attended on 18th Oct.

Ethan Patterson Redruth
Kieran Brownfield Pirate Amateurs
Sam Chapman Wadebridge Camels
Rory Cinnamond Launceston
Tommy Lee Southworth Camborne
Ryan Rayner Saltash
Jack Hazeltone Truro
Billy Roberts Brixham
Joe Wilson Bude
Adam Hughes Penryn
Lewis Wells Saltash
Ben Humber Wadebridge Camels
Tom Simmons Falmouth
Noah Nash Brixham
Mitch Vague Penryn
William Morton Saltash
Benjamin Tyler-Guy Camborne
Pete Mabbott St. Ives
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