Rain almost stopped play


Photo: Sam Matavesi made his first start for the Cornish Pirates in Ulster


Cornish Pirates hopes of progression in this the final season of the British Irish Cup hang by a thread ahead of their final pool match against Hartpury College on Saturday, kick-off 2 pm.

It follows their loss at Ulster A on Friday evening 25-14; they will hope that other results go their way in their bid to secure one of the best three runners-up berths.

Pirates’ try was scored by Alex O’Meara with the trusty boot of Laurence May landing three penalties.

On Saturday, the foul weather accounted for many games in Cornwall.

Redruth travelled to Worthing in National League 2 South ending up on the wrong side of a 46-43 score-line!

For the second week running the Reds picked up a couple of bonus points on the road, but wins are proving hard to bring home this season.

The Reds tries were scored by AJ Cant, Shaun Buzza, Brad Howe, Pale Nonu, Mark Grubb and Richie Kevern, who also landed five conversions and a penalty.

Redruth play their first game of 2018 at the Rec this Saturday when they entertain Taunton (2 pm).

In the South West Premier, Camborne managed to stage their game against promotion chasing Bournemouth at a soaked Recreation Ground.

It boiled down in the conditions to the side that held it’s discipline and took it’s chances, Bournemouth did, and won, Camborne didn’t, and lost!

The visitors, playing down the slope first half ground out a 13-0 advantage at the break, with conditions worsening by the minute during the second half, the only score of the half came right at the end when skipper Jon Drew was driven over and Dave Mankee kicked the conversion for a losing bonus point in a 7-13 score-line.

The result leaves Town hovering just above the relegation places, with their next game at Bracknell likely to be a pivotal one.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston defeated Newent 29-7 at Polson Bridge to move above their visitors into third place in the table.

The game was very bad tempered with each side having a player red carded and numerous stoppages for fights breaking out!

When rugby was played the Cornish All Blacks scored tries through Lloyd Duke (2), Torin Clarke, and Ben Hawke with Dan Pearce kicking the other points.

In London 1 South, London Cornish had a very good win against Gravesend. Matt Chambers (2), Matt Hakes and Tom Homan scored the tries with skipper George Kimmins kicking three conversions and a penalty.

In the Tribute Western Counties West, leaders St. Ives maintained their top spot with a bonus point win at rejuvenated Sidmouth 29-25.

Leigh Hocking (2), Chris Quick, Rob Elloway and Jamie Prisk scored the tries with Rhys Brownfield kicking a couple of penalties.

St. Austell clearly hadn’t digest defeat the previous week at St. Ives as they went down to second defeat in a row at home to struggling Tiverton 18-15.

Despite tries from Ben Chenoweth and Andy Inch and points from the boot of Liam Freeman, a late Tivvy penalty sealed the shock win.

Wadebridge Camels had a fine win at home against Torquay Athletic 43-5. Will Pengelly and Dom Hawkey each scored two tries with Cody Armstrong, Joe Pretty and Gary Gynn also touching down. Danny Thomas added four conversions.

The game between Falmouth and Truro was postponed.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, only one game involving Cornish sides survived, Hayle travelled to Honiton only to lose 33-3, Lello with their sole points.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, leaders Liskeard-Looe won 44-0 at Roseland to maintain top spot.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, Lankelly-Fowey defeated Stithians in a close game 29-22 to stay at the top.

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St. Ives and Saltash head respective leagues

With the RFU Championship having a week off it was Redruth who had to billing this week, however the script didn’t quite go to plan for Redruth in their first game of the New Year as they came up short 33-28 against bottom of the table Wimbledon, in National League 2 South, a side that had previously won only once this season.

Illness (flu) struck the squad on the morning of the game resulting in some unable to travel resulting with just four players available on the bench, including head coach Pale Nonu.

Wimbledon got off to a fine start with an early try scored by Nial McSweeney with James Doe adding the first for his four conversions.

Redruth levelled the scores soon after when prop Loma Kivalu crashed over with Richie Kevern kicking the extras.

The London side were keen to move the ball wide and were rewarded when Matt Gilbert rounded off a good move.

Wimbledon continued to press scoring a third try from a catch-and-drive through Dylan Flashman, Doe converted both scores leaving the Reds up against it.

To their credit Redruth raised their game to score before half-time through lock Shaun Buzza with Kevern again on the money with the conversion, leaving the visitors 21-14 in arrears.

Wimbledon proceeded to make the game seemingly safe early in the second half with two quick scores through Rhys Morgan and Charlie Esam with Doe adding a fourth conversion to stretch their advantage to nineteen points.

Redruth brought on prop Craig Williams for a welcome return following injury and with the home pack tiring in the final quarter the Reds began to take the initiative.

Nonu crashed over for Redruth’s third try with Kivalu getting his second try of the game soon after following good play from scrum half Jack Oulton. Kevern added the extras to both scores to gives the Reds a couple on bonus points. Despite pressing until the final whistle Redruth couldn’t manufacture a winning score.

After the game Nonu said there were no excuses. “We have to be more clinical when we travel, we have a good group of players who are good enough to step up when required.”

Redruth are on the road again this Saturday coming when they travel to Worthing.

Camborne made the trip to Rackerhayes to face Newton Abbot in the South West Premier, despite leading 16-5 at half-time Town lost their way during the second half as the home side scored three converted tries without reply.

Jake Champion kicked three penalties and converted Declan Matthews’ try for the Cherry and Whites but when the fly-half failed to appear for the second half, and with no backs on the bench, Town were up against it having to re-jig the side.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston got their New Year off to a flying start with a 47-14 win against Matson at Polson Bridge. Dan Pearce bagged four tries and kicked two conversions and a penalty. Shaun Crawford, Brandon Rowley and Fred Bulut scored the other tries.

The Cornish All Blacks stay in fourth place and with third place Newent next up again at Polson next week will be aiming to move up to third.

In London 1 South, London Cornish slipped to a 13-10 defeat at Cobham, a disappointing defeat to start the New Year. Matt Chambers scored their only try converted by George Kimmins who also landed a penalty.

In Tribute Western Counties West, match of the day was unquestionably the clash at Alexandra Road when first placed St. Ives took on their nearest challengers St. Austell.

In the end, after an epic battle, the Hakes edged the Saints 23-17 to remain firmly in charge at the top.

Lewis Thomas, Rhys Brownfield and Jamie Prisk scored first half tries for St. Ives who led 15-14 at half-time. George Knowles with a try and three penalties from the boot of Liam Freeman accounted for the visitors’ half-time tally.

Freeman and Brownfield traded second half penalties before Rob Elloway’s bonus point try settled it.

Truro lost at home to Devonport Services 17-47, a result that puts the Services above St. Austell in the table.

Eggy Williams scored 12 points with a try, 2 conversions and a penalty, with Darren Jacques scoring the other try.

Wadebridge Camels drew 19-all at Tiverton, with Ben Humber and Jamie Grubb scoring tries and Dan Thomas kicking three penalties.

Falmouth had another good win this time at Torquay Athletic 33-29. Tom Edmonds (2), Tom Simmons, Seb Firth and Justyn Irons scored the tries with Irons kicking four conversions. The win sees the Eagles move away from the relegation places.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Saltash continue to forge ahead at the top following their 39-10 win at Moorlands against Plymstock.

Will Morton bagged a hat-trick of tries with Lewis Wells, Kieran Down, James Moriarty and Ryan Cruickshanks also dotting down. Down and Harrison Reburn each kicked a conversion.

Penryn lost ground as they went down to second placed Wellington 24-10. Andrew Seviour kicked a penalty with Chris Hellier scoring a try converted by Nathan Strick.

Bude lost at home 17-20, despite leading visiting Honiton 17-3 after 60 minutes!

Angus Hodges, Simon Jeffrey and Matt Williams scored tries for the North Cornwall side with Ollie Denford kicking a conversion.

Flu-stricken Pirates Amateurs put up a brave fight at Torrington but went down 17-10, a welcome win for the North Devon side. Mike Roach and Sam Coogan with the Amateurs tries gave them a losing bonus point.

Hayle went down at Withycombe 20-9. Dan Lelo kicked their points.

The match between Wessex and Lanner was postponed.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Liskeard-Looe as expected are the early pace-setters after their 50-8 win at home to Veor.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, Lankelly-Fowey head the table after seeing off Redruth Albany 44-7.


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Weekly round up Cornish rugby



Redruth returned home from their trip to Coventry with a valuable four points following their 21-11 win at Broadstreet in National League 2 South.

They will probably feel a little disappointed that they couldn’t manage to score a fourth try and bag the bonus point.

Tries were scored by Shaun Buzza, Jack Simmons and Dean Bonds, with Richie Kevern kicking all three conversions.

The win sees the Reds back up to sixth place ahead of Saturday’s Christmas derby with Barnstaple at the Recreation Ground 2 pm.

Camborne beat Brixham 33-13 in South West Premier, see the previous blog entry of my chat with Damien Cook for more on the game.

In Tribute South West 1 West, a fine win for Launceston at Polson Bridge as they defeated Thornbury 47-0. The Cornish All Blacks scored seven tries with Dan Pearce getting a hat-trick of tries and kicking six conversions. Other tries came from Torin Clarke, Marc Williams, Jon Dawe and skipper Lloyd Duke.

In London 1 South, London Cornish couldn’t quite overcome high-flyers CS Rugby 1863 despite their visitors playing most of the game with just 14 men following a red card. Cornish trailed 0-20 at one stage before rallying to snatch a losing bonus point with tries from Tom Jeffery and Elliot Cave both converted by skipper George Kimmins. It ended 14-20 to CS Rugby 1863.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Ives had a fine win at Wadebridge Camels 24-15 to maintain their top spot going into the New Year.

Hakes scored tries through Tom Chandler, Liam Jolly and Martyn Lawrence with Rhys Brownfield kicking a conversion. Paul Thirlby added a two further conversions and also a penalty

For the Camels, Adam Collings and Jack Scott scored tries with Danny Thomas kicking a conversion and a penalty.

St. Austell kept the pressure on the Hakes with a 21-12 win at Tregorrick against Paignton. Ben Chenoweth, Shane Johns and Mark Martin scored their tries all three bettered by Liam Freeman.

Falmouth had a very welcome win against fellow strugglers Tiverton 19-17 at the Rec. Tom Spiller, Tom Job and AJ Geach scored the Eagles’ tries with Justyn Irons kicking two conversions.

Truro lost at Crediton 27-18, props Darren Jacques and Ollie Seagrove scored their tries  with “Eggy” Williams kicking the other points.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon league, Saltash maintained their top spot with a 52-0 win at Plymouth Argaum. Ryan Cruickshanks and Will Morton both scored a brace of tries.

Penryn stay third after their 74-0 demolition of Torrington. James Salisbury, Josh Chambers and Ben Birkett all bagged two tries.

Bude won the Cornish derby at Hayle 52-26. Angus Hodges and Hammond scored a couple of tries each for the North Cornwall side as did Rob Goodman for Hayle, who got a try bonus point of their own.

Lanner went down at St. Day to Wellington 36-21 Jack Kessell and Adam Harris (2) scored their tries all three converted by Nick Prout who has rejoined the club after a brief spell at Truro.

Pirates Amateurs saw off Tavistock 34-29 at the Mennaye. Sam Heath (2), Mike Roach, Morgan Hillman and Sam Coogan scored the Ams’ tries, with Steve Evans’ boot accounting for the other points.

Saltash will once again represent Cornwall in this season’s RFU Senior Vase, they will play Withycombe on Saturday 10th February.

St. Austell will host Devonport Services on the same day in the RFU Intermediate Cup.

Congratulations to Cornwall U.18s who defeated Somerset up at Weston Hornets to complete another unbeaten season. Good luck to all those who get selected for the Divisional games.

Well done to Jack Nowell for being elected BBC South West Sports Personality of the Year for a second time.

This is my last entry before Christmas so I wish “One & All” a very Merry Christmas, Nadelik Lowen.


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Sparkling Performance Lights Up Mennaye

Photo: Alan Paver enjoyed a good trundle round the park in his 357th game for the Pirates


Cornish Pirates 38   Scarlets Premiership Select 10

Keen for a positive response following their 18-10 British & Irish Cup defeat away to Scarlets Premiership Select just six days earlier, the Cornish Pirates conjured up just that, to record this emphatic home tie victory. Importantly, the win also keeps them still top of Pool 5, albeit on points difference, reports Pirates’ Media Officer Phil Westren.

The Cornish Pirates showed a number personnel changes from the team that succumbed in Wales, including returns to action for full-back Toby May, centre Nicolas De Battista, and flanker Rupert Cooper. Player-coach Alan Paver started at loose-head prop, whilst named on the bench was former Scotland under 20s prop Jack Owlett. Dual-registered with Exeter Chiefs, he would make his debut appearance for the Pirates.

Home supporters also welcomed the opportunity to applaud Canadian international Matt Evans, who, on his second match since returning to fitness, was first out of the changing rooms, ready to make his 100th appearance for the club. Sadly, though, in a less than ideal start the Pirates, they not only lost his services because of injury but also in just the fourth minute leaked seven points, through a try scored by Scarlets centre Ioan Nicholas and a conversion kicked by fly-half Jacob Botica.

The Welsh visitors continued to menace at the Mennaye, with a Botica penalty extending their lead before a more evenly contested affair then ensued.

It was felt that first points before the break would help the Pirates cause, and they managed just that on 35 minutes, No. 8 Tom Duncan identified as a try-scorer and fly-half Laurence May adding the extras. A 7-10 scoreline left it still all to play for.

During the interval former Wales coach and ex Scarlets favourite Gareth Jenkins kindly made the 50/50 Draw, lucky winner Nick appreciating a worthy financial bonus, just before Christmas!

The Pirates started the second period full of purpose, with their clinically refined focus also given an assist when visiting skipper Shaun Evans was shown ‘yellow’. In the process, including time sat in his soggy sin bin seat, his side leaked a second try registered by Duncan, and then a converted score for centre Nicolas De Battista. A bonus-point-providing fourth try was surely now in sight, and it delivered on the hour mark by replacement Pete Laverick. Mr Paver, at the age of 40, who was making appearance ‘357’ in a Pirates shirt, was also now happy to end his cameo performance – with a bow.

The mood of this match had well and truly changed, backs and forwards making light of the difficult conditions and the Pirates displaying fire in their bellies. Replacement lock Toby Freeman was clearly relishing his gallop around the paddock, whilst Alex Day also had an extra spark in his step.

A 72nd minute converted try by Day appeared to put the result beyond doubt, with victory then sealed when his half-back partner Cargill crossed at the scoreboard corner. May’s extra two points made it 38-10, a result few would have dreamed of at half-time, but it one richly deserved. It might have been the end of a dull and damp afternoon, however under the floodlights at the Mennaye there were beaming smiles aplenty.


Cornish Pirates:   15 Toby May (Will Cargill 67), 14 Matt Evans (Pete Laverick 4), 13 Dan Koster, 12 Nicolas De Battista, 11 Kyle Moyle, 10 Laurence May, 9 Mike Pope (Alex Day 49); 1 Alan Paver (Jack Owlett 60), 2 Dan Frost (James Fish 60), 3 Christian Judge, 4 Chris Morgan (c), 5 Brett Beukeboom (Toby Freeman h/t), 6 Josh Caulfield, 7 Rupert Cooper, 8 Tom Duncan (Tom Lawday 67).

Scarlets Premiership Select:   15 Tom Prydie (Jack Maynard 61), 14 Tom Rogers (Billy McBryde 67), 13 Ioan Nicholas, 12 Tom Hughes, 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Jacob Botica, 9 Alex Schwarz (Gareth George 71); 1 Rhys Fawcett (Steffan Thomas 67), 2 Taylor Davies, 3 Javan Sebastian (Scott Jenkins 67), 4 Chris Long, 5 Joe Powell, 6 Lewis Ellis-Jones (Thomas Ellis 71), 7 Dan Davis (Dafydd Hughes 61), 8 Shaun Evans (c).

Yellow card:   Shaun Evans.


Cornish Pirates – tries: Duncan (2), De Battista, Laverick, Day, Cargill; cons: Laurence May (4).

Scarlets Premiership Select – try: Nicholas, con: Botica; pen: Botica.

Referee:   Adam Leal (RFU)

 Attendance:   916

St. Austell Brewery’s ‘Cornish Pirates’ Man-of-the-Match:   Dan Frost

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Boxing Day Fixtures

Fixtures that we are aware of, do check with clubs re kick-off times.

















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Cook satisfied with Town’s mid-term report

Camborne served up a festive treat for their supporters in their final South West Premier League game of 2017 as they completed a league double against Brixham with a 33-13 win.

It was the Cherry and Whites best performance of the season at home and backed up their win last week at Hornets.

The quality of the tries was top draw. Jordan Rose finishing off a fine move after a fine burst from scrum-half Rhodri McAtee and centre Josh Semmens for try number 1.

Centre Jake Champion took his chance as the Brixham defence parted like a shoal of startled fish for try number 2.

Matt Blee dived in the corner soon after half-time following good work from replacement scrum-half Taron Peacock for try number 3, before the pick of the scores came from try number 4 as full back Harvey Bell rounded off some delightful play from Peacock.

The final try was scored by No.8 Kieran Westlake, who had an excellent game throughout, with Brixham feeling frustrated having had a player sent off, Westlake took the line out ball and drove over in the scoreboard corner to put the icing on the Christmas cake.

Jake Champion’s four conversions completed the Cherry and Whites’ haul.

Speaking after the game coach Damien Cook (pictured above) was satisfied with his side’s recent form. He said. “I am pretty pleased with that, Brixham have picked up a bit form since we met earlier in the season. I was wary of them before the game they are a big side physically whilst we are lacking in height at the moment but we played a lot bigger than them today.

Cook was pleased with the way his side defended early on and then were clinical when their chances came. “We talk about playing a simple brand of rugby and when we execute it we look good, we don’t want to be playing rugby in our own half we want to be camped in their twenty-two and if you make mistakes there then unless they are a very good side you hopefully won’t be punished from there. We are starting to see the fruits of our training now, we are on the astro-turf down at Penzance training and that is helping us fine tune our game plan.

Cook was full of praise for full back Harvey Bell. “He’s very good in any position that you play him, he’s lively at scrum-half when he plays there, he reads the game well, sometimes he gives me kittens with his quick tap penalties. Rhodri (McAtee) has been doing a good job for us at 9, as Taron is away working at the moment and can’t make training, he’s still got it at this level and brings a wealth of experience, Taron is ideal to come off the bench and maintain the momentum during the final quarter as sides tire as you saw today.

Cook also spoke warmly about the form of Kieran Westlake. “His work rate is phenomenal, he’s not the flashiest of players but he does the hard work hits the rucks puts in the tackles wins the ball and carries, there’s no question that he’s ready to play at a higher level and he’s proved that in recent weeks whilst with the Pirates.

Cook is also looking forward to hopefully getting back playing himself as some stage and also the return of lock Ben Kemp who has been a huge absence for Camborne this season. “Kempy will have a scan in early January and if that’s OK he’ll be good to go, as for myself age is counting against me, the body takes longer to heal, if the boys keep playing well I’ll remain on the sidelines.

Despite no more league rugby until the New Year there is still the small matter of the Boxing Day derby against Redruth. “It’s always a good occasion and one the crowd in both camps look forward to. I’ve played in a few of these over the years; it’ll be a good tussle.

“I think both sides are likely to come into the game with a few players unavailable for various reasons, come what may both sides will put out a committed side to maintain that fine tradition between the two clubs with hopefully a good sized crowd.

Reminder that Camborne v Redruth for the Rodda’s Milk Cup kicks off at Camborne on Boxing Day at 2:30 pm.

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Pirates stay top of pool despite defeat in Wales

Scarlets Premiership Select 18   Cornish Pirates 10

Pirates Media Officer Phil Westren reports

With the Cornish Pirates already based in their hotel, prepared and ready to face Scarlets Premiership Select at Carmarthen Park on Sunday, severe weather conditions dictated that this Round 3 match in the British & Irish Cup would have to be postponed. It was frustrating, but ultimately just one of those things.

The Pirates were sportingly ‘sangfroid’ in reaction, and following a flurry of phone calls the fixture was quickly rescheduled, it decided that the match would be played at the Talbot Athletic Ground, home of Aberavon RFC, on Monday evening.

Competing this year in Pool 5 of the Cup, the Pirates were keen to seek a third consecutive victory, having already won their opening two games in the competition away to Hartpury RFC (35-19) and home to Ulster A (23-14), but after settling for a second night’s accommodation in Wales victory eluded them.

Club captain Chris Morgan made his return from injury to lead a side that also saw a welcome return, following a 12 month lay-off, of wing Matt Evans. Dual-registered with Exeter Chiefs, centre Harry Strong was selected to make his first competitive match start for the Pirates, whilst similarly dual-registered colleague Harrison Cully was named on a bench that included player coach Alan Paver. Kieran Westlake, on loan from Camborne and having made two previous appearances as a replacement, was also making his first start in a Pirates shirt.

In the build up to the game, and without knowing too much about the Scarlets, the Pirates felt it welcome not to have all the mental pressure of having to check and plan to the ‘nth’ degree. Their focus, against a young Scarlets team littered with players who have represented their country at under 20s level, was simply to perform well and show the best of themselves.

Jacob Botica, son of former ‘All Blacks’ and Llanelli Scarlets player Frano, was certainly one opposition name that demanded attention, and it was he who opened the scoring with a penalty slotted for the Scarlets in in the twelfth minute.

Soon after the restart, a scrum penalty award on halfway enabled the ‘home’ side to threaten a second score from a line-out inside their opponents ‘22’. Thankfully, however, the Pirates the foiled the danger and responded to happily play a little rugby, with wing Nicolas Coronel displaying raw power and pace when making a break. Unfortunately, he also departed the field injured shortly after.

Midway through the first half the hosts did though score again, it a fine individual effort by centre Tom Hughes which seemingly boosted his team’s confidence.

The weather was inevitably very cold, with there very few supporters present, but on an otherwise calm evening the Pirates kept their focus and at last earned a kick at goal chance just before the break. Fly-half Laurence May duly stepped forward to not only make it 8-3, but to also provide hope for the second half.

On the resumption of play it was sadly not a start the Pirates were looking for, as they firstly conceded three more points through the boot of Botica, and then leaked another seven when Scarlets skipper Tom Phillips scored a converted try.

Now a real test for the visitors, there was a commendable response. Centre Dan Koster made a terrific break, with good support from his midfield partner Strong. The push for the line was initially held up, but then, on this frosty Port Talbot night, it was appropriately named hooker, Dan Frost, who scored – his second try in just two appearances since joining the Pirates on loan from Taunton. May’s conversion made it 18-10.

The game was opening up, with both sides threatening with ball in hand. Full-back Tom Rogers was always a menace for the Scarlets, whilst his opposite number in a Pirates shirt, Kyle Moyle, also showed his credentials.

As it worked out, on this uniquely memorable trip away, in minutes remaining there would be no more scores, meaning the Pirates were denied even a bonus point, which was somehow surely the least they deserved. It was one of those nights when there were, of course, some positives, but also ultimately disappointment.

Pre-match the Pirates, who still top their Pool on points difference, did not know what to expect of the Scarlets, but they will when the two teams meet again this Sunday, in the home leg at the Mennaye Field. It promises to be pre-Christmas cracker of a contest when the Pirates will look to return to winning ways.

Speaking after Monday’s game, and at the end of their elongated trip to Wales, Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle said:

“After the disruption of the weekend the game was played in all but perfect conditions, and against a young and talented side. They had a decent pair of half-backs, a pack that held the upper hand at scrum time and it also one that foiled our driving line-out.

 “For us, despite the result there were pluses, including getting 80 minutes from Matt (Evans) and Morgs (Chris Morgan) also playing his part, which bodes well and will be great for the team going forward.”

Looking ahead to this weekend, Gavin added:

 “There are inevitably a number of areas that we will focus on in training this week, as we now look forward to welcoming the Scarlets to the Mennaye on Sunday.”


Scarlets Premiership Select:   15 Tom Rogers, 14 Ioan Nicholas, 13 Tom Hughes, 12 Billy McBryde (22 Rhodri Jones, 65), 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Jacob Botica (21 Jack Maynard, 65), 9 Alex Schwarz (20 Gareth George, 76); 1 Rhys Fawcett (17 Steffan Thomas, 69), 2 Dafydd Hughes (16 Matthew Moore, 77), 3 Javan Sebastian (18 Nicky Thomas, 60), 4 Josh Helps, 5 Chris Long (19 Joe Powell, 72), 6 Shaun Evans, 7 Dan Davis, 8 Tom Phillips (c).

Cornish Pirates:   15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Matt Evans, 13 Dan Koster, 12 Harry Strong, 11 Nicolas Coronel (22 Harrison Cully, 19), 10 Laurence May, 9 Mike Pope (20 Alex Day, 70); 1 Billy Keast (16 Alan Paver, 78), 2 Dan Frost, 3 Jack Andrew (17 Christian Judge, 50), 4 Chris Morgan (c, 18 Toby Freeman, 50), 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Kieran Westlake (19 Josh Caulfield, 50), 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Tom Duncan.

Replacement (not used):   Will Cargill

Scorers:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Scarlets Premiership Select – tries: 13 Hughes (22), 8 Phillips (49); con: 10 Botica (49); pen: 10 Botica (12, 45).

Cornish Pirates – try: 2 Frost (55); con: 10 May (55); pen: 10 May (36).

Referee:     Aled Evans

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Cornish rugby review from the weekend

With the Cornish Pirates B & I Cup match against Scarlets postponed until this evening due to heavy snow in South Wales, the spotlight fell on Redruth’s National League 2 encounter with newly promoted Tonbridge Juddian.

The Reds came into this game following three defeats against sides in the top four, happily for them a much better performance saw them get a much needed win as they defeated their opponents 45-11.

Nielson Webber (pictured) led the side out on his 101st appearance for the club to earn his red blazer.

Redruth were in total command as they scored seven tries through AJ Cant (2), Shaun Buzza, Rob Coote, Kyle Marriott, Matt Bowden and a penalty-try award. Angus Taylor landed four conversions to boot.

A morale boosting result ahead of their trip to Broadstreet this Saturday before the visit of Barnstaple on the 23rd December.

A good result for Camborne as they won at basement side Hornets 28-22 in the South West Premier.

The Cherry & Whites scored three tries through Jake Champion, Ben Tyler-Guy and Bradley Bawden with Champion kicking two conversions and three penalties.

Just the result Camborne needed after their recent losses. This Saturday they begin their return fixtures with a tasty game at home to Brixham.

In the Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston came close to upsetting leaders Exeter University at Polson Bridge who came back from 19-10 down to win 20-19.

Tom Sandercock, Ryan Westren and Jon Dawe scored tries for the Cornish All Blacks with Dan Pearce adding a couple of conversions.

In London 1 South, London Cornish drew with Tottonians 34-all.  The tries were scored by Skip George Kimmins, Claude Springer, James La Broy, Rich Stephens and a late effort from stand in centre Nick Goss, Kimmins adding three conversions and a penalty.

In Tribute Western Counties West, leaders St. Ives stat top following their 34-19 win at Alexandra Road against Devonport Services. The Hakes scored six tries through Grant Thirlby (2), Paul Thirlby, Pete Mabbott, Jamie Prisk and Martyn Lawrance, Rhys Brownfield added two conversions.

St. Austell kept up the pressure on the Hakes after their 24-12 win against Kingsbridge. Chris Ashwin, George Knowles, Miles Davey and Cav Boyer scored the tries with Liam Freeman adding tow conversions.

Wadebridge Camels went down to a big defeat at much-improved Sidmouth 49-7. Ben Humber with their only try converted by Danny Thomas.

Truro had a good win against Burnham 20-8 at St. Clements Hill. Josh Symons bagged a brace of tries with a penalty-try awarded as Truro dominated at a scrum near the Burnham line. Eggy Williams kicked a penalty.

Another disappointing result for Falmouth as they lost at Paignton 27-8. The result leaves the Eagles in the relegation places. Seb Firth scored a try and Justyn Irons kicked a penalty.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, the game at Moorlands between the top two went the way of Saltash as they defeated Penryn 30-14.

It was a tight affair until the hour mark after which the Ashes pulled away.

Saltash scores came through Phil Eatwell, Will Morton (2), Ollie Mulberry with the tries while Kieran Down kicked 10 points.

For the Borough Sam Hitchens scored a try converted by Mitch Vague near the end  to go along with their first half penalty-try.

There was a good win for Bude at Wessex 19-10. Otherwise it was a string of disappointing results, Lanner lost at Tavistock 36-0 in a game that was halted in the final quarter following an injury to a Lanner player.

Hayle conceded their game at Wellington, whilst Pirates Amateurs lost at Plymstock 27-15.

With just a couple of outstanding fixtures to be played this Saturday, the Tribute Cornwall League will be split for the New Year fixtures.

Liskeard-Looe, Bodmin, Newquay Hornets, Veor, St. Agnes, Camborne School of Mines, Illogan Park and Roseland will contest Tribute Cornwall 1.

Stithians, Lankelly-Fowey, Helston, St. Just, Camelford, Perranporth and Redruth Albany will play in Tribute Cornwall 2.

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Pirates & Blues serve up another thriller


 Photo by Brian Tempest. Sam Matavesi signs for the Cornish Pirates

Cornish Pirates 24   Bedford Blues 17

Report by Phil Westren, Cornish Pirates Media Officer

Locking arms once more, matches between the Pirates and the Blues are invariably competitively entertaining affairs, as yet again proved the case. It was also, once more, a truly great advert for Championship rugby.

Third in the division, the Blues arrived in Penzance on the back of an impressive 33-7 win at home to Hartpury RFC. They also had an experienced line-up, including former Northampton Saints and England (18 caps) scrum-half Lee Dickson, and ex Cardiff Blues and Wales (9 caps) full-back Chris Czekaj.

For the Pirates, who were seventh in the league table, their selection included a Championship start for wing Nicolas Coronel, whilst in the forwards there were returns for Tom Lawday and Josh Caulfield. A present shortage of fully fit hookers also saw the arrival, on loan from Taunton, of former England under 18s player Dan Frost, with Danny Toolan again named among the replacements. Back from international duty with Canada there was also a place on the bench for Brett Beukeboom.

Reaching the halfway point in the Championship season, the visitors opened the scoring in the eleventh minute when good inter-play involving Dickson and former Pirates lock Will Carrick-Smith ended with a try scored by wing Dean Adamson. Wearing the number 11 shirt it was also an eleventh of the season for the league’s top try-scorer, to which fly-half Will Hooley added the extras.

The Blues continued to threaten, their running and passing impressive, with support always on hand. Credit to the Pirates, therefore, for matching the challenge and then applying the throttle to earn a well-deserved penalty. Playing the advantage fly-half Will Cargill almost dummied his way for a score, before settling to kick the three points on offer.

Supporters likely expected this particular contest to provide no shortage of thrilling rugby, and right from the restart a sample of expectation was confirmed – and how! Taking the ball on halfway, Lawday appeared to fill his lungs with energy required, to then blast a path that would see him score a quite superb try at the clubhouse corner. Cargill’s successful conversion from out wide wasn’t at all bad either.

Clink on link below to see Championship try highlights including Tom Lawday’s try v Bedford Blues.


Sparked into a response, further good play from Dickson and his skipper Michael Le Bourgeois led to a second try in the match for Bedford, this time one dotted down at the Newlyn gate corner by Bourgeois’ centre partner Richard Lane, who made two appearances for the Pirates back in 2014/15, when dual-registered with Bath Rugby.

Bedford’s score nudged them back in front, however it was the Pirates who would regain the lead come the break, their adjudged man-of-the-match, prop Jack Andrew, scoring a converted try to the right of the Penzance posts. 17-12.

Such a competitive game was inevitably a little feisty at times and, following a fracas early in the second half, referee Mr. Woodthorpe felt obliged to call both captains together. To take a little heat out of the moment, the tannoy system echoed the sound ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

Eleven minutes into the second period, another example of clinical finishing saw Bedford wingman Elliot Clements-Hill breeze in at the scoreboard corner, his effort drawing the scores level at 17-all.

Now was the time when both teams started to regularly introduce replacements into the action, but with there no drop off in intensity. In a match where there was no quarter given, the commitment from both sides was tremendous to witness, this yet another game too close to call.

Under the glow of the floodlights, as the Pirates strived for a strong finish, replacement centre Dan Koster tore into Bedford’s ‘22’, with Coronel also going close to scoring out wide on the left.

Sound scrummaging from the Blues rescued them on a couple of occasions, however the Pirates efforts to batter Bedford into submission were eventually rewarded. They had displayed admirable patience and control, aided by replacement Beukeboom’s experience, and it was debutant Frost who scored a final converted try to celebrate his first appearance in a Pirates shirt.

The win for the Cornish side sees them move up one more place in the league table to sixth, whilst Bedford stay third.

One man delighted with the performance and the result was Cornish Pirates coach Alan Paver, who post-match commented:

“Gavin and I are absolutely over the moon, as the build-up in the week was tricky and we had put the guys through the mill to prepare to our best. Credit to young Dan Frost for stepping in at hooker and it was great that we all pulled together and showed such commitment and endeavour.

 “Seeing us push through at the end was just unbelievable, as Bedford are a fine side and are third in the table because they deserve it. Saying that, though, the Mennaye is our friend and we played a lot of field position in the second half and it told. Yes, there were perhaps a couple of chances we could have taken and didn’t, but the accumulative pressure was so pleasing, as was the emphasis we put on our discipline.”


Cornish Pirates:   15 Toby May, 14 Kyle Moyle, 13 Pete Laverick (22 Dan Koster, 22-32, 50), 12 Nicolas De Battista (c), 11 Nicolas Coronel, 10 Will Cargill, 9 Alex Day; 1 Jack Andrew, 2 Dan Frost, 3 Christian Judge (17 Billy Keast, 54), 4 Josh Caulfield, 5 Toby Freeman (19 Brett Beukeboom, 52), 6 Rupert Cooper, 7 Alex Cheesman (8 Tom Lawday, 78), 8 Tom Lawday (18 Tom Duncan, 60).

Replacements (not used):   16 Danny Toolan, 20 Mike Pope, 21 Laurence May.

Bedford Blues:   15 Chris Czekaj (22 Ollie Dodge, 50), 14 Elliot Clements-Hill, 13 Rich Lane, 12 Michael LeBourgeois (c), 11 Dean Adamson, 10 Will Hooley, 9 Lee Dickson (21 Jordan Burns, 58); 1 Sean McCarthy (17 Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, 60; 1 Sean McCarthy 78), 2 George Edgson (16 Tom Lindsay, 50), 3 Alex Penny (18 Dave Spelman, 60), 4 Ed Taylor (19 Jordan Onojaife, 50), 5 Will Carrick-Smith, 6 Alex Rae, 7 Josh Buggea (Paul Tupai – wore a blank shirt that should have been numbered 20, 73), 8 Jarad Williams.

Cornish Pirates –  tries: 8 Lawday (28), 3 Andrew (39), 2 Frost (70); cons: 10 Cargill (28, 39, 70); pen: 10 Cargill (27).

Bedford Blues – 11 Adamson (11), 13 Lane (32), 14 Clements-Hill (51); con; 10 Hooley (11).

Referee:   Anthony Woodthorpe (RFU)                 Attendance:   1,407



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Pirates winning return. Redruth slip up at home

Photo Gav & Alan happy with winning return to the RAG

The Cornish Pirates had a good win at the Athletic Ground over Richmond 28-15.

It was a day to remember for Pirates Amateur hooker Danny Toolan called up on Thursday night for the trip to London. He came on late in the second half to make his Championship debut.

Camborne’s Kieran Westlake also made his Championship debut coming off the bench, whilst Redurth’s Chris Fuca started a Championship game for the first time. Well done to all three.

As for the game itself, Pirates scored tries through Tom Duncan, Marlen Walker and Alex O’Meara with Will Cargill kicking a couple of conversions and penalties each, whilst Laurence May kicked a third penalty.

Chinnor maintained their lead at the top of National League 2 as they won 20-13 at the Recreation Ground, consigning Redruth to their first home defeat of the season.

The visitors scored four tries with their first coming from former Pirate Alex Dancer.

For the Redruth, who salvaged a losing bonus point with the final play with a try from Loma Kivalu, other scores came from a Richard Brown try and a Nielson Webber penalty.

Lots of familiar faces in the Chinnor side with Jonny Bentley and Kieran Goss making it a triple of former Pirates on the field, whilst former Pirate and Redruth player Greg Goodfellow, not playing due to injury, also made the trip down to Cornwall.

It was also good to see Jack Nowell back at Redruth and he presented the Redruth man-of-the-match award to No.8 Brad Howe.


In the South West Premier, Camborne lost at Lydney 31-20. Town only trailed 5-3 at half-time but two tries early in the second half saw Lydney pull out a 19-3 lead.

Ashley Riches, James Goldsworthy and Rhodri McAtee scored Camborne’s tries with Dave Mankee kicking a conversion and a penalty.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston had Dan Pearce to thank as he scored all fourteen of the Cornish All Blacks’ points a try and three penalty goals in their 14-12 win over Cullompton at Polson Bridge.

In London 1 South, London Cornish put up a brave fight at Old Colfeians before losing 36-32. Cornish, despite a makeshift side, out-scored their hosts on the try front by 4-3, but they were penalised heavily especially during the second half.

Tries for Cornish were scored by Nick Goss, Matt Hakes, Tom Ievers and Sam Williams with George Kimmins kicking the rest of the points.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Ives remain top after their big win at home against Chard 43-5. The Hakes scored seven tries through Jacob Ninnes (2), Ben Taylor, Pete Mabbott, Jamie Prisk, Kyle Beasley and a penalty-try. Rhys Brownfield added three conversions.

St. Austell had to come from behind at half-time to defeat a plucky Falmouth side 22-12. Ollie Andrews and Andrew Austin scored first half tries for the Eagles with Justyn Irons adding a conversion.

Cav Boyer replied with a penalty but Saints trailed 12-3 at the break.

St. Austell took control in the second half with tries from Pete Rowe, Boyer and CJ Boyce with Boyer adding a couple of conversions.

Despite trailing 17-7 at half-time at home to Kingsbridge, Wadebridge Camels scored 24 unanswered second half points to claim a bonus point win.

Will Pengelly got their first half try with second half scores coming from Pengelly  with his second, Dom Hawkey and Ben Humber. Danny Thomas kicked all four conversions and a penalty.

Truro powered to a win at Torquay Athletic 28-12. Ben Teasdale, Jack Hazelton and Rikki Brandon scored tries with James Martin kicking 13 points.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn continue to steam ahead at the top of the table after a 42-0 win at Plymouth Argaum.

Borough scored six tries through Adam Hughes (2), Kirky Oldfield, Kyle Bradley, James Salisbury and Grant Randlesome, all six converted by Mitch Vague.

Saltash remain hot on the heels of the Borough after their 39-22 win against Honiton. Ashes tries came from Sam Snell (2), Ryan Cruickshanks, Will Morton, Kyle Felton and Olly Mulberry. Kieran Down added three conversions and a penalty.

Lanner won at Plymstock 26-10. Dean Symons, Ryan Thomas, Levi Webster and Robbie Kessell scored tries for the Falcons with Bev Stone adding three conversions.

Hayle enjoyed a good win at Tavistock 19-5. Doug Wood (2) and Alan Daniels scored tries for the Lions with TJ Farrell kicking two conversions.

Pirates Amateurs saw off Withycombe 32-29 at the Mennaye Field. Steve Evans (2), Morgan Holman and Mike Roach scores the tries with Evans kicking three conversions and a couple of penalties.

Bude also had a fine win winning 38-12 at Torrington. Angus Hodges (3), Joe Wilson, Liam Cook and Tremaine Fry scored the tries for the Seasiders. Ollie Denford kicked four conversions.

Good to hear that Robin Wedlake is on the road to recovery after his pre-season injury, however the Trelawny’s Army Cornwall Player of the Year will miss the rest of the season following his knee reconstruction.








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