Loss to Titans compounds tough week for Pirates

 

It proved not to be a happy return for Pirates’ coach Alan Paver to his home town of Rotherham on Saturday as a late Caolan Ryan penalty gave the Titans a first Championship win of the season and leave the Pirates high and dry.

The 27-24 defeat came on top of a disappointing week for Pirate supporters with the news that the Stadium consortium are looking for £6 million of public funds to make the project happen. As a well known politician in Europe has said; “The clock is ticking!”

Obviously players and coaches can only control what goes happens on the field, but it’s hard not to believe that the latest twist in this sorry on-going saga must have an effect on players and their morale!

Having reached half-time trailing 21-10, Nicolas De Battista with the try converted by Will Cargill who also kicked a penalty, Pirates mounted a good comeback to lead 24-21 with less than 10 minutes to play.

Tom Duncan and Chris Morgan muscled their way over the line for tries both bettered by Cargill to put them back into the lead, sadly late penalties from Lee Millar and Ryan did for the Pirates.

In National League 2 South, Redruth returned empty handed from Bury St. Edmunds after going down to a 27-14 defeat. Kyle Marriott and Chris Fuca scored a try in each half both converted by Richie Kevern.

In the South West Premier League a welcome win for Camborne 29-7, against fellow strugglers Weston-super-Mare.

James Goldsworthy (2), Ben Kemp and Harvey Bill scored the tries with Dave Mankee converting twice and kicking a penalty.

A good cross-border derby at Polson Bridge in Tribute South West 1 West as Launceston took on Okehampton winning 34-13 to maintain their 3rd spot.

Dan Pearce was the star of the show with a total of 29 points, with two tries, five penalties and two conversions. Lloyd Duke scored the other try.

In London 1 South, disappointment for London Cornish as they lost 20-21 to Chobham. The game was switched from the exiles usual home ground to Imber Court, home of Metropolitan Police. Cornish missed far too many chances and gave away too many penalties. Tries were scored by George Kimmins, Matt Hakes and Rich Stephens, with Kimmins landing a penalty and a conversion.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Ives keep hauling in the results to stay top of the pile. Kingsbridge were the latest side to travel to Alexandra Road and come away with nought following the Hakes 27-14 win.

Tries from player-coach Paul Thirlby, Rhys Brownfield, Martyn Lawrence and a penalty-try ensured the bonus point, Brownfield kicked the other points.

St. Austell overcame Truro in a turgid battle at Tregorrick Park 18-13. Truro led 13-8 at one stage thanks to Luke Tidball try converted by “Eggy” Williams who also bagged a couple of penalties. Saints had a Mark Martin try and a Liam Freeman penalty to show for their efforts up to that point.

Max Duggan’s try converted by Freeman edged Saints back into the lead before a second Freeman penalty ensured the win.

There was a big win for Wadebridge Camels against basement side Burnham 57-5. Camels mustered nine tries with Dom Hawkey (2), Ben Humber (2), Will Pengelly, Adam Collings, James Grubb, Gary Gynn and Jack Scott all making hay. Danny Thomas (4) and Grubb (2) kicked the extras.

A good win for resurgent Falmouth as they continue their climb up the table following their 29-15 win over Chard. Tom Edmonds helped himself to three tries with Tom Spiller getting the other. Justyn Irons banged over the other points. Video below courtesy of Kevin Bishop.

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In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, fixtures were badly hit again with the weather with just one game surviving Penryn defeating Hayle 49-0. The win puts the Borough back at the top of the table, whilst for Hayle they are now 12 points adrift of safety and seem likely to return to the Cornwall Leagues next season.

Sam Hitchens (2), Mitch Vague (2), Vivian Wilmott (2), Josh Chambers and Grant Randlesome all crossed for Penryn with Vague kicking another nine points.

Liskeard-Looe remain top of Tribute Cornwall 1 despite not playing as their game against Camborne School of Mines was postponed.

On Sunday Cornwall Under 20s played Devon in their final warm up game ahead of this season’s Under 20 County Championship and won 26-10 at Ivybridge.

The black and golds scored four tries through Jack Osborne, Chae Jenkins, Jack Hodge and Will Gibson with Reuben Edwards kicking three conversions.

A pleasing result for coaches Josh Lord and Matt Shepherd ahead of their opening Championship fixture against Gloucestershire on Sunday 11th February at Cinderford.

The Nat West 6 Nations starts this weekend with Jack Nowell in the squad for the opening fixture against Italy in Rome on Sunday.

 

 

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Winning start marks Chapple’s return

 

 

There were plenty of smiling faces at the Recreation Ground after the final whistle on Saturday following Camborne’s 29-7 win against Weston-super-Mare.

Two tries from No.8 James Goldsworthy and further touchdowns by Ben Kemp and Harvey Bell along with points from the boot of Dave Mankee did the business for Town.

Biggest smile of all was on the face of Liam Chapple, back for another stint at Camborne having been appointed as Director of Senior Rugby last Sunday so to get a bonus point win was just the start he wished for. “I am really pleased with that result, from the first training session to game day the boys have brought in to what I want to do. I am not going to get above myself after today, there is still a huge job to do but this result was just what the club needed at this moment.

Another bonus for the club was that for the first time this season they were able to field two recognised second rows. “It was very important to finally get Damian Cook and Ben Kemp back today, they both have a lot of experience and that showed out there today. Kempy has been out for twelve months and to play seventy minutes on your return was a big ask but he acquitted himself really well.

“All the lads played well and showed character when it mattered, near the end we were down to fourteen men after Cooky’s yellow card but we dug in and showed spirit to keep them out, that to me was very telling.

Chapple now wants his side to replicate home form on the road and with their next game at Newbury Blues who are also in the relegation mix, Chapple knows that a good result in Berkshire could go a long way in defining Camborne’s season. “Today’s result is done and dusted, we move on to plan for next Saturday, a big game at Newbury, we have a job to do up there, if we can replicate the spirit and endeavour we showed today then we will have a chance.

Chapple was full of praise for his No.8 James Goldsworthy. “He’s a class act he’s shown why the county selectors look at him, for a young man he’s played a lot of rugby and I felt he fully deserved his man-of-the-match award today.

Chapple also had words of praise for some of his new backs that he has not coached before. “I’ve only met some of these lads last Tuesday at training and been impressed. Harvey Bell looks a very, very good player, whilst Declan Matthews in the centre carried very strongly, the conditions out there today were horrendous but I thought the handling and skill level was impressive, they tried things, always looked to attack. That’s the style of play I want us do, it’s not good going through games and just going through phases, you have got to look to attack and score and build a lead.

I asked Chapple how vital it was for Camborne to stay at this level. “It’s vital for the club not just on the pitch but off it as well. Everybody has worked so hard over the years to get back to this level and move the club forward. The right attitude and commitment we will stay up, we will have a positive mind set going forward, it’s in our hands.”

 

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Cornwall Under 20 squad to face Devon U.20

 

 

 

The Cornish selectors have picked a large squad for Sunday’s County Championship warm up game against Devon at Ivybridge kick off 1:30 pm.

Players and coaches have been working hard on Sunday mornings at Truro College in preparation for this season’s Championship.

Devon U20 v Cornwall U20

Sunday 28 January @ Ivybridge RFC 1330 kick off

Cornwall Squad

1 Rikki Bentham  Launceston RC
2 Harry Lightfoot Launceston RC
3 Kyle Gatrix Penryn RFC
4 Hector Bright St Austell RFC
5 Dan Goldsmith Launceston RC
6 Tiaan Clark Camborne RFC
7 Jack Osborne Not affiliated
8 Torin Clark (Captain) Launceston RC
9 Noah Nash Brixham RFC
10 Reuben Edwards Launceston RC
11 Jake Penprase Not affiliated
12 Connor Gilbert Redruth RFC
13 Declan Matthews Camborne RFC
14 Matt Blee Exeter Uni
15 Callum Boyce St Austell RFC
16 Jack Hodge Redruth RFC
17 Sam Chapman Wadebridge Camels RFC
18 Callum Degenhardt Penryn RFC
19 Luke Barnes
20 Dan Reed Wadebridge Camels RFC
21 Noah Stanier-Smith St Agnes RFC
22 Brandon Rowley Launceston RC
23 Aden Brassington Redruth RFC
24 Will Gibson Cardiff Uni
25 Liam Jolly St Ives RFC
26 Jake Carr St Austell RFC
27 Tom Osborne Swansea Uni
28 Johnny Wood Cardiff Uni
29 Seb Firth Falmouth RFC
30 Dan Hubble Falmouth RFC
31 Kieron Vinson Truro RFC

 

Coaches – Matt Shepherd, Josh Lord

 

CORNWALL UNDER 20s 2018 JASON LEONARD CUP

Sunday 11th February GLOUCESTERSHIRE – CORNWALL @ Cinderford RFC 1 PM

Sunday 25th February CORNWALL – HAMPSHIRE @ St. Austell RFC 1 PM

Sunday 18th March DORSET & WILTS – CORNWALL @ Dorchester RFC 2 PM

Sunday 1st April QUARTER-FINALS

Sunday 15th April SEMI-FINALS

TBC     FINAL

 

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Camborne re-appoint Chapple

Photo: Liam Chapple returns for another stint at Town

 

With the Cornish Pirates’ British & Irish Cup final pool game against Hartpury College called off at 11 am on Saturday morning, it seems likely the new date will over the weekend of 3rd/ 4th February, the main focus switched to Redruth game against Taunton.

It turned out to be a gripping south west derby with the Reds running out winners by 38-22, having found themselves 22-10 down early in the second half.

Kyle Marriott marked his 100th appearance for the Reds with two tries, other tries came from skipper Richard Brown, Rob Coote, AJ Cant and Mark Grubb, with Richie Kevern slotting four conversions.

It was a welcome win following two defeats on the road at the start of 2018.

Not such good news for Camborne in the South West Premier, they lost 26-12 at Bracknell and have slipped into the relegation places.

Dave Mankee kicked four penalties for the cherry and whites. Following this result the Camborne committee have re-appointed former head coach Liam Chapple as Director of Senior Rugby.

In a club communiqué Club Chairman Andy Gill stated; “Camborne RFC is pleased to announce, that with immediate effect, Mr Liam Chapple has been appointed to the position of Director of Senior Rugby. Liam’s appointment will enhance and strengthen the current coaching team by adding his wider coaching experience, player management skills and acknowledged administration skills. His appointment is confirmed until the end of the 2018-19 season.”

Chapple will take training this week alongside coaches Damien Cook and Rhodri McAtee and his charges will be looking for the support of a big home crowd against Weston-super-Mare on Saturday (2.30 pm KO).

Launceston maintained their third place in Tribute South West 1West after a 29-5 win at North Petherton.

In London 1 South, defeat for London Cornish at Thurrock 24-15. Claude Springer and Rich Stephens scored tries for the exiles with George Kimmins kicking the other points.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Ives march on at the top after another win this time over Paignton 29-7. Tom Nicholas, Sam Carter, Harry Parton and Lewis Thomas were among the tries.

Wadebridge Camels edged a tight affair at Truro 12-10. Will Pengelly and Jack Scott scored tries for the Camels with Joe Pretty crucially getting a conversion. Ollie Seagrove and Jack Hazelton scored unconverted tries for Truro.

Falmouth did their survival chances a power of good with a 38-12 win at Burnham.

AJ Geach, Tom Simmonds, Matt Poole, Dan Goodwin, Tom Edmonds and Seb Firth scored the Eagles’ tries with Edmonds kicked four conversions.

St. Austell’s game at Torquay Athletic was abandoned six minutes from time following an injury to a Torquay player. Tics led 21-15 at that point.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn battled to a 6-0 win at Bude thanks to a couple of Tom Townsend penalties.

Lanner beat Hayle 8-3. James Carpenter scored the only try of the game with Nick Prout kicking a penalty for the Falcons. Dan Lello’s penalty gave Hayle a losing bonus point.

Saltash’s game at Tavistock and Pirates Amateurs game at Wessex were both postponed.

Sunday coming Cornwall U.20s play a warm up game against Devon at the Brickfields.

Devon defeated Gloucestershire at North Tawton on Sunday 21-7 in another warm up game.

Cornwall open their Jason Leonard Cup campaign against Gloucestershire at Cinderford on 11th February 1 pm.

Cornwall Senior Ladies held trials last weekend at both Launceston RC and Truro College looking to pick a squad for the Gill Burns Cup competition.

Finally sad news with the death announced last week of Gerald Luke. Gerald was a fine player for Penzance & Newlyn playing in the centre, also for Cornwall for whom he gained 40 caps. He played in four county semi-finals and the 1958 county final for Cornwall against Warwickshire lost 16-8 at Coundon Road Coventry.

Whilst at St. Luke’s College, Exeter, he was part of the side that won the final of the Middlesex 7’s in 1957 against London Welsh.

He also played for the combined Cornwall & Devon side, in a centre partnership with Harold Stevens, that drew 3-3 with the Wallabies at Home Park Plymouth in 1963.

In 1959 he was involved in an England Trial Match at Banbury, sadly an injury curtailed his involvement, and there was never a subsequent call up.

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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.

Scorers:

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.

BOXING DAY FIXTURES 2017

RODDA’S MILK CUP

CAMBORNE – REDRUTH 2:30 PM

BAY SHIELD

HAYLE – ST. IVES

FRIENDLIES

PENRYN – FALMOUTH 2:30 PM

FALMOUTH ONE & ALL – PENRYN SARACENS 11 AM

REDRUTH RES – CAMBORNE RES 11 AM

ST. AUSTELL XV – LANKELLY-FOWEY 11 AM

TRURO XV – ROSELAND

BUDE – PRESIDENTS XV

NEWQUAY HORNETS – CHAIRMANS XV

PIRATES AMATEURS XV – GEOFF COCK XV 2 PM

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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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