Pirates earn welcome win

Cornish Pirates 22   Yorkshire Carnegie 12

After weeks of incessant rain in West Cornwall, with two fixtures postponed and not having played a match at home since New Year’s Eve, the Cornish Pirates celebrated their return to Mennaye action with this welcome win, reports Phil Westren from the Mennaye Field.

Changes in the Cornish Pirates starting line-up from the one that faced Nottingham Rugby the previous week saw Alex O’Meara and Harry Strong named as the wing pairing for this ninth versus third clash in the Greene King IPA Championship. Chris Morgan was selected alongside Brett Beukeboom in the second-row, and John Stevens at open-side flanker. Included among the replacements were player/coach Alan Paver and Toby May.

After a minute’s silence, firstly in respect of Doncaster Knights player Ian Williams who so sadly died during the week, and to the memory John Uren who featured for the Pirates in the club’s historic first ever match played in 1945, the match kicked off in bitterly cold but also sunny conditions.

With an easterly wind to contend with, and on a pitch that had recovered well, the Pirates opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute. They had to initially show mettle defensively, however following a counter attack from full-back Kyle Moyle, and then a possession steal and run from No. 8 Tom Duncan, it was centre Nicolas De Battista who crossed at the scoreboard corner. Kicking on such a breezy day was always going to be something of a lottery, and it was of no surprise to see fly-half Will Cargill’s conversion attempt held up short by the elements.

Yorkshire Carnegie responded by creating an impressive driving maul, and one which ended with replacement scrum-half Will Homer scoring a try near the Newlyn posts. He too, was also unable to add an extra two points.

If the afternoon was cold, the on-field exchanges were anything but, as matters heated up and at times became somewhat feisty. Perhaps it was because the Pirates were now applying immense pressure on their opponents, particularly at scrum time. Indeed, following a series of penalty awards, after visiting loose-head prop Marc Thomas was yellow-carded a penalty try was signalled.

Two minutes later, having created a sudden attack close to the left touchline the Pirates managed to extend their lead. Man-of-the-match hooker Sam Matavesi made the telling yardage, with a then clever pass snapped up by the try-scoring Harry Strong. Glancing to the scoreboard,17-5 made pleasant reading for faithful Pirates supporters, and that is how it stayed until the break.

During the third quarter of the game both teams lost a player to the sin bin. Hooker Joe Buckle from Yorkshire Carnegie was the first to walk, and then it was the turn of Chris Morgan from the Pirates, who were suddenly giving too many penalties away.

There was a little concern when the Yorkshire side came back into the game through a converted try scored by their skipper Richard Mayhew, but there was no need to worry as the Pirates proceeded to have the last meaningful say. Attacking towards the old Western National corner flanker Tom Lawday provided the go forward, and after the ball was worked right it was a case of well executed passing creating the space for wing Alex O’Meara to score. It was also, extra pleasingly, a bonus-point-providing effort.

Speaking after the game, Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Gavin Cattle commented:

“The physicality displayed by our boys was commendable, and on a day when the wind was difficult for both teams our game management was also pretty pleasing.

“Yorkshire Carnegie pride themselves on their set piece, so our obvious dominance in the scrum gave us a massive foothold in the game, although they did manage a bit of parity in the second half.

“It was difficult to pick a man-of-the-match but Sam Matavesi has been a godsend to us around the pitch and in the set piece he has got up to speed quickly. Nicolas De Battista had another fine game, as did John Stevens who has been chomping at the bit for match action following his lengthy spell out.”

Gavin added:

“Overall, we are very happy with the result – it a good win for us against a strong Yorkshire side.”

Victory for the Pirates also saw them move two places up the league table to seventh.

Cornish Pirates:  15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Alex O’Meara, 13 Dan Koster, 12 Nicolas De Battista (c), 11 Harry Strong, 10 Will Cargill, 9 Alex Day; 1 Marlen Walker (Billy Keast 71), 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Christian Judge (Alan Paver 72), 4 Chris Morgan (Toby Freeman 69), 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Tom Lawday, 7 John Stevens, 8 Tom Duncan (Dan Lee 16-25,79).

Replacements (not used):   Mike Pope, Laurence May, Toby May.

Yellow Card:   Morgan.

Yorkshire Carnegie:   15 Stevie McColl, 14 George Watkins, 13 Andy Forsyth, 12 Tom Casson (Callum Irvine 33), 11 Louis Brown (Charlie Capps 25-35, Mike Mayhew 53, Joe Buckle 79), 10 Pete Lucock, 9 Alex Davies (Will Homer 6); 1 Marc Thomas, 2 Joe Buckle (Louis Brown 61), 3 Kevin Bryce (James Thraves 22-31, h/t), 4 Jack Whetton (Matt Smith 72), 5 Mike Myerscough, 6 Ben West (Trystan Lloyd 72), 7 Richard Mayhew (c), 8. Richard Beck.

Yellow cards:  Thomas, Buckle, Mike Mayhew.

Scorers: Cornish Pirates – tries: De Battista, Strong, Penalty Try, O’Meara.

Yorkshire Carnegie – tries: Homer, Richard Mayhew; con: Homer.

Referee:   Simon Harding (RFU)                        Attendance:   1,112

St. Austell Brewery’s Cornish Pirates Man-of-the-Match:   Sam Matavesi

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Edwards’ kick steers Cornwall home

Photo Graham Walker: Declan Matthews on the break



By Bill Hooper at Tregorrick Park, St. Austell

Time added on proved dramatic indeed as Hampshire scored a fourth try to level a pulsating game, the conversion was missed after the ball toppled over and the Hampshire player was forced to make a drop attempt into a biting easterly wind.

There was still time, from the re-start, Cornwall managed to win a penalty allowing fly-half Reuben Edwards to split the posts and keep Cornwall on track for the quarter-finals with a 25-22 win.

Speaking after the game joint Cornwall coaches Matt Shepherd and Josh Lord were happy with the result. Shepherd said. “I was pretty happy with our first half performance we played the game in the right areas of the pitch, we went in having played into the wind 12-5 up. I thought we could go on and dominate the second forty but it didn’t quite work out that way which was a little disappointing.

“We encourage the lads to play an expansive game, sometimes you have to be more street-wise with what’s in front of you. Heads could have dropped when they levelled it near the end but all credit to the boys for working to get that final penalty to get the win.

Josh Lord was pleased with the way his forwards played. “I thought our pack looked good and went well, we dominated in the set-piece, although at times the line out was a bit of a lottery in the wind. It’s a young side these guys are still learning the game. There are still things to work on but I can’t fault the lads’ commitment.

“Torin Clarke played well for us today, as did the whole of the back row, we have got some great talent there and he leads by example. The whole squad works hard not just those in the match day twenty-two but those who turn up for training and are knocking on the door.”

Despite the bitterly cold weather there was a good crowd at Tregorrick Park as both sides took to the field. Interestingly last season’s Trelawny’s Army Cornwall Under 20 player of the year Will Gilder was an assistant referee, part of the trio of officials from Gloucestershire, Will now studying at Hartpury.


Photo credit Graham Walker: TASC Chairman Phil Trevarton presenting match ball to Matt Shepherd assisted by Bernie Shepherd & players of St. Austell Angels RFC

Cornwall began well making some good early breaks and with barely two minutes on the clock one such break by centre Connor Gilbert almost saw the Redruth player make the line, however winger Jake Penprase was in support to score in the corner an unconverted try.

It was just the start Cornwall would have hoped for, however despite dominating the first quarter they couldn’t add to the score.

Hampshire came more into it, from a penalty kicked to the corner by fly-half Harry Johnstone from the resulting line out drive, skipper Josh Moore crossed to level matters.

Cornwall certainly looked the better side during the first half with the forwards driving well and the backs looking very threatening.

Their endeavours were rewarded before half-time when skipper Torin Clarke drove over after a series of pick and goes near the Hampshire line, Edwards adding the extras for a 12-5 half-time lead.

The second half began much as the first as Penprase intercepted a pass running hard for the line cutting inside the last defender to score nearer the posts allowing Edwards to convert for a handy 19-5 lead.

Hampshire replied almost immediately when following a kick chase by centre Russell Bennett fellow centre Eddie Jenkinson scored a try converted by Johnstone to bring them back into it.

Despite losing prop George Cotterell to a yellow card Hampshire maintained their pressure when following a good burst from No.8 Pita Koroi led eventually to an unconverted try scored by lock Rob Cuffe from close-range, leaving Hampshire only two points adrift.

Cornwall got back downfield to earn a penalty in front of the posts, Edwards making no mistake with his kick with some 18 minutes to play.

Hampshire threw everything at Cornwall, as the game moved into time added on, Johnstone made a fine break eluding tackles to score in the corner and tie the scores.

However, Edwards second penalty of the half made the game safe for Cornwall much to the relief of the Tregorrick crowd.

Onwards to Dorchester and Dorset & Wilts on March 18th. See Kevin Bishop’s video highlights

Cornwall U.20: E Tyler (Penryn), J Penprase (Bath Uni), C Gilbert (Redruth), D Matthews (Camborne), J Carr (St. Austell), R Edwards (Launceston), N Nash (Brixham); R Bentham (Launceston), L Barnes (Camborne), K Gratrix (Penryn), D Goldsmith (Launceston), D Reed (Wadebridge Camels), T Clark (Camborne), W Gibson (Cardiff Met), T Clarke (Launceston,capt).

Replacements: H Lightfoot, C Jenkins, R Cinnamond, B Rowley (all Launceston), D Hubble (Falmouth), C Boyce (St. Austell), K Bradley (Penryn)

Cornwall scores; tries, Penprase (2), Clarke, cons Edwards (2), pens, Edwards (2)

Hampshire U.20: T Jennings (Portsmouth Uni), A Gooch (Chobham), E Jenkinson (Birmingham Uni), R Bennett (Wild Geese), J Rudder (Havant), H Johnstone (Cardiff Met), J Prior (Wimborne); M Gorry (Oxford Uni), S North (Hartpury Uni), G Cotterell (Bracknell), R Cuffe (Havant), T Warburton (London Scots), M Whitehead (Havant), J Moore (Swansea Uni, capt), P Koroi (London Scots)

Replacements: A Hankins (Portsmouth Uni), A Warner (Wild Geese), W Owen (Havant), S Rai (Camberley), O Cook (Winchester), S Bloomer (St. Mary’s Uni), C McGuigan (Havant)

Hampshire scores: Tries, Moore, Jenkinson, Cuffe, Johnstone, Con, Johnstone

Yellow Card: Cotterell (51)

Referee: Astie Bolton (Gloucs RRS)

Match balls sponsored by Trelawny’s Army Supporters Club

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Cornish weekly round up plus Cornwall Ladies squad announced

The action last weekend began on Friday night when the Cornish Pirates took on Nottingham at Lady Bay in the Championship.

Sadly for the Pirates, a game they looked set to win, was snatched away with the final kick of the game as Nottingham sneaked the win 18-17 leaving the Cornish side frustrated.

Jimmy Stevens, a Cornishman and former Hake, had a fine game for Notts scoring their second try, but it was Tiff Eden’s penalty that did for the Pirates.

Nicolas De Battista and Matt Evans scored tries both converted by Will Cargill who also added a penalty.

In National League 2 South, Redruth had a right old battle with Henley Hawks as the defence manuals were cast aside. The Reds prevailed by seven tries to six to record a 49-38 win.

Alex Ducker made an instant hit on his return to the Rec scoring three tries, with skipper Richard Brown (2), AJ Cant and Rob Coote also crossing. Richie Kevern kept up his fine form kicking all seven conversions.

In the South West Premier, another vital win on the road for Camborne as they won 32-30 up at Cleve.

Town’s tries were scored by Rhodri McAtee, Declan Matthews, Harvey Bell and Tommy-Lee Southworth with Dave Mankee kicking three conversions and three penalties.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston were held at Polson Bridge 15-all by Bideford. The game marked skipper Lloyd Duke’s 150th for the Cornish All Blacks.

In London 1 South, London Cornish travelled down to Brighton but returned from the coast empty-handed as the Blues ran out 29-20 winners.

Cornish scored tries through Rich Stephens and Alex Gee both converted by George Kimmins who also kicked two penalties.

In the Tribute Western Counties West, good day for our clubs. Leaders St. Ives racked up another big win defeating Torquay 57-10. Chris Quick, Cameron Bone, Pete Mabbott (2), Tom Nicholas, Rob Elloway, Jacob Ninnes, Sean Stevens and Grant Thirlby all scored tries with Rhys Brownfield slotting six conversions.

St. Austell keep up the pressure on the Hakes after defeating Chard 47-20 at Tregorrick Park. George Tregilgas (2), Cam Boyer, Liam Freeman, George Knowles, Ben Chenoweth and Adam Kellow all crossed for the Saints with Freeman landing six conversions.

Falmouth caused an upset beating Devonport Services at the Rec 12-8. Mark Lea and AJ Geach scored tries with Justyn Irons kicking a conversion.

Wadebridge Camels beat Crediton 28-18 at the Molesworth Field. Tries were scored by Adam Blackmore James Grubb and Jack Scott with Danny Thomas kicking the other points.

Truro drew at 31-all at Paignton having trailed 20-0 at one stage. Truro’s tries came through Luke Tidball, Ian Rowe, James Martin, Alex Sutheridge and Sam Teasdale with Eggy Williams landing three conversions.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn stay top for the moment after their 59-3 win at home to Lanner. The Borough scored nine tries with Viv Wilmott and Andy Seviour both getting two.

Saltash defeated Withycombe 41-27 in a game that also counted for the RFU Senior Vase.

Pirates Amateurs lost at home to Honiton 31-21 as did Hayle at Plymouth Argaum 33-16, however Bude won 29-10 at Plymstock.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Liskeard-Looe look modds on for the title after winning 26-8 at Newquay Hornets. Bodmin defeated Illogan Park 63-5, St. Agnes won at Roseland 29-26 and Camborne School of Mines warmed up for the Bottle Match defeating Veor 42-30 on their old ground in Camborne.

The following ladies have been picked for the Cornwall Ladies squad for this season’s Gill Burns Cup County Championship.

Squad: Zeta Penrose, Jess Howell, Oriel Brazier, Claire Matthews, Steph Trapp, Ro Gomez, Jess Humber, Claire Thompson, Imogen Miller, Martha Simons (all Penryn Ladies), Hannah Pickard, Lydia Furse, Rachel Shakleton, Nicole Rowland, Frankie Perry, Emma Stefanottie, Claire Onions (all Bude Ladies), Jo Holden, Alex Smith, Verity Waters, Helen Mitchell, Chloe Dawe (all Albion Ladies), Megan Belts, Cozette Shrosbree (both Pirates Girls & Ladies), Louise Snelson (St. Austell Angels).

Also during the week Camborne’s Michella Roberts, now playing her rugby at Bristol Ladies, played for the England Ladies Under 20s against the Army coming off the bench to score their final try in a 44-0 win.

Good luck to Michella for the forthcoming games against France Ladies Under 20s in Lille and Basingstoke.







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Cornwall name side to face Hampshire this Sunday

Noah Nash of Cornwall U20s (Brixham) dives over for a try during the Jason Leonard Cup U20s County Championship match between Gloucestershire U20s and Cornwall U20s at the Dockham Road on February 11th 2018, Cinderford Gloucestershire- Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo –

Jason Leonard U20 County Championship

Cornwall U20 V Hampshire U20

The Cornwall U20 team play their second pool game on Sunday 25th February at St Austell RFC with a 13:00 kick off time.

Cornwall’s opponents on the day will be Hampshire who, like Cornwall, won their first pool game by defeating Dorset & Wilts 24 – 7.

Cornwall had a difficult first game travelling to the Forest of Dean to play a strong Gloucestershire team. Cornwall secured a four try bonus point win by defeating Gloucestershire 15 – 24 at Cinderford RFC on Sunday 11th February. Kyle Gratrix (Penryn) scoring two tries, with Noah Nash (Brixham) and Jake Penprase (Bath Uni) scoring one try each.

The Cornwall team is selected from players who were born after 31 August 1998, were born or reside in Cornwall, or are registered as a player with a Cornish club.

The squad of over fifty players have been training since the start of the year and are coached by Matt Shepherd and Josh Lord, both of whom have played senior rugby for Cornwall and are RFU qualified coaches. The squad consists of 18, 19 and 20 year old players and forms part of the CRFU’s progression and development of young players.

The CRFU, and U20 section would like to thank everybody from St Austell RFC for their work in putting on the fixture, along with our kit suppliers O’Neills, shirt sponsor Kelsall Steele Investment Services Ltd and programme sponsors Booths Print.

The gates open at St Austell on the 25th February at 1200. Entry will cost £5, including a match programme, with accompanied U16’s having free entry. Please come along and support the young “Black and Golds” in the potential pool decider.

Some background information to the Cornwall changes:

Jack Osborne had got a job overseas so Dan Reed (Wadebridge Camels) comes into start at second row. Ethan Tyler (Penryn) moves from the bench to start at full-back, with Callum Boyce (St. Austell) dropping to the bench to cover scrum half and full back with Liam Jolly (St. Ives) dropping out of the squad. Kyle Bradley (Penryn) comes onto the bench in place of Tom Osborne (Swansea Uni), Jack Hodge (Redruth) picked up a knock against Henley and has been rested for this game.

Cornwall Squad

1 Rikki Bentham Launceston RC
2 Luke Barnes Camborne RFC
3 Kyle Gratrix Penryn RFC
4 Dan Goldsmith Launceston RC
5 Dan Reed Wadebridge Camels RFC
6 Tiaan Clark Camborne RFC
7 Will Gibson Cardiff Uni
8 Torin Clark (Captain) Launceston RC
9 Noah Nash Brixham RFC
10 Reuben Edwards Launceston RC
11 Jake Carr St Austell RFC
12 Declan Matthews Camborne RFC
13 Connor Gilbert Redruth RFC
14 Jake Penprase Bath Uni
15 Ethan Tyler Penryn RFC
16 Harry Lightfoot Launceston RC
17 Chae Jenkins Launceston RC
18 Rory Cinnamond Launceston RC
19 Brandon Rowley Launceston RC
20 Dan Hubble Falmouth RFC
21 Callum Boyce St Austell RFC
22 Kyle Bradley Penryn RFC
Travelling reserves
23 Aden Brassington Redruth RFC
24 Noah Stanier-Smith St Agnes RFC
25 Tom Osborne Swansea Uni
26 Seb Firth Falmouth RFC


Coaches – Matt Shepherd, Josh Lord

Medical cover – Dr John Garman, Peter Berriman, Sam West, Emma Eddy

Kit – Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch

Travel note: Tregorrick Park – PL26 7AG – Please avoid approaching the ground via Pentewan Road and Tregorrick Village as it can cause congestion. Please use Porthpean Road access route if possible.


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Reds pick up win on the road, whilst Camels earn Cup final place

Photo Simon Bryant Iktis: Richie Kevern in fine form for Reds

Slightly late with the blog this week, which is better than none the previous week! I must be slipping.

Sadly the rain again got the better of the Mennaye enforcing a postponement of Pirates’ game against Yorkshire Carnegie. This has now been re-scheduled for Sunday Feb 25th.

In National League 2 South, were there was a full program, Redruth got a bonus point win at Clifton 26-6. Richard Brown, Todd Prisk, Richie Kevern and Shaun Buzza got the tries, whilst the ever-improving Kevern added three conversions.

A fine win to back the success at home the previous week against Canterbury. Reds are home this week to Henley Hawks.

It was catch up otherwise in the leagues, in Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell returned to Torquay to play their abandoned game from three weeks ago. It proved another tight encounter but Saints prevailed 10-7 thanks to a try from Ian Venner converted by Liam Freeman who also kicked a penalty.

Truro got a vital win at Falmouth, despite having four yellow cards and playing with just thirteen men at one stage.

Ben Teasdale got a couple of tries for the Goats on his return with Ethan Pattison getting the third whilst a penalty-try accounted for the other. Eggy Williams banged over three conversions.

For the Eagles, Tom Simmons and Mike Austin scored tries both converted by Justyn Irons.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Lanner defeated Wessex 30-20. The Falcons tries were scored by Rob Kessell (2), Adam Harris and Steve Jones with Nick Prout kicking the other ten points.

Saltash’s league/vase game against Withycombe was called off and will be played this Saturday, whilst the Mennaye also scuppered Pirates Amateurs v Wellington.

There was a full program in Tribute Cornwall 1, Liskeard-Looe defeated Bodmin 23-0 to stay top, this Saturday they face nearest rivals Newquay Hornets at the Sportscentre.

Helston remain unbeaten in Tribute Cornwall League 2 following their 36-0 win at home against St. Just.

In the Tribute Cornwall Cup semi-final, Wadebridge Camels defeated Launceston 22-13. Camels scored four tries through Matt Ballard, James Grubb, Will Pengelly and Matt Humber, with Danny Thomas kicking a conversion.

For the All Blacks, Zac Cinnamond scored a try converted by Dan Pearce who also kicked two penalties.

Camels will play the winners of St. Austell v St. Ives in the final.

Well done to Cornwall Under 20s on their fine win 24-15 at Cinderford. Any win away to Gloucestershire is to be savoured. See previous blog post for report on game.

Hopefully there will be a big crowd at St. Austell for their second game against Hampshire on Sunday 25th Feb, kick-off 1 pm.

Well done to all the ladies who played for Cornwall on Sunday at Newton Abbot.

Last Monday saw the Cornwall squad come together for their greet and meet session at St. Austell Brewery. As ever some new faces in the potential squad. The plotting for Twickenham is underway.

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Winning start for Cornwall Under 20s



Cornwall got their campaign off to a great start with a gutsy win at Cinderford against a tough Gloucestershire outfit.

The black and golds got off to a perfect start with an early unconverted try from Penryn tight-head prop Kyle Gatrix.


Kyle Gatrix of Cornwall U20s (Penryn) takes on Carl Guest of Gloucestershire U20s (Drybrook) during the Jason Leonard Cup U20s County Championship match between Gloucestershire U20s and Cornwall U20s at the Dockham Road on February 11th 2018, Cinderford Gloucestershire- Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo –

Gloucestershire’s response arrived with a try scored by lock Chris McCann and a Ben Cole penalty to lead 8-5 after 20 minutes.

Cornwall’s defence was outstanding during the whole game and they took the game by the scruff of the neck just before half-time with a couple of tries through Brixham scrum-half Noah Nash and Camborne flanker Tiann Clark, both scores were converted by Launceston fly-half Reuben Edwards for a 19-8 advantage.


Noah Nash of Cornwall U20s (Brixham) dives over for a try during the Jason Leonard Cup U20s County Championship match between Gloucestershire U20s and Cornwall U20s at the Dockham Road on February 11th 2018, Cinderford Gloucestershire- Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo –

Cornwall worked hard during the second half to protect their advantage but eventually Gloucestershire reduced their arrears when winger Ben McIlwraith sped in, with Cole adding the conversion.

Cornwall battled away bravely to protect their four point advantage and were rewarded late on when Gratrix powered over for his second try of the game to give Cornwall the bonus point win.

Next up for Cornwall will be a tough encounter with Hampshire, who won their opening fixture against Dorset & Wilts 24-7 at Overton, the match takes place at St. Austell on Sunday 25th February with a 1 pm kick-off.

Cornwall: C Boyce (St. Austell), D Hubble (Falmouth), J Penprase, C Gilbert (Redruth), M Blee (Camborne), R Edwards (Launceston), N Nash (Brixham); R Bentham (Launceston), L Barnes (Camborne), K Gratrix (Penryn), D Goldsmith (Launceston), J Osborne, T Clark (Camborne), W Gibson (Cardiff Uni), T Clark (Launceston, Capt).

Replacements: H Lightfoot, C Jenkins (both Launceston), J Hodge (Redruth), D Reed (Wadebridge Camels), D Matthews (Camborne), L Jolly (St. Ives), J Carr (St. Austell), E Tyler (Penryn)

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Cornwall Under 20s name side to face Gloucestershire


Cornwall selectors have announced their squad to take on Gloucestershire on Sunday in the first Jason Leonard Cup game this season.

The Cornish All Blacks have the largest club representation in the squad, testimony to their excellent youth policy at Polson Bridge.

No.8 Torin Clark captains the side.

The game will be played at Cinderford RFC on Sunday 11th February with a 1 pm kick-off.


Cornwall Squad

1 Rikki Bentham Launceston RC
2 Luke Barnes Camborne RFC
3 Kyle Gatrix Penryn RFC
4 Dan Goldsmith Launceston RC
5 Jack Osborne Not affiliated
6 Tiaan Clark Camborne RFC
7 Will Gibson Cardiff Uni
8 Torin Clark (Captain) Launceston RC
9 Noah Nash Brixham RFC
10 Reuben Edwards Launceston RC
11 Matt Blee Exeter Uni
12 Connor Gilbert Redruth RFC
13 Jake Penprase Not affiliated
14 Dan Hubble Falmouth RFC
15 Callum Boyce St Austell RFC
16 Harry Lightfoot Launceston RC
17 Chae Jenkins Launceston RC
18 Jack Hodge Redruth RFC
19 Dan Reed Wadebridge Camels RFC
20 Declan Matthews Camborne RFC
21 Liam Jolly St Ives RFC
22 Jake Carr St Austell RFC
Travelling reserves
23 Rory Cinnamond Launceston RC
24 Brandon Rowley Launceston RC
25 Ethan Tyler Penryn RFC
26 Seb Firth Falmouth RFC


Coaches – Matt Shepherd, Josh Lord

Medical cover – Lauren Albury, Sam West

Kit – Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch


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Nonu & Tedstone pleased with Reds’ performance against Canterbury

Photo: Simon Bryant Iktisphoto


Redruth’s 31-19 success against Canterbury lifts them above Henley Hawks in the league table to 5th place. The two sides meet in two weeks time at the Recreation Ground, but before that there is the game at Clifton and that fixture occupies the thoughts of head coach Pale Nonu. He said. “Next Saturday’s game at Clifton will be vital for both clubs, Clifton need the points in their bid to avoid slipping into the bottom three, whilst we really need to back up today’s performance with a win on the road.

“If we can get into the right mind set then I think we can get a good result up there, we will certainly be working on that this week in training.

Looking back at the Canterbury game Nonu was pleased with his side’s performance on the day. “Conditions were tough, the pitch was heavy and there was a stiff wind. Credit to both sides they adapted well and both played some excellent rugby at times.

One factor that disappointed Nonu was conceding Canterbury’s second try right on half time. “That was poor defending from us, we left the door open on the blindside and they took the gift. It put a different slant on the half-time chat, the boys knew they had work to do and to their credit they went about putting it right in the second half. I thought our game management in the second half was good with Richie Kevern putting us in position, his game seems to improve every week which is really pleasing, he works hard at training and stays on to do extra work so it’s paying dividends now.

Equally satisfied with the Redruth performance was forwards coach Gareth Tedstone. “I am pleased to get that bonus point win, I feel we didn’t do ourselves justice at Bury, hopefully we can go into the Clifton game with some momentum.

“Today I was pleased with the work rate and carrying from the forwards against a big heavy pack, we had to win the game another way, we couldn’t rely on out-muscling them up front, so I am really pleased with the way our lads went about it.

Brad Howe at number 8 certainly showed up well for the Reds. “Brad put in a big performance, pity he didn’t have the legs to make the line in the second half but it was tremendous effort he might have made it playing down hill but going up the slope was a hard ask.

Another forward who caught the eye was young prop Jack Hodge. “Jack’s had a fine game, he’s a very promising prospect, versatile also he can play across the front row and at only 19 has a bright future. He is learning from experienced players like Craig Williams. We will have to manage him a bit now as he will be involved with the county under 20s, by all accounts he’s made a big impression with the county coaches and is likely to feature in the group games starting next week.

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Home or Away Pirates sail into last 8


Cornish Pirates 41   Hartpury RFC 0  

Reports Phil Westren

Playing this important ‘home’ tie ‘away’ in the British & Irish Cup, which followed an announcement on Friday that the ground at the Mennaye Field was unlikely to be playable, the Cornish Pirates displayed wholly admirable stoicism to qualify for the quarter-finals stage.

For this rescheduled final Pool 5 encounter, which had initially been postponed two weeks earlier, lock Chris Morgan was the named skipper, whilst included on the bench were fit again returnees Tom Cowan-Dickie and Matt Evans.

On a cold and breezy late afternoon at Hartpury’s Gillman’s Ground – the kick-off was at 4pm – conditions were at least very good, and especially so when considering that this game was the third match to be played there in just four days.

The Pirates travelled, of course, in the knowledge that they needed a bonus point win to proceed in the competition, so losing prop Jack Andrew with an apparent face injury early on was a little worrying.

Hartpury’s side was a strong one, including former Bristol and Newcastle Falcons centre Luke Eves, son of Derek. Along with colleagues he showed the danger posed, however it was the fully focused Pirates who overall looked the most purposeful.

Approaching midway through the first half it was time for the visitors to open the scoring, and they did. The pack rumbled close to the opposition line and signalled a penalty the opportunity was taken to suddenly get the ball wide. Wing Alex O’Meara, a former Hartpury student, did the honours to score the game’s opening try but fly-half Will Cargill’s conversion attempt narrowly missed.

The Pirates continued to dominate and on the half-hour mark would score again. Full-back Kyle Moyle made the initial thrust and following a telling burst from flanker Alex Cheesman it was scrum-half Alex Day who crossed for a second unconverted try.

A set back for the hosts saw them lose the services of their Plymouth-born skipper, former Wales back-rower Rhys Oakley, before the break – which arrived with Pirates looking ‘good value’ for their 10-0 lead.

At the start of the second half it was Day who went close to scoring once more, with hooker Sam Matavesi again showing what a threat he can pose with ball in hand.

It was a little too early to be fully confident that the Pirates would deliver the win sought, however after No. 8 Tom Duncan scored a converted try number three, and the lively Day then deservedly notched the bonus point score, tensions were undoubtedly easing.

With an hour on the clock, feelings of relief heightened to elation, when wing Nic Coronel powered over. Cargill’s conversion made it 29-0 but there was better yet to come. It was also a time for the Pirates to empty their bench, with another ex-Hartpury man in Matt Evans making an immediate impact.

As the game approached its conclusion, with sweeping raindrops glistening in the floodlights, the Pirates crossed Hartpury’s line twice more. Replacement hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie wasted no time in scoring his seventh try of the season, converted now by Laurence May, and there was a second in the match for Duncan.

Having to switch the fixture to Hartpury under the instruction of the RFU had naturally been frustrating and disappointing for both the Pirates team and their supporters, but no better reaction could have been asked for.

Speaking after the game, co-coach Alan Paver commented:

“We are over the moon with the performance, considering some of the mental torment we have been through as a side.

“Besides having to seek a bonus point win, the fixture reversal provided an extra challenge, but we found ourselves in the right place emotionally and it showed in our performance.

“Against a decent side, in the first forty we played with a good mix of pragmatism and endeavour, so at half-time it was a case of just keeping the guys in the right frame of mind. Everyone contributed to the cause and it was great to see certain players involved who have been making their way back from injury.”

Alan added:

“As Graham Dawe once told me, ‘One snow flake doesn’t make a winter’, but our performance today was a little bit special. To get to the quarter-final it means so much to the club and our supporters – and we really did it the hard way!”

Cornish Pirates:  15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Alex O’Meara (22 Matt Evans, 60), 13 Dan Koster, 12 Nicolas De Battista, 11 Nico Coronel, 10 Will Cargill (21 Laurence May, 65), 9 Alex Day (20 Mike Pope, 62); 1 Jack Andrew (17 Billy Keast, 10), 2 Sam Matavesi (16 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 62), 3 Christian Judge, 4 Chris Morgan (capt; 18 Toby Freeman, 60), 5 Josh Caulfield, 6 Dan Lee, 7 Alex Cheesman (19 John Stevens, 62), 8 Tom Duncan.

Hartpury RFC:   15 Ed Coulson, 14 George Perkins, 13 George Boulton, 12 Luke Eves, 11 Ed Sheldon, 10 James Williams (22 Jacob Perry, 40), 9 Ewan Fenley (21 Harry Cochrane, 40); 1 Mike Flook, 2 Will Tanner (16 Will Crane, 55), 3 Rupert Harden (18 Tom Heard, 47), 4 Ben So’oialo-Chan, 5 Joe Quinn, 6 BJ Edwards, 7 Rhys Oakley (capt; 19 Tom Everard, 33; 20 Vince Everitt, 55), 8 Darrell Dyer.

Replacement (not used): 17 Dan Murphy,


Cornish Pirates – tries: 14 Alex O’Meara (18), 9 Alex Day (30, 53), 8 Tom Duncan (47, 77), 11 Nico Coronel (59), 16 Tom Cowan-Dickie (71); cons: 10 Will Cargill (48, 60), Laurence May (72).

Referee:   Aled Evans (WRU)

Attendance:  275


The British & Irish Cup Quarter-Final Draw, matches to be played on the weekend 30/31 March/1 April, is confirmed now as follows:


QF 1 – Ealing Trailfinders v Cornish Pirates

QF 2 – Jersey Reds v Doncaster Knights

QF 3 – Leinster A v Munster A

QF 4 – Bedford Blues v Ulster A


The Semi-Finals, to be played on the weekend 20/21/22 April will see the winner of QF 1 play the winner of QF 4, and the winner of QF 2 play the winner of QF 3.


The Final is scheduled to take place on the weekend 11/12/13 May – Venue to be confirmed.

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