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Forget the leftover turkey and pud, as a true rugby feast surely awaits at the Mennaye Field, Penzance, on Boxing Day when the Cornish Pirates face Plymouth Albion in Round 11 of this season’s Greene King IPA Championship. The kick-off is at 3pm

The Pirates are always delighted to extend a welcome to their cross-Tamar rivals, as the history between the two clubs stretches back a long time, and for this latest encounter two gifted and important members of the Cornish Pirates squad, Junior Fatialofa and Matt Evans, are set to reach the 50 games milestone for the club. Indeed, the pair will have the honour of leading their team out onto the field, and in front of what should be the biggest crowd of the season at the Mennaye.

There are a number of changes in the Cornish Pirates line-up from the one that started against Jersey last time out. Craig Holland is named at full-back, with Kieran Goss moving to the wing, Junior Fatialofa makes a return at centre, and in the second-row Darren Barry is named to partner Will Graulich.

The full selection is as follows:-

Cornish Pirates: 15 Craig Holland, 14 Mike Pope, 13 Tom Riley, 12 Junior Fatialofa, 11 Kieran Goss, 10 Matt Evans, 9 Gavin Cattle (capt); 1 Jack Andrew, Rob Elloway, 3 Ben Prescott, 4 Will Graulich, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Chris Morgan, 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 James Phillips.

Replacements: 16 Tom Channon, 17 Shane Cahill, 18 Neale Patrick, 19 Joel Conlon, 20 Tom Kessell, 21 Angus Sinclair, 22 Alex Dancer.

Referee: Darren Gamage (RFU) Assistants: Fergus Kirby & Clare Daniels

Match Day Sponsor: Jewson

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‘Rattler’ Strongman Challenge – This competition returns at half-time, compered by ‘Kernow King’ who will also be interviewing in the marquee post match. The strongman challenge should hopefully provide a little extra Cornwall versus Devon rivalry, with supporters from both teams taking part to win half price vouchers for pints of Rattler.

Post match entertainment – With Cadgwith Singers present we can expect some excellent carol singing to take place in the clubhouse after the game, whilst in the marquee there will be live band music to enjoy.

Tickets – Tickets for the match will be available at the gates on the day, which open at 1pm, and to avoid congestion the obvious advice is to arrive early.

Other games






There are many other games around the county, some kicking off at 11 am check clubs websites for details.


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Report from today’s game by LUKE TREGONING.

Redruth gave the home crowd the Christmas present they were hoping for, a revenge win 18 – 8 against old foes Launceston and four valuable league points to lift them up the table and set them up for the New Year campaign.

Once again it was the Redruth forwards that laid the foundations for the win with a late penalty-try award sealing the win.
Despite the loss, the Cornish All Blacks had the satisfaction of pinching the Tribute CRFU Cornwall Super Cup off the Reds decided by points scored and conceded over the two league games this season 39 – 28 on aggregate.

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Photo by Simon Bryant Ikisphoto – Redruth’s Darren Jacques powers on despite the combined tackle of Launceston’s Lewis Webb & Jake Murphy,

For Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom the result was just the fillip his side needed to round off 2013. He said. “I am really pleased with the win, but hats off to Launceston who at times played some great rugby, but I feel we had the edge up front today and that’s where the game was won.
“Games against Launceston are always tight affairs, we targeted areas of the field against Launceston and I think we played some good rugby. We had a period just before half-time when were under pressure and we fell off some tackles which led to Tim Mathias’ try.

“In a tight game you are always at the mercy of a turnover or a swift counter-attack and with big ball carriers like BJ Chapman Launceston were always a threat. Having got some breathing space with Tom Notman’s well worked try our forwards worked hard to get us the win, the penalty-try award in the final ten minutes was the icing on the cake for the boy’s great effort.”

Whilst disappointed Launceston’s head coach “Spike” Rainford was philosophical about his side’s performance. He said. “It was a game that just didn’t go our way we were on the wrong end of most of the fifty/fifty balls we looked to combat the Redruth forwards as well as the weather but we came off second best today. We will take stock of season so far and look to take the positives into the second half of the season.”

Playing up the slope with the stiff breeze Redruth opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a Murray Westren penalty.
Westren doubled his side’s advantage just four minutes later with his second successful penalty as the Cornish All Blacks came in at the side of a ruck.

The upright prevented Westren making it three out of three before the end of the opening quarter.

The Cornish All Blacks slowly began to come back into the game and on the half-hour mark a good break from fly-half Lewis Webb was carried on by winger Martin Kneebone, his inside pass found prop Tim Mathias who powered over for an un-converted try.

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Pictures by Simon Bryant Iktisphoto – Tim Mathias scores Launceston’s try

Spurred on the All Blacks bossed the game until half-time and could have gone into the break leading if a Jake Murphy drop-goal attempt had been on target. Redruth held the advantage 6-5 at the turn.

Redruth began the second half in great style. With referee Fergus Kirby playing an advantage to the Reds, fly-half Rhodri McAtee put in a well-judged cross-field kick for winger Tom Notman to score an un-converted try in the Piggy Lane corner after 47 minutes.

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Photo Simon Bryant Iktisphoto – Tom Notman dives into Piggy Lane Corner for Redruth’s opening try

Redruth’s backrow were in great form with man-of-the-match Owen Hambly grafting away tirelessly.

Whilst for Launceston, No. 8 Barrie John Chapman carried a tremendous amount of ball for the visitors and was a constant thorn in Redruth’s side.

Despite losing hooker Richard Brown to the sin bin Redruth conceded just three points to the boot of Kieron Lewitt whilst down to fourteen men.
As the game entered the final ten minutes it was poised at 11-8 to Redruth.

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Photo Simon Bryant Iktisphoto – Redruth’s Damien Cook tackles Launceston’s Sam Chapman

The All Blacks found themselves down to fourteen men as lock Bryn Jenkins was invited to spend ten minutes in the bin by referee Kirby. Redruth sensed the moment and piled on the pressure. A scrum in the Piggy Lane corner saw the All Black pack pushed back at a rate of knots and the referee awarding Redruth a penalty try, Westren’s conversion sealing the win for the Reds.

Redruth 18 pts
Scores, Tries – Notman, Penalty-try, Conversion – Westren, Penalties – Westren (2)
Yellow Card – Brown (51)

Cornish All Blacks 8 pts
Try – Mathias, Penalty – Lewitt
Yellow Card: Jenkins (71)

Redruth: M Westren (A Hosking 78), T Notman, C Bonds, S Parsons, L Vinnicombe, R McAtee (B Rule 70), G Goodfellow; D Jacques (J Tompsett 78), R Brown, C Williams, D Cook, L Collins (J Rayment 78), C Fuca (capt), O Hambly, M O’Leary (B Priddey 55).

Cornish All Blacks: K Lewitt, M Kneebone, R Westren, J Murphy (N Webber 61), S Chapman, L Webb, A Collings (R Friend 66); T Mathias (S Naqasima 78), J Salter, B Pow, B Jenkins, B Hilton (capt), J Tripcony (L Duke 78), M Rawlings, BJ Chapman.

Replacement (not used): F Bulut

Referee: Fergus Kirby (RFU)

Crowd: 1,350

Redruth-man-of-the-match: Owen Hambly

Launceston-man-of-the-match: Barrie John Chapman

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Mission accomplished for the Cornish Pirates in the British and Irish Cup with a quarter-final berth booked following their fourth bonus point win in pool 6.

There was no repeat of their reversal in Jersey in the Championship fixture played in November when they lost to a last gasp penalty by Niall O’Connor 27-25.

Having defeated the islanders last week at the Mennaye the Pirates made it back-to-back wins with a 24-0 win at St. Peter’s.

Kyle Moyle continued on the comeback trail with the Pirates’ opening try with further tries coming from Jack Andre, James Phillips and Kieran Goss with Moyle adding a couple of conversions.

So with a trip to Ulster and then the visit of Ayr to look forward to in the New Year the Pirates can concentrate on making sure their record is good enough for a home tie in the last eight.

Match reports and Ian Davies interview can be found in the following links. WMN Match report by Dick Straughan

Ian Davies’ thoughts

In National League 2 South Redruth and Launceston shape up to next Saturday’s eagerly awaited re-match with contrasting results.

Redruth made the relatively short trip to Clifton but sadly headed back down the M5/A30 with a familiar story to tell, a slow start and in the end another defeat with nothing to show. It finished 35-21 to Clifton. The Reds found themselves trailing 21-0 early on and were having to play catch up. Brett Rule pulled back a try which Murray Westren converted as he did a penalty-try to bring the Reds back to 21-14.

Sadly, Clifton scored a fourth converted try on half-time to re-establish a two score advantage 28-14.
Clifton scored a fifth try soon after half-time and all Redruth could muster in reply was a third try scored by Greg Goodfellow with Westren adding the extras and that was as close as they could get.

Launceston looked set to run up a big win against visitors Dings Crusaders as they led 31-13 at the break thanks to tries from Ryan Westren (2), Barrie Chapman and Jamie Salter all converted by Kieron Lewitt who also kicked a penalty.

However, Dings rallied during the second half to score a couple of converted tries to make the final moments of the game interesting it finished 31-27 to Launceston.

So all roads lead to the Recreation Ground this Saturday for the Cornish derby REDRUTH VS. LAUNCESTON. Redruth will be desperate to land a home win for the home faithful, but Launceston will have other ideas and will be targeting the double over their Cornish rivals.

Kick-off for the game is 2 pm, with £5 entrance for members of Cornish rugby clubs on production of their club membership book on the gate.

The final round of matches were played in the Tribute leagues prior to the Christmas/New Year break.

In Tribute South West 1 West, I witnessed Camborne get back to winning ways with a fine 35-0 win over Bridgwater & Albion at the Rec.
Playing into the teeth of a gale first half, Camborne were delighted to turn around 6-0 up thanks to a couple of penalties from Dave Mankee.
Second half they maintained the pressure to run in five tries through Joe Parma, Dave Roberts (2) and Rob Floyd (2) with Mankee slotting a couple of conversions.

Camborne will host Redruth on Boxing Day in the first of this season’s Rodda’s Milk Cup matches with kick-off set for 2-30 pm on the 26th.

St. Austell will end the year proudly at the top of the Tribute South West 1 West league table following their win against Bideford at Tregorrick 24-18 coupled with previous leaders Cleve defeat at home to Thornbury 18-17!

Saints had to come back from trailing 15-8 at half-time. Ashley Taylor’s try and a Matt Shepherd penalty accounted for their first half scores.
Shepherd then kicked two further penalties to cut Bideford’s lead to just one point before adding the conversion to Callum Wilson’s try. Shepherd’s third penalty made the game safe before Bideford scored a penalty to snatch a losing bonus point, which could prove vital in their battle to avoid the drop.

Wadebridge Camels are in the relegation dog-fight going into the New Year following another defeat this time at Cullompton 28-6. Josh Taylor kicked both their penalties.

Camels are just three points ahead of Bideford and the drop zone.

In Tribute Western Counties West; Truro enjoyed a good win at Wellington 13-10. Gareth Dodson and Matt Cross scored the tries with Tom Hadfield kicking a penalty.

Penryn made up for their loss against Burnham-on-Sea at the Memorial Ground last week with a much improved result against Tavistock winning 42-24.
Veteran Sam Harrison came back to lend a hand at the Borough. Jake Seviour, Phil Hinchley (2), Will Payne, Mitch Vague, Adam Hughes, Matt Williamson and Andrew Seviour all scored tries for Penryn with Jake Seviour adding a conversion.

Burnham-on-Sea made it successive wins in the Duchy winning 24-9 at St. Ives. Craig “Eggy” Williams kicking all the Hakes points with three penalties.

Bude lost at Devonport Services 23-8. Andy Yates with a try and Ollie Denford penalty were the seasiders point’s scorers.

A fine end to the year for London Cornish in London 2 SW, as they culled Teddington Antlers at Bushy Park 53-0, scoring nine tries. There were hat-trick try hauls for both Tim Homan and Rich Skinnard with Mark Osei-Tutu grabbing a brace and Phil Francis also crossing.
Luke Spells chipped in with four conversions.

In Tribute Cornwall and Devon League, a late penalty from Justin Irons gave Falmouth an 8-5 win over visitors Crediton. Sam Burke scoring the Eagles try.

Pirates Amateurs defeated Saltash at the Mennaye 13-6. Danny Toolan with the only try of the game and Rhys Brownfield’s boot accounted for the home sides’s points, whilst Max Venables slotted a couple of penalties for the visitors.

Newquay Hornets lost at home to Exeter Saracens 17-5. Tim Eustice with their only try.

Veor lost at home to Tiverton 48-14. Rapson and Stone with their tries both converted by Arthur.

There was just the one game in Tribute Cornwall 1; leaders Liskeard/Looe re-enforced their position at the top of the table with a 21-0 win at Stithians.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, we already know our champion, it’s Illogan Park who defeated Camelford 44-0.
St. Just remain in second place following their 39-5 win over Redruth Albany, whilst at the foot of the table St. Day closed the gap after defeating Lankelly-Fowey 31-10.

Apart from the Cornish derby next Saturday there are two other Cup games in the county.
Penryn play Ivybridge in the RFU Intermediate Cup and Liskeard/Looe play Topsham in the RFU Junior Vase. Both games kick-off at 2 pm.

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Two late tries from Matt Evans and Darren Barry were enough to give the Cornish Pirates maximum points in their British & Irish Cup Pool 6 tie at the Mennaye against Jersey 31-20.

Other tries were scored by Kyle Moyle,great to see him back after his injury, and loanee from Exeter Chiefs No.8 James Phillips.

Moyle banged over a couple of conversions and a penalty for a twelve point haul, with Angus Sinclair kicking the other two conversions.

It puts the Cornish Pirates in a strong position going into the return next Saturday against the islanders especially as Ulster Ravens slipped up at Ayr 41-22!Read Bill Sobey’s match report from the Morning News in the link

In National League 2 South, Redruth staged another late show with Rhodri McAtee’s try with the final play of the game giving the Reds a 29-25 win in a game in which they trailed their visitors Bishop’s Stortford throughout! Bill Sobey’s take on the game in the link

Whilst at Exmouth the Cornish All Blacks picked up their second win away from fortress Polson this season winning 32-25 at the Imperial Recreation Ground. Nigel Walrond’s report on the action from the Morning News in the link.

Sam Chapman, Tim Mathias and Ryan Westren scored tries for the All Blacks with Kieron Lewitt kicking four penalties and a conversion and Jake Murphy dropping a goal.

It all points to an absolute cracker when Redruth and Launceston meet at the Recreation Ground on Saturday 21st December kick-off 2 pm.

In Tribute South West 1 West, St. Austell having received a couple of match balls prior to the match from TASC Chairman Phil Trevarton and Merchandising Secretary Marina Trevarton, duly put on a storming display to defeat visitors Coney Hill 79-13.

Twelve tries for the Saints with skipper Matt Shepherd bagging three as well as nine conversions and a penalty for a personal haul of thirty-six points.

Adam Kellow (2), Darren Pellow (2), Steve Howorth, Ashley Taylor (2), Alex Welland and Sam Tank crossed for the remaining tries.
The big win keeps St. Austell in second spot just a point behind leaders Cleve.

Camborne will feel that they let two points slip as Thornbury scored a converted try to take a share of the spoils in an eleven try thriller 38-38!
Dave Roberts, Alex Ducker (2), skipper Steve Kenward, Joel Matavesi and James Goldsworthy all crossed for the Cherry and Whites with Dave Mankee kicking four conversions.

Wadebridge Camels poor run continues as they slipped up at home to Bridgwater & Albion 20-8. Mark Grubb got the Camels’ try with Josh Taylor kicking a penalty.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro’s 48-18 win over Devonport Services was the highlight from a Cornish perspective.
Tom Excel, Luke Trescothick, Ashley Riches, Luke Tidball (2), Carl Ranscombe (2) and Jake Champion all scored tries for Truro with Champion adding four conversions.

Penryn were downed at home by high-flying Burnham-on-Sea 36-15. Andy Seviour and Andy Hughes scored a couple of tries for the beaten Borough with Jake Seviour adding a conversion and penalty.

St. Ives did their prospects some good near the foot of the table defeating fellow strugglers Paignton 46-7. Former Red Craig “Eggy” Williams scored their first try with other five pointers coming from Arron Bennett, Jack Lonsdale, Sam Heath, Tom Nicholson, Tyler Gendall and Jack Kessell. Williams kicked four conversions and a penalty.

Bude’s defeat at Kingsbridge 48-15 leaves them in the bottom two.Silas Keeling scored both of Bude’s tries with Olly Denford kicking a penalty and conversion.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish enjoyed a good win at home over Old Alleynians 34-12. Luke Spells (2), Rob Healey (2) and Mark Osei-Tutu all crossed for the exiles with Spells kicking a further nine points.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Saltash won an exciting Cornish derby over visiting Newquay Hornets 47-20. Will Morton (3), Skinnard, Max Venables (2) and James Moriarty all scored tries for the Ashes.

Pirates Amateurs had a good win at the Mennaye over Withycombe 34-25.

Aaron Hall, Ryan Forrester, Charlie Goldsworthy and Jack Nicholas scored the Amateurs four tries with Rhys Brownfield kicking two penalties and four conversions.

Falmouth lost at second placed Tiverton 21-3. Justin Irons with a penalty for the Eagles.

Hayle lost 27-8 at Exeter Saracens Neil Maxwell with a try and a Dan McGee penalty making up the Lions’ scores.
Veor also lost at Honiton 36-3. Arthur with a penalty for Veor.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Liskeard/Looe got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 53-0 win at Lux Park against Stithians.
Bodmin had just enough to see off a plucky challenge from visitors Roseland 27-19.

Camborne School of Mines won at tight affair at Helston 22-21.

The surfer’s derby went the way of Perranporth as they won at St. Agnes 30-10.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, Illogan Park demolished St. Day 81-0.

Camelford had a good win at home to St. Just 25-6 and Lankelly-Fowey took the spoils at home to Redruth Albany 47-17.

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I’ve finally done it!

I have tasted the Sandy Park experience travelling into Devon to watch the Exeter Chiefs take on the reigning Heineken Cup holders Toulon.

Whilst we continue to wait in Cornwall for the Stadium to be built it is understandable that for some the “here and now” is Sandy Park and the Exeter Chiefs.

Well what a cracking game and what a cracking atmosphere!

The game flew by and by the end I was totally exhausted with the drama of it all with Toulon’s experience prevailing, just, 14-9.

From the minute’s silence in respect of Nelson Mandela, and what a privilege to share such a moment with some great Springbok players, to Toulon lock Ali Williams outrageous flick pass to prop Florian Fresia to set up what proved to be the only try of the game, Chief’s Jack Nowell’s lunge for the corner along with an impressive performance for Toulon from Mathieu Bastareaud, replacement fly-half for Chiefs Henry Slade’s mature performance against his idol at fly-half, the crowd’s chorus of “We want Jonny” as Matt Giteau lined up a vital kick for the visitors………I could go on and on!

After the game I was able to listen in to Jonny Wilkinson’s post match comments to the press pack and he was full of praise for the Exeter’s side performance. He said. “”It was a tough game, but we expected that,” said the 34-year-old playmaker. “It’s fabulous to see the way Exeter are playing the game and the strength that they are able to compete and beat so many teams.

“I think last year a lot of people mentioned when they played Clermont what a battle they put up, but it’s no longer about that for them. These guys are beating teams day in, day out and playing great rugby in doing that. It’s a magic thing for English rugby and an example for people to follow. What they are showing for 1 to 15, they’ve guys with skills and playing in that manner, it’s just great and something to learn from.

“As a team I know we will learn from what they are doing and we grow stronger because the way they play is hard to play against. It’s great for us, great for Europe and great for what they are doing down here. Coming here today, it’s a fabulous place, fabulous support and long may it continue.”

And with the two teams set to resume Heineken Cup battle again this weekend, Wilkinson is expecting another stiff examination from Rob Baxter’s side on home soil.

“We know we have to prepare damn well to play against them,” said Wilkinson, who was named European Player of the Year last season. “We’ve seen first hand today what the Chiefs are capable of and maybe if a few ball didn’t go down or the rub of the green went slightly different, we know we would have been in a very different situation right now.

“Right now we’ll take each game as it comes, but these guys will be incredibly tough next week. Then whoever they face after that, it’s impossible to say who is going to qualify from this group. Like I said, today could easily have been a different story, so I wouldn’t like to be doing this again.

And Wilkinson confirmed that it was his decision to asked Matt Giteau to take the vital penalty kick which nudged Toulon back into the lead. “A good one I thought! The way I was kicking I had to make that call, despite the fact that I had prepared well all week and I felt fabulous coming in to the game, it just didn’t happen for me today. The decision to carry on (kicking) would have been totally selfish. Matt and other players were itching to get involved so a good call.”

I hope that Premiership Rugby know what they are doing when they turn their back on the Heineken Cup next season. This has been, and continues to be a fantastic tournament, as witnessed by some of the results this weekend. What price Connacht’s 16-14 win at Toulouse?

European weekends have become such a part of the rugby calendar and the thought of losing them fills a mere supporter like myself with utter depression and despair of those “running the game”!

I spent time on Saturday talking to supporters and members of the press who had travelled over from France and they were extremely complimentary of the way they had been looked after by Exeter for the game.

Supporters were taken on tours of the city, etc…etc…and had a wonderful stay.

The press, expertly looked after by the media and communications manager at Exeter Chiefs, Mark Stevens, spoke highly of the way the club accommodated their requirements, something not always found at other clubs!

All part and parcel of extending the hand of rugby friendship. In short how it should be and just a small example of how Exeter Chiefs are getting things right not just on the pitch but off it too.

Needless to say I look forward to my next trip to Sandy Park and seeing more of Jack Nowell Matt Jess et al.

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My third trip of the season to watch the Cherry and Whites as Camborne looked to close the gap on the top two Cleve and St. Austell in Tribute South West 1 West.

Sadly, Town couldn’t make home advantage count against a very useful Hornets’ side whom thanks to their 34-17 win leapfrogged Camborne in the table.
Hornets’ win took away Camborne’s unbeaten run at the Rec stretching back some twenty months encompassing twenty-one games.

With both the top two sides also losing Camborne lost the chance to make up ground and have now slipped back to fifth in the table eight points behind leaders Cleve and six points behind St. Austell. North Petherton are up to third with Hornets now fourth two points ahead of the Cherry and Whites.

Camborne were always second best on the day as they struggled to impose their game. Hornets powerful pack gave them the perfect platform, whilst in the backs they had some powerful runners who were able to break the gain-line.

Sam Bartle worked tirelessly for Camborne and he got my vote as their man-of-the-match.

Dave Mankee chipped away at the lead with four penalties, whilst replacement back Joe Parma finished off a good try in the scoreboard corner.

The game also marked winger Rob Floyd’s 100th game for the club.

One thing I can say and that’s the pasties at Camborne supplied in house by Scrummages Catering were “bleddy ansum!”

This Saturday’s trip to Thornbury will now take on even greater importance as Town look to bounce back and maintain their challenge.

St. Austell fought back to earn a losing bonus point from their 25-18 defeat at Clevedon. Matt Shepherd scored all the Saints’ points with a couple of converted tries and two penalties.

Wadebridge Camels suffered a heavy defeat at Bideford 56-6 to complete a bleak day for Cornish sides at this level with just a couple of Jamie Taylor penalties to show for their efforts.

In National League 2 South, as you were, one home win, one away defeat. The Cornish All Blacks scored four tries in their 32-5 win at home to Bournemouth with Bryn Jenkins, Liam Yeo and Kieron Lewitt (2) all crossing the Polson whitewash. Lewitt also kicked three conversions and two penalties.

Bournemouth’s try was scored by a Cornishman, Dan Pollard!

A long day on the minibus was broken by a game of rugby at Ampthill for the Reds, but once again it was the away day blues for Redruth as they succumbed 38-17.

Redruth were well in contention at half-time trailing just 21-17. Murray Westren and Darren Jacques (yet again) scored tries for the Reds with Ashley Hosking kicking both conversions and a penalty.

Redruth will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Bishop’s Stortford this Saturday at the Rec. Kick-off for this game is 2 pm.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro recorded a good win at Bude 51-7. Tries for Truro were scored by Luke Tidball (3), Jake Champion (2), Tom Hatfield and a Penalty-try. Champion also kicked five conversions and two penalties. For Bude Silas Keeling scored a try with Olly Denford kicking the conversion.

Penryn drew 7-7 at Paignton. The abandoned after 55 minutes following a serious injury to Penryn’s Taron Peacock. It remains to be seen if the result will stand.

St. Ives lost at Okehampton 32-19 and remain third from bottom just two points above Bude. Craig Williams, Tyler Gendall and Arron Bennett scored tries for the Hakes with Williams kicking a couple of conversions.

In Tribute Cornwall and Devon League; Falmouth remain our best placed side following their 50-5 win at the Rec against Exeter Saracens. Sam Burke (2), Josh Symons, Matt Biggins, Justin Irons, Ollie Church, Tony Whittle and Tom David all scored tries for the Eagles with Irons adding five conversions. Falmouth are fourth but eighteen points behind both Exeter Uni and Tiverton.

Hayle are the next best placed Cornish side in sixth and they had a good win against Honiton 35-8. Dan Magee, Scott Harvey, Rob Goodman and Danny Clackworthy scored the Lions’ tries. Magee added 15 points with the boot.

Newquay Hornets had no answer to the students from Exeter Uni as they won at the Sportscentre 62-7. Harry Penderich scored Newquay’s only try with Sam Cullen adding the extras.

Saltash won at Veor 44-14. Will Morton (2), Max Venables (2), James Moriarty and Ollie Mulberry scored the tries for Ashes, Venables kicking the rest of his side’s points.

Mankee and Laity scored tries for Veor with Mankee adding both conversions.

Pirates Amateurs won at OPM’s 18-13. Danny Tooland and Dan O’Hanlan scored tries for the Ams with Rhys Brownfield kicking the rest of the points.

In Tribute Cornwall 1; Liskeard-Looe dropped points for the first time this season as they were held 24-24 at Penryn by Camborne School of Mines.

Bodmin picked up a losing bonus point from their 23-19 defeat at Stithians.

Perranporth won 23-16 at Phileigh against Roseland, whilst Helston won at St. Agnes 14-0.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, another big win for leaders Illogan Park, 67-10 at Camelford. Second place St. Just defeated Lankelly-Fowey 36-12. Whilst the Mining Division derby saw St. Day defeat Redruth Albany 35-31.

Well done to Sam Matavesi who came on twice during the Centenary match at Twickenham for the Fijian RFU against the Barbarians. The Baa Baas ran out winners by 43-19 in a game full of running rugby.

Finally Sunday saw the Cornish Pirates take on Nottingham at Meadow Lane with a last-gasp penalty snatching a draw for the home side 27-27.
Good to see Matt Evans back from his exploits with Canada during the autumn.

Read Dick Straughan’s match report for the WMN in the link.

A quick update on rugby in Brittany. Vannes are going well in Federale 1 as they head into their Christmas/New Year break. A 13-9 win at Bobigny sees them in a play-off spot. Tom Parker is still with them this season adding some Cornish beef in the boiler room!

Also a mention for two former Reds, Ed Carne and Luke Cozens both playing in Federale 2 with Rouen along with former Pirate Ben Mercer and having a good season under coach Richard Hill.

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With the pantomime season fast approaching, I reckon it’s a sure bet that if Bristol’s Director of Rugby Andy Robinson, was a man who enjoyed a trip to the theatre he would not wish to see a laughing pirate in sight!

For the second time this season the Cornish Pirates got the better of Bristol in the Greene King IPA Championship, this time 21-15 to back up their opening day win at Sandy Park 23-21.

Bristol failed to make the most of their numerous chances and will rue the fact that they didn’t take the points on offer when they had the opportunity.

I have no doubt that come the business end of the season they will not be so profligate.

Still a win to savour with two great tries scored by Kieran Goss, this lad has gas to burn and is fast becoming a favourite at the Mennaye, and another poacher’s effort from scrum-half Tom Kessell in the Newlyn Gate Corner.

I thought former Red, prop Peter Joyce had a tremendous game some of his tackling was out of the top drawer.

Young Jake Parker is another who continues to impress in the back row.

One thing you can’t argue about is the quality of play down at the Mennaye this season with some great young players who are going to develop in time into a formidable unit.

It was good to see the Pirates owner Dicky Evans enjoying the game at the Mennaye and to see the boys get another good result against one of the fancied sides for promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

Read Bill Sobey’s match report from the Western Morning News in the link.

After a few uncomfortable weeks both on and off the park, Redruth served up the best possible result at the Rec on Saturday defeating leaders of National League 2 South Hartpury College 32-29 in a pulsating game.

Chapeau! To skipper Chris Fuca whose injury time try won the game for the Reds and earned five valuable league points in the bargain.

Read my match report from today’s Western Morning News in the link.

No such luck for the Cornish All Blacks as they lost the Westcountry derby at Taunton’s Hyde Park ground 30-18, despite 13 points from Kieron Lewitt, including a try, and another five-pointer from Sam Chapman, who has struck some good form of late.

Read Nigel Walrond’s match report from the Western Morning News in the link.

In Tribute South West 1 West, St. Austell defeated hitherto unbeaten leaders Cleve 20-15 at Tregorrick Park to move to within three points of the Somerset side.

Saints scored three tries through flanker Ian Venner, No.8 Adam Kellow and full-back Dan Pearce with Matt Shepherd kicking a conversion and a penalty.

Camborne are up to third following their spectacular win at Sidmouth 48-38.

Alex Ducker (2), Sam Bartle (2), Joe Parma, Cameron Bone and James Goldsworthy all crossed for the Cherry and Whites with Grant Thirlby kicking eleven points and David Mankee a conversion.

Wadebridge Camels picked up a losing bonus point at Thornbury were they lost 24-18. Will Pengelly, Jack Scott and Ian Burnard scored tries for the Camels with Jack Oulton kicking a penalty.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Penryn picked up five points with a 36-12 win at home to Okehampton. Ben Trevaskis, Kye Beasley, Jake Seviour, Dan Booth Colin Campbell and Taran Peacock all crossed for the Borough with Seviour adding three conversions.

Truro enjoyed a good win at St. Clements 41-12 over visiting Kingsbridge. Luke Tidball, Adam Gayton, Mark Carlyon, Carl Ranscombe, Brett Johnson, Chizz Gilbert and Ashley Riches scored Truro’s seven tries with Jake Champion kicking three conversions.

Battling St. Ives defeated Wellington 16-14 at Alexandra Road. Sam Heath scored the Hakes only try which Craig Williams converted as well as three penalties.

Bude lost at Torquay Athletic 31-19. James Comber, Mark Dennis and Duncan Tout scored for the seasiders with Ollie Denford adding a couple of conversions.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish lost at home to Old Reigatian 28-13. Tries were scored for the exiles by Mark Osei-Tutu and Simon Brading with Sam Williams kicking a penalty.

In the Tribute Cornwall and Devon League, Falmouth Eagles won at Honiton 23-12. Tom Spiller scored a couple of tries with prop Ethan Patterson getting a third try. Justin Irons kicked the rest of the points.

Newquay Hornets won a tense Cornish Derby at the Mennaye against Pirates Amateurs 16-10. Connor Riley scored the Hornets’ only try with the rest of the points coming from the boots of Sam Cullen and Ian Morgan.

Amateurs scored a couple of unconverted tries through Jack Nicholas and Leigh Edwards.

The other Cornish Derby in this league saw a repeat of the previous week’s Cornwall Cup tie between Saltash and Hayle with the Ashes again emerging the winners this time 35-10. Ollie Mulberry, Will Morton (2) and Max Veneables all crossed for the Ashes with Veneables’ boot accounting for the rest of the points.

Exeter University thumped Veor 72-0 in the other game involving a Cornish club at this level.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Liskeard-Looe made it eight win from eight with a 31-3 win at Enys Park against St. Agnes.

Bodmin recovered from last week’s loss to School of Mines to defeat Perranporth 29-19.

Camborne School of Mines travelled the relatively short distance to Stithians winning 14-12.

Roseland got the better of Helston at Phileigh 18-11.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, Illogan Park defeated second place St. Just 46-12, Redruth Albany won at Camelford 25-15 and Lankelly-Fowey beat St. Day 22-15.

Congratulations to Plymouth Albion and Camborne player Sam Matavesi who came on as a replacement for Fiji in their 26-7 win over Romania at the Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest.

Matavesi is set to feature for Fiji this Saturday coming in the centennial match for the Fiji RFU against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Meanwhile all the best for a speedy recovery to Aaron Penberthy who is set to spend a few weeks on the sidelines after fracturing his fibula playing for Jersey against Leeds Carnegie at the weekend.

Well done to the seven Cornish lads who made it through to the SW 18 group squad; Oliver Hallworth (Bryanston School, Bath Academy), Tommy Phillips (Truro College), Dan Rutter (Truro School & Redruth RFC), Jack Simmons (Truro College & Redruth RFC), Jack Tyack (Bryanston School & Truro RFC), William Whitworth (Truro School & Redruth RFC) and Locryn Williams (Truro School & Redruth RFC).

The boys will be attending squad prep days at Hartpury College on January 26th and February 9th before going on to the National Development weekend at Loughborough University on February 21-23 from which England U.18’s Clubs and Schools XV will be picked.

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I along with TASC Hon.Sec Ian Gordon were present at the Memorial Ground in Penryn on Saturday for the Tribute Cornwall 1 clash between the two promoted sides from Cornwall 2 last season, Camborne School of Mines and Bodmin.

We were delighted to present both clubs with a couple of rugby balls in recognition of their successes. A small token but one which I know clubs are appreciative of.

We will be making further presentations to clubs that achieved promotion last season during the course of the season.

We are also pleased to announce that we will once again be involved with the County U.7’s tournament at Penryn RFC in April.

This is how we use the funds we raise to plough back into grassroots rugby locally with help and support.

With Christmas in mind why not give some black and gold this year! Visit our club shop via the link here

As the coach of School of Mines told us. “Only one or two of our players had ever heard of Trelawny’s Army before today, but they all know about you now and what you are doing to help Cornish rugby and they are most appreciative.”


Photo – L-R TASC Hon. Sec Ian Gordon presents a ball to Bodmin skipper Lee Taylor with CSM captain Iain Miller receiving a ball from Bill Hooper (TASC Press Officer) – Photo Ian Hamilton

The game itself was a great advert for rugby at this level, both sides scored a couple of unconverted tries but it was the two penalties kicked by the students that got them the win 16-10.

In the other games in Cornwall 1, leaders Liskeard-Looe won at Roseland 36-3. Perranporth beat Helston at Ponsemere 29-8, whilst Stithians defeated St. Agnes 10-3 at Enys Parc.

In Tribute Cornwall 2 a tough battle for leaders Illogan Park who eventually won 29-23 at St. Day. St. Just defeated Camelford at Tregeseal 24-0. Redruth Albany got the better of Lankelly-Fowey at Trewirgie 31-29.

In the Greene King IPA Championship, the Cornish Pirates lost out to a last-gasp penalty at Jersey 27-25!

Read Phil Westren’s match report in the link here.

In National League 2 South, Launceston followed up their win last week at Southend with a 22-20 win at Polson against Chinnor.

Sam Chapman and Kyle Moyle scored the All Blacks’ tries with Kieron Lewitt kicking three penalties and Jake Murphy kicking the winning points with Lewitt in the bin.

Redruth are still looking for the elusive first win on the road after losing 46-22 at Canterbury.

They were well in contention for 60 minutes but sadly fell away in the final quarter as injuries and no doubt the travelling caught up with them.

Chris Fuca, Greg Goodfellow and Nick Simmons all scored for the Reds with Murray Westren kicking to conversions and a penalty.

The Quarter-Finals of the Tribute Cornwall RFU Knock out Cup produced two keenly contested ties.

In a repeat of last season’s final Camborne again got the better of Wadebridge Camels 19-18 at the Molesworth Field.

Grant Thirlby kicked the winning penalty to put the Cherry and Whites through and a semi-final tie against Penryn, who had a walkover against Newquay Hornets, at the Rec.

Adam Notman and James Goldsworthy scored Camborne’s tries with Thirlby adding three penalties.

Camels scored three tries through Matt Ballard, Jack Scott and Richard Treleaven. Josh Taylor kicking a penalty.

St. Austell came through a tough battle with Truro 34-27 at Tregorrick. Matt Shepherd bagged a couple of tries and kicked nine points. Other tries came from Hugh Noot, Miles Davey and Dan Pearce.

Truro grabbed tries from Carl Ranscombe (2), Jamie Moore and Luke Tidball with Ranscombe adding a couple of conversions and Tom Hadfield kicking a penalty.

St. Austell will play Saltash in the other semi-final. The Ashes enjoyed a big win over Hayle at Moorlands 94-10.

Up in London it was RFU Intermediate Cup rugby for London Cornish who sadly bowed out after putting up a strong showing at Essex side Rochford Hundred 21-11.

Truro born Ben Devonport, on his debut, scored a good try with Sam Williams kicking a couple of penalties.

Eleven Cornish lads from the Cornwall 18 Group were involved in the SW Trials yesterday for the Divisional side to represent the South West.

Cornwall U.16’s put up a good fight against Somerset yesterday before going down 31-17. However our U.16’s B had a good win over Somerset 42-14

Well done to all the boys involved.

Cornish Pirates’ Matt Evans was again involved with the Canadian squad that played in Bucharest against Romania. Despite great play from Matt the Canucks lost to the Oaks 21-20. The Canadian perspective in the link


Photo by John Beach – Sam Matavesi on the charge for Cornwall

Congratulations to Sam Matavesi (Plymouth Albion) who has been called up to the Fiji squad for their final two games on tour against Romania in Bucharest this Saturday and then the Barbarians at Twickenham on the 30th November. Up Cambern!!

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By Bill Hooper at the Brickfields

Combined Services and the Barbarians served up a veritable feast of rugby in front of a good crowd on a chilly Plymothian evening in this Remembrance Day encounter.

With the band of the Royal Marines on hand to play the last post and the National Anthem prior to kick-off, the scene was set with Services resplendent in their poppy designed shirts and the famous Baa Baa’s black and white hoops and club socks adorning the green Albion pitch.

Combined Services lock Marsh McCormack (Royal Navy) was granted a week’s leave from his tour in Afghanistan to take part in last night’s fixture.

However, it was Army winger Sam Speight who enjoyed a profitable evening and claimed the man-of-the-match plaudits running in three excellent tries.

His first opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a 60 metre run following an interception near his own line.


Combined Services skipper Dave Pascoe kicks for goal in last night’s match (Photo Simon Bryant iktisphoto)

Services skipper Dave Pascoe (Penryn) was unable to add the extras from out wide.

The Barbarians, coached on this occasion by Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies, hit back soon after as London Welsh winger Alex Davies got in amongst a powerful forward drive to claim his side’s first try. Pontypridd fly-half Dai Flanagan kicking the first of four successful conversions.

Services regained the lead in this ding dong encounter as good work from former Exeter Chief’s prop Chris Budgen saw him put in flanker Sam Laird for their second try for a 10-7 lead.

Barbarians then hit the Services with a double salvo as Loughborough Students winger Alex Davis, who caught the eye all evening with his silky running and was surely one name noted in Davies’ note book, scored the Baa Baas second try and then prop Laurence Ovens crashed over for try number three, both scores again converted by Flanagan for a 21-10 lead.

Danger man Speight cut the deficit for Services just prior to half-time with his second try following some fine play, Pascoe added the extras to leave Services trailing 21-17 at the break.


Cornish Pirates’ Tom Riley looks to make a break for the Barbarians against Combined Services (photo Simon Bryant iktisphoto)

Cornish Pirates’ centre Tom Riley came on at the start of the second half for Chief’s Ceri Sweeney. whilst another player with Cornish connections Kye Beasley who is also playing his rugby at Penryn came on during the second half for the Services.

Speight was again involved as another mazy run deep into Barbarian territory set up a try for replacement flanker Maku Koroyadi, Pascoe’s second successful conversion nudging Services back into the lead.

Barbarians hit back with a fourth try as Flanagan’s deft kick over the defence was taken by Sale Shark’s centre Chris Mayor for a simple score. Flanagan’s fourth conversion giving his side a 28-24 lead going into the final quarter.


Proud Pirates. Baa Baa’s coach for the evening Ian Davies along with Tom Riley (photo Simon Bryant iktisphoto)

In the final ten minutes Services ran in another two tries to seal the game. Speight completed his hat-trick with another exhilarating run in, then at the death replacement Jack Foster made the game safe with his side’s sixth try.

The crowd had certainly had their monies’ worth with the ten tries scored.

Combined Services 34 pts
Tries – Speight (3), Laird, Koroyadi, Foster, Conversions – Pascoe (2)

Barbarians 28 pts
Tries – Davies, Davis, Ovens, Mayor, Conversions – Flanagan (4)

Combined Services : J Humphreys (RN), A Gillespie (RAF), M Tichias (RN), D Sleeman (RN), S Speight (Army), J Prasad (Army), D Pascoe (RN, Capt); T Coghlan (Army), G Evans (RN), C Bugden (Army), M Cormack (RN), D Ball (Army), A Satala (Army), S Laird (RN), L Jope (Army)

Replacements (all used): S Philpott (Army), K Beasley (RN), N Titchard-Jones (Army), R Cooke (Army), M Koroyadi (Army), J Foster (RN), P Nacamavuto (Army), N Huntley (RN)

Barbarians: B Davies (Coventry & Wales), C Goudie (Heriot’s & Scotland U.20), C Mayor (Sale), C Sweeney (Exeter Chiefs & Wales), A Davis (Loughborough Students), D Flanagan (Ponypridd & Wales U.21), A Davies (London Welsh & Wales U.21); L Ovens (Rosslyn Park), C Hawkins (Llanelli & Wales U.21), L Niven (Edinburgh & Scotland U.20), H Pugh (Carmarthen Quins & Wales U.20), C McGowan (Worthing), J Freeman (Loughborough Students), S Harding (Bedford Blues), R Oakley (Plymouth Albion & Wales).

Replacements (all used): G Turner (Edinburgh & Scotland U.20), T. Harrison (Plymouth Albion), D. Bell (Lydney & England), C Dicomidis (Pontypridd & Cyprus), D Eager (Llanelli), R Cushion (Plymouth Albion & Irish Clubs XV), T Riley (Cornish Pirates & Wales U.21), C Ferguson (Heriot’s & Scotland U.20).

Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)

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Despite the attraction of the autumn internationals either live or on the box, there was still plenty of local rugby to enjoy over the weekend.

I took in a couple of games, Saturday at Redruth and then on Sunday down at the Mennaye for the Cornish Pirates match against the Bedford Blues.

Let’s start at the Mennaye in the Greene King IPA Championship, this being the first match to be held on a Sunday, though it has to be said that the original fixture list always had this as a Sunday afternoon kick-off.

It was always going to be interesting to compare the attendance with that of a Friday night, which so many had vehemently opposed. I for one am not too bothered, though Sunday’s are slightly preferable to me re work.

Naturally the jury will be out for a while yet, but the official attendance of 1,609 is only marginally better than that of a Friday night.

What it tends to confirm is that the continued economic squeeze is still having an effect, despite what the politicians try to tell us, and is likely to do so for some time yet especially in Cornwall where wages are sadly low and everyone is feeling the pinch!

On the field what more could you ask for, a tremendous game played in difficult conditions with the Pirates squeezing home by a score 16-13. Scrum-half Tom Kessell snipped another try with Kieran Hallett adding the conversion and three penalties. Bill Sobey’s report from the WMN in the link.

The only downside were the injuries picked up by lock James Sandford and prop Alan Paver, who it reported has a broken arm which will keep him out of tomorrow night’s Remembrance Day fixture at the Brickfields for the Barbarians against Combined Services kick-off 7-15 pm.

Thursday evening is date of the Emergency General Meeting to be held at Redruth’s club house for all paid up members. Membership cards will need to be produced on the door to gain entry.

On the field Redruth gave another Jekyll and Hyde performance, woeful in the first half, simply outstanding in the second to overturn a half-time deficit of 25-10 into a 38-28 win at full-time.

It was the third time this season that Phil Watters has refereed at the Rec this season and as on the previous two occasions it was a mixed performance on his part, which again left seasoned players in disbelief with certain interpretations of the rules!

My match report from today’s Western Morning News can be found in the link here.

Special mention for Sam Matavesi, who is on a four week loan period from Plymouth Albion with the Reds, the former Camborne player scored two tries on his debut in a red shirt!

The other game in National League 2 South saw a welcome win on the road for the Cornish All Blacks at Southend 17-14. It sounds like it was a tempestuous affair with cards being flourished left, right and centre! Poor old skipper Ben Hilton copped a red for a second yellow card offence! Tom Rawlings & Jamie Salter scored the tries with Kieron Lewitt kicking the rest of the points. Read Nigel Walrond’s match report from today’s WMN in the link.

In Tribute South West 1West, Camborne defeated Chard 23-17. Joe Parma, Alex Ducker and Rob Floyd scored the Cherry and White’s tries with Grant Thirlby kicking a conversion and two penalties.

St. Austell ran riot at Cullompton winning 50-18! Darren Pellow and Matt Shepherd each scored two tries with Hugh Noot, Ashley Taylor, Adam Kellow and Dan Pearce also crossing for scores. Shepherd converted five scores.

Defeat at home to Weston Hornets 19-15 capped a miserable week for Wadebridge Camels who have been deducted five points by the Cornwall RFU disciplinary panel. Mark Grubb scored their only try with Josh Taylor kicking three penalties for a losing bonus point.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Penryn were the only Cornish side to taste success as they won 26-8 at Wellington. Colin Campbell and Dan Booth scored the Borough’s tries with Rob Banks kicking four penalties and two conversions.

Truro lost at high-flyers Burnham-on-Sea 20-10. Carl Ranscombe and Ashley Lawton scored unconverted tries for the City side.

St. Ives lost at leaders Ivybridge 27-11. Sam Heath got a try for the Hakes with Jacob Ninnes kicking a couple of penalties.

Bude lost at home to Teignmouth 30-20. James Comber (2) and Freddie Saxton scored the seasiders’ tries with Ollie Denford kicking a conversion and penalty.

Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish notched up another good win this time at Effingham & Leatherhead 28-22. Simon Brading (2), Tom Lloyd and Ciaran Acford scored the exiles’ tries with Tom Carter kicking two penalties and a conversion.

In Tribute Cornwall and Devon League; Saltash had a fine win against Falmouth at the Rec 33-28. Steve Hillman, Sean Crawford, Jason Carroll and Max Venables all scored tries for the Ashes, whilst Venables’ boot accounted for the rest of the points.

For the defeated Eagles, Justin Irons, Tony Whittle and Ollie Church all crossed the whitewash with Irons kicking thirteen points.

Veor beat Pirates Amateurs at Wheal Gerry 29-10. Try scorers were Shovel (2), Stone, Lancaster and a Penalty-try, whilst Mankee kicked a couple of conversions. At present no details of the Ams point scorers.

Hayle were defeated at home by Exeter Uni 34-17. Alex Thornton and Scott Harvey scored tries for the Lions with Dan Magee kicking the other points.

Injury strapped Newquay Hornets were no match for OPM’s as they lost 32-10 at the Sportscentre. Connor Riley and Nick Parnell scored the Hornets’ tries.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Liskeard-Looe kept their un-beaten record with a 38-8 win at Lux Park against Helston.

Bodmin were held to a 17 all draw at St. Agnes, whilst Perranporth won 30-17 at Stithians.

School of Mines won at home against Roseland 33-0.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, Illogan Park continue to lead the way after a 74-5 win over Lankelly-Fowey.

Second place St. Just defeated Redruth Albany 29-10 and third place Camelford beat St. Day 26-3.

Congratulations to all the Cornwall 18 group lads who have been selected for the initial group of players for the SW Division. My understanding is eleven players are in the thirty-five man squad. The squad will eventually be trimmed to twenty-two in a couple of weeks time.

There was one Cornish based player involved in this weekend’s internationals; Cornish Pirates’ Matt Evans played full back for Canada in their 19-15 defeat to Georgia in Tbilisi.

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