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Morgan delighted with Cornish win

By Bill Hooper at Camborne Rec. Photos by Simon Bryant Iktis photo.

Cornwall Under 20’s great start to this season’s County Championship campaign was just the tonic the squad needed and put to rest the disappointment felt by those involved last season.

No question that the 50-19 defeat by Gloucestershire at the same ground last March was a result that had clawed in the Cornish camp over the summer.

The result and the performance was just what coach Ian Morgan and the rest of the Cornwall coaches Mike Rawlings and Bryn Jenkins dreamed of. Morgan spoke after the game: “We couldn’t have scripted a better start, we knew Gloucestershire would come at us from the off and we spoke of dominating the opening period during the warm up but to go 17-0 up after 15 minutes was the dream start for us and to be fair they didn’t look like threatening us until they made a couple of changes and we conceded a soft try towards half-time.”

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“We controlled the game really well, our forwards went well and I was pleased to see our backs looking so sharp, there were times when we fell foul of the referee but I think that was more of a timing issue we were so keen to get out of the blocks. We had a couple of players in the bin, but I felt that Gloucestershire were fortunate not to lose at least one player to the bin on the ‘tip-tackle’ that wasn’t called.”

Morgan was delighted with the performance of Redruth fly-half Dan Rutter who ran the game: “I thought Dan had a very good game for us he kicked us into position at fly-half and then moved to scrum-half when Zac Noeda was binned, he showed great control and maturity and was one of our standout players today he’s got a level head on him and his vision of the game is excellent.”

Photo – All Black Tom Sandercock dives in at Camborne’s West Bank for try number four

However, it was Camborne flanker Neil Stanleick who picked up the most plaudits: “He is an awesome player he just keeps going forward all the time, he is player with a great potential who could well have a very good career in years to come.”

“Skipper Todd Prisk and hooker Locryn Williams also had big games today, whilst Rhys Brownfield in the centre kicked well and took his try very well.”

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“Now we have a little bit of break before we take on Devon, we will have another game with Camborne School of Mines in the New Year to get us back together and then a few training sessions to get the preparations right for Ivybridge.”

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Clinical Cornwall Exact Gloucestershire Revenge

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Cornwall took a first step in this season’s Under 20 County Championship with an impressive win over their conquerors in last season’s quarter-finals with a bonus point win at Camborne.

That defeat last March by 50-19 hurt and it was a wound that skipper Todd Prisk wanted to put right this time round. “They came down here last season and embarrassed us, it’s something I have wanted to put right and today it was pleasing to put the record straight and get their monkey off our backs.

“Preparation has been good this season, our sessions at Truro College have been good the players have brought into the ethos the coaching and support staff have really made things good for us.

“We felt we were good enough and so it showed with our great start and we just seemed to build on it. We stuck to our game plan and kept the tempo high.

“We had little blip in the second half when we lost two players to the bin but that seemed to make us stronger and we rode the storm.

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“I felt that some of the tries we scored today were real quality, Neil Stanleick and Locryn Williams carried great ball with Dan Rutter putting us in good field postions, hopefully we will take this into our next game against Devon in January.

Playing up the slope first half Cornwall got off to a great start with an early try. A penalty kicked to the top corner by Rutter saw the catch-and-drive and when the ball was moved wide centre Rhys Brownfield carved through to score.

The Pirates Amateurs player was on target soon after with a penalty success to put Cornwall 10-0 up.

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Cornwall continued to dominate the first quarter and it was no surprise that they increased their lead when a Rutter kick was half charged down but fell into the arms of winger Jake Woodward who scored Cornwall’s second try with Brownfield again on the money with the extras.

Gloucestershire made a couple of changes in their front row which helped steady the ship and they got back into the game with a try from centre Tom Francis with fly-half Jack Sterry making it a seven point score to leave the score at halftime 17-7 to the black and golds.

Cornwall suffered an early blow in the second half when scrum-half Zac Noeda was yellow-carded following the home side’s repeat infringements.

The Cornish lads carried on taking the game to the visitors with a storming run from Stanleick seeing the No.8 held up over the line.

From the five-metre scrum, Rutter who had moved to scrum-half, scampered over in the scoreboard corner for an unconverted try.

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Cornwall were then briefly down to thirteen men as lock Dan Marsh was yellow carded for a tip tackle, however Cornwall scored another try as the game entered the final quarter, a good run by hooker Locryn Williams saw the ball moved wide for replacement Tom Sandercock to score another unconverted in the West Bank corner.

There was further Cornish joy as man-of-the-match Stanleick made another rbreak with Woodward in support to put centre Jack Simmons in for Cornwall’s fifth try with Brownfield adding the conversion for a 34-7 lead.

Gloucestershire, as you would expect, didn’t let their heads drop and came back in final stages to score a couple of tries through replacements Tom Davies and Ewan Bulger both converted by Francis to leave Cornwall 34-21 victors.

Next up for Cornwall, Devon at Ivybridge, on Sunday 25th January.

Cornwall 34 pts

Tries – Brownfield, Woodward, Rutter, Sandercock, Simmons, Conversions – Brownfield (3), Penalty – Brownfield

Yellow Cards – Noeda (44), Marsh (52)

Gloucestershire 21 pts

Tries – Francis, Davies Bulger, Conversions – Sterry, Francis (2)

Cornwall : T Eley, L Thomas (both Truro), J Simmons (Hartpury Coll), R Brownfield (Pirates Ams), J Woodward (Wadebridge Camels), D Rutter (Redruth), Z Noeda; J Martin (both Truro), L Williams (St Austell), J Tyack (Redruth), T Prisk (Redruth, capt), D Marsh (Truro), A Hughes (Penryn), J Haines (Cornish All Blacks), N Stanleick (Camborne).

Replacements: S Furse (Newquay Hornets) for Hughes 47, R Stevens (Hayle) for Martin 54, T Sandercock (Cornish All Blacks) for Noeda 58, T Pellow (Penryn) for Haines 67, J Tyler (Penzance-Newlyn Colts) for Thomas 67, T-L Southworth (Redruth) for Tyack 73. Not used: O Williams (Falmouth).

Referee Zerran Bell (Devon RRS)

Crowd: 450

Cornwall-man-of-the-match: Neil Stanleick carried, carried, carried all day long, tremendous performance from the Camborne back rower.

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Pirates in nine try romp

Cornish Pirates head-coach Ian Davies had called for a big performance from his squad following the disappointing defeat to Nottingham in their last home game.

His charges certainly answered the call with a 65-14 win against the Bedford Blues with all nine tries scored by backs.

Amongst those to cross the whitewash was scrum-half Tom Kessell playing his 100th game for the Pirates.

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The win lifts the Cornish Pirates up to 8th in the Championship table, as the league program has a break for three weeks with the resumption on Friday night of the British & Irish Cup and a trip to Pandy Park to take on Cross Keys.

You can read Bill Sobey’s match report in the link.

In National League 2 South, the Cornish All Blacks defeated Clifton 23-16 thanks to tries from lock Ed Holmes and fly-half Billy Searle and the trusty boot of Kieron Lewitt.

You can read Suzanne Cleave’s match report from the WMN in the link.

Redruth fought a rear-guard action at leaders Henley Hawks before going down 17-3, the Reds sole points came from a Bertie Hopkin penalty.

You can read Ed Bawden’s match report in the link

In Tribute South West 1 West, frustration for Camborne as their game at Avonmouth Old Boys was called off due to a water-logged pitch on Saturday morning as the Cherry and Whites were en-route!

St. Austell took a losing bonus point from their trip to Thornbury where the homeside won 27-21. Saints’ tries were scored by Alex Welland, Callum Wilson and Cavan Boyer with Dan Pearce kicking all three conversions.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Wadebridge Camels put a spoke in Truro’s promotion bid with a 34-23 win at the Molesworth Field.

Will Pengelly, Richard Treleaven, Dan Briskham (2) and Ben Hawken scored the Camels’ tries with James Grubb adding three conversions and a penalty.

For Truro Jake Champion crossed for a couple of tries both converted by “Eggy” Williams who also kicked three penalties.

St. Ives notched up their second win of the season defeating Wellington 26-20 at Alexandra Road. Ben Taylor, Tom Chandler, Tom Nicholas and Neil Corin crossed for the Hakes with Niall Prisk adding three conversions.

Penryn slumped to a 26-0 defeat at Okehampton.

London Cornish remain top of London 2 SW following their 19-16 win at Old Alleynians.

In Tribute Cornwall and Devon League, Saltash remain top after defeating South Molton 32-0. Sean Crawford, Max Venables (3), Ryan Cruickshanks and Steve Hillman scored tries for the Ashes with Veneables adding a conversion.

Withycombe remain second on points difference after defeating Hayle 39-3. Dan McGee with Hayle’s sole points from a penalty.

Pirates Amateurs are fourth in the league following their 27-19 win at Bodmin.

Bude slipped up at home to Paignton 22-12, whilst Liskeard-Looe woes continued at Exeter Saracens 61-5.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Newquay Hornets march back to the Cornwall and Devon League continues following their 42-0 win at Roseland. Frazer Kellythorn helped himself to a hat-trick of tries in Hornets’ six-try haul.

Illogan Park moved up to second following their 26-12 win at Stithians, while School of Mines defeated Helston at Penryn 55-17.

Veor conceded their match to Perranporth.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, just the one game was played, leaders Lanner winning 46-8 at St. Just.

Camelford were awarded the points against Lankelly-Fowey.

The International series continued with Cornish interest. On Friday night Josh Matavesi played for Fiji in their 20-14 over the USA in Vannes, Brittany.

On Saturday former Cornish Pirate Blair Cowan was Scotland’s man-of-the-match in their 37-12 win over Tonga in Kilmarnock.

Cornish Pirate Aaron Carpenter played for Canada in their 18-9 defeat in Bucharest to Romania, both these sides will meet again in pool D of the Rugby World Cup next year.

Ireland certainly had a great autumn with wins against the Boks and the Wallabies.

Reminder Cornwall Under 20 play their first Championship game next Sunday at Camborne kick-off 2:30 pm against Gloucestershire (see previous blog entry).

On a sadder note, former Exeter Chief hooker – and Cornishman – Neil Clark, who has recently being playing his rugby in France at Top 14 side Oyonnox, has been forced to retire from the game. We wish him well for the future.

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Cornwall Under 20’s name side to face Gloucestershire in County opener

Cornwall Rugby Football Union Under 20s 2014/15 County Championship campaign begins on Sunday 30 November.

Following a trial session at Truro RFC, the Under 20’s have trained for the last 6 weekends sometimes in atrocious weather in preparation for their first game against Gloucestershire at Camborne RFC with a 2.30 pm kick off.

CRFU President John Grindle said,This is the first game at this level for some of the team and they start with a tough game. I want to thank the coaching team of Ian Morgan, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins and team manager Chris Lea for their work in pulling together the team.” He went on to say, “I would also like to thank Camborne for hosting the game, Kelsall Steele for their sponsorship of the match shirts, along with ITEC our programme sponsors.”


Cornwall face one other game in the group stages on January 25th against Devon at Ivybridge and depending on results, are hoping for a quarter-final place to be played in February.

Coach Ian Morgan said, “We have a young squad who have trained well and in good numbers on Sunday mornings in Truro. They now face a stern test against a strong Gloucestershire squad.”

Coach Mike Rawlings said, “It is testament to the guys who have trained on Sunday mornings after games for their own clubs on the Saturday. They have trained hard and know they face a difficult task, but they will be extremely proud to pull on the famous black and gold shirt of Cornwall. ”

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CRFU Chair Denis Preece said, “This is the first opportunity for some of these players to represent Cornwall at senior level. A number of the players, who have gone before them, have gone on to represent the full County XV and some have played at Twickenham!!”

Cornwall Under 20 team manager Chris Lea said, “This squad is a mixture of players from last season, new players nominated from clubs and guys who have progressed through the Under 18 age group. It is great to see these guys getting progression through the County system and a number of former players are now playing at Premiership and Championship level, as well as clubs within Cornwall.”

Cornwall: Tom Eley (Truro), Konnor Ewudzi (St. Austell), Jack Simmons (Hartpury Coll), Rhys Brownfield (Pirates Ams), Jake Woodward (Wadebridge Camels), Dan Rutter (Redruth), Zac Noeda (Truro); Jay Tyack (Redruth), Locryn Williams (St. Austell), Tommy Phillips (Redruth), Todd Prisk (Redruth, Capt), Dan Marsh (Truro), Adam Hughes (Penryn), John Haines (Cornish All Blacks), Neil Stanleick (Camborne).

Replacements (from): Sam Furse (Newquay Hornets), Joe Martin (Truro), Russell Stevens (Hayle), Tony Pellow (Penryn), Ollie Williams (Falmouth), Tom Sandercock (Cornish All Blacks), Lewis Thomas (Redruth), Sam Rodda (Newquay Hornets), Adam Smith (Redruth), John Tyler (Penzance & Newlyn Colts).

Coaches – Ian Morgan, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins

Team Manager – Chris Lea

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Cornish are pitch perfect!


London Cornish stay top of London Two South-West after a hard fought 19-16 win at Old Alleynians, reports Ben Gilby

On a damp, dank afternoon in Dulwich, ‘The Exiles’ had to work hard to ensure they left with a victory.

Cornish came into this game having not conceded a try in four games, and, in total only nine points in this period. They were under no illusions as to the task that faced them at Old Alleyians though, with the ‘Old Boys’ being the only side to lower Tottonians’ colours in the league this season.

The build-up to the game saw Cornish forced into making late changes to their starting line-up as Craig Chatley was injured in the warm-up. This could have resulted in a slow start for the visitors, but to their credit, ‘The Exiles’ took the lead after just three minutes, when, following early pressure, they were awarded a penalty which Luke Spells successfully kicked. With a light shower beginning to fall, the ball became very tough to handle, and it was very much an even-stevens period. Alleynians showed great pace on the wings, with Gareth Wynn making the yards, before a Cornish infringement, and Paul O’Connor levelled the scores after ten minutes.

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Pic Chris Anstey puts in a big hit on OA player

Crucially, the Black & Golds hit back and, with the forwards in clear control of matters, Alleynians were forced backwards before the ball was zipped out by Rob Healey who found the impressive Phil Dale who dived over in the far right hand corner for his third try in four games to re-establish the lead. Spells’ conversion attempt from a tight angle missed.

With the benefit of the slope, Alleynians had the best of the second quarter, and two successful penalties by Paul O’Connor saw them take a wafer-thin 9-8 lead at the break. Cornish knew there were plenty of opportunities in the second half as, on the occasions that they had got forward momentum, the home side found it hard to contain them.

Yet, it was the home side who made the strongest start as a great move at pace resulted in Jake Smith dotting down, with O’Connor adding the conversion to increase their lead to 16-8. Once more, Cornish responded to the concession of points positively. After an attack, a penalty was earned, but Spells’ attempt missed. The momentum continued though and the forwards began to force Alleynians back into their ten metres on a regular basis. A series of line-outs and drives resulted in Ben Ievers grounding the ball just in from the left-hand touch-line. The conversion attempt from Luke Spells missed, but Cornish were now right back in it.

Alleynians had their chances sporadically, but Cornish had the upper hand. They were regularly repelled by quite outstanding defence from the home side. The pressure finally told and led to the concession of a penalty which Spells kicked on 65 minutes.

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Pic – Rob Healey looks to get his back-line on the move

Old Alleynians won a penalty shortly afterwards, but O’Connor, who kicked well all afternoon, crucially missed. Back came Cornish, who laid siege to the home side’s line. The sheer determination to grind out a result was there for all to see, as the sensational vocal support from the Cornish fans got ever louder. As the game moved into stoppage time, Alleynians could hold back the tide no longer, and conceded a penalty in front of the posts. Luke Spells made the kick, and the game was won.

Whilst Cornish may not have been at their best, it was desire and sheer will to win that got them over the line. Massive respect has to go to Old Alleynians who were impressively stubborn opposition. Equally impressive was the large number of Black & Gold clad support, which surely outnumbered the home support. The 1st XV now focus in on their next game in a fortnight – a massive top of the table clash with Tottonians at The REMPF.

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No reward for Pirates up North

Photo – Ben Priddey scored two of Redruth’s six tries against Dings

Despite the counter attraction of International rugby on the television, there was still plenty of great local rugby to get out and watch last weekend.

The Cornish Pirates saw a losing bonus point snatched from their grasp with last gasp penalty at Clifton Lane against Rotherham Titans it finished 21-13!

That latest defeat sees the Pirates slip back to second from bottom in the Championship table seven points ahead of Plymouth Albion.

The Christmas clash at Brickfields will be very interesting!

You can read Nigel Walrond’s match report in the link here.

Reaction from coaches Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver in the link here.

I saw a very entertaining game at the Recreation Ground where Redruth overcame a dogged Dings Crusaders side 36-25 in a game of nine tries.

Bearing in mind that Dings are currently bottom of National League 2 South it just shows that all sides are competitive in this league.

You can read my match report in the link.

The Cornish All Blacks looked to have staged a remarkable comeback at Cambridge after they trailed 21-0 after just 12 minutes!

A red card for Cambridge skipper Stefan Liebenberg gave the All Blacks a sniff of a comeback, which they did before another last gasp penalty consigned them to another single point defeat.

You can read Conrad Sutcliffe’s match report from the WMN in the link.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne edged closer to the top two with a 37-27 win at the Rec against Thornbury.

A brace of tries from skipper Steve Kenward plus scores from Taron Peacock, Rob Floyd and Alex Ducker – back in the Cherry and White fold after a brief sojourn at the Pirates – gave Town maximum points. Kevin Mankee added 12 points with the boot.

St. Austell are on the up following another good win at home against Wells 31-25. Jack Grigg, Miles Davey, Dan Johns Paul Winterbottom and Liam Freeman all scored tries for the Saints with Dan Pearce kicking three conversions.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro maintained their third place with a 62-7 over St. Ives at St. Clements Hill.

Tries for Truro were scored by Jake Champion (2), Adam Gayton (2), Rikki Brandon, Luke Trescothick (2), Ben Teasdale, Luke Tidball and Ross Denning. Craig Williams kicked six conversions.

For the Hakes Tom Chandler got a try converted by Niall Prisk.

Penryn went down at home to Kingsbridge 29-3. Jake Seviour with the Borough’s only points.

Wadebridge Camels picked up a losing bonus point at Torquay were they lost 33-27. Tom Rowe, Jamie Lumb and Chris Humphries scored the Camels’ tries, with Jamie Grubb kicking the other points.

This Saturday Wadebridge entertain Truro!

In London 2 SW, London Cornish remain top of the table following a 20-0 win against Old Reigatian. Mark Osei-Tutu, Joe Skinnard and Rob Healey with Luke Spells kicking a conversion and penalty.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League we have new leaders, Saltash. The Ashes defeated former table toppers Withycombe at Moorlands 37-35.

There is a match report from the Plymouth Herald in the link.

Pirates Amateurs got back to winning ways defeating South Molton 50-10 at the Mennaye.

Nick Hitchings (3), Steve Kent, Jack Lonsdale, Rhys Brownfield and Danny Toolan scored the Ams tries with Brownfield kicking the other points.

Bude’s game at OPM’s was abandoned when the referee walked off the pitch with 12 minutes to go following abuse aimed at the referee from the touchline! OPM’s led 16-7 at the time. We await to see if the result will stand or the game is ordered to be re-played!!

Hayle defeated Falmouth in a Cornish derby 25-13. Damien Lynes, Alex Thornton and a penalty try award made up the Lion’s three tries with Dan Magee kicking the other points.

Rob Fitzpatrick scored the Eagles only try with Justyn Irons kicking the other points.

Bodmin lost at Paignton 44-14. Jamie Taylor and Jon Trevarthan scored Bodmin’s tries both converted by Taylor.

Liskeard-Looe’s miserable season continues as they lost 57-0 at Lux Park to Crediton.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Newquay Hornets win at nearest rivals Veor 22-11 maintains their 100% record.

Third place Illogan Park defeated Perranporth 45-14, whilst Camborne School of Mines had the better of Stithians 68-12. Helston defeated bottom side Roseland 36-3.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, just the one game played as St. Just conceded to Camelford. A top of the table clash ended in a 21 all draw at Trevarth between Lanner and St. Agnes. Lanner remain top on points difference.

Congratulations to Cornish Pirates duo Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver who played in the Armistice Day game at Bath for the Barbarians against Combined Services, for whom Penryn’s Kye Beasley came on during the second half.

Great to see Josh Matavesi playing at fly-half for Fiji against Wales in Cardiff last Saturday, a close game saw Wales sneak it 17-13.

Also former Pirate Blair Cowan had big game for Scotland against New Zealand at Murrayfield, the All Blacks snuck out the win 24-16.

As ever I keep an eye on rugby in Brittany and with Vannes going well in their pool in Fédérale 1, it was good to learn that Comite de Bretagne side defeated last season’s finalists Bourgogne 20-12 at Viry Chatillon in the Coupe des Fédérations – the French equivalent of the County Championships.

There was a Cornishman involved Tom Parker who currently plays at Vannes played for Brittany.  Brittany will play their quarter-final in December.

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Good weekend if you’re an All Black!

Dave Pascoe in action for the Combined Services last season against the Barbarians – Photo Simon Bryant Iktis photo

It proved to be an excellent weekend for teams wearing a black shirt whether internationally or local.

Whilst the Kiwi’s were laying down a marker ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup at Twickenham defeating tournament hosts England 24-21, the Cornish All Blacks finally put an end to a losing run defeating Worthing 29-19 at Polson Bridge, a fitting tribute to former Launceston & County President John Fry who sadly passed away this week.

Kieron Lewitt notched up a total of 24 points with a try, five penalties and a couple of conversions. Chris Chew scored the other try for the All Blacks.

Read Suzanne Cleave’s match report from the WMN in the link

In the other National League 2 South game played, disappointment for Redruth who for the first time this season failed to pick up any league points from a game as they lost at Shelford 31-11.

The Reds’ points from a Greg Goodfellow try and a couple of penalties by Ashley Hosking.

Redruth will look to bounce back at the Rec next Saturday when they entertain bottom side Dings Crusaders.

Ed Bawden’s WMN report in the link

There were just two re-arranged games in Tribute Western Counties West, Truro had all five points in the bag before a ball was kicked in their game at St. Clements Hill against Tiverton as the Devon side travelled with just one recognised prop!

In a game played with un-contested scrums Tiverton “won” 17-0

Penryn won their re-played game at Torquay Athletic 32-13 with George Jones scoring two of their five tries.

There were two Tribute Cornwall Cup quarter-finals played on Saturday, holders Camborne were given a stiff test at Clifden Park before progressing at the expense of Bodmin 36-18.

Town’s tries were scored by Grant Thirlby, Rob Floyd, James Goldsworthy, Callum Moyle, Neil Stanleick and Cameron Bone with Dave Mankee slotting three conversions.

Ali McPhee and Mark Trevarthan scored tries for Bodmin with Jamie Taylor kicking the rest of the points.

St. Austell overcame Wadebridge Camels at Tregorrick 30-21 to also make the semi-finals.

Saints’ tries came from Darren Pellow, Callum Wilson, Ben Chenoweth and Rob Jeffs with Dan Pearce kicking a couple of conversions and a penalty, whilst Liam Freeman dropped a goal.

For the Camels, Mark Grubb Gary Gynn and Will Pengelly scored tries with Danny Thomas adding all three conversions.

The draw for the semi-finals which will be played in the New Year is;

Camborne v Truro / Pirates Amateurs

Bude / Penryn v St. Austell

The two outstanding quarter-final ties are due to take place on Saturday 29th November.

In the RFU Intermediate Cup London SE, London Cornish progressed to the next round after defeating Portsmouth 62-0.

There was a full program in both Tribute Cornwall 1 and 2, in Tribute 1 Newquay Hornets continued their run with 43-7 win against Illogan Park.

Veor consolidated their second place with a 26-10 win at Stithians.

Perranporth defeated Helston 24-10 at Ponsmere Valley and Roseland got the better of Camborne School of Mines 31-28 at Philleigh.

In Cornwall 2, St. Agnes lead the way following their 78-3 win against Lankelly-Fowey, whilst second place Lanner won 100-0 against Redruth Albany at Trewirgie.

On Sunday the Cornish Pirates slipped to a home defeat in the Greene King RFU Championship 28-13 against Nottingham.

It was a disappointing performance from the Pirates and they will be looking to bounce back next week against Rotherham in Yorkshire.

You can read Bill Sobey’s match report and Ian Davies’ comments in the links.

No Jack Nowell in the England team last Saturday against New Zealand but he is back with the squad preparing for next Saturday’s game against South Africa.

A shoulder injury kept Josh Matavesi out for the Fiji side that lost 40-15 to France in Marseille on Saturday evening, he too is back in the mix for Fiji next match against Wales.

Former Pirate Blair Cowan played for Scotland in their 41-31 win over Argentina at Murrayfield.

Both Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver from the Cornish Pirates will play for the Barbarians on Armistice Day at Bath’s Recreation Ground against the Combined Services.

Four Naval personnel from RNAS Culdrose feature in the Combined Services side which will once again be captained at scrum-half by Penryn’s Dave Pascoe.

Prop Kye Beasley (Penryn), hooker Ben Priddey (Redruth) and lock Marsh Cormack (Taunton) make up the quartet.

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John Fry

Picture by Richard Major – John Fry back row centre with some of the 1999 winning squad in 2009.

It was with great sadness that TASC learned of the passing of former Launceston and CRFU President John Fry.

John was CRFU President when Cornwall triumphed at Twickenham in 1999 against Gloucestershire to lift the County title for the third time.

He was very well-respected throughout the game in Cornwall.

Trelawny’s Army wishes to express its condolences to Margaret and the rest of John’s family and friends.

Hon. Sec Ian Gordon represented TASC at John’s funeral this week which saw a huge turnout at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Launceston.

As you would have expected many figures from Cornish rugby paid their respects.

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Derby day joy for Saints

What drama at Tregorrick Park last Saturday when St. Austell ripped up the form book to defeat Camborne 13-6 in a hard-fought Cornish derby.

For the Saints it was just their second win of the season, their first since an opening weekend success against Bideford, a win that lifted them above Cullompton in the league table.

There was certainly a sense of relief for St. Austell’s forwards coach Ashley Morcom who spoke after the game. He said. “I am much happier tonight than I have been of late, it’s good to finally stop this run of defeats we have endured, especially so in a derby game against Camborne.

“I wasn’t too concerned turning around a 3-3, I felt that we would at some stage in the game have a period of dominance and so it proved during the second half. We talked during half-time about holding on to the ball and playing with more structure and I felt that the boys took that on message on board and the score-line of 13-6 tells the story.”

In the Camborne camp a bitterly disappointed Camborne head-coach Liam Chapple summed up his side’s performance.

“I am pretty disappointed with our performance, but on the day the better team won. We were out-muscled up-front especially during the second half.

“I thought we had weathered the storm during the first half playing against the elements I was pleased to turnaround all square at 3 a-piece.

“The boys had executed the game plan pretty well to put us in a good position for the second forty, but for some reason we seemed to lose intensity whilst St. Austell upped their tempo.”

You can read my match report from the West Briton site in the link.

With no game for the Cornish Pirates last weekend due to the Championship XV game against Canada, which the Championship boys won 28-23 at Worcester, it was National League 2 South which held centre stage.

At Polson Bridge it was a case of déjà-vu as The Cornish All Blacks slipped agonizingly to another single point defeat this time 22-21 to Southend.

The Launceston side’s luck must turn at some point can it happen this Saturday when they are again at home against Worthing!!!

I am sure the Launceston lads will need no reminding about the last time these two sides met!

You can read Suzanne Cleave’s WMN match report in the link.

Redruth travelled up on the day to Worthing, which probably didn’t help their cause, and came close to a great result losing only 12-10. Chris Fuca and Ben Priddey scored un-converted tries for the Reds, whilst all Worthing’s points came from the boot.

You can read Ed Bawden’s WMN match report in the link

In Tribute Western Counties West, a first win of the season for St. Ives who defeated fellow strugglers Tavistock 39-13 at Alexandra Road.

The game was a personal success for Jamie Prisk who scored three of the Hakes’ seven tries with other scores coming from Ben Taylor (2), Neil Corin and Tom Chandler with Jacob Ninnes landing a couple of conversions.

Truro made it a maximum five point haul with a 26-19 win over Torquay Athletic at St. Clements Hill. Their four tries came from Darren Jacques (2), Tom Hatfield and Carl Ranscombe with Jake Champion adding three conversions.

Penryn gave runaway leaders Exeter University a run for their money only going down finally 29-21. Jake Seviour scored a try and kicked three conversions with other scores coming from

Callum Hinchley and a great team effort finished off by Tom Hoban who instigated the move.

Wadebridge Camels couldn’t cope with high-flying Teignmouth who won 32-10 at the Molesworth Field. Sam Stone scored the Camel’s sole try with Danny Thomas adding the conversion and a penalty.

In London South West 2, an impressive second-half display sees London Cornish on top of the league following a 41-3 win at Farnham. See previous blog entry for match report.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, match of the day saw second play third as Saltash comforted their second place with a good win over Pirates Amateurs 54-22.

There is a match report in the link from the Plymouth Herald

Bodmin prepared for their Tribute Cornwall Cup tie against holders Camborne next Saturday with a 23-10 win against OPM’s at Clifden Park. That’s three wins on the trot for Bodmin who have come into a good patch of form in recent weeks.

Withycombe continue to head the table seeing off visitors Falmouth 46-13. John Tryer scored the Eagles only try with Justyn Irons kicking the other points.

Hayle put up a good fight at Exeter Saracens before slipping to a 35-31 defeat.

Lynes, Matthews, Kerr and a penalty-try award saw the Lions bring 2 points back from their travels.

Liskeard-Looe travelled to Bude with just 12 players, however they did play the game despite forfeiting the points losing 85-0.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Newquay Hornets maintained their fine start with a 41-5 win at Helston.

Veor are up to second spot after defeating previously un-beaten Illogan Park 38-10.

Camborne School of Mines defeated Perranporth 35-10 at Penryn, whilst Stithians defeated Roseland in an entertaining game 33-25.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, St. Agnes went top following their 31-0 win at Camelford.

Lankelly-Fowey defeated Redruth Albany 29-17.

Congratulations to Tom Kessell, Darren Barry and Kieran Hallett, a late call up, who were all involved in the Championship XV win over Canada at Worcester.

Former Red Mark Bright scored one of the tries in the 28-23 win.

Good luck this week to Jack Nowell who will be looking to feature for England against the All Blacks at Twickenham, also to Josh Matavesi who will be hoping to play for Fiji against France at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Former Pirate Blair Cowan will be hoping to be in the Scotland side to face Argentina.

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Five tries in last quarter sees Cornish go top!

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Cornish attack the Farnham line

Farnham 3-41 London Cornish

Report & Photos by Ben Gilby

A quite incredible final twenty minutes from London Cornish ensured they went back to the top of London Two South-West, with a crushing victory over Jonny Wilkinson’s first side, Farnham.

The first half saw the home side fail to take advantage of the wind which was behind them, and they had only a 21st minute penalty from Christopher Penn to show for it, as Farnham led by those three points to nil.

With the wind now at their backs, it took only five minutes of the second period for ‘The Exiles’ to score the first try of the afternoon, as flying winger Robin Heymann touched down. Luke Spells’ conversion attempt missed. Whilst Cornish had the better of things over the next fifteen minutes, it took a while before this began to show on the scoreboard. Mark Osei-Tutu, with a trademark powerful run got things moving again with his seventh try of the season to extend the visitors’ lead to seven points. Then, there was a rapid fire burst of five tries in just eighteen minutes. Matt Hakes, playing in the centres got the ball rolling with two tries in just three minutes, with Spells adding a conversion for the second. With Farnham now 22-3 down, even their coach, the Harlequins lock George Robson, couldn’t inspire them to make a comeback as Cornish’s speed and confidence was now surging through the black and gold jersey.

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Will Carew-Gibbs controls the ball at the back of a maul

With nine minutes left, Robin Heymann scored a delightful try with a hop and skip of a run down the left hand touchline, Spells conversion extended the Cornish lead to twenty-six points. Farnham’s luck well and truly deserted them two minutes later when, following a rare second half sortie into ‘Exiles’ territory, a loose pass was snaffled up by the black and gold’s centre Luke Spells, who galloped between the sticks to dot down, and convert his own five pointer. There was time for one further try at the death, when Cornish forward Harry Somers went over in the left hand corner.

With previous league leaders Tottonians suffering a shock defeat at Old Alleynians, this result put London Cornish two points clear at the summit. ‘The Exiles’ have now won 16 of their last 19 matches.

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