Bonus point win just the tonic for Truro

Photo – Darren Jacques Truro’s skipper

The weather almost won the day last weekend with many league and cup matches having to be postponed and those that were played having to contend with fierce wind and driving rain.

I went to Truro to see their game in Tribute Western Counties West against Devonport Services along with about fifty other hardy souls!
Thankfully the referee passed the pitch fit following great work during the morning by the Truro ground staff.

Truro prevailed 28-8 with three tries scored by full back Luke Tidball plus one from player-coach prop Darren Jacques. Daryl Riches kicked a penalty during the first half whilst his replacement “Eggy” Williams kicked a penalty and converted Jacques’ try.

It proved to be the only Cornish success at this level last weekend. St. Austell lost at home to leaders Kingsbridge 7-12. Andy Ashwin converting a penalty try to at least give the Saints a losing bonus point.

Saltash were defeated at Moorlands 0-40 by Cullompton!

Wadebridge Camels, who were due to play in the Intermediate Cup against Okehampton but were given a bye, played their originally scheduled league game against Torquay Athletic lost 29-13. Jake Grubb with their try, whilst James Grubb converted and kicked two penalties.
Penryn’s game at Crediton was a non-starter.

The Cornish Pirates got 2016 off to the best possible start with 38-21 Championship win at Rotherham Titans. Prop Marlen Walker bagged himself three tries with Laurie McGlone, Sam Arnott and Tom Duncan also crossing. Laurence May kicked four conversions.

The Pirates had a scare when Titans scored three tries whilst McGlone was in the bin to come back to 21-33 but Duncan’s late score soothed the nerves.

In National League 2 South on Sunday Redruth won at Southend 21-10, thanks to two tries from Kyle Marriott and one from Tom Cowan-Dickie, all converted by Dave Mankee. That result consolidates Redruth’s fifth place in the table prior to the visit of Bury St. Edmunds this Saturday.

Launceston’s game against Canterbury was postponed and will be played on Saturday 27th February which is a weekend set aside for the England Counties fixture against Scottish Clubs XV at Netherdale, Galashiels on the Friday evening.

Camborne extended their lead at the top of Tribute South West 1 West back to eleven points after a last-gasp win at Bideford 17-16. Alex Ducker, who has re-signed for the club he left last summer, proved to be the hero scoring the winning try deep in injury time. Rhys Brownfield and James Goldsworthy scored the other tries with Brownfield kicking a conversion.

There were just two games that survived in Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Falmouth Eagles demolished Newquay Hornets 51-0 mat the Rec. Tom Job (2), Justyn Irons (2), AJ Geach, Tom Edmonds and Dave Jones all scored tries with Irons kicking five conversions and two penalties.

Newquay Hornets were also due to play in the Senior Vase but (wisely) conceded their tie to Withycombe.

Bodmin lost 25-12 at Plymstock Albion Oaks with Josh Taylor slotting four penalties.

There was a cup tie played when Veor travelled to the Brickfields to play Tamar Saracens in the Junior Vase but lost 29-8.
Two other re-arranged Tribute Cornwall Club Cup ties between Liskeard-Looe and Camelford and Stithians v Helston were also rained off.

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Cup joy for the Reds & vital win for the Pirates


Picture Geoff Hitchens – Brad Howe & Peter Joyce

There was a good fixture list around the duchy on Boxing Day to tempt out the fans to the various clubs.

Whilst some were holiday fixtures there were others that have stood the test of times, none more so than Camborne v Redruth, or for those on the Fal, Penryn against Falmouth.

A good crowd of some 1,500 plus were at the Recreation Ground to see the Mining Division derby for the Rodda’s Milk Cup.
Despite playing in the teeth of a gale, both sides produced a fine game devoid of any of the usual “derby” shenanigans moving referee Kevin Williams to remark that it was the most pleasant “derby” between the two sides he had officiated!

Redruth retained the cup 22-15, thanks to tries scored by Pale Nonu, Brad Howe, Shaun Buzza and Luke Hattam. Brett Rule did well to kick a conversion in the howling gale.

Howe had a fine game and deservedly picked up the TASC Tony Pill Memorial Cup as man-of-the-match although Hattam pushed him all the way.
For Town, Neil Stanleick, Noah Sixton and Jack Simmons scored excellent tries with James Goldsworthy deservedly picking up the Camborne man-of-the-match plaudits.

In the morning Redruth also won both the Reserves fixture 20-13, with Adam Hosking scoring perhaps the try of Boxing Day selling a couple of dummies before going over, and the Colts fixture 25-17.

In Penryn, the Borough downed Falmouth Eagles 29-7 and the Reserves clinched a club double at the Recreation Ground in the morning with a large win.

On Sunday there was Championship action when the Cornish Pirates entertained Jersey on a muddy Mennaye in front of a crowd of 2,350.

Picture Simon Bryant – Ian Davies happy with the Yuletide win

Still stinging from their Cup defeat at the hands of Cardiff the previous week, Pirates tore into the Channel Islanders scoring a try with barely a minute on the clock through Aaron Carpenter. Laurence May added the extras and then a penalty shortly after for a useful 10-0 advantage.

May kicked a second penalty before former Pirate and Redruth ace Aaron Penberthy cut the deficit for Jersey with a penalty.
May kicked a third penalty to leave the Pirates 16-3 up at half-time.

Jersey made a great start to the second half with a try from Tongan No.8 Uili Kolo’ofa’i with Penberthy making it a seven pointer, but that was as close as they would get despite the Pirates losing Matt Evans to sin-bin and having to withstand a Channel storm from visitors.

Director of Rugby Ian Davies was pleased with his side’s performance. “I thought we scored a good maul try off the first play of the game when we may have caught them [Jersey] cold,” he said. “The boys came up with that set play and it worked really well. It’s just unfortunate we didn’t get another chance to try it.
“I think we left a couple of tries out there if we’re honest. A little bit of excitement on one occasion where we tried to give another pass, when another phase should have been taken. And also perhaps some over exuberance at a breakdown a couple of others.”

It just leaves me to wish One & All a very Happy New Year, Bledhen Nowyth Da!

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Reds ride storm to take derby day spoils

Photo- Reds’ head coach Steve Larkins felt his side were comfortable throughout

The Cornish derby between Redruth and Launceston is always a fixture that is eagerly anticipated by both sets of supporters and Saturday’s encounter was no different.

The heavy rain overnight and during the morning made the pitch heavy, whilst the unwelcome strong wind negated any constructive play proving to be great leveller between the sides.

Launceston’s woeful season continues and at the half-way point the portents are not good for the east Cornwall side.



Picture – Launceston head coach Jimmy Tucker felt his players fronted up well

Redruth won comfortably enough thanks to the power of their pack with tries from lock Ashley Lawton and flanker Ben Priddey, whilst Sam Parsons try sealed the win with full back Brett Rule kicking a fine conversion to complete a 17-0 win.

The game was also the 1st leg of this season’s Tribute CRFU Super Cup, so the Reds will defend their advantage when they travel to Polson in April.
Quite what the future of the Super Cup is remains to be seen for next season.

Redruth travel to Camborne on Boxing Day for the yuletide derby to defend the Rodda’s Milk Cup in front of a large crowd.

Down the road at the Mennaye the Cornish Pirates lost for the first time in this season’s British & Irish cup when Cardiff Blues gained revenge for their defeat at the Arms Park last week with a 18-15 win in Cornwall.

The Pirates points came thanks to a penalty-try award and a touchdown from Max Bodilly. Laurence May kicked a penalty and conversion.
With London Welsh defeating Nottingham they now top the pool after 4 rounds.

In Tribute South West 1 West, leaders Camborne travelled with a few regulars missing and paid the price as they failed to pick up any league points for the first time this season as they lost 38-25 at Thornbury.

“Town” did score three tries through prop John Drew, scrum-half Taron Peacock and No.8 Neil Stanleick. Fly-half Rhys Brownfield converted two tries and kicked a couple of penalties.

Camborne are still 7 points ahead of the chasing pack.

In the Tribute Western Counties West, Truro lost at Kingsbridge 25-18. Daryl Richards and Ethan Patterson scored tries with George Badcock kicking the rest of the points.

Penryn had another morale boosting win when they defeated Sidmouth 27-26 at the Memorial Ground.

Alex Ducker (2), Kirk Oldfield, Ben Ashwin and Ben Trevaskis scored tries with Jake Seviour adding an important conversion.

St. Austell picked up a losing bonus point at leaders Exeter University as the went down 15-10. Ben Chenoweth scored the Saint’s try with Andy Ashwin adding the conversion and a penalty.

Saltash lost at Tiverton 10-3 with Max Venables kicking their sole points.

Wadebridge Camels picked up a welcome draw at Crediton 17 all. James Grubb and Adam Collings scored tries with Danny Thomas adding both conversions and a penalty.

Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish won a proverbial game of two halves 22-20 to go into their festive break well placed in the league.
Trailing 20-0 to Weybridge Vandals at half-time the Exiles roared back in the second period.

Tries were scored by Josh Allison, Tom Jeffery and Tom Hupfield with Phil Dale kicking two conversions and a penalty.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Bude were leading 45-7 against Plymstock when the game was called-off following injury to an Oaks player.
Joe Wilson (2), Steve Yates, Dan Pearce, Liam Cook, Ollie Denford and Freddie Saxton scored tries with Pearce adding five conversions. The game was halted on 64 minutes, so league officials will decide if the result stands. I would think it likely.
St. Ives, who have been boosted with the re-signing of lock Todd Prisk from Fylde, are still hot on Bude’s tails following their 55-0 win against Exeter Saracens. Ben Taylor (2), Todd Prisk, Sean Stevens, Jamie Prisk, Paul Thirlby, Grant Thirlby, Cameron Bone and Martyn Lawrence scored tries with Thirlby G adding five conversions.

Falmouth lost ground following their first home defeat of the season at the hands of Pirates Amateurs 18-27. Jack Lusdale (2) and Jamie Semmens (2) scored tries with Lusdale kicking the other points.

For the Eagles Dan Kirk and Tom Spiller scored tries with the trusty boot of Justyn Irons kicking the other points.

Hayle had a very good win at Tavistock 15-12. Tony Matthews and Dom Lello scored tries for the Lions with Steve Richards kicking the points.

Newquay Hornets got their first win of the season when they defeated Honiton 12-3. Tim Eustice and George Fox scored tries with Ryan Johns adding a conversion.

Leaders Withycombe won 20-0 at Bodmin.

In the latest round of pool matches in the Cornwall Clubs Cup there were wins for Liskeard-Looe, Roseland and Lanner, whilst there were walkovers for Illogan Park against Albany and St. Just, against School of Mines, who are presumably all on holiday!

Exeter Chiefs couldn’t repeat their fine win of the previous week against Clermont Auvergne at stade Marcel Michelin on Sunday as they went down 42-10 in central France.

Hot of the press the Bay Shield game between St. Ives and Hayle has been cancelled for Boxing Day.

It just remains for me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Nadelik Lowen. Remember the rugby all starts again on Boxing Day!

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Boxing Day Fixtures Sat 26th December

Photo – The Tony Pill Memorial Cup will once again be up for grabs for the Man-of-the-Match between Camborne & Redruth

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Nowell Prepares for French Backlash

Exeter Chiefs star Jack Nowell (pictured below) says he and his team-mates are expecting much tougher resistance from French rivals ASM Clermont-Auvergne when the two lock horns again this Sunday in the European Champions Cup, writes Exeter Chief’s media officer Mark Stevens.12108223_896819890371923_4844047588393624939_n a

Fresh from seeing off last season’s beaten finalists 31-14 at Sandy Park last weekend, the high flying Devonians go head-to-head with the same opponents this weekend at the imposing Stade Marcel Michelin.

Cornishman Nowell knows from past experience that French teams on their own patch are a much different proposition and is expecting a backlash of sorts from the current Top 14 leaders.

“It’s going to be another tough game,” warned England star Nowell. “French sides tend to step it up at home, so the key thing for us has been to recover well this week and prepare right for the next game.

“Obviously we will do our homework on them again and there’s lots to go with from the game we’ve just played. In some ways it’s easy to say do the same as we did in this game, but we know it will be much different over there.”

Although the Chiefs trailed 14-3 during the first half at Sandy Park, Rob Baxter’s side bounced back impressively to secure the all-important bonus try bonus point with scores from forwards Thomas Waldrom (2), Don Armand and Mitch Lees.

Post-match, Nowell – who himself enjoyed a stellar performance – was quick to pay tribute to the Exeter pack, who in recent weeks have not only dismantled rivals from Clermont, but also Harlequins and Wasps.

“The group of forward we have and the way they are performing, they are winning games for us,” added Nowell. “They are putting us on the front foot and then us backs are doing what we do best.”

And even though the Chiefs trailed to one of Europe’s most recognised teams, Nowell insisted there was no panic within the home ranks at any stage.

He continued: “We have been down at times this season, but the belief in the team is massive. A couple of years we may have let it affect us and maybe we would have looked to have changed something.

“We always knew it was going to be tough in the first half, especially against the wind, but the big thing was the belief we had to carry on going, stick to our game plan and know that things will eventually click into place.”

With new England coach Eddie Jones among those watching from the sidelines, Nowell did his own international hopes no harm with an outstanding display, alongside that of man-of-the-match Waldrom.

“I wasn’t aware he was here,” joked Nowell. “For me, it’s all very simple and that’s to play well for Exeter first and foremost. As players you know the only way to get picked for England is by performing well for your club.

“This win is right up there for me. People always ask what is your favourite game and it would be easy to say it’s your first cap. However, the one that sticks in my mind was the Toulon game here a few years back.

“We put in a great performance that day, but to play a side like Clermont like we did today and to beat them in the manner we did, I think that’s probably overtaken that other game now. It’s definitely one of my best moments here.”

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Pirates take control of Cup pool


The Cornish Pirates came out on top of their British and Irish Cup encounter on Sunday against Cardiff Blues (Premiership Select) at the Arms Park 22-10.
There were two tries from winger Jack Arnott plus a touchdown from skipper Aaron Carpenter with fly-half Laurence May kicking a penalty and two conversions.
Both sides meet again this Saturday at the Mennaye kick-off 3 pm with the Pirates hoping to go one better and get five points from the fixture.
It was great to be able to watch the game thanks to S4C.
On Saturday both our National League 2 sides were defeated.
Redruth travelled to the capital to face Barnes and lost 36-31. They scored five tries through Rob Coote (2), Sam Parsons, Ben Priddey and Ashley Lawton, with Brett Rule kicking three conversions.
So the Reds travelled home with a couple of points but would have wanted more from this fixture and will feel frustrated at having scored five tries and still lost.
The basement battle went the way of Chinnor at Polson Bridge 21-10 leaving the Cornish All Blacks 16 points adrift at the foot of the table. Jake Childs and Ben Hilton scored unconverted tries for the home side.
This Saturday sees Launceston travel west to face Redruth with a 2pm kick-off.
In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne bounced back from their single point defeat at Newent to defeat Wells 24-0 thanks to tries from Andrius Zacharovas, Taron Peacock and skipper Dave Roberts. Ben Stean kicked two conversions and a penalty with Rhys Brownfield slotting the last conversion.
Town are now 11 points clear at the top and travel to face in-form Thornbury on Saturday, a challenge that Director of rugby Liam Chapple (pictured) is relishing.
In Tribute Western Counties West, it’s a shame to see so many Cornish clubs battling at the wrong end of the table.
St. Austell defeated Penryn 20-10 to keep the Borough firmly at the foot of the table.
Dan Jane and Shane Johns scored tries for the Saints whilst Andy Ashwin landed both conversions and a couple of penalties.
For Penryn Alex Ducker scored a try which was converted by Jake Seviour who also added a penalty.
Truro lost at the death to visitors Tiverton 25-27 at St. Clements Hill with former Launceston player Wayne Sprangle doing most of the damage with three tries.
Matt Symons, Rikki Brandon and “Eggy” Williams scored tries with Williams also kicking two conversions and a penalty. Jake Champion added a third conversion.
Wadebridge Camels leap-frogged Cullompton with a narrow win 17-16 at the Molesworth Field. James Grubb scored a try and kicked two conversions and a penalty, whilst Will Pengelly scored the second try.
Saltash lost at home to Exeter University 21-8. Will Morton scored a try and Max Venables kicked a penalty.
Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish remain in second spot following their 23-10 win at Old Reigatian. Ben Ievers and Craig Chatley scored tries with Josh Allison kicking both conversions and three penalties.
In Tribute Cornwall and Devon League, Bude got back to winning ways following their defeat at home to Withycombe the previous week with a fine 53-12 win at Exeter Saracens. Duncan Tout (3), Joe Wilson (2), Ollie Denford (2) and Dan Pearce (2) scored the tries with Pearce kicking four conversions.
St. Ives came away from Raleigh Park with a fine 23-20 win over leaders Withycombe. Cameron Bone, Bobby Conroy-Smith and Sam Carter scored the Hakes’ tries with Grant Thirlby kicking a conversion and a couple of penalties.
Falmouth Eagles soared to a fine win at Hayle 37-16, John Tyson (2), Tom Edmonds and Chris McColl scored the Eagles tries with Justyn Irons landing all four conversions and three penalties. Hayle contrived to have three men in the bin during the second half scored points from an Ashley White try converted by Scott Harvey who also landed three first half penalties.

Pirates Amateurs defeated Bodmin 46-26 at the Mennaye. Newquay Hornets forfeited their game at Paignton.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, Camborne School of Mines had a walkover against Liskead-Looe to stay top.
Veor stay second following their walkover against St. Agnes.
Two games that were played saw Perranporth win 30-17 at Helston, whilst Lanner won at Illogan Park 17-15.
In Tribute Cornwall 2, Roseland remain top after a narrow 6-3 win at Camelford.
St. Just remain second following their 32-3 win at Lankelly-Fowy. Ben Guy scoring a hat-trick of tries.
Stithians won 27-5 at Redruth Albany.
The Trelawnys Army Colts league is set for a grand finale next weekend following Helston’s 20-7 win at St. Austell on Saturday.


Photo – TASC committee members Trixie Gordon and Marina Trevarton presenting match balls to the captains of St. Austell and Helston Colts.
Tries from Kyle Bradley (2) and John England along with a penalty and conversion from scrum-half Dan Duval sets Helston up for the league so long as they beat St. Ives next Saturday.
St. Austell could still pip Helston if they slip up but they will need a bonus point win at Redruth to do so.
Have to mention Exeter Chiefs’ fine win over Clermont Auvergne on Saturday evening a bonus point 33-14 win to boot.
Another sparking performance from Jack Nowell in front of new England coach Eddie Jones!

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May’s conversion lifts Pirates from foot of table

A try from flanker Alex Cheesman, in the final minutes of a pulsating match, allowed fly-half Laurence May the chance to kick a conversion to win the game. May didn’t flinch, and the Pirates won their Championship game by a single point 32-31 against Bedford Blues, to earn five invaluable points which sees them climb off the foot of the table.

Trailing 21-10 at the break, the Pirates had to fight back throughout the second half only snatching the lead at the death.

Jack Arnott scored a first half try converted by May who also kicked a penalty.

In the second half Canadian World Cup stars skipper Aaron Carpenter and winger Matt Evans scored tries to bring the Pirates back to within a point, but the Blues stretched away again before Evans scored his second, then Cheesman’s late strike and May’s extras ensured a happy finale for the Pirates.

Cornish Pirates Director of Rugby Ian Davies (pictured) was delighted with attitude and effort from his side especially during the final twenty minutes: “That was a great win. I’ve said we are a momentum team and I think you’ve see that by the way we played in the second half. Brett Beukeboom came on shored up the line out and changed the game.

“Matt Evans was another who was a real warrior for us today, geeing the boys on and getting two tries. Laurence May and Stuart Townsend really controlled the game for us at the end there. These lads are just out of nappies, but showed great maturity today. That last conversion for Laurence was a pressure kick.”

Redruth dug deep to earn a fine 10-7 win at Clifton in National League 2 South, thanks to tries from hooker Richard Brown and No.8 Kyle Marriott, who had another fine game for the Reds.

Cambridge proved far too good for the Cornish All Blacks at Polson Bridge, winning 33-8. Jamie Salter scored CABs’ only try, with Fraser Honey adding a penalty. The result leaves CABs 14 points from safety, which even at this stage of the season sadly looks a tall order.

I was at Camborne’s game on Saturday when the leaders took on second place Bridgwater & Albion in Tribute South West 1 West. The Cherry and Whites made it nine wins on the bounce with an impressive 24-8 win in difficult conditions.

Tries were scored by Richie Kevern (2), James Goldsworthy and stand in scrum-half, DoR 37 year old Liam Chapple, with Ben Stean adding a couple of conversions. The win put Town 9pts ahead of their nearest challengers with a points difference now of +250!

In Tribute Western Counties West, derby day honours went to Truro as they defeated Penryn 28-17. Former Borough star Darren Jacques scored two tries against his old side, with Ben Teasdale and a penalty-try award. “Eggy” Williams added all four conversions.

For the Borough Andrew Seviour and Alex Ducker scored tries with Ducker also kicking both conversions and a penalty.

Wadebridge Camels slipped to a third successive home defeat 13-5 to Kingsbridge, and are now just above Penryn at the foot of the table! Joe Pretty scored their sole try.

St. Austell lost at home to Crediton 19-18, a result that sees them worryingly close to the relegation scrap. Adam Kellow and James Martin scored tries with Cavan Boyer kicking the rest of the points.

Saltash also lost a close game at Moorlands to visitors Torquay Athletic 20-17. Max Venables, Olly Mulberry and Shaun Crawford scored tries, with Venables kicking a conversion.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Bude kept the pressure on leaders Withycombe, who they met at Bencoolen on Saturday, with a 31-0 win at Bodmin. Tim Green, Freddie Saxton, Olly Mounce, Olly Denford and Duncan Tout scored their tries with Dan Pearce kicking three conversions.

St. Ives won the Penwith derby against Pirates Amateurs at the Mennaye 30-0. Ben Jenkins, Tom Nicholas, Martyn Lawrence and Sam Carter scored tries with Grant Thirlby kicking two conversions and a couple of penalties. A game that ended with a red card for Ams’ Matt Stephens for throwing a punch!

Falmouth slipped up at Paignton 13-8 but picked up a losing bonus point. Justyn Irons scored all their points.

Hayle lost on their travels to Devon 18-13 to Honiton. Mark Lea scored the Lions try with Steve Richards adding the conversion and a couple of penalties.

Newquay Hornets lost at Exeter Saracens 32-21. The Hornets scored three tries through Chris Morris, Ryan Johns and Alex Whitchurch with Johns bagging all three conversions.

In the latest round of Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup games there were wins for Veor 38-7 over Perranporth, Roseland 31-0 at Lankelly-Fowey, Lanner at home to Stithians 36-0 and Camborne School of Mines 72-0 against St. Just.
In the Trelawny’s Army Colts League Redruth defeated Launceston 39-5.

Cornwall Ladies U18 lost their Tamar Cup clash against Devon 36-12. Cornwall’s tries were scored by Michella Roberts (Camborne) and Rebecca Nightingale (Newquay Queen Bees) with Brittany Andrewartha (Helston Hell Cats) kicking a conversion.

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Rejuvenated All Blacks give Bury a scare

It’s not often I start on a loss, but the Cornish All Blacks showed a lot of character last Saturday in going down at Bury St. Edmunds by a score 29-26.

By all accounts the All Blacks could have nicked the win; such was their pressure on the Bury line near the end. Launceston scored four tries with a brace from skipper Richard Friend and Ben Hilton and Jamie Salter also crossing.

There is no question that already the “Tucker” effect has rejuvenated the East Cornwall side and that the forthcoming Christmas derby will be one not to miss as the team-mates from Cornwall’s 99 championship winning sides Jimmy Tucker and Steve Larkins look for National League 2 Cornish bragging rights!

At Redruth, the Reds won a proverbial game of two halves against a dogged Worthing side 24-16. Despite trailing 13-3 at the break Redruth stormed back with three tries scored by Tom Cowan-Dickie, Brad Howe and Ben Priddey. Brett Rule landed three excellent conversions given the conditions with Rhodri McAtee dropping a first half goal.

The Cornish Pirates maintained their fine start in their British and Irish Cup pool with a 19-7 win at Nottingham.

Craig Holland scored their only try with Laurence May adding the conversion and four penalties.

It’s back to the Championship for the Pirates on Sunday as they look to move up the table when they take on the Bedford Blues at the Mennaye, kick-off 3 pm.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne maintained top spot with a good 20-7 win at Drybrook.

Despite losing Sam Matavesi, who has re-signed for Albion, and a delay in traffic on the M5, the Cherry and Whites scored tries though Sam Bartle and Dave Roberts with Ben Stean added both conversions and a couple of penalties.

This Saturday, Camborne entertains second placed Bridgwater & Albion in what will be a pivotal match in their season.

The only Cornish joy in the Tribute Western Counties West last weekend was Penryn’s welcome 20-15 win at the Memorial Ground against Devonport Services.

The Borough welcomed back winger Alex Ducker, who has re-signed following his departure from the Reds.

Borough scored four unconverted tries through Ben Trevaskis (2), Matt Horton and Andrew Seviour.

Truro lost a tight game 24-22 at Torquay, with Jack Tidball, Darren Jacques and Luke Tidball (2) scoring tries and Alex Suthridge adding a couple of conversions.

St. Austell’s up and down season continues as they lost 30-0 at Okehampton.

Wadebridge Camels lost 15-10 at Sidmouth. Rhys Bright got their try with James Grubb adding the conversion and a penalty.

Saltash slipped up at Crediton 35-23. Eatwell, Crofts and Rayner scored tries with Max Venables kicking the rest of the points.

In London 2 SW London Cornish won at London Exiles 34-9. Josh Allison and Harry Somers scored tries whilst Allison converted his own try and a penalty-try and penalty. Fly-half Phil Dale slotted four penalties.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, the big game was at Bencoolen where Bude just defeated St. Ives 20-17. Olly Denford, Tim Green and Duncan Tout scored tries for the Seasiders with Dan Pearce kicking a conversion and penalty.

Cameron Bone scored a couple of tries for the Hakes both converted by Grant Thirlby who also kicked a penalty.

Falmouth were held to a draw at home by Plymstock 10 – all. Tom Spiller and David Jones scored tries for the Eagles.

Pirates Amateurs won 15-3 at Honiton thanks to a couple of tries from Tom Excel with James Lonsdale adding a conversion and penalty.

Bodmin won 12-8 at Plymouth Argaum thanks to tries from Paul Carter and Guy Taylor with Jamie Taylor adding a conversion.

Hayle lost at home to Paignton 13-11. Scott Harvey kicked a couple of penalties with Tony Matthews scoring a try for the Lions.

Newquay Hornets look set for an immediate return to Cornwall 1 following their ninth loss this time to leaders Withycombe 72-5 at the Sports centre.

In the Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup pool games played, Liskeard-Looe had a good 46-8 win against Lankelly-Fowey to top Pool A. In the same pool Roseland defeated Camelford 25-10.

In Pool D, School of Mines had a walkover against Albany and Illogan Park defeated St. Just 38-7, for whom Damien Cook scored.

The pool B game between Stithians and Helston was postponed, whilst the result of Perranporth v St. Agnes in pool C is currently unknown!

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Launceston look to old boy Tucker

The Cornish All Blacks stopped the rot last Saturday as they avoided defeat for the first time this season, with a 17-all draw at home to Southend, in what was new head coach Jimmy Tucker’s first game in charge.

Skipper Jamie Salter, No.8 Dan Lee and winger Eddie McGinley scored tries for the National League 2 side with Fraser Honey adding a conversion.

Tucker (pictured) is looking to re-invigorate the club and bring back the old Launceston spirit that saw the club a major force in Cornish rugby. Dave Risdon is set to join as forwards coach as the building blocks are put in place to reverse the club’s decline.

Redruth slipped to 7th place despite picking up a losing bonus point at leaders Taunton as they went down 19-16 at Hyde Park.

Lock Ashley Lawton scored the Reds’ only try converted by Brett Rule, fly-half Dave Mankee kicked three penalties.

The Cornish Pirates got their British & Irish Cup campaign off to a great start when they defeated London Welsh 28-21 at the Mennaye. That result was just what the club needed following the news on Friday that the Secretary of State was NOT going to call in the plans for West Langarth that will provide the funding for the long-awaited Stadium in Truro.

Tries were scored by Joe Atkinson, prop Marlen Walker and winger Jack Arnott with Laurence May kicking the other points.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne remain top following their 51-0 win at home against Coney Hill. Sam Matavesi scored three tries with other scores coming from Harvey Jones (2), Dave Roberts (2), Neil Stanleick and Tony Whittle. Ben Stean added three conversions.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell had a much-needed win at home against Sidmouth 16-12. Konnor Ewudzi scored the only try for the Saints, whilst Cavan Boyer’s boot added 11 points.

Truro defeated Crediton 29-5 at St Clements Hill. Tries came from Luke Tidball, Ben Teasdale, Toby Armstrong and Luke Trescothick. “Eggy” Williams added three conversions and a penalty.

Saltash’s match against Okehampton was postponed.

Wadebridge Camels lost at home to Tiverton 11-0, whilst Penryn remain bottom following their 50-0 loss at Cullompton.

London Cornish bounced back in London 2 SW following last week’s home defeat when they won 16-9 at Andover, thanks in part to late tries from Stefan Duda and Tom Jeffery.

It’s good to see three Cornish clubs challenging leaders Withycombe near the top of table. Bude are best placed following their 24-5 win at Pirates Amateurs. Ollie Mounce and Duncan Tout (2) scored tries for the North Cornwall side with Dan Pearce adding all three conversions and a penalty.

Josh Blewitt scored the Amateurs’ only try.

St. Ives remain third after their 20-6 win at home to Plymouth Argaum. Lewis Thomas, Ben Taylor and Tom Nicholas scored tries for the Hakes, with Grant Thirlby kicking a penalty and conversion.

Falmouth are the third Cornish side in contention following another fine win, this time at Exeter Saracens 48-28. Chris Pollard, Nick Carne, Mark Lee, David Jones (2), Dan Kirk, Simon Bailey and Ian Rowe scored tries with Justyn Irons’ four conversions.

Bodmin came out on top in the derby at home to Newquay Hornets 15-6. Josh Taylor converted his own try and added a penalty, with Harry Hyland also scoring a try. Veteran Ian Morgan kicked a couple of penalties for the Hornets.

Hayle slipped to defeat at Plymstock 24-0.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Camborne School of Mines won a close battle against Lanner at Penryn 20-19 to remain top.

Veor beat Liskeard-Looe 26-0 at Wheal Gerry.

Illogan Park defeated Helston 22-10, whilst Perranporth won the “surfers'” derby 22-15 at St. Agnes.

Roseland won the top-of-the-table battle at St. Just in Tribute Cornwall 2 19-7. St. Just have announced that Damien Cook has joined them as a player coach.

Stithians defeated Lankelly-Fowey 17-5, whilst Camelford beat Redruth Albany 18-0.

In the Trelawny’s Army Colts league a good wins for Helston at Redruth 17-0, St. Austell won 56-5 at Wadebridge Camels, Penzance & Newlyn won 24-10 at Camborne and Launceston defeated St. Ives away 31-10.

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Pirates’ current predicament should please no one in Cornwall

When Kyle Evans scored a last-gasp try for Moseley on Friday night to rip from the Cornish Pirates’ grasp a much-needed Championship victory, there was always the chance that the Pirates could end the weekend bottom of the pile.

Ealing’s remarkable win at Old Deer Park against London Welsh left the Cornish side looking up from the uncomfortable and unwanted basement position.

Despite a poor first half, the Pirates trailed just 17-11 at half-time, thanks to a try from Matt Evans and a couple of penalties through Kieran Hallett.

Evans grabbed a second try and then Hallett kicked a penalty to turn the game around 19-17 with just minutes to go, but sadly they couldn’t hang on to the win collecting just a losing bonus point from a 24-19 defeat.

There is a two week break now from league action as the British & Irish Cup pool games start with the visit of London Welsh to the Mennaye next Saturday, there will be much for Ian Davies (pictured) to ponder about.

In National league 2 South, Redruth got back to winning ways with a hard-fought 24-10 win at home to Canterbury.

Four tries were scored by the Reds through Nielson Webber, on-loan from Albion Jack Maunder, Lewis Vinnicombe and a last minute penalty-try converted by Rhodri McAtee. Dave Mankee kicked a penalty.

A difficult game was disappointingly marred by some indifferent officiating; sadly this is the continuation of a trend that is occurring all too often this season at this level.

It would be good to see some more assessors at these games to assist referees in their own development. Maybe the RFU could put some of it’s World Cup windfall in this direction!

The Cornish All Blacks slipped to their ninth straight defeat 30-10 at Redingensians. Robbie Duggard scored a consolation try for Launceston, converted by Lewis Edwards, to add to the Chris Honey penalty kicked earlier.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne have gone top following their 31-11 win at Clevedon.

Sam Matavesi helped himself to three tries with other scores coming from Dave Roberts and Noah Sixton, Ben Stean adding three conversions.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Wadebridge Camels took the honours in the “Doom Bar” derby versus St. Austell, the North Cornwall Brewery Sharps sponsoring both clubs.

Camels 27-20 win came via tries from Joe Pretty, Jack Scott, Danny Thomas and Dom Hawkey, with James Grubb kicking the other points.

For Saints, Cavan Boyer converted his own try and that of Peter Rowe and also kicked two penalties.

Penryn are another Cornish side currently sitting at the bottom of the pile, as they lost at home to leaders Kingsbridge 38-17.

Truro lost at Okehampton 20-6 with just a couple of penalties from “Eggy” Williams to show for their efforts.

Saltash returned from Sidmouth empty-handed following a 44-23 defeat, Max Venables scoring all the Ashes points.

Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish were knocked off top spot following a surprising defeat at home to Portsmouth 19-5, Mark Osei- Tutu with the Exiles’ sole try.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Falmouth defeated leaders Withycombe 18-17 at the Rec. Dave Jones and Josh Symons scored tries for the Eagles, with Justyn Irons kicking the rest of the points.

St. Ives, as expected, won the derby at Newquay Hornets 45-5. Tries came via Jess Tompsett (2), Martyn Lawrence (2), Ben Taylor, Cameron Bone and a penalty-try, with Grant Champion kicking five conversions. Cheney King grabbed the Hornets’ consolation score.

Bude are pressing near the top following their 36-14 win at Plymouth Argaum. Tries came from Dan Pearce, Joe Wilson, Dan Tout, Will Denford and Tim Green, Pearce also kicked four conversions and a penalty.

Hayle defeated visitors Exeter Saracens 30-17; Neil Mitchell, Tony Matthews, James Bennett and Scott Harvey scored tries with Damien Lynes kicking the rest of the points.

Bodmin won in the league for the second time this season, 15-10 at Tavistock, thanks to three unconverted tries.

Pirates Amateurs game at Paignton was postponed due to a water-logged pitch.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, School of Mines continue to top the table following their 41-10 win at Illogan Park.

Veor remain second after their 39-0 win at Helston.

Lanner had a walk-over against St. Agnes, but a friendly game was played.

Liskeard-Looe won at Perranporth 43-7.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, Roseland are top on maximum points following a 30-0 win at Lankelly-Fowey.

St. Just are a point behind after their win at Redruth Albany 53-0.

Stithians pipped Camelford 19-14 at home.

In the Trelawny’s Army Colts League, there were good wins for both Helston 54-0 against Truro and St. Austell 77-0 versus Saltash.

Redruth won 47-0 at Newquay.

Other games were postponed. Sadly, East Cornwall have pulled out of the league.

Congratulations to Camborne’s Jack Simmons who has been appointed Cornwall Under 20 captain for this season.

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