Tamar Cup 2019

Cornwall travel across the Tamar on Tuesday evening, 16th April, to take on Devon at Plymouth Albion’s Brickfields ground at 7:30 pm in this season’s Tamar Cup.

Cornwall will be looking to retain the Cup they defended successfully last season when they defeated Devon 24-12 at St. Austell.

Head coach Graham Dawe will once again be looking to field a competitive side running the rule over certain players with a view to the upcoming Bill Beaumont Cup campaign which begins against Kent on May 4th.

Cornwall Captain Ben Hilton (Barnstaple) catching the line-out ball. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall Senior XV continue their preparation for the 2019 Bill Beaumont County Championship with the annual Tamar Cup game with Devon to be played at Brickfields Plymouth on Tuesday 16th April with a 7.30pm kick off.

This comes at a time when clubs and players are battling for promotions, some through the play-offs, making a big demand and asking for a big commitment from the players. Terry Carter and CRFU selectors want to put out on to the pitch the best team and are very aware of what is being asked of our players due to RFU league schedules and the timing of the Championships but the determination of Cornish players to pull on the ‘black and gold’ and represent their county is still as evident as it always was during previous campaigns with some that have ended up at Twickenham.

Fraser Honey (Plymouth Albion) on the attack with Alex Ducker (Camborne) for support. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Wednesday 10th April is the last training session for coaches Graham Dawe and Marek Churcher to assemble the squad for the Tamar Cup. Captain Ben Hilton expects a busy evening as players go through the preparation with injured and unavailable for selection players on the touchline also making sure they are in the frame for Championship games selection. At the St Austell Brewery team building event senior players talked about the pride of being the best and of playing for Cornwall being special and an honour.

Cornwall RFU look forward to some healthy support from Trelawny’s Army on the night.

Team news will be released when available.  

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Eight from Cornwall U.20s selected for SW Trial

CORNWALL RFU UNDER 20 – South West Trials.

Torin Clarke (Launceston Captain of Cornwall U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Although the Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) 2019, Under 20 County Championship campaign has ended, eight of their players have been invited to the South West training day, being held on Easter Sunday, at Keynsham RFC.

This is the next stage for the players who will hope it will end with them earning selection for the England Counties Under 20s.  

CRFU President Peter James said “It is a great honour for these guys to have been selected due to their performances in the Jason Leonard Cup playing for Cornwall.”

Jack Hodge (Redruth) Vice-Captain of Cornwall U20s – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

The eight players represent four different Cornish clubs along with Bath University.  The majority come from Redruth with all four players having played for the National League 2 South team this season.

The players selected are;

Torin Clarke – Launceston

Connor Gilbert – Redruth

Jack Hodge – Redruth

Rory Mead – Bude

Mawgan Osborne – Penzance & Newlyn Colts

Jake Penprase – Bath University

Aaron Simmonds – Redruth

James Tucker – Redruth

Almost fifty players from eight counties have been invited to train at Keynsham RFC. From that day the South West selectors will pick a South West team, who will play against the other regions in Derbyshire on the weekend of 11 / 12 May.

The Cornwall U20 team manager Colin Hatch said; -”These eight guys are now up against the best players from our region this season, and will need to perform on the day to get selected for the South West team. We are all immensely proud of their achievement in being selected and representing Cornwall at this level. We would also like to thank Trelawny’s Army Supporters Club, who once again have assisted these young guys with their travelling expenses to this training session in Bristol.”

Trelawny’s Army are delighted to help with the cost of travel for the lads and wish them every success.

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Penzance & Newlyn claim TASC Colts Cup

TRELAWNY’S ARMY CRFU COLTS CUP FINAL

ST. AUSTELL COLTS 6 – 23 PENZANCE & NEWYLN COLTS

The victorious Penzance & Newlyn Colts lift the Cup

Penzance & Newlyn Colts completed the first leg of a hoped for double by lifting the Colts Cup against St. Austell, reports Bill Hooper from Tregorrick Park.

They will have to wait to see if they can also land the Colts league.

The game was ended some six minutes from time by the referee following a neck injury to one of the Pirates’ colts however; the result had already been secured.

St. Austell, roared on by a vociferous home crowd, began brightly taking a 6-0 lead early on thanks to a couple of Ashley Gilder penalties.

Pirates weathered a sin-binning of their fly-half to strike back with a good try scored by No.8 Mawgan Osborne, converted by scrum-half Alistair Stacey to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Stacey then kicked a penalty before scoring and unconverted try near half-time following a strong run from flanker Oliver Mackenzie.

Despite some promising phases Saints were unable to get a crucial score, instead Pirates went further ahead with a try from skipper Toby Osborne.

Stacey kicked a penalty to put Pirates more than two scores ahead before the unfortunate injury brought the game to a premature end.

In the other finals played Launceston defeated Camborne 40-22 to win the Shield.

Saltash won 33-10 against Truro in the Plate and Newquay Hornets got the better of Penryn 38-10 in the Bowl.

A good day’s rugby and thanks must go to St. Austell RFC for their organisation and to Lee Maher from the Colts section for running the day.       

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CRFU Colts Cup Finals

Launceston Colts Cornwall Colts Cup Winners 2018

Trelawny’s Army are once again delighted to be the sponsor for Cornwall RFU Colts Cup Finals Day to be held on Sunday 7th April at St. Austell RFC.

Program of matches.

TASC Bowl Final

Newquay Hornets v Penryn 11 am

TASC Plate Final

Saltash v Truro 12:30 pm

TASC Shield Final

Camborne v Launceston 2 pm

TASC Cup Final

Penzance & Newlyn v St. Austell 3:30 pm

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Spirited Pirates Lose to Determined Irish

 

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Cornish Pirates 7   London Irish 35

Despite the Cornish Pirates playing with a truly commendable spirit throughout, five tries from London Irish, all converted by Ireland international Ian Keatley, saw the visitors to victory, reports Phil Westren.

The teams had already played each other three times this season, the Pirates in their last meeting recording a first ever win against London Irish, which back in mid-December had delivered a perfect Christmas present. Following that loss, it was always likely that ‘Irish’ would seek their revenge, with the added incentive of striving to hone towards almost certain promotion at the business end of the season.

The Pirates made three changes in their starting line-up from the one that ran out at Bedford the previous weekend. AJ Cant slotted in on the left wing and in the front-row Sam Matavesi was named at hooker and Jack Owlett at tight-head prop.

The visit of London Irish, combined with that of the Falmouth Marine Band plus sunny weather, helped create a real pre-match buzz about the ‘Mennaye’, and it one certainly enjoyed by both sets of supporters.

After a lively start from the competing teams, it was London Irish who opened their account in the twelfth minute with a try scored at the old Western National corner by centre Tom Stephenson. Fly-half Keatley followed up with the first of his five conversions slotted in the match.

In the period that followed the visitors dominated possession, ending with Stephenson making it over the line again for a second converted score.

Conditions were, of course, much better than Irish had experienced on their last visit to Penzance, and fielding a side littered with international performers there were threats aplenty for the Pirates to contend with.

There was credit due the Cornish team for efforts made in also striving to launch attacks. Centre Rory Parata and wing Robin Wedlake were to the fore, alongside willing ball carriers in hooker Sam Matavesi and flankers Josh Caulfield and Matt Bolwell. The Pirates line-out also functioned well, as did their scrum which was holding up commendably well against larger opponents. Despite these positives, however, it was the defensive determination and line speed display of their opponents that was mightily impressive. Indeed, here was a squad that had arrived fully focused, their collective will to deliver at a level this particular scribe has seldom witnessed.

After Pirates’ centre Javier Rojas Alvarez was luckless with a penalty attempt on 32 minutes, just before the break the visitors extended their lead when a run from Luke McLean was given support by scrum-half Ben Meehan who scored a converted try to the left of the Newlyn posts.

London Irish proceeded to notch a bonus point just four minutes into the second half, it the turn of right-wing Ben Loader to get his name on the scoresheet. Making a counter-attack from some 40 metres out, in what seemed just a flash he dotted the ball down at the Penzance posts, with Keatley’s fourth conversion making it 0-28.

Showing resolve, the Pirates maintained their effort and boosted by fresh legs gained ultimate reward. After pressing close to the line, it appeared that London Irish were about to clear the danger, only for Matavesi to pounce and score a try converted by Rojas Alvarez.

Now was a period when the Pirates looked in control and pressing for a second score wing Cant was unlucky not to gather and make it over on the left. It felt that their efforts were deserving of further points, but it was not to be, Meehan’s second try of the match, again converted, delivering for London Irish their keenly sought-after victory.

Speaking after the game, Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Gavin Cattle had praise both for London Irish and his own team. He commented.“We have to commend London Irish for a complete professional performance. They made us work for everything and controlled field position, especially with the breeze advantage in the first half.

“Looking at how we played, there were certainly positives to take from the match. Our discipline was improved and sticking in the fight we reacted well from our defeat at Bedford.

“There are a few battered bodies and seeing the effort put in every week I’m just proud of the boys. Today was a case that at times you just have to tip your hat to a better team.”

Cornish Pirates:   15 Maliq Holden, 14 Robin Wedlake, 13 Rory Parata (Dan Koster 6), 12 Javier Rojas Alvarez, 11 AJ Cant, 10 Will Cargill (Callum Patterson 54), 9 Alex Schwarz (Alex Day 54); 1 Marlen Walker (Jack Andrew 40), 2 Sam Matavesi (Dan Frost 70), 3 Jack Owlett, 4 Toby Freeman, 5 Brett Beukeboom (c), 6 Josh Caulfield, 7 Matt Bolwell (John Stevens 53), 8 Tom Duncan (Dan Lee 53).

London Irish: 15 Alivereti Veitokani, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Tom Stephenson, 12 Fergus Mulchrone, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Ian Keatley (Jacob Atkins 74), 9 Ben Meehan (Scott Steele 74); 1 Gordon Reid (Lovejoy Chawatama 74), 2 Dave Porecki (Michael van Vuuren 74), 3 Ollie Hoskins, 4 Franco van der Merwe (Barney Maddison 73), 5 Josh McNally (c), 6 Albert Tuisue, 7 TJ Ioane, 8 Ofisa Treviranus (Jake Schatz 73).

Replacement (not used): Matt Williams.

Scorers: Cornish Pirates – try: Matavesi; con: Rojas Alvarez. London Irish – tries: Stephenson (2), Meehan (2), Loader; cons: Keatley (5).

Referee:   JP Doyle (RFU)                            

Crowd:   2722

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

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Herts broken for Cornwall

JASON LEONARD CUP UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL

HERTFORDSHIRE U.20  28 – 19 CORNWALL U.20

By Bill Hooper

Cornwall’s quest for a return to Twickenham was extinguished at Cheshunt as the hosts booked a home semi-final against Lancashire.

Cornwall’s preparations were hampered by injury and unavailability and were further hindered on the morning of the game when full-back Reuben Edwards failed a fitness test necessitating a re-shuffle of the back-line.

Jake Penprase (Bath Uni) of Cornwall U20s fends off Cairo Sango (Nottingham Trent) of Hertfordshire U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Hertfordshire made a fast start scoring a couple of converted tries in the opening fifteen minutes. The first came from strong forward play with hooker Steff Jones going over, then the backs got involved with centre Joe Hall scoring. Both tries were converted by fly-half Luke Bouchier.

Cornwall needed a reply and it came with a try scored by centre Connor Gilbert on the half-hour mark.

Connor Gilbert (Redruth) of Cornwall U20s dives over in the corner for a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Jake Penprase was full of running for Cornwall looking dangerous on the break.

Hertfordshire then got a third try from further forward play when lock Matt Holmes crossed with Bouchier again on the money with the extras.

Cornwall continued to show good spiirt and got their reward just before half-time when No.8 James Eddy their second try with James Tucker adding the extras to leave them 21-12 down at the break.

After half-time Hertfordshire scored their fourth try through winger Tommy Reilly again bettered by Bouchier to seal the result.

Torin Clarke (Launceston) Captain of Cornwall U20s fends off Brad Etherington (BS RFC) of Hertfordshire U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall didn’t let their heads drop battling away for Gilbert to score his second try of the game with Tucker adding the conversion.

Under enormous pressure in the closing stages from Hertfordshire Cornwall’s defence held firm to deny the hosts another score.

Jamie Eddy (Redruth) of Cornwall U20s dives over for a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall’s coaches, Josh Lord and Richie Kevern whilst disappointed with the loss were much happier with the performance of their side compared to the Gloucestershire game. 

The other semi-final sees Gloucestershire host champions Yorkshire.

Herts Stags U.20: Euan Rees (Royston), Cairo Sango (Notts Trent), Joe Hall (O Albanian), Harry Collins (Oxford Brooks Uni), Tommy Reilly (O Albanian), Luke Bouchier (Notts Trent), Caswell Parks (York Uni); Matt Ramzan (O Albanian), Steff Jones (Cardiff Uni), Dan Hood (Uni of Surrey, Capt), George Carter (Notts Trent), Matthew Holmes (Barnet), Oliver Moody (Uni of Surrey), Josh Milton (Welwyn), Brad Etherington (Bishop’s Stortford).

Replacements: Callum McDermott (Royston, Chris Enslin (Tring), Steve Mackenzie-Cardi (Fullerians), Jacques Hladkhu (O Albanian), Connor Mak (Bishop’s Stortford), Curtis Woodham (Fullerians), Rohan Finnegan (Portsmouth).

Herts Stags scores: Tries, Jones, Hall, Holmes, Reilly, Cons, Bouchier 4

Cornwall U.20: James Tucker (Redruth), Ben Plummer (St. Austell), Connor Gilbert (Redruth), Isaak Welch (Truro), Jake Penprase (Bath Uni)  Will Trewin (Cardiff Met), Owen Davey (Truro); Luke Barnes (Redruth), Rory Mead (Bude), Chae Jenkins, Dan Goldsmith (both Launceston), Mawgan Osborne (PzN Colts), Torin Clarke (Launceston, Capt), Aden Brassington (St. Ives), Jamie Eddy (Redruth).

Replacements: Harry Lightfoot (Launceston), Cain Worley (Unattached), Eddy Hall (Pirates Ams), Alex Bartlett (Launceston), Stan Somers (Falmouth), Tom Wallace (Penryn), Adam Long (Camborne).

Cornwall U.20 scores: Tries Gilbert 2 Eddy, Cons, Tucker 2

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Herts defeat Cornwall

JASON LEONARD CUP QUARTER-FINAL

HERTFORDSHIRE U.20S 28 – 19 CORNWALL U.20S

Commiserations to the Cornwall players. Well done to Herts and good luck for the semi-final.

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Cornwall stretch resources for Herts test

CORNWALL RFU UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 The Jason Leonard Cup.

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) 2019, Under 20 County Championship campaign is now into the knock out stage of the Jason Leonard Cup. Cornwall will play Hertfordshire at Cheshunt RFC with a 13:30 kick off time on Sunday March 31st.

rnwall RFU President Peter James said “This will be a real test for a young side that need to pull themselves back together following the defeat against Gloucestershire 2 weeks ago. An away trip to Hertfordshire who topped their group is a daunting task, but one this team I am sure will relish.”


Connor Gilbert (Redruth) of Cornwall U20s on the charge. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Coach Josh Lord said. “We make no excuses for our last performance which was below the standard these guys are capable of, and we expect. Hertfordshire will go into this game as favourites especially with home advantage and rightly so, it is up to these guys now to perform to their true potential if they wish to progress in the competition. From now on in, it is winner takes all.”

Torin Clarke (Launceston Captain of Cornwall U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall Captain Torin Clarke said. As a group of players we felt we let our coaches and of course the supporters down at St Austell last week. It is easy to make excuses the true fact is we did not perform well enough on the day and Gloucestershire were a class outfit and that reflected in the score line.”

Hertfordshire won all of their group games with victories over Sussex, Eastern Counties and finally last week over Kent to top their group. Cornwall defeated Devon and Hampshire before losing to Gloucestershire coming runners up in their group and therefore earning an away quarter-final place.

Owen Davey (Truro) of Cornwall U20s looks for support. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 17/03/19, Cornwall U20s, Gloucestershire U20s, Jason Leonard Cup, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, St Austell, Tregorrick Park, Cornwall, England

The Cornwall U20 team manager Colin Hatch said. “Unfortunately we have picked up a few injuries and of course most teams will be playing on Saturday before we make a long trip to Hertfordshire to play on Sunday. This gives an opportunity for a couple of the squad members to get a run out at this crucial stage of the competition.”

Cornwall find themselves without prop Jack Hodge, who picked up a calf problem in the last game, whilst Aaron Simmonds, Alistair Harding and Charlie Levick are also missing from the backs.

Redruth’s Luke Barnes gets his first start at loose head prop, whilst St. Ives’ Aden Brassington starts at seven again in the pack. A change at fly half sees another Red James Tucker fill the spot with Will Trewin moving to centre. Jake Penprase moves to wing joining St. Austell’s Ben Plummer whilst Launceston’s Reuben Edwards covers full back. Camborne’s Adam Long comes onto the bench along with debutant Tom Wallace an exciting prospect and recent signing at the Borough via Waikato.  

James Tucker (Redruth) of Cornwall U20s steps inside. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo


                           Hertfordshire U20 v Cornwall U20

Sunday 31 March @ Cheshunt RFC 13:30 kick-off

Cornwall Squad 

1 Luke Barnes Redruth 
2 Rory Mead Bude
3 Chae Jenkins Launceston
4 Dan Goldsmith  (Vice-Captain) Launceston
5 Mawgan Osborne P&N Colts
6 Torin Clarke  (Captain) Launceston
7 Aden Brassington St Ives
8 Jamie Eddy Redruth
9 Owen Davey Truro
10 James Tucker Redruth
11 Jake Penprase Bath Uni
12 Will Trewin Cardiff Met
13 Connor Gilbert Redruth
14 Ben Plummer St Austell
15 Reuben Edwards Launceston
16 Harry Lightfoot Launceston
17 Cain Worley N/A
18 Eddy Hall Pirates Amateurs
19 Alex Bartlett Launceston
20 Stan Somers Falmouth
21 Tom Wallace Penryn
22 Adam Long Camborne
  Travelling reserves
23 Jack Hodge Redruth
24 James Murray Redruth
25 Lawrence Armstrong Launceston

Coaches – Josh Lord + Rich Kevern

Medical cover – Graham Ashton + Lauren Albury

Kit – Paul Hurrell (Head) + Colin Hatch

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Lacklustre Reds fall to Barnes

REDRUTH 20 – 22 BARNES       

By Bill Hooper, at the Recreation Ground.

Redruth’s Jeykll and Hyde season continued with this disappointing ill-disciplined home defeat to Barnes.

No question the Reds were the architects of their own downfall with a display that frustrated and clearly annoyed Director of Rugby Nigel Hambly as he spoke animatedly to his players in the post match huddle.

There was a sombre atmosphere as the players remembered their former teammate James Huxtable, who tragically passed away a year ago.

The players wore James’ final club Belsize Park socks in his memory, whilst the fly-half shirt worn by Richie Kevern had no number, with the actual 10 shirt hanging in the home dressing room on the peg that was James’ during his spell at the club.  

Barnes had first use of the slope, despite falling behind to a Redruth penalty, kicked by full-back Aaron Simmonds, were soon level when Josh Hammett replied in kind.

Barnes pressure led to Redruth losing the influential player/coach Pale Nonu to the sin bin on the half-hour mark allowing the visitors to take full advantage scoring an unconverted  try through skipper Jamie Collins.

Redruth’s growing woes were compounded when they lost Simmonds to a red card. The full-back was adjudged to have made contact with his knee to an opposing player’s head.

Barnes capitalised scoring a second try from another drive through prop Alistair Ryan with Hammett adding the extras for a useful 15-3 lead at the break.

Redruth looked to claw back their deficit playing down the slope, however Barnes defended well leaving the Reds frustrated. They eventually got some reward as Dean Bonds got in amongst the forwards to score in the corner as Barnes lost lock Matt Steele to a yellow card as the pressure finally told.

Scrum-half Jack Oulton looked to put Redruth on the front foot kicking to the corner from a penalty which led to a penalty-try to the home side and lifted the crowd.

Redruth looked to have saved the game when centre Jack Simmons scored following good work from skipper Richard Brown and Nonu, but crucially the conversion was disallowed by the referee, despite both assistants raising their flags!

With time running out back came Barnes piling on the pressure which eventully told as they scored a try through scrum-half Josh Davies to allow Hammett to kick what proved to be the winning conversion.

Barnes then survived a late penalty attempt from Oulton that sailed wide and summed up Redruth’s day.   

Redruth: A Simmonds, T Notman, J Simmons, P Nonu, D Bonds, R Kevern, J Oulton; L  Kivalu, M Gidlow, J Tompsett, T Prisk, L Hattam, J Clemson, S Stevens, B Howe.

Replacements: R Brown, C Williams, L Barnes, J Tucker, N Webber.  

Redruth scores: Tries, Bonds, Penalty, Simmons, Pen, Simmonds.

Yellow Card: Nonu (30)                                                           

Red Card: Simmonds (37)

Barnes: T O’Toole, R Martey, D Holmes, N Van Buuren, T Pearce, J Hammett, J Davies; G  Hunter, G Head, A Ryan, M Steele, J Collins, J Van der Poel, C Smyth, M Wakeling.

Replacements:  F McArthur, J Garrett, R Nimmo, F Avis, G Davies.

Barnes scores: Tries, Collins, Ryan, Davies, Con, Hammett 2, Pen, Hammett

Yellow Card: Steele (53)

Referee: James Milliner 

Crowd: 650

Redruth man-of-the-match: Jack Oulton, another solid performance from the scrum-half on a difficult afternoon, kicked Redruth into good positions and gave his usual spiky performance. 

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TASC presents match balls to Cornwall Under 20s

Match balls presented by Trelawnys Army to the Cornwall U20s. (L to R) Richard Kevern Coach of Cornwall U20s, Ian Gordon, Torin Clarke (Launceston Captain of Cornwall U20s,
Bill Hooper and Josh Lord Coach of Cornwall U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line:
©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Ian Gordon, Hon.Sec, Trelawny’s Army and Bill Hooper. Press Officer presented match balls to Cornwall Under 20s ahead of their game against Gloucestershire Under 20s at St. Austell RFC last Sunday.

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