Tries from Rob Elloway, Brad Howe, Jack Simmons, Jack Oulton, Dean Bonds and Alex Ducker plus seven points from the boot of Fraser Honey, saw Cornwall to a great 37-13 win against Hertfordshire.
Full report tomorrow, but with Kent winning at Gloucestershire 42-33 and Devon defeating Hampshire 30-27, it means Cornwall are in pole position ahead of their final game in the pool next Saturday at Brixham against Devon kick-off 2:30 pm.
Come and join the Black and Gold Army as Cornwall take the next step
on the road back to Twickenham. The Recreation Ground has been the scene
of many a stirring county match and Saturday promises to be another
closely fought game.
Gates open at 1pm, get there early to enjoy the atmosphere at Cornwall’s most intimidating venue. Lets make home advantage count.
Spectators will be able to lubricate their vocal cords with both
clubhouse bars being open to the public along with the Tribute Lounge
and outside bars on the East Bank and Hell’s Bar in Hellfire Corner. If
all the excitement makes you hungry, then Hell’s Kitchen in Hellfire
Corner and the clubhouse kitchen will be able to satisfy even the most
voracious of appetites. No need to miss any of the action getting fed
and watered at Redruth.
Safety Notice Please note that no glass, bottles
or cans may be brought into the ground. Any bags brought into the ground
are liable to be searched. Vehicle access to the ground will not be permitted after 2.30pm. No
vehicle may leave the ground during the match. After the final whistle
vehicles will be held in the ground until the crowd has dispersed and
will leave the ground via the Piggy Lane gate, please follow stewards
Please also note there is no smoking in the grandstand nor the enclosure at Redruth RFC.
Cornwall RFU chosen charity for this season is the #Cry4Tom charity,
set up in memory of former local rugby player Tom Demaine who sadly was
struck down from an undiagnosed cardiac condition.
Collectors will be at the ground this Saturday and will be wearing
the charity T-shirt. Please give as generously as you can to this worthy
cause and make a note of the date at Bodmin College for a screening
session on 4th/5th December this year.
Cornwall go into
their second Bill Beaumont Cup group game this Saturday buoyed by an opening
day win at Kent.
Hertfordshire, last season’s finalists in the Cup, will also travel to Redruth in good heart having scored a bonus point win at Hampshire 29-20.
However, the defeat
against Hertfordshire in the final pool game last season 50-0, and it’s
something the Cornwall team would like to set the record straight.
Both sides will look
very different from the teams that lined up last May with both counties
fielding players in their first season of Championship rugby.
Ahead of last
night’s busy training session at Redruth I spoke with both Graham Dawe and
Marek Churcher. Dawe said. “I haven’t gone into too much analysis since
Saturday, I think my initial assessment on the game is about right. These lads
know how to play rugby, Ben Hilton is a fine leader. We might need to add a
little experience to the side this Saturday, a little more leadership in
certain areas and continue to fine tune our game.
“We need to make sure we are on the same wavelength as the referee this week, a few times last week we had to challenge his interpretation but at the same time he’s got to be your best friend!
Dawe also has no
worries about last season’s result up there. “I was proud of the players that
went up there last season and did a job in difficult circumstances. Saturday is
another game, we can’t influence the past but we can the future, that’s all I
am interested in.”
There were certainly
a few experienced heads helping out at
training last night, apart from Craig Williams and Edd Pascoe, Mike Rawlings
and Dan Sanderson all assisted and participated in the session along with squad
players Declan Matthews, Aaron Simmonds and Andrius Zacharovas.
Matt Shepherd comes into the side at full back whilst Kyle Speare comes in on the wing with both Rhys Brownfield and Dean Bonds reverting to the bench in the only two changes to the starting XV from Kent.
On the bench Craig Williams and Edd Pascoe come in replacing Charlie Nicholson and Rupert Edwards, whilst Taron Peacock is unlucky as is Edwards to miss out.
Marek Churcher said.
“I was really pleased with our performance up at Kent, it would have been nice
to have got the bonus point, but having said that to see the guys come together
as team so quickly was the big plus. I thought Dan Job was outstanding last
week and shows what talent there is playing further down the leagues in
“We are looking
forward to playing at Redruth on Saturday in front of a big crowd getting
behind the lads.”
Cornwall Team to
play Hertfordshire Saturday 11th May
Cornwall Women’s interest in this season’s Gill Burns Cup came to an end on Sunday as they lost their second and final group game, reports Bill Hooper.
The Cornish side will be pleased to have picked up a try-scoring
bonus point as some consolation for the hard work they have put in for the
Team Manager Lorri Osman was full of praise for the side. She said. “Off the back of last week’s performance the ladies were ready for the second round of Gill Burns cup. Despite a very strong Somerset side with players from Tyrrells Premier 15 and Championship clubs on their team sheet, the score did not reflect the 80 minute battle that was to take place. “With one try disallowed for Cornwall I think the ladies heads dropped slightly but they never gave up. They have a lot to be proud of from yesterday considering the quality players they are up against.
“Three eligible U.18 girls featured in the squad with Leona
Hughes hard work being rewarded with forward of the match alongside Jo Roberts
as back of the match.
“These ladies have a lot to be proud of this season despite score- lines. They have reduced the deficit against Dorset and Wilts and took it to a very strong Somerset side.
“We continue to build on the past two seasons with training planned to start even earlier next season and getting to play as a team earlier. Special mention to Kev Luke and Gav Mountjoy who stood in at short notice as coaches and have bought a very different dynamic to the squad.Also to Rob Durant who has been tirelessly working with the ladies monitoring injuries and getting them back on the pitch.
“Special mention for Trelawny’s Army who supported us so
magnificently throughout the game and made the match day experience special for
By Bill Hooper, at Medway with photos by Simon Bryant
penalty three minutes from time sealed an important opening day win for
Cornwall in this season’s Bill Beaumont Cup.
As is often the case when Cornwall face a side with “higher league” players in it, the black and golds roared on by Trelawny’s Army lifted their game to more than match their opponents.
The forwards had a
towering game, typified by prop Dan Job from Lanner who went the full eighty, the
tackle count put in was huge as the Cornish lads put their bodies on the line,
ably led as you would expect by skipper Ben Hilton.
In weather more akin to March rather than May Cornwall began strongly playing into a strong breeze.
Following a string of
penalties and some good drives from the forwards, notably Tony Whittle, Sam
Stevens, on his Cornwall debut, crashed over for Cornwall’s opening try on
seven minutes, which Honey converted.
Kent came back at
Cornwall with determination putting in some big forward drives notably through
their locks Mark Davey and Dave Irvine, but Cornwall matched them.
Cornwall’s back row was working hard with Grant Randlesome, Stevens and Brad Howe all prominent.
However, the pressure finally told when the hosts finished off a catch and drive near the Cornwall line flanker Freddie Owen getting the try. Frank Reynolds tied the scores with his successful conversion.
Both sides had half
chances before half-time with the dangerous Kent wing Kwaku Asiedu having to be
closely watched at all times by Dean Bonds, however it remained 7-all up to the
Cornwall again began the second half well with Honey kicking a penalty as Kent were caught offside.
Jon Dawe and Jack
Simmons provided a cutting partnership in the centre, whilst also defending
Livewire scrum-half Charlie Edwards was proving to be a thorn in Cornwall’s side with his snipping breaks, and as Kent piled on the pressure near the Cornwall line, the visitors gave away a string of penalties that tried the patience of the referee resulting in a yellow card for Jack Oulton.
A couple of phases
later and Cornwall still being adjudged of being the culprits referee Wigley
awarded Kent a penalty-try.
Cornwall began to
look to the bench for some fresh legs as they used the wind well to kick for
The Cornish response
was clinical when Kent went down to fourteen men with Irvine sent to the bin from
a powerful drive the forwards went over the line with Rob Elloway sneaking in
under a pile of bodies for an unconverted try.
Moments later with Kent pressing in the Cornwall half, a stray pass from Kieran Moffat was snaffled by Alex Ducker who was in the clear and made no mistake going in under the posts to the joy of Trelawny’s Army.
Cornwall had a good
advantage going into the final ten but the game was far from safe and when
replacement scrum-half Jack Daly taped in the Cornwall twenty-two his pass to Asiedu
put the winger in. Reynolds’ conversion brought Kent back to within a point.
George Jones put in a big shift off the bench as did Rupert Edwards with the forwards earning Cornwall a penalty on the Kent twenty-two, Honey calmly slotted the kick to put Cornwall four points up in time added on.
Cornwall then saw the game out keeping Kent deep in their twenty-two and then forcing the error to close out the game.
Following the game
Cornwall’s head coach was satisfied with the win. He said. “It was tough
conditions out there against a very good side, I thought we managed the
conditions well. We did well to go in at half-time level and then have the wind
second half. It was a little bit frustrating at times trying to understand the
referee’s interpretation of the ruck. I thought our back row was outstanding
today, work rate was high and they defended well.
“Our props Dan Job
and Jess Tompsett stood up well, the forwards work rate was top draw, now we
have to back it up against Hertfordshire next week.”
unless stated): Bryan Hotston (O.Elthamians), Elliot Simmons, Kieran Moffat (O
Elthamians), M Cooke (Capt), Kwaku Asiedu (Cambridge), Frank Reynolds
(Tunbridge Wells), Charlie Edwards (Tonbridge Juddians), Tom Williams, Nathan
Morris (O Elthamians), Danny Herriott, Mark Davey, Dave Irvine (both Tonbridge
Juddians), Freddie Owen, Mike Hathaway (Tunbridge Wells), Tom Stradwick.
Jackson (Tonbridge Juddians), Billy Young, Stefan North, Nathan Thomas (both O.
Elthamians), Tom Beaumont (Medway), Jack Daly, Alfie Orris (Medway)
Kent scores: Tries
Owen, Penalty, Asiedu, Cons Reynolds 2
Yellow Card: Irvine
unless stated): Rhys Brownfield (Camborne), Dean Bonds, Jack Simmons, Jon Dawe
(Plymouth Albion), Alex Ducker (Camborne), Fraser Honey (Plymouth Albion), Jack
Oulton; Dan Job (Lanner), Rob Elloway (St. Ives), Jess Tompsett, Tony Whittle
(Camborne), Ben Hilton (Barnstaple, Capt), Grant Randlesome (Penryn), Sam Stevens,
Ballard (Wadebridge Camels), Charlie Nicholson (St. Austell), Rupert Edwards (Wadebridge
Camels), George Jones (Penryn), Kyle Speare (Bude), Richie Kevern, Taron
The second TASC sponsored 2 Counties Colts finals took place at Exeter Saracens RFC yesterday. Disappointingly a few sides have dropped out for one reason or another, so the program was a little truncated.
The results are as follows;
Bowl: Exeter Saracens v Okehampton no score known, but Exeter Saracens won
Plate: Saltash 40 – 7 Brixham
Cup & Shield : Launceston 17 – 45 Topsham
Huge thanks to everyone who has had to work doubly hard to get this on, especially Lee Maher.
Congratulations to Devon Bennett-Murray from Saltash Colts, who was awarded the Ewart White Memorial Trophy as the best Cornish Player on the day.
As another season has passed, we have more girls playing more rugby in Schools, we have more players looking for more playing opportunities and whilst I have an insight as to how the County looks now, we have no forum currently for the clubs to look into the future, this needs to be addressed urgently and for that reason we are calling a meeting at Bodmin RFC – May 15th, 7pm Start for anyone currently involved or that would like to get involved in the W&G’s game in the County…
On the agenda will be;
County WAGS Committee – New Competitive Rugby for Clubs County Rugby Coach Development Safeguarding RFU Plans for the Future
plus anything else we need to discuss, our County Chairman has kindly offered to chair the meeting, which reiterates how important the management board take the current set up.
Please share far and wide, we have a growing game on our hands and we need to make sure we have control of it! #TeamCornwall
Cornwall Women resume
their Gill Burns Cup campaign this Sunday at the Commspluss Stadium Hyde Park,
Taunton against Somerset Women, kick-off 2:30 pm.
Cornwall Women lost
their opening fixture at Launceston last Sunday to group favourites Dorset
& Wilts in a tight game with the visitors only pulling away on the
scoreboard in the final ten minutes to end up 27-10 winners.
The coaches have
made a few changes to the side that lost to Dorset & Wilts, both youngsters
from Liskeard-Looe, Megan Stroff (wing) and Leona Hughes (No.8) come into the
starting XV, whilst Elizabeth Stacey is set for a first cap off the bench.
Vezza Lianne also comes onto the bench.