Three-year Tribute sponsorship deal offers lifeline to Cornwall RFU

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Photo – John Beach – The Tribute logo will again feature on the County shirt for next three seasons

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) has secured a three-year sponsorship agreement with Tribute Cornish Pale Ale at a vital time, as RFU funding for county representative rugby continues to diminish.

The sponsorship deal between St Austell Brewery and the CRFU was announced at a meeting of RFU committee members and players at Kingsley Village held this week, and will see Tribute Cornish Pale Ale featured on the new Cornwall 2015 kit. The deal also confirms the brewery’s support for the Cornwall Cup for the next three years.

Tribute, the flagship beer of regional brewer St Austell Brewery, is the official beer of South West rugby. The brand already sponsors the South West Tribute Leagues, and a number of Clubs in Cornwall and the wider South West.

Richard Simeons, Honorary Treasurer for Cornwall Rugby Football Union Ltd, said: “At a time when funding for representative rugby continues to be reduced, it is absolutely vital for the future of Cornwall’s County Championship XV that we get support from businesses.”

“Therefore, the CRFU is delighted to announce this agreement with St Austell Brewery.  The cost of running and administering representative rugby in Cornwall is increasing every year and to have a significant local company on board for the next three years is very important. I wouldn’t say that without this backing we wouldn’t have a County Championship XV but it’s not that far from the truth.”

“In addition, Tribute’s sponsorship of the Cornwall Cup, and the gate receipts from the final, will go straight back to the clubs that take part, which we’re pleased about. Over the last three years the support that St Austell Brewery has given Cornwall rugby has played a key role in us sustaining the development of the County Championship XV and helping it achieve great success. Long may that continue.”

Marc Bishop, Trade Marketing Manager at St Austell Brewery, said: “St Austell Brewery is delighted to continue to support Cornish Rugby through Tribute, our flagship ale brand.”

“Seeing the Tribute logo on the Cornish shirts is something St Austell Brewery is rightly proud of. We have a very close relationship with rugby in the South West but our Cornish links are something special.”

“We have many loyal friends within the Cornish rugby set up and we are pleased to play a part in supporting the great work that is being done across the county.”

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Reds run riot at Rec

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Photo – Steve Larkins happy with Reds’ performance

Redruth finally notched up a big score at the Rec this season when they scored seven tries in defeating Shelford 41-5 in National League 2 South.

Young Robin Wedlake ran in three of the tries with Murray Westren also bagging a brace whilst skipper Sam Parsons and full-back Ashley Hosking also scored.

The win certainly pleased head-coach Steve Larkins and has moved the Reds up the table prior to their next game on Saturday week against Dings.

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

News today that Redruth have signed half-back Sam Fox from Wadebridge Camels. Fox has been a feature in this season’s Cornwall Under 20s side.

Another frustrating result for the Cornish All Blacks on the road this time at Worthing as they lost 25-13.

Despite going behind to an early try the All Blacks struck back with a Kieron Lewitt penalty and his conversion of Harry Davis’ try. Lewis then added another penalty before Worthing struck back with a converted try before half-time to leave the All Blacks with a single point advantage 13-12.

Sadly Launceston couldn’t add to their tally in the second half and Worthing won the game scoring another couple of tries and a penalty.

In the Championship, the Cornish Pirates put behind them their terrible performance at home against Doncaster winning 16-14 at Nottingham’s new home Lady Bay.

Three Kerion Hallett penalties gave the Pirates a 9-0 half-time advantage.

Although Nottingham pulled it back to 9-7 a Matt Evans try converted by Hallet put the Pirates more than a score ahead once more.

Despite a second converted Nottingham try the Pirates held out for their third league win on the road this season.

News today that both Jamal Ford-Robinson and Tom Kessell have signed deals with Bristol.

Both will still be available for the Pirates this season but will likely feature for Bristol in the play-offs.

Ford-Robinson is contracted with Bristol for 2015/16 season, whilst next season Kessell has put pen to paper with Premiership side Northampton Saints.

You can read Ian Davies’ reaction in the link.

In the local league, Tribute South West 1, despite a couple of Alex Ducker tries both converted by Dave Mankee Town went down to their 10th league defeat of the season at Wells 13-12.

Despite winning 19-12 against Matson, St. Austell still find themselves in the mire six points behind Clevedon and safety.

Alex Welland, Ian Venner and Dan Pearce all scored tries for the Saints with Andy Ashwin kicking a couple of conversions.

This Saturday St. Austell travel to Camborne with both sides needing a win for different reasons. It promises to be a ding-dong battle.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro slipped further down the table following their 45-17 loss at St. Clements to Teignmouth. Luke Trescothick, Darren Jacques and Matt Cross scored tries for Truro with “Eggy” Williams adding a conversion.

Wadebridge Camels fine run was halted by visitors Tiverton 16-15 at the Molesworth Field. Dom Hawkey scored both the Camels’ tries with James Grubb kicking a penalty and conversion.

St. Ives continue to battle against the drop picking up 15-13 win over Torquay. Tom Chandler and Scott Perkin scored the Hakes’ tries with Jamie Prisk kicking the other points.

Penryn lost at Devonport Services 11-10. Dan Booth scored a try and Martin Strick kicked the other points.

Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish had another fine win to keep their promotion hopes alive 51-27 against Farnham.

I’ll look at the Cornwall & Devon League in more detail next week, suffice to say Saltash remain top following their 34-18 win against Paignton.

We await to see if Jack Nowell comes into the England squad for the Ireland game, fingers crossed.

Congratulations to both Billy Keast, son of former Redruth prop Richard, and Jack Stanley who both featured for England U.18’s in their win over France at Doncaster yesterday 21-5.

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Cornwall Under 20s called into SW trial

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Photo – Dan Rutter, Todd Prisk, Rhys Brownfield selected for SW trial

Eleven of Cornwall Under 20s squad have been called up for the south west trial prior to the Divisional Festival at Welbeck College over Easter.

Players will looking to earn a place in the England Counties Under 20 squad that will undertake a tour to Hungary in June to play fixtures against  Hungarian Barbarians & Hungary Under 23s.

Players picked:
Tommy Phillips (Redruth)
Tommy-Lee Southworth (Redruth)
Jay Tyack (St. Ives)
Todd Prisk (Redruth)
Dan Marsh (Truro)
Neil Stanleick (Camborne)
Johnny Haines (Cornish All Blacks)
Dan Rutter (Redruth)
Rhys Brownfield (Pirates Amateurs)
Jack Simmons (Hartpury College)
Tom Eley (Truro)

Congratulations and Good Luck to you all!

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Pirates again frustrate fans in roller-coaster season

I took in both the Cornish Pirates and Redruth games last weekend. Whilst one was very exciting the other was, to say the least, a disappointment.

Redruth raced into a 22 point lead early in the second half and looked set for a bonus point win against Worthing, but a slip in concentration saw the visitors claw their way back to 22-17 and the Reds had to be content with just the four points.

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Photo – Ashley Hosking goal-kicking proved key for Reds

A key element in the Reds win was the goal-kicking of Ashley Hosking. He also got the Reds’ second try and edged the man-of-the-match award in my opinion.

You can read my West Briton report in the link.

Another 1 point loss for Launceston as they slipped to 22-21 defeat at Southend, with Brad Burr kicking a winning penalty for the Saxons deep into time added on.

Read Conrad Sutcliffe’s WMN report in the link.

On Sunday the Cornish Pirates had a great opportunity to move up the table with a win over struggling Doncaster Knights, but instead it was the Yorkshire side who showed the greater composure to earn a 30-13 win at the Mennaye in what was arguably the most disappointing Pirates’ performance of the season.

The only player who looked to shine in a sea of mediocrity was Max Bodilly who looked to go forward whenever he had the ball.

It was a shame that Western Morning News reporter Bill Sobey had such a dreadful game to cover in his final report for the paper before moving to a new career. I wish him well and will miss his excellent reports in the paper.

You can read Bill’s final report here, plus more reaction from Ian Davies in this link.

Now for catch up time in the regional leagues:

In Tribute Western Counties West a good win for Penryn over Tiverton 31-15. Ross Hancock’s Packet report in the link.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League Pirates Amateurs scored a ton beating OPM’s 100-6 at the Mennaye.

At Lux Park in the basement battle South Molton won a dour game against Liskeard-Looe 12-0.

The Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup saw the first round of pool matches with Veor defeating St. Agnes in pool A, Roseland overcoming Camelford 29-0 in pool B, St. Just winning at Redruth Albany 20-10 in pool C and Lanner turning the tables on Helston 32-27 in pool D.

Congratulations to our Cornwall Under 20s for their terrific win at Charlton Park against Kent 25-18 in the quarter-finals of this season’s Under 20 County Championship. Cornwall now have a HOME draw in the semi-final against old foes Yorkshire on Sunday March 15, venue to be confirmed. See previous blog entry for report on the game.

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Cornwall defeat Kent to advance to semis

UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL

KENT 18 – 25 CORNWALL

Report by Bill Hooper TASC Press Officer, Photos Simon Bryant Iktis photo

Cornwall Under 20s produced a storming performance to defeat Kent at Charlton Park RFC 25-18 on Sunday to advance to the semi-finals of the National Under 20 County Championships where they will face Yorkshire at home on March 15th.

With scores tied at 18-18 and the clock running down, Cornwall knew they needed a score as they trailed on the try-count 3-2 with no extra-time in the offing.

The breakthrough came from fly-half Dan Rutter who crossed near the posts allowing Rhys Brownfield a simple conversion for a seven point lead.

The final whistle brought great scenes of jubilation in the Cornish camp.

Despite a promising start Cornwall found themselves trailing to an early unconverted try from Kent.

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Photo – hooker Locryn Williams who scored Cornwall’s second try

Cornwall struck back with a penalty from Rhys Brownfield following a powerful rolling maul from the Cornish pack.

Kent re-established a five point lead with a successful penalty of their own.

A good break from Rutter set up a ruck near the Kent line and the Cornish forwards drove over the line with skipper Todd Prisk getting the un-converted try to tie the scores.

Right on half-time full-back Connor Swan kicked a thirty-five metre penalty goal to give Cornwall the lead at the break 11-8.

Kent came out fired up for the second half and soon retook the lead with a well-worked unconverted try tin the corner to regain the lead 13-11.

Cornwall then lost the influential Prisk through injury and Kent got a third unconverted try to stretch their advantage to 18-11.

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Photo – Rhys Brownfield who kicked two conversions and a penalty for Cornwall

Cornwall struck back immediately to tie the scores as the forwards put in a huge effort with hooker Locryn Williams getting the score which Brownfield converted.

As the clock ticked down Cornwall saw two penalty attempts go astray in quick succession.

Salvation was at hand as Rutter rounded off great Cornish pressure to score the visitor’s third try allowing Brownfield a simple conversion to confirm Cornwall’s semi-final berth 25-18.

Kent (Blackheath unless stated): C Bennison, C Wallace-Sims (Canterbury), H Sayers (Dover), C Moss (Deal & Betteshanger Lions), J Penny (Westcombe Park), G Montgomery (Gravesend), N Hill (Gravesend); P Briggs (Westcombe Park), J Garratt (O. Elthamians), S Kenny (Canterbury), A O’Malley (O. Colfeians, Capt), C Tallis (O. Elthamians), G Baker, L Bush, B Dickson (Beckenham).

Replacements: T Duggan, T Mount (Thanet W.), J Buckingham, R Ward (Canterbury), C Spence (Tunbridge Wells), A Clement (Thanet W), A Eastwood (Maidstone).

Cornwall: C Swan, A Taylor (both Cardiff Met), J Simmons (Hartpury Coll), R Brownfield (Pirates Ams), L Thomas, D Rutter (both Redruth), S Fox (Wadebridge Camels); T Phillips (Redruth), L Williams (Chinnor), J Tyack (St. Ives), T Prisk (Redruth, Capt), A Hughes (Penryn), S Furse (Newquay H), J Haines (Launceston), N Stanleick (Camborne)

Replacements: J Martin (Truro), T-L Southworth (Redruth), D Marsh (Truro), T Pellow (Penryn), T Eley,  Z Noseda (both Truro), T Sandercock (Launceston).

Cornwall scores – Tries – Prisk, Williams, Rutter, Conversions – Brownfield (2), Penalties – Brownfield, Swan

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Cornwall U20s name side to face Kent

CORNWALL UNDER 20 TEAM TO FACE KENT ON SUNDAY IN THE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL

Cornwall have made five changes to their starting line up (from the side that was defeated by Devon at Ivybridge) to face Kent at Charlton Park RFC in South East London for their quarter-final match.

Hooker Locryn Williams comes back in as does winger Jake Woodward both returning from injury having missed the game against Devon.

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PHOTO – HOOKER LOCRYN WILLIAMS WHO RETURNS TO THE SIDE ON SUNDAY

Ashley Taylor and fellow Cardiff Met player Connor Swann come in on the other wing and at full-back. In the second row, the impressive Adam Hughes steps up from the back row with Sam Furse moving up from the bench into the back row.

On the bench Lewis Thomas, Tom Sandercock, Joe Martin and Dan Marsh all drop down from the starting XV whilst Zac Noseda who also missed the Devon game comes back in.

CRFU President John Grindle said, “This is a tough game for Cornwall having to make the 600 plus mile round trip to face Kent. I am sure the squad will do their very best to put on a creditable performance against the pool winners Kent.”

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PHOTO CAMELS WINGER JAKE WOODWARD WHO RETURNS TO FACE KENT

Coach Ian Morgan said, “Last week we have reduced the training squad to 26 this will enable us to focus on particular areas and prepare for the game against Kent.”

Cornwall will travel up on the Saturday night in preparation for the game against Kent which will be played at Charlton Park RFC with a 1400 kick off time on Sunday 15 February.

Coach Mike Rawlings said: “I know the whole squad were disappointed with their performance and the result against Devon. We welcome back into the 26 both Locryn Williams and Jake Woodward who missed the last game due to injury.  All the places in the starting 22 are up for grabs and it is up the guys to prove their hunger to pull on the shirt.”

CRFU Chair Denis Preece said, “The team had a superb result against Gloucestershire but a few errors have cost them a home tie. In rugby you have to lose sometimes to know how to go on and win!”

Cornwall Under 20 team manager Chris Lea said:”We are now at the business end of the season in a winner take all game and therefore the coaches rightly reduced the training numbers last week. For those guys not involved we know they will be disappointed, we thank them for their efforts but know a number of them will be in contention not only next season but for two or more seasons at this level.”

CORNWALL RFU UNDER 20 TEAM V KENT

SUNDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2015 @ CHARLTON PARK RFC, LONDON 2.00 PM KICK OFF

1)         Tommy Phillips                    Redruth
2)         Locryn Williams                  Chinnor
3)         Jay Tyack                             St Ives
4)         Todd Prisk   (Capt)             Redruth
5)         Adam Hughes                     Penryn
6)         Sam Furse                            Newquay Hornets
7)         Jon Haines                          Cornish All Blacks
8)         Neil Stanleick                     Camborne
9)         Sam Fox                               Wadebridge Camels
10)      Dan Rutter                           Redruth
11)      Jake Woodward                 Wadebridge Camels
12)      Rhys Brownfield                Pirates Amateurs
13)      Jack Simmons                    Hartpury College
14)      Ashley Taylor                      Cardiff Metropolitan
15)      Connor Swan                      Cardiff Metropolitan
16)      Joe Martin                           Truro
17)      Tommy Southworth          Redruth
18)      Dan Marsh                          Truro
19)      Tony Pellow                        Penryn
20)      Lewis Thomas                    Redruth
21)      Zac Noseda                         Truro
22)      Tom Sandercock               Cornish All Blacks

Travelling Reserves
23)      Russell Stevens                 Hayle
24)      Adam Smith                         Redruth
25)      Tom Eley                              Truro
26)      John Tyler                            Penzance & Newlyn Colts

Coaches – Ian Morgan, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins
Team Manager – Chris Lea

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Pirates fail to build on Bristol momentum

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Photo – Redruth head coach Steve Larkins disappointed with Reds’ performance at Bishop’s Stortford

The Cornish Pirates were unable to back up their great win over promotion chasing Bristol with a win at struggling Moseley, with the Midlands side winning 22-18 at Billesley Common.

On the plus side, Alex Cheesman made a welcome return to the Pirates’ ranks, coming on as a second half replacement for Jake Parker at No.8, and scoring their second try (the first came from centre Tom Hendrickson in the first half).

The result didn’t help struggling Plymouth Albion. who slipped up at Bedford 38-8 and find themselves back at the foot of the table.

You can read Nigel Walrond’s WMN full match report here, plus Ian Davies’ reaction in the link here.

In National League 2 another mixed day for our Cornish clubs.

Launceston defeated Lydney 16-13 thanks to a late penalty-try to keep them away from the relegation scrap and leave their visitors still in the mire. Kieron Lewitt kicked the conversion and three penalties to see the All Blacks home. Bill Sobey’s WMN match report in the link

Redruth suffered another heavy loss on the road and had prop John Drew red carded at Bishop’s Stortford, final score 45-20. John Stevens and Tommy Phillips scored tries for the Reds with Ashley Hosking adding a couple of penalties and a conversion whilst Murray Westren landed the second conversion. It was a performance that disappointed head-coach Steve Larkins. Ed Bawden’s WMN report in the link

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne picked up a moral boosting win on the road at Matson, never an easy place to go, 35-32.

The Cherry and Whites found themselves trailing 20-3 at one stage with just a Dave Mankee penalty to show, but another penalty from Mankee’s reliable boot plus a try from No.8 Neil Stanleick left the visitors just nine points adrift 20-11 at the break.

Dave Roberts, playing at centre, got a try soon after the break, converted by Mankee who was again on the money when he added the extras to hooker’s Stuart Milliner’s try.

Matson drew level with an unconverted try before Mankee kicked another penalty to nudge Town ahead once more. Camborne’s forwards were now in full cry and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the Cherry & Whites a penalty-try to secure the win.

St. Austell battled bravely at Ivybridge before going down 33-22. Hugh Noot and Ben Chenoweth (2) scored tries for the Saints with Andy Ashwin’s boot kicking the other points. Herald report

In Tribute Western Counties West, in-form Wadebridge Camels completed the double over Penryn winning 21-19 at the Memorial Ground. Rich Treleaven, Will Pengelly and Dan Briskham all scored tries for the Camels with Sam Fox kicking all three conversions. For the Borough, Mitch Vague scored an early try before further scores from Josh Chambers and Dan Booth both converted by Matt Horton made for a tense finish.

Truro lost at Tiverton 18-13, who along with Kingsbridge are breathing down their necks in the table with a game in hand. Shaun Roseveare scored Truro’s try before being sent off for a second yellow card offence to cap a bad day for Truro.

St. Ives’ game at Okehampton was called off due to a water-logged pitch.

See the previous blog entry for London Cornish’s big win in London 2 SW.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Saltash stay top after defeating OPMs 81-5. Report from the Herald in the link.

Crediton are second after their win at Falmouth 32-17. Read George Thorpe’s Packet report in the link.

Bodmin defeated Honiton 19-13, thanks to tries from Cody Armstrong and Paul Carter and James Taylor’s boot.

Hayle had a good win at home to Bude 32-12. Lions’ tries were scored by White (3) and Scott Harvey with Harvey also kicking three conversions and two penalties.

For the visitors, Luke Dunkin and Adam Black scored tries with Olly Dunford adding a conversion.

Pirates Amateurs lost 6-5 at Paignton, Steve Kent with their sole points from an un-converted try.

Liskeard-Looe’s game with South Molton was postponed.

In Cornwall 1 the game between Stithians and Newquay Hornets was again postponed.

Elsewhere, no Jack Nowell in the England team that defeated Wales 21-16 in Cardiff on Friday night.

Stu Townsend played for England Under 20s in their defeat to Wales in Colwyn Bay 21-15. Jack Innard didn’t get a feature in this game.

Former Pirate Blair Cowan enjoyed a good game for Scotland despite a 15-8 defeat at the Stade de France.

Good luck next Sunday to our CORNWALL UNDER 20S as they take on their Kent counterparts at Charlton Park RFC for a place in the semis, kick off 2 pm.

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Clinical Cornish clip Eagles’ wings

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Photos & Report by Ben Gilby

London Cornish put in a truly professional eighty minute performance in the mud at Browns Lane yesterday to record an impressive eight try victory.

The win was the fourth on the bounce for ‘The Exiles’ in a run which has seen them concede just thirty-five points. The performance at Effingham was yet another demonstration that, since the Extra-time cup loss at Crowborough there has been a stiffening of Cornish resolve, and a sheer determination to play at the peak of their performance regardless of whether or not the result was already settled.

Former England U21 and Premiership player Simon Brading made his first start of the season, following an appearance on the bench at home to Warlingham last week. Matt Hakes moved in to the centre with Luke Spells absent, and Ben Devonport continued his impressive role in the number eight shirt in the absence of Mark Osei-Tutu.

The game started with Cornish on the front foot. Conditions were quite heavy underfoot, but slightly milder conditions than of late were welcome. An impressive series of early recycles between Chatley and the Skinnard brothers saw the ball kicked through by Matt Hakes. Effingham, understrength due to a range of injuries, knocked on the attempted gather, with Cornish being awarded the scrum. Immediately, it was obvious that the visitors would have a major advantage here, as the forwards turned the screw. Effingham stood up and ‘The Exiles’ were awarded a penalty. Josh Allison placed the ball and dissected the posts. After four minutes, Cornish were on the board.

With the Black and Golds dominant in the scrum, they also began to give Effingham huge problems in the line-out, with three steals of the home line-out ball in the first half alone. At one stage, ‘The Eagles’ were under so much pressure in this facet of the game that they began to throw to the front of their line.

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Skinnard on the break for Cornish

As the game approached the fifteen minute mark, Ben Ievers won yet another line out and Will Carew-Gibbs made a searing break before offloading to Joe Skinnard. Hakes fed Heymann before the slippery and muddy ball was lost forward on the hosts’ 22 metre line. Cornish remained in control, and from another stolen line-out, a series of pick and drives set up a huge rolling maul down the left hand side, with Ben Devonport grounding the ball on 22 minutes. Allison’s conversion was good, and the lead was 10-0.

Just three minutes later, Cornish were over again as a kick through was ran onto by Robin Heymann. The home defence held the Exiles’ winger off, but the clearance kick went straight to Harry Somers, who made ground before his offload was kicked through and pounced on by Rich Skinnard who was never going to be stopped. Allison knocked over his third kick of the afternoon, and it was now 17-0.

‘The Exiles’ very nearly went straight up the pitch to score again as Devonport gathered the re-start, and a nice handling move from Hakes, Carew-Gibbs and Brading resulted in a Cornish penalty as Effingham were adjudged to be too slow to roll away. The visitors kicked to touch. From the line-out, an impressive eight man offloading move, involving both forwards and backs ended with Devonport and Hakes combining to play in Robin Heymann, who was adjudged to knock-on in the grounding of the ball.

Despite the hosts having a chance to clear, they soon found themselves pinned back inside their ‘22’ once more. Healey fizzed the ball to Heymann and Harry Somers galloped down the left hand side to score. Effingham supporters vociferously claimed that the Cornishman dropped the ball in his grounding, but the referee was not to be swayed. Allison missed the touchline conversion, but Cornish were 22-0 up at half-time.

Effingham started the second half well, and enjoyed their best period of territory in the match. A fantastic break by centre Matt Long, played in his full-back Jason Evans who went on a great run. Cornish ended the move by impressively turning over the ball, and the danger was gone. Shortly afterwards, from their first attack of the half, Cornish were awarded a penalty, with Allison opting to go for goal, and the lead was increased to 25-0.

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Photo: lock Ben Ievers soars in the lineout

The Exiles soon had the home side under pressure, and from a comedy of errors inside the Effingham ‘22’, where a succession of home players found the ball too hot to handle, resulted in the ball being eventually kicked out behind the dead-ball line. With Cornish being awarded a five metre scrum, given their dominance up front, there was only going to be one result – a rolling maul and a try for the visitors. Ben Devonport grounded the ball at the back, for his second of the afternoon, which sealed the try scoring bonus point. Allison added the extras as the score went out to 32-0.

To their credit, Cornish kept their foot on the accelerator. Matt Hakes was influential all afternoon, and he had a hand in Black and Gold’s next try, just six minutes later. He floated an outstanding ball out to Robin Heymann who galloped through to score in the right hand corner. The tough conversion attempt was missed.

‘The Exiles’ support had only another three minutes to wait for the sixth try. Replacement Phil Dale made an immediate impression as he sprinted through a huge gap with ease to score. Allison’s conversion took the lead out to 44-0. As the game entered the final ten minutes, there was still time for the visitors to add a further two more scores. First, on 71 minutes when a great build-up saw an interchange between Allison, Hakes and Heymann saw the ball played to Harry Somers who grabbed his second try of the afternoon. Allison missed the conversion, but it wasn’t long before he was back on the scoresheet. A Cornish penalty was kicked to the corner. From the resulting line-out, Healey fed Josh Allison, who capped an impressive afternoon by diving over to score, and then adding the conversion.

Cornish now have a fortnight before they return to league action. They stand just four points behind leaders Tottonians in second place. Farnham are next up at The REMPF on 21st February.

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Heroic Reds deny Taunton

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Photo – Ben Hilton who has again been called up by England Counties

The Southwest derby between Redruth and Taunton was another cracking game. Despite the low score 8-5 to the Reds, it was a game packed with action and incident.

It really did look like the Reds would be up against when they reached half-time level at 5 all and Taunton with the slope and wind in their favour.

Heroic rear-guard action saw them weather the Taunton onslaught at the start of the second half. The whole match day squad were heroes to a man and they got their just rewards when Ashley Hosking picked what proved to be the winning penalty 1 minute from time.

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

Despite tries from Ryan Westren and Jamie Salter, Launceston lost at Chinnor 24-12.

Good news for All Blacks Ben Hilton who has once again been selected for England Counties in their upcoming fixtures against Scottish Clubs XV (new opponents this season) at Fylde and France Fédérale in Périgueux.

Read Bill Sobey’s report from Sunday’s WMN.

In Tribute South West 1 West 1, Camborne’s faint chance of making the play-off have virtually evaporated following their 20-18 defeat at home to Ivybridge.

Ivybridge ran in four unconverted tries with former Cornwall player Lewis Paterson amongst the scorers.

For the Cherry and Whites Dave Roberts and Taron Peacock scored tries with Dave Mankee kicking the other points.

Another home defeat, this time 10-9 to Drybrook, sees St. Austell slip periously close to the drop zone once again this season.

It was three Andy Ashwin penalties for the Saints as against two un-converted tries for the visitors.

In Western Counties West the derby went the way of Truro who defeated Penryn 12-8 at St. Clements. Matt Bankhead and Eggy Williams scored Truro tries with Williams also adding a conversion.

Tom Hoban scored a try for the Borough and James Salisbury kicked a penalty.

In form Wadebridge Camels chalked up another win defeating Sidmouth 22-6. Gary Gynn, Jack Oulton and James Grubb crossed for tries with Grubb bagging a conversion.

Camels travel to Penryn on Saturday for an eagerly awaited derby.

St. Ives slipped to loss fourteen as they went down at home to Teignmouth 26-0. The game was abandoned after 68 minutes due to the referee being injured. It’s is likely the result will stand with Teignmouth having bagged the bonus point.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish battled back from a half-time 17-19 deficit to defeat Warlingham 40-19.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon league it was top versus bottom and unsurprisingly top won 60-0! Saltash ran in ten tries with Ollie Mulberry bagging four.

Bude defeated Falmouth 22-13 at Bencoolen. Tries for Bude were scored by James Comber, Steve Yates and Bruce James with Olly Denford kicking two conversions and a penalty. Falmouth scored a try through Nick Carne with Justyn Irons kicking the conversion and two penalties.

Bodmin defeated visiting Hayle 22-13 at Clifden Park to boost their prospects of staying up. Lee Taylor (2), Mark Trevarthan and Cody Armstrong scored Bodmin’s tries.

Pirates Amateurs game against OPMs was called off.

In Tribute Cornwall 1 Camborne School of Mines wrapped up their league program with a 41-17 win over runners-up Veor.

Stithians re-arranged game with Newquay Hornets was again postponed due to a water-logged pitch and it’s hoped to play this Saturday.

The Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup pool fixtures start on Saturday 14th February.

We await to see if Jack Nowell makes the England side for Friday night’s opening RBS 6 Nations game against Wales in Cardiff. We wish him well.

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Superb Pirates halt Bristol run

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Photo- Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies was delighted with Bristol win

What else can I say. Two cracking games of live rugby watched over the weekend, although you wouldn’t think so from one of the score-lines.

Let’s start at the Mennaye. A game that ebbed and flowed with the Cornish Pirates defeating hitherto unbeaten Bristol 45-38 to cap a memorable weekend at the Pirates.

It was good to see Dicky Evans back for the first time since handing over the reins of the club. There was a weekend packed in his honour as the club gave him a well deserved “thank you” for all that he has done for the Cornish Pirates over the past couple of decades.

There had been a few mis-placed words pre-match from Bristol’s Director of Rugby Andy Robinson about the state of the pitch and the facilities at the Mennaye. In his words, “Get the points and get out of there!”

Bristol took the field sporting their red away strip which must have made their plethora of Welsh stars feel very much at home!

The Pirates took to the field to a huge cheer from the biggest crowd of the season at the Mennaye and from the word go the crowd got right behind the Cornish side.

Despite going ahead with an early drop-goal from full-back Matt Evans, the Pirates fell behind to a penalty-try which appeared to be awarded rather hastily by referee Garner.

The Pirates’ response was a try of beauty, a powerful driving maul that threatened to dump the Bristol pack on to their coach parked outside the gate for that quick getaway post match! Rob Elloway took the plaudits with Hallett adding the extras.

The Pirates were then guilty of missing a couple of first up tackles that allowed Bristol to score two good tries David Lemi and Jack Tovey with Matthew Morgan making three successful conversions for 21-10 lead.

Flanker Joe Atkinson then powered over from short-range for with Hallett adding the extras before the fly-half put in a well-judged chip over the Bristol defence for winger Craig Holland to score a sublime try in the scoreboard corner for a half-time lead of 22-21.

The Pirates then rocked Bristol with two quick-fire tries early in the second half as both Holland and then Elloway got their second tries the later after a tremendous run from the superb Atkinson took play almost to the Bristol line. Hallett banged over both conversions and the Mennaye was rocking at 36-21!

Bristol got a lifeline when No.8 Mitch Eadie barged over for an un-converted try, however Hallett kept the Bristol at arm’s length with a peanlty.

Up on the TV gantry, opposite the main grandstand, Robinson was pacing around with increasing anxiety etched on his face!

He calmed momentarily when referee Garner awarded Bristol a second penalty-try, however Hallett banged over a couple more long-range penalties to keep the Pirates two scores ahead.

With time fast running out and Robinson looking glummer by the second, Jack Tovey crossed for the second try in the clubhouse corner to ensure Bristol had the crumb of two points to take hastily back up the A.30.

The final whistle was greeted by a huge cheer from the large Mennaye crowd who went home happy and will surely be back for more in two weeks time!

You can read Ian Davies’ post-match comments from WMN in the link.

CORNISH PIRATES: M Evans, M Pope, T Hendrickson, A Dancer (R James 78), C Holland, K Hallett, T Kessell; K Davies (M Walker 59), (F Deformes 74), R Elloway (J Innard 72), J Ford-Robinson, W Graulich (C Davey 68), D Barry, C Morgan (Capt), J Atkinson, L McGlone.

Replacements (not used): T Lowry, B Hopkin.

Scores – Tries: Elloway (2), Atkinson, Holland (2), Conversions: Hallett (4), Penalties: Hallett (3), Drop-goal: Evans

BRISTOL: J Wallace (N Robinson 55), T Benvenuti (G Watkins 60), J Tovey, B Mosses, D Lemi, M Morgan, D Peel (Capt) (C Hampson), J O’Connell, R Lawrence (R McMillan 48), J Hall (G Cortes 48), I Evans (M Sorenson 48), B Glynn, M Mama, O Robinson (J Ovens 64), M Eadie.

Scores – Tries: Penalty (2), Lemi, Tovey (2), Eadie, Conversions – Morgan (4)

Refreee: Greg Garner (RFU)

Crowd: 2,390

Cornish Pirates man-of-the-match: Craig Holland

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