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COOK SERVES UP CHRISTMAS FEAST

CORNISH PIRATES 46 – 7 PLYMOUTH ALBION

This was a Christmas Cracker of a game, with the result sending the majority of the 5,654 spectators back home rejoicing. Seven tries scored in a 46-7 stuffing that the fans have waited a long, long time to enjoy.

Whilst full-back Rob Cook continues to enhance his growing reputation amongst the Pirates’ faithful, his 21 point contrubution was a major factor in the win, it was as ever the pack that laid the foundations to this superbe win, with that old warhorse, prop Alan Paver along with his mates in the front row Ryan Storer and hooker Dave Ward getting that decisive edge up front. Paves deservedly got the man-of-the-match award on behalf of his magnificent pack.

With the Pirates leading 14-0 thanks to tries from Chris Morgan and Aisea Havili, what a great juggle to baffle the Albion cover, Albion threw everything at the Pirates’ pack. A series of scrums down in the Pirates 22 seemed to go on for ever. Surely the Albion juggernaut would somehow force their way over, but no! The Pirates’ pack held them, matched them and in the end bettered them. When the Pirates got a penalty to reieve the pressure it was Albion whose top blew. Then when the Pirates got up field and scored a third try from Cook just after to make it 21-0 the major physcological battle of the day had been won.

Soon after half-time Cook kicked a penalty and scored his second try to secure the bonus point. With skipper Gavin Cattle, Blair Cowan and Jonny Bentley all adding scores to leave backs coach Harvey Biljon a happy man at the final whistle. “I’m absolutley delighted, if we were looking for a late Christmas present I think we got it today.

“It’s been all about our preparation, we knew there were going to be interuptions for Christmas but all credit to the players for staying focused the way they did.

“If you look at the game, the performance from the forwards and the backs, the way we moulded them together was great for the team.

“Hopefully we can build on this and it gives us a little bit of confidence and momentum going into what is undoubtedly going to be a very tough game on Friday at Bristol.”

Bill Sobey’s WMN match report can be found in the link

Graham Dawe’s view of events from the Plymouth Evening Herald

Boxing Day saw the traditional fixtures played with Camborne hosting their old foes from Redruth. A close game saw the Reds defeat the Cherry & Whites 12-5, with Tom Duncan and Nick Simmons scoring tries for the Reds, Adam Hosking kicking a conversion. For Camborne Sam Matavesi scored a try.

At the Memorial Ground, Penryn defeated Falmouth 31-3 with Darren Pellow scoring a hat-trick of tries for the Borough with James Mann and Dave Pascoe scoring the other tries, Pascoe kicked three conversions, whilst Jack Brown kicked an early penalty for Falmouth.

St. Ives defeated Hayle at Alexandra Road 38-0.

With the Pirates facing Championship leaders Bristol on New Year’s Day the big game on Saturday is at Redruth as Launceston visit the Rec for a no holds barred Cornish Derby in National League 1. It promises to ” The Match of the Day” in Cornwall. Will Nigel Hambly be smiling or will Jon Hill dance his jig on the touch line ??

I wish “One & All” a very Happy New Year, Bledhen Nowyth Da!

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COOK CONVERSION SEALS COMEBACK

Rob Cook is fast making a name for himself with the Pirates’ faithful this season. The former Nuneaton player kicked an injury time conversion at Billesley Common to complete the Pirates second half recovery from 19-0 down at half-time to take the spoils 20-19!

It couldn’t have started worse for the Pirates at Moseley as within 30 seconds of the kick-off fly-half Jonny Bentley had a kick charged down at Moseley had an opening try. Four penalties from Tristan Roberts without reply put the homeside in the driving seat at half-time.

Fired up from the half-time team talk from skipper Gavin Cattle the Pirates set about clawing back the deficit, with Rhodri McAtee scoring the first Pirates’ try, Cook’s conversion plus a couple of penalties left the visitors trailing by six points with still a quarter of the match to play. However time ticked on and the Pirates were still six points adrift as time added on was being played, until Nick Jackson found his way over to set up Cook’s trump card of a boot conversion. Click on the link to read Mark Stevens’ report from the Western Morning News

Mixed results in National League 1, the Cornish All Blacks enjoyed a fine win over visitors Blaydon at Polson winning 34-3 with tries from hooker Darren Semmens centre Mal Roberts, lock Ben Hilton and winger Kerion Lewitt. Tony Yapp converted all four tries plus two conversions. A result which keeps Launceston just behind the top three Esher, London Scottish and Cambridge.

Redruth made the trip to Northumberland losing 32-15 to Tynedale. Redruth did score three tries through Lewis Vinnicombe skipper Darren Jacques and Kiwi Mark Bright, but in the end a game from which they ended up with nothing to show.

In the Tribute regional league in South West 1 West, St. Ives defeated Chosen Hill Former Pupils 33-22 at Alexandra Road in a tempestous game. Four tries for the Hakes from Ashley Weston, Andy Skinner, Tom Outram and a penalty-try award. Ian Morgan’s boot adding the other points.

In Western Counties West, Camborne’s lead at the top has been cut to a point as they were held 11-11 by Truro at St. Clements. Truro led 11-5 at half-time thanks to a try from Mark Lea and two Scott Martin penalties to a try for Camborne from lock Jonny Griffiths. In the second half Dave Mankee kicked two penalties to earn his side a share of the spoils.

The other Cornish derby saw Wadebridge Camels defeat Bude 12-0 at the Molesworth Field. Camels scored a couple of tries from Cam Lees and Ian Boyling, with Josh Taylor adding a conversion.

Penryn had a good win at home against Minehead Barbarians 20-3. Two of the Borough’s four tries were scored by the Mann brothers James and Chris, with Darren Pellow and Sam Harrison scoring the other two.

Newquay lost at Okehampton 21-6 with the Hornets points coming from the boot of Sam Cullen.

Up in London in London 2 SW, London Cornish defeated Bognor 13-8 to record their 5th straight win. Read Dickon Moon’s report here.

In the Cornwall & Devon League, St. Austell lost at Tregorrick 11-9 against un-beaten league leaders Wellington. Falmouth had a good win at the Rec 17-0 against OPM’s, whilst at Moorlands Hayle won the Cornish derby 13-12 against Saltash. The games involving Liskeard & Looe and Stithians were called off.

The date and venue for this season’s Tamar Cup has been announced by the Cornwall RFU. The match will be played on Sunday 7th March at St. Ives. Kick-Off time to be confirmed.

Cornwall’s two home fixtures in the U.20 County Championship have also been announced. On Sunday 7th February they face Gloucestershire at Launceston, then on Sunday 14th March they play Devon at Penryn. Both matches kick-off at 2-30pm. The Away game against Somerset is on Sunday 28th February venue to be confirmed.

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BRITISH & IRISH CUP EXCITES PASSIONS

A two week rest for the Cornish Pirates from league action, but no chance of putting up their feet. Instead a new competition to get stuck into with the first couple of rounds of the British & Irish Cup.

Having got off to a flying start last weekend at Camborne against Scottish opponents Gael Force winning 29-8, the Pirates and many of their fans travelled across to Ireland, to Donnybrook spiritual home of European Champions Leinster to take on the Irish province. No Leinster A or any other such notion this was very much a Leinster side that the Pirates tackled boasting at full back Irish International Girvan Dempsey.

It was a tight affair throughout with the home side such sneaking it 12-10 thanks to the boot of australian Shaun Berne. For the Pirates Rob Cook landed a first half penalty and then converted skipper Gavin Cattle’s second half try. A result that leaves the Pirates second in the Pool A table two points behind the leaders Leinster. WMN match report here

The competition takes a break now until February with home games against Exeter Chiefs and Newport and a trip to Plymouth Albion to decide who tops the pool and advances to the semi-finals.

With the game only broadcast by Radio Cornwall on medium wave, those unable to pick up commentary from Dick Straughan reverted to the good old Pirates’ sportsnetwork site for updates from those of us “back home” including Dicky Evans. It was good to be all togeather once more on the boards!

In National League 1 the week’s break was anything but tranquil over at Redruth were the club were obliged to undertake a financial review reulting in playing staff and coaches being asked to take a pay cut to help the club ease it’s cash flow problems. This resulted in six players leaving the club. If Newbury thought that Redruth would be a soft touch then they had a very rude awakening on Saturday as Redruth produced one of their best performances of the season in atrocious playing conditions to win 29-3. The pack played a fantastic game allowing half backs Mark Richards and Brett Rule to dictate play, Richards tactical kicking in the conditions was simply marvellous. A penalty try award with further tries from Richard Carroll, Mark Bright and Richards secured the bonus point, proving that Redruth are still very much a force to be reckoned with. Bill Sobey’s WMN match report here

Up at Polson Bridge, the Cornish All Blacks enjoyed a fine win at home against Nuneaton by 30-3 with Sam Hocking, Ed Lewsey, Mal Roberts and Jamie Salter all scoring tries for Launceston, Yapp and Roberts landed a conversion each with Yapp also kicking a couple of penalties.

For more on this game see Mike Barlow’s WMN report here

In the regional Tribute leagues, in South West 1 West, the battle of the Fishermen went the way of Brixham as they defeated St. Ives 13-7. Andrew Skinner scored the Hakes try, which Ian Morgan converted.

In Western Counties West,the Cornish derby of the day was up in North Cornwall with Bude entertaining Truro, with the city side losing touch at the top of the table as Bude won 12-8. Truro led 8-0 at half-time thanks to try from centre Justin Irons and a penalty from Scott Martin. In the second half Bude struck back with tries from prop Matt Williams and Joe Wilson with Paul Williams adding a conversion.

Camborne continue to lead at the top of the table after another good win at home against Tiverton 36-0 thanks to tries from Sam Matavesi (2), Joe Parma, Laurie Manna, Dave Roberts and Tom Notman. Dave Mankee banging over three conversions.

Wadebridge Camels are just behind Kingsbridge in third spot following their 36-10 win at basement side Withycombe. Despite being depleted Camels were too good for the hapless withies, tries for the Camels came from Sam Stone, Matt Ballard (2), Tom O’Donnell, Ben Miskowicz, and Dan Lumb with Josh Taylor kicking three conversions.

Penryn gave Kingsbridge a good game before losing 11-7 at High House with Darren Pellow scoring for the Borough and Taron Peacock converting .

Newquay Hornets lost at home to North Petherton 22-7 with Rob McIntyre scoring the hornets try and Sam Cullen converting.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish enjoyed a fine win on their “overseas” travel as they won in front of a large crowd 9-6 in Guernsey. Dickon’s report on the events in Guernsey can be found here

In the Cornwall & Devon League; St. Austell are our best place side lying 5th after their 16-10 win over Exeter Saracens at Tregorrick. Stithians slipped up at Crediton 23-6, whilst Hayle won a low scoring game at home to Plymstock 5-3, Scott Powell getting the try. Falmouth had a good win at home against Teignmouth 17-13, Sam Burke and Steve Instance scoring the tries. Liskeard & Looe had a welcome win at Lux Park against OPM’s 10-3, whilst Saltash’s trip to leaders Wellington fell foul to the weather.

With the Autumn International’s winding up, it was pleasing to note Josh Matavesi getting his third cap this autumn for Fiji playing at fly-half in their 29-18 win over the “Oaks” Romania in Bucharest on Saturday. Josh contributing 9 points with three conversions and a penalty.

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CHIEFS TAKE CORNISH SCALP

No doubt that the game of the weekend in the southwest was the derby match played at Sandy Park between the unbeaten Exeter Chiefs and the Cornish Pirates in the Championship.

The Devon side reached the half-way mark of the regular season with another win their eleventh over their Cornish rivals winning a hard fought match 22-15. The Pirates at least had the satisfaction of taking a bonus point back across the border thanks to five penalties from fly-half Rob Cook and denying the Chiefs a try-scoring bonus point.

Mark Stevens report from the WMN can be found here

Next weekend it’s the start of the British and Irish Cup with Scottish side Gael Force visiting Camborne to face the Pirates.

In National League 1, the CornishAll Blacks gave Esher a right old tussle at Polson only going down by 10-6 against the league’s pace-setters. Tony Yapp kicking the All Blacks’ penalties.

Redruth were once more on the wrong end of a tight match losing 22-20 at Stourbridge. Lewis Vinnicombe (2) and Mark Bright scored the Reds’ tries with Brett Rule adding a conversion and a penalty.

A week’s break now in National League 1, which will no doubt be most welcome by the players.

In the Tribute regional leagues, in South West 1 West, St. Ives looked on course for a win over Avonmouth OB’s with 15 minutes to go of their game at Alexandra Rd leading 20-7, but at the final whistle the Hakes were left wondering what had happened as the Bristol side took the spoils 21-20! Ashley Weston, Nick Hitchen and Tim McBride scored tries for the Hakes with Ian Morgan kicking a conversion and a penalty.

In Western Counties West, Camborne are the new leaders, thanks to a fine win at Tavistock 13-8 and the fact that previous leaders Kingsbridge’s match at Okehampton was called off. A Tom Notman try and the boot of Dave Mankee saw the Cherry & Whites home.

In the latest Cornish derby at this level, Wadebridge Camels leap-frogged Truro after their 24-3 win at St. Clements to go third. Matt Ballard (2) Shaun Hawkey scored the Camels’ tries with adding all three conversions and a penalty. For Truro Ross Martin dropped a goal.

Penryn had a fine win at home against Devonport Services 57-19, with Darren Pellow scoring a hat-trick of tries and Dave Pascoe kicking seven conversions.

Newquauy Hornets defeated bottom side Withycombe 24-19 at the Sports Centre thanks to a penalty-try and further scores from Dan Pearce and Alex Woodley, Sam Cullen kicked the other points.

Bude’s game at Tiverton fell foul of the weather.

In London London Cornish defeated Weybridge Vandals 13-10 in London 2 SW. Dickon Moon’s report can be found here

In the Cornwall & Devon League both Hayle’s and Saltash’s matches were postoned. Liskeard & Looe hosted Falmouth and won 20-6, whilst St. Austell and Stithians both hosted Devon opposition losing to Crediton 15-6 and Bideford 24-0 respectively.

It was the second weekend of Internationals with France’s defeat of South Africa in Toulouse on Friday night by 20-13, the world champions having led the French 13-3 at one point, being the best game of the weekend.

Ireland dented Australian hopes of a Grand Slam tour holding the Wallabies 20-20 at Croke Park thanks to a late try from Brian O’Driscoll.

England huffed and puffed to a 16-9 win over Argentina, Scotland defeated Fiji 23-10 at Murrayfield, for whom former Camborne player Josh Matavesi made his debut. Wales defeated Samoa 17-13, whilst the All Blacks, New Zealand of course were made to work hard for their 20-6 win over Italy in the San Siro stadium in Milan

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PIRATES PROFIT FROM COSTLY MISS

I watched two games live this weekend with both matches ending with a one point winning margin for the victorious side.

Sunday’s Championship encounter at Camborne between the Cornish Pirates and the Bedford Blues was a gripping affair, but when the Blues fly-half Myles Dorrian stepped up with just 2 minutes remaining to take a penalty on the 22 in front of the Pirates’ post it looked like another defeat was looming for the Cornish side, however to everyone’s utter amazement the ball flew past the right hand upright and the Pirates held on for an important 25-24 win.

Trailing by ten points at half-time 7-17, the Pirates had been very generous to their viditors allowing them in for a couple of tries just before the break due to some pretty feeble first up tackling. Blair Cowan had scored the Pirates opening try, which fly-half Rob Cook converted, which at the time put the Pirates 7-3 up untill the mad couple of minutes before half-time.

The Pirates came out second half intent on making up the arrears and they did with Cook adding a penalty and then converting Gavin Cattle’s try following a fine break from hooker Dave Ward.

Quick-thinking from winger Rhodri McAtee, who took a quick throw up in Hubert’s Hill 22, gave lock Ben Gulliver the chance to score the home side’s third try for 22-17 lead. The Blues hit back with a third convertred try to grab the lead once more, until another penalty from Cook gave his side the slenderist of leads. The late drama from Dorrian made sure that it was just enough to earn the points.

Some gutsy performances for the Pirates today, flankers Ben Cowan and Sam Betty had excellent games as did both the locks Ben Gulliver and Shaun Pammenter. In the backs the classy Cook caught the eye as did the industrious Nick Jackson in the centre.

Some positives to take forward as the Pirates build for Saturday’s clash at Sandy Park against the undefeated Exeter Chiefs. It promises to be a cracker!

In National League 1, Redruth this week were on the wrong end of an 11-10 scoreline as London Scottish maintained their push for top honours as they came back from 10-0 down to win with a last-gasp Frankie Neale penalty.

Fair to say that Redruth were put under tremendous pressure in this game and did well to lead at half-time 7-0 thanks to a try from Mark Bright converted by Brett Rule, Rule added a second half penalty, but Redruth made the fatal mistake of trying to close the game down and were made to pay for it.

The Cornish All Blacks got back to winning ways in impressive style winning 33-29 at Otley. Sam Hocking, Jason Luff and Josh Lord scored Launceston’s tries with Tony Yapp converting all three plus four penalties. Next up for the Cornish All Blacks the visit of leaders Esher to Polson next Saturday!

In the Tribute leagues, in South West 1 West, another fine result for St. Ives as they won 23-14 at Torquay Athletic. A penalty-try award and a second try from prop hugh Noot both converted by player/coach Ian Morgan who also kicked three penalties,

In Tribute Western Counties West, this week’s derby was at Camborne as the Cherry & Whites made it nine wins from ten with a 27-3 win over Penryn. Tom Hinds, Tom Knotman, Shane Woods and Joe Parma scored tries for Town with Dave Mankee kicking a conversion and a penalty with Woods also adding a conversion. For Penryn Taron Peacock kicked a penalty.

Newquay Hornets at last got back to winning ways with a 17-12 win at Minehead. Tim Eustace, Rob McIntyre and Lee Pascoe scored the Hornets’ tries with sam Cullen adding a conversion.

Truro won well at Withycombe 42-10 with tries comming from Luke Trescothick (2), Jake Champion (2) and Mark Lee. Scott Martin added four conversions and three penalties.

Wadebridge Camels had a fine win at home against Tiverton 51-0, scoring nine tries in all, Dan Briskham enjoyed a hat-trick, whilst Matt Ballard bagged a brace. Other scores came from Cam Lees, Tom Crothers Shaun Hawkey and Ben May. Josh Taylor added three conversions.

Bude won at home against Tavistock 22-10. Simon Hicks, Matt Trewin Luke Dunkin and Kurt Blake all scored tries with Trwin adding one conversion.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish won at Winchester by 20-7, match report here

In the Cornwall & Devon League, Stithians’ fine run came to an end at Teignmouth were the Cornish side lost 40-10 in a feisty encounter which saw three players dismissed two for the hosts and one for the visitors! Stithians sole try was scored by Damien Lyall, with Martin Strick converting and adding a penalty.

In the Cornish derby Liskeard & Looe won the battle of the “Lions” 14-6 at Hayle. Josh Rule kicked a couple of penalties for the home side, whilst James Knowles-Johnson converted his own try as well as a penalty try for the visitors.

Falmouth drew at home to Torrington 9-9, Jack Brown with two penalties and also a penalty from Matt Horton.

St. Austell lost at Bideford 15-12, Andy Ashwin kicking four penalties.

Saltash well-beaten at Crediton 63-, Rob Eatwell scoring for the Ashes with Morgan Toms converting.

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MIXED FORTUNES FOR OUR TOP SIDES

In the Championship,having struggled with a spate of injuries the Cornish Pirates were this week hit by a flu bug prior to their trip to Rotherham, so in many ways it was perhaps not too surprising that they lost at Clifton Lane 29-20. Former Redruth centre PJ Gidlow came on as a second half replacement for the Titans making his debut for his new side.

The Pirates scored a couple of tries from scrum-half James Doherty and all-action skipper Blair Cowan. Jimmy Moore playing at fly-half slotted both conversions and a couple of penalties. Chris Stirling will no doubt rue the fact that his side didn’t get any points from the game despite their handicaps. Mark Stevens WMN match report can be found here

In National League 1 Redruth secured a narrow win over a very useful Otley side at the Rec. The Reds welcomed back Mark Bright after his Air New Zealand Cup exploits with Tasman Makos. It took the Kiwi No.8 just three minutes to set up a try for scrum-half Mark Richards in the Piggy Lane Corner.

With Mark Scrivener adding a couple of second half penalites the Reds looked set for the win until Otley hit back with a penalty from their excellent fly-half James Murray who also converted Oliver Stedman’s try. Redruth held out 11-10.

The Cornish All Blacks were well beaten up at Cambridge 22-8 with just a Tony Yapp penalty and a try from Bruce Pow to show for their efforts.

In the Tribute regional league in South West 1 West, St. Ives followed up their win at Yatton the previous week with an impressive 52-5 win over St. Mary’s Old Boys at Alexandra Road. The Hakes ran in eight tries with Ashley Weston, Tom Nicholas, Tom Outram, Nick Hitchens (2), Ben Taylor, Tim McBride, and Shane Poynton all crossing. Player/coach Ian Morgan chipped in with four conversions with James Trezise adding a couple more.

In Western Counties West, Camborne kept the pressure up on leaders Kingsbridge with a 30-14 win at home to Okehampton. Joe Parma, Sam Matavesi, Ryan Spargo and Laurie Manna all scored tries for the Cherry & Whites. Shane Woods adding a couple of conversions and two penalties.

The aforementioned leaders Kingsbridge won 23-0 at the Sports Centre against Newquay Hornets who are having a torrid season thus far.

Truro are third in the table after their 27-11 win at Tiverton. Rikki Brandon and Luke Trescothick scored Truro’s tries whilst the boot of Scott Martin added 17 points.

Wadebridge Camels also won in Devon 29-15 at Tavistock. Danny Briscombe (2), Ben Collings and Mark Grubb scoring the Camels’ tries. Josh Taylor kicking three out of four conversions and a penalty.

In the day’s Cornish derby Penryn defeated Bude at the Memorial Ground 34-7. Six tries for the Borough faithful to cheer from Mike Slater, Matt Symons, Allen Jordan (2), Taron Peacock and Kevin Hughes. Peacock slotting a couple of conversions. For Bude Matt Willimas got their sole try, which Olly Denford converted.

Up in London it was Intermediate Cup day with London Cornish progressing to the 3rd round with a 25-21 win over Sevenoaks. Dickon Moon’s match report can be found here.

In the Cornwall & Devon league, village side Stithians are up to third after a 41-20 win over visitors Torrington.

St. Austell, after a couple of defeats won at Tregorrick against Teignmouth 20-14.

Hayle beat Falmouth in the Cornish Derby 16-7, whilst up in the east of the county Liskeard & Looe lost at Lux Park to leaders Wellington 23-19 and Saltash lost at Moorlands to Bideford 13-9.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO RYAN AND SEAN

FROM TRELAWNY’S ARMY SUPPORTERS CLUB

PRESENTATIONS OF PLAYERS OF THE YEAR AWARDS

At our Annual General Meeting held this evening at the St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre the following awards, as voted for by our membership, were presented by our guest for the evening Mark Stevens, Sports Editor, of the Western Morning News.

CORNWALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2009

RECIPIENT OF THE BILL OSBORNE MEMORIAL SHIELD

RYAN WESTREN (CORNISH ALL BLACKS)

CORNWALL U.20 PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2009

RECIPIENT OF THE TONY MEAD MEMORIAL SHIELD

SEAN HAWKEY (WADEBRIDGE CAMELS & UWIC)

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THIRD LOSS ON THE TROT FOR PIRATES

The Cornish Pirates are going through a pretty tough time at the moment and on Saturday London Welsh heaped more misery on the Cornish side with a 34-10 win at Old Deer Park in the Championship.

It was the Pirates’ third straight loss with the Welsh exiles scoring six tries, to confirm their status as one of the pre-season favourites for promotion. Rhys Jones kicked a first half penalty with Wes Davies scoring a second half try, which Jimmy Moore converted.

The Pirates will hope to bounce back this Sunday when they entertain Birmingham & Solihull at Camborne with a 2pm kick-off.

In National League it was very much the case of the one that got away as the Cornish All Blacks let a 19-3 lead at Blackheath to lose 20-19 with the last kick of the match. Launceston’s head coach John Hill felt that his side had “committed suicide”

Launceston led at the break thanks to an un-converted try scored by centre Ryan Westren. A lead which they increased early in the second half with try from Ben Turner converted by Tony Yapp. Despite Blackheath getting on the scoreboard thanks to a penalty, Launceston’s Ed Lewsey scored his side’s third try with Yapp adding the extras.

Blackheath hit the All Blacks with two converted tries in the final ten minutes, before landing a long-range penalty with the last kick of the game to seal the win.

At Redruth, the Reds ran out predictable winners 91-5 against a hapless Manchester, who never-the-less deserve a huge amount of credit for never giving up and scoring a consolation try right at the end of the game. If Manchester keep on sticking at it as they did on Saturday then they will despite defeat make a lot of friends. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season.

In the Tribute regional league, in South West 1 West, St. Ives couldn’t prevent Sidmouth registering their first league win of this campaign as the Hakes lost 24-16. St. Ives who lost former Mount’s Bay scrum-half Mike Molloy this week to Maidstone saw all their points scored by Ashley Westren.

In the Western Counties West league, there were a couple of Cornish derbies with Camborne winning at the Sportscentre against Newquay Hornets 52-20. Town scored eight tries with touchdowns coming from Joe Parma (2), Rob Floyd (2), Dave Roberts, James Rapson, James Goldsworthy and Tom Hinds. Dave Mankee adding five conversions and Dean Pascoe one. For the Hornets, Rob McIntyre crossed for a brace of tries with Matt Cross getting a third. Sam Cullen kicked a conversion with Chevy Reed kicking a penalty.

At the Memorial Ground, Penryn and Truro drew 11-11 with Truro’s Scott Martin kicking a late penalty to earn a share of the spoils. Taron Peacock scored Penryn’s try with Rob Banks kicking a couple of penalties. Truro’s try was scored by Gareth Dodgson with Martin kicking two penalties.

Wadebridge Camels, despite being a little depleted on the player front won well at Okehampton 28-14. Sam Stone, Dan Briskham and Matt Grubb scored tries for the Camels with Josh Taylor kicking three penalties.

Bude found it hard going up at North Petherton where they lost 33-10. Paul Williams scored and converted his own try with Olly Denford kicking a penalty.

In London 2 SW, another defeat for our exiles as London Cornish lost 39-9 at Tottonians.

In the Cornwall & Devon league, a tremendous win for Stithians at St. Austell, whose season has gone off the rails in recent weeks. Stithians scored three tries in their 28-10 win with Steve Hall (2) and Andy Creedon scoring the tries. Martin Strick kicking the points and Mike Creedon a drop-goal. For St. Austell Tait Richardson scored a try, which Andy Ashwin converted as well as a penalty.

Falmouth lost heavily at leaders Wellington 36-0.

Hayle lost at home to Exeter Saracens 10-3, Kelvin James kicking Hayle’s only points.

Liskeard & Looe lost at home to Crediton 18-6, James Noel-Johnson kicking a couple of penalties.

Saltash defeated Torrington 22-19, thanks to a penalty-try and scores from Kieran Hurrell and Ben Devonport. Tod Crofts kicking the other points.

Wednesday night sees the delayed Annual General Meeting of Trelawny’s Army Supporters Club, when the winners of the “Bill Osborne” Memorial Shield for the Cornwall Player of the Year, and the “Tony Mead” Memorial Shield for the Cornwall U.20 Player of the Year will be formally announced.

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LAUNCESTON CLIMB TO THIRD

LAUNCESTON, recorded their fifth win from six games on Saturday as they defeated Tynedale 23-17 at Polson Bridge in National League 1. Although out scored on the try front 3 to 2, the Cornish All Blacks can thank the boot of Tony Yapp as he kicked a valuable 13 points. Tries came from Darren Semmens and Jason Luff.

Redruth made the trip to high flying Wharfedale and travelled home with a losing bonus point having gone down 28-21. Redruth were able to field Adryan Winnan at full back and will have been happy to see the return of Nathan Pedley. Redruth were always in it, having been awarded a penalty try, Lewis Vinnicombe again got on the score sheet with his 6th try of the season.

Sunday afternoon saw the arrival of Bristol to Camborne to take on the depleted Cornish Pirates, a pity this game arrived at a time when the Pirates have been decimated by injuries. A tight first half saw both sides turn around tied at 6-6. The highlight had to be Aisea Havili’s drop-goal to open the scoring….class!

The second half was a different affair as Bristol’s pack got on top. Despite the set back there were some great performances from the pirates with hooker and skipper for the day Dave Ward and No.8 Laurie McGlone showing up well.

Former Albion star Luke Arscott opened the try scoring after 50 minutes with winger Dan Norton’s try following a blindside break the pick of the scores. Flanker Redford Pennycock scored Bristol’s third try before the power of the visiting pack claimed the bonus point try as the Pirates conceeded a penalty-try near their line. At least the 4,115 crowd had something to cheer as Rhodri McAtee scored a last gasp try, which full back Rob Cook converted.

In the South West Tribute leagues, in South West 1 West, a better day for St. Ives as they drew at home to Paignton 14-14. Mike Molloy kicked three penalties and Ben Taylor scored the try.

In Western Counties West, Camborne got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 34-0 win over visitors Minehead Barbarians. Dave Roberts with a brace, Sam Matavesi, James Rapson and Nathan Curnow were the try scorers with Dave Mankee’s boot adding three conversions and a drop-goal.

Truro are third after their 33-15 win over Okehampton at St. Clements. Two tries from scrum-half Rikki Brandon with Tim Gay and Gareth Hodgson also crossing, Scott Martin kicking the other points.

Wadebridge Camels are just behind Truro after their thumping win at home to North Petherton 50-3.Well ahead at half-time thanks to tries from Sean Hawkey Cameron Lees and Sam Stone, Camels scored another four tries during the second half through Dan Briskham (2), Ben Collings, and Matt Ballard, Josh Taylor kicking the other points.

Penryn had a fine win in Devon at Tiverton where they won 44-26. Matt Simmonds (2), Sam Harrison, Chris Mann, Rob Banks and Grant Randleson all crossed for the Borough. Banks adding 4 conversions and 2 penalties.

It was “Surf City” derby up at Bude as Newquay Hornets were the visitors with the home side catching the breaker to hit the beach first by 22-12! Bude scored four excellent tries through Danny Frost, Matt Trewin, Olly Denford and Paul Williams, Denford also landing a conversion. For the Hornets Rob McIntyre and James Bazeley scored tries with Sam Cullen adding a conversion.

Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish recoreded their second league win of the season as they defeated Trojans 24-20. Dickon Moon’s report can be found here.

In the Cornwall & Devon League, a major upset as leaders St. Austell crashed in spectacular fashion at Falmouth by 32-6, Steve Roe (2), Alex Tacchi and Phil Wells scored tries for Fal as they recorded their best win for a couple of seasons. Stithians had another great win at home to Saltash in the Cornish derby by 52-29, with the Creedon’s getting on the scoresheet as well as Lewis Vague, Ben Ashwin, Ben Waters James Bubb and Tom Clarke. For the Ashes Joe Skinnard scored a couple of tries with Kieran Hurrell also grabbing one.

Hayle lost at Crediton 22-7 with Liam Kearey scoring their try, Scott Powell converting. Liskeard & Looe lost up at Bideford 37-20.

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DAWSEY’S HOMEWORK PAYS OFF

Last week’s column when I waxed lyrical about all things Pirate must have been the proverbial kiss of death, next outing first defeat of the season!

Dawsey came down and worked out a plan to grind out a win and fair play to Albion on their 16-8 win on Saturday at the Brickfields. Missing influential Kiwi’s skipper Blair Cowan and fly-half Jonny Bentley, the Pirates trailed Albion 11-3 at the break with just a Rhys Jones penalty to show for their efforts. Albion scored a second try before Rhodri McAtee scored for the Pirates but that was as close as they would get, and so Albion became the first side to haul down the Pirates’ colours in the league this season.

Next Sunday the Cornish Pirates entertain Bristol. A great shame that former Pirate Bertrand Bédés will not be in the Bristol line up having suffered a ruptured cruciate knee ligament after just eleven minutes of the match against Rotherham. Bertrand we wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back playing as soon as possible.

Two good wins for Cornish Clubs in National League 1 on Saturday. The Cornish All Blacks travelled to Monks Lane and got the better of Newbury Blues 25-23. Ryan Westren and Ben Turner (2) got the All Blacks’ tries, with Tony Yapp kicking ten points.

After leading Blaydon by 6-0 at half-time, Redruth scored four second half tries to notch up their second win on the trot by 30-12. Skipper Darren Jacques, Lewis Vinnicombe, Chris Morris and Jamie Semmens all crossed for the Reds with Mark Scrivener adding another ten points with the boot.

In the Tribute Leagues. In South West 1 West, a day that St. Ives will want to forget in a hurry as they travelled back from Newton Abbot having conceded 81 points.

In the Western Counties West; match of the day was between the two unbeaten sides as Kingsbridge entertained Camborne with the home side winning 13-9. Town’s David Mankee kicked three penalties.

Truro had a good win at North Petherton winning 26-15, with tries from Chris Gilbert and Sean Rosewarne. Scott Martin’s boot kicked the other points.

Derby day at Newquay where the Hornets took on Wadebridge Camels. Camels winning 26-16, thanks to four tries from Dan Briskham, Tom O’Donnell, Sam Stone and Ben May, Josh Taylor adding three conversions. For the Hornets, a penalty try converted by Chevy Reed who also kicked three penalties.

Bude lost at Minehead by 22-17, despite scoring three tries through Dave Uglow, Steve Yates and Olly Denford. Denford also added a conversion.

Penryn will have been disappointed to lose at home to Tavistock 26-16. James Mann scored a couple of tries for the Borough with Banks kicking a couple of penalties.

Up in London it was a day off in the leagues so no game for London Cornish.

In the Cornwall & Devon League; St. Austell maintained their fine start with another win this time at Saltash 38-17.

Hayle got to back to winning ways with an 18-17 win at home to Bideford. Stithians maintained their fine run with another win this time at Plymstock by 24-17 with three tries from Nathan Thomas. Liskeard & Looe won at home to Teignmouth by 29-16, whilst Falmouth lost 16-0 at Exeter Saracens.

Bedtime reading at the moment is Steve Tomlin and Dick Straughan’s excellent book PIRATES, PIRATES! It’s a great read and I certainly recomend any rugby enthusiast to get hold of a copy. Once completed I shall review the book on the website.

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