PIRATES FINISH AS RUNNERS-UP

ALL HAIL THE CHAMPIONS – LONDON WELSH! Well you’d think so wouldn’t you after the Welsh exiles deservedly won the RFU Championship last Wednesday week.

Sadly that is not the case. The RFU are sticking to their ruling that the Welsh cannot go up to the Aviva Premiership making a farce of the Championship as a whole.

The RFU bigwigs at the Kassam Stadium deservedly got the chorus of boos from both London Welsh and Cornish Pirates supporters they deserved as the Championship trophy and medals were handed out with indecent haste at the end of the game.

I felt very sorry for the Pirates’ players who appeared to get nothing, not even a handshake or bad luck from the RFU! What a shower!! However, I have since learned that they were given medals after Sky’s coverage had finished!!

It really was a final that was dominated by events off the field rather than on it. Cornwall Council came out with impeccable timing announcing that they would not be forthcoming with the £10 million towards the stadium for Cornwall project to add to the controversy from the RFU over promotion.

So with the season over plans are now in-hand for the 2012-13 season. Sadly and inevitably a few Pirates will be moving on and it comes as no real surprise to learn that prop Carl Rimmer (Exeter Chiefs) and lock Ian Nimmo (Newport Gwent Dragons) will be moving to a higher level of rugby. Sad too the loss of Rhodri McAtee off to Championship rivals Plymouth Albion. Other players are also on the move in addition to the transfers of Drew Locke (Gloucester) and Dave Ward (Harlequins) previously announced.

In their place new players will come in and I am sure they will soon prove to be crowd pleasers too!

On the transfer front I note the arrival of Cornishman Toby Freeman at Rotherham Titans next season. Toby has spent a couple of season’s playing in Spain with Ordizia, this season finishing runners-up in the Championship final and winning the Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) in which he scored a couple of tries and was named man-of-the-match, winning his body weight in beer!

Another Cornishman who was at Ordizia, lock Tom Parker a Spanish International player and who indeed captained Spain recently in an international in Moscow against Russia is also on the move with Vannes in Brittany being the destination. Vannes who currently play in Federale 1 have plans to push for the Pro 2 over the next three years and can look forward to a more sympathetic support from their local authorities as the municipal stadium in Vannes will be available if and when they make the leap to professional rugby in Pro 2.

We shall be following with interest from this side of the Channel!

Looking forard to tomorrow evening’s final of the Top 14 between Toulouse and Toulon. A repeat of the 1985 final would be marvellous when Toulouse won 36-22 in extra-time scoring six tries!

Guy Noves was in the victorious Toulouse side that day, whilst 1991 Bernard Laporte captained Begles to the title against Toulouse!

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FIRED UP WELSH HOLD ADVANTAGE

As usual the RFU picked it’s moment! This time to deliver the news about four hours before kick-off that London Welsh’s plans to play their Premiership games at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium was no go due primacy of tenure, in other words nor being able to play match as dictated by Premier Rugby or the TV schedules.

Bit like a red rag to a bull, and certainly one to wind up good and proper the Welsh exiles prior to their game at the Mennaye last night and boy didn’t they put on a performance. Granted the Cornish Pirates were a tad below par from the performance levels they showed over their two legs against Bristol.

So Welsh will go into the second leg with a 16-point advantage from their win last night.

Brendan Gallagher in the Daily Telegraph has a national press match report  in the link.

I still think the Cornish Pirates have it in them to turn round this deficit despite having to trek up to the Kassam.

That game will bring the curtain down on another memorable rugby season in Cornwall. We will hadly have time to draw breath before we embark on the roller coaster once again for 2012/13!

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A FULL MENNAYE EXPECTED FOR THE FINAL

By Phil Westren

The Cornish Pirates will play the first leg of this season’s RFU Championship final at the Mennaye Field, Penzance, on Wednesday (ko 7.45pm), when a ‘full house’ is expected with the visit of London Welsh.

It will be the second season running that the Pirates have reached the final, remembering that they performed well against Worcester Warriors last year, despite losing 12-21 and 25-20.

The Pirates qualified for the final this year with an aggregate score of 63-53 from the twin-legged semi-final games played against Bristol Rugby, whilst London Welsh ended their two games against Bedford Blues with a 30-27 advantage.

Dave Ewers takes the No. 6 shirt for the Cornish Pirates following the news that flanker Chris Morgan unluckily broke his arm in the ‘semi’ at Bristol, and the full side selected  is as follows:-

Cornish Pirates:   R. Cook, G. Pointer, S. Hill, A. Suniula, D. Doherty, C. Thomas, G. Cattle (capt), K. Marriott, P. Burgess, D. Ewers, I. Nimmo, L. McGlone, A. Paver, D. Ward, C. Rimmer.

Replacements:   R. Storer, R. Elloway, R. Brits, M. Smith, B. Maidment, T. Kessell, M. Evans.

Referee:   Greg Garner (RFU)            Assistants:   Luke Pearce & Chris Sharp

Match Day Sponsor:   Cornish Mining          Match Ball Sponsors:   The Cadgwith Singers

General information to note:-

Tickets:   The club’s ticket office 01736-331961 is open until 5pm on Tuesday but will be closed on match day. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.cornish-pirates.com until 10pm on Tuesday and they are also available from various Warrens bakers shops about the county.

It is expected that terrace tickets will be available to buy at the gate on Wednesday evening but because demand is likely to be high the strong advice is to purchase needs in advance.

Gates & Bars – the gates and bars will open at 5.30pm.

Car Parking – the Isles of Scilly car park at Wherrytown on the western end of the promenade (by the Co-op) will be open at 5.30pm until 10.30pm. The parking fee is £3-00. Other car parks are available about and for those who park in the streets nearby please park sensibly and legally, taking due consideration for residents that live in the area.

Flags – don’t forget to bring your Cornish Pirates flags that were given out at our home semi-final. Wave them with passion and pride.

Falmouth Marine Band – we are delighted that the FMB will be in attendance once again, as will the Cadgwith Singers, as ever.

Arrive early – to avoid congestion at the gates, the advice is to arrive early.

Enjoy the game!

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A CASE OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN FOR NEXT SUNDAY

At the final whistle yesterday there is now doubt that the Cornish lads felt that but for a couple of breaks, they and not Hertfordshire, would be going to Twickenham next Sunday to face Lancashire in the Bill Beaumont Cup Final, at the ridiculous hour of 11 a.m.

“What could have been” lamented skipper Ben Hilton. The late penalty that hit the upright coupled with some indifferent referring left Cornwall in the runners-up spot in the pool.

“Last week is on everyone’s mind, it ruined my week the rest of the squad choked on it too. You can talk about the kick at the end but for me it wasn’t the kick we didn’t sadly do enough on the day and a good side will punish you. Two minutes losing our focus proved costly and our chance has gone for this year, but we demonstrated great spirit and pride and it’s good for our supporters to see us playing some quality rugby again.

“We knew the situation from Cinderford via our management fed us the news. I wanted to maximise our points to give us a chance should Hertfordshire slip up, but they did enough so congratulations to them on getting to Twickenham again.

“I chose to play up the slope first half, possibly against the conditions, we went in at half-time ahead, despite the fact that some were unhappy with our performance! However, I think we played to our strength, I was prepared to defend during the first half, but I don’t think North Midlands fully used their advantage and in the second half we did use it to good effect.

“The coaches backed me 100 per cent with my decision to play up the slope first half and I was prepared for us to be trailing at half-time, that we led was a bonus.

“We had forward dominance and this week we were rewarded by the officials in that phase of the game.

“I agree that we should have scored more points, and that we squandered chances, but to be fair they never really threatened our line”.

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WIN NOT ENOUGH TO SEE CORNWALL TO TWICKERS

By Bill Hooper, at the Recreation Ground Camborne

Cornwall did their best to try and give themselves a chance of going to Twickenham next Sunday, but the narrow loss of Hertfordshire 27-25 at Gloucestershire saw the home-counties side through to their second successive final against title holders Lancashire who accounted for Cheshire at Broughton Park 36-29.

There was disappointment once more for centre Ryan Westren, whose groin injury flared up preventing him from playing. Steve Johns moved from the wing with Tom Notman coming off the bench and Aron Struminski a star from this season’s U.20 campaign coming on to the bench.

Cornwall’s head coach Dave “Benji” Thomas was pleased with the win, but still felt aggrieved with last week’s rub of the green at Hertford. He said. “They came out of the blocks all firing, they had a solid pack and some pacey backs and it took us a little while to get to grips with them. We got the early try, but we were in their twenty-two a number of times during the first half and didn’t come away with points, which were really quite crucial, I felt the boys were a little over anxious in their execution”.

“At half-time we had a good chat, we told them they needed to keep the ball and play to the patterns we had been playing in our previous games, we did that and in the end we scored some good tries. Our forwards were immense especially the driving mauls and in the loose getting possession”.

“I know we lost that game last week by two points, but today was a fitting end for an exceptional group of players who have shown great spirit and commitment from day one when we assembled at Kingsley Village to map out our plan for the season. Hopefully we can keep this group together and kick on again next season and get to Twickenham”.

Cornwall elected to play up the slope first half and were rewarded with an early try after just 7 minutes scored by hooker Jamie Salter following some good work by the Cornish forwards.

Brett Rule added the first of his three conversions and Cornwall looked well set to dominate proceedings.

However, the visitors had other ideas and came back into the game well, scoring a well-worked try by Rhys Crane (Nottingham) on his county debut.

Goal kicker for the visitors Jimmy Oliver had an off-day with the boot missing the conversion and penalty shortly afterwards.

Cornwall really should have the most of their possession during the first half but saw some guilt-edge chances missed to go further ahead. Johns was held up over the line, whilst No.8 Sam Hocking crucially lost the ball near the whitewash.

Cornwall had the better of it with centre Lewis Paterson once more catching the eye along with the forwards notably prop Darren Jacques who carried well and was immense at scrum time, flanker Mike Rawlings always in the thick of the action and skipper Ben Hilton leading by example.

There was no further scoring during the first half so Cornwall turned around 7-5 to the good.

Cornwall needed an early try at the start of the second half and it come following several phases from Johns who angled his run to make the line.

Rule having missed the conversion made amends shortly after with a penalty to nudge Cornwall 15-5 ahead.

As the half wore on Cornwall needed tries. North Midlands were reduced to fourteen men as flanker Daniel Smith took a yellow card for offside. Rule kicked the penalty towards the clubhouse corner, Cornwall drove from the lineout with Hilton getting the black and gold’s third try.

Rule kicked the conversion, but with time fast running out Cornwall needed a fourth try to stand any chance of overhauling Hertfordshire.

Well into time added on Cornwall got the fourth try again from a forward drive with flanker Tom Rawlings getting the score, Rule added the extras but at the final whistle the news filtered through that Hertfordshire despite losing had done enough.

North Midlands defeat sees them relegated after just one season in the top division to be replaced by Kent who beat Somerset 32-28.

 

Cornwall 29 pts

Tries – Salter, Johns, Hilton, Tom Rawlings Penalty – Rule, Conversions – Rule (3)

North Midlands 5 pts

Try – Crane

Yellow Card – Smith (80)

 

Cornwall (Cornish All Blacks unless otherwise): B Rule (Redruth), R Bright, S Johns  (Plymouth Albion), L Paterson, T Notman (Redruth), J Murphy, D Pascoe (Penryn & Royal Navy); D Jacques (Redruth), J Salter, C Williams (Redruth), B Hilton (Capt), B Jenkins (Cambridge), M Rawlings, T Rawlings, S Hocking (Plymouth Albion).

Replacements all used: R Brown (Redruth), P Joyce (Redruth), C Fuca (Redruth), T Duncan (Redruth), G Goodfellow (Redruth), S Parsons (Redruth), A Struminski .

North Midlands: M Farrington (Dudley Kingswinford); R Crane (Nottingham), W Richards (Luctonians), F Pierpont (Birmingham & Solihull), C Mitchell (Plymouth Albion); J Oliver (Camp Hill),  D Brazier (Moseley);  C Voisey (Moseley), D Osleton (Rugby Lions),  S Thorpe (Dudley Kingswinford), E Parry (Dudley Kingswinford  capt),  M Lee (Old Saltleians),  D Smith (Luctonians), N Roy-Smith (Luctonians),  R Hill (Camp Hill).

Replacements used: C Lea (Birmingham Civil Service), I Darkintis (Birmingham & Solihull), T Breakwell (Old Halesonians), T Hughes (Malvern), S Leach (Camp Hill), I Mustow (Malvern). Not used: D Protherough (unattatched).

Referee: Shane Lewis (RFU)

Cornwall Star man: Darren Jacques put in some big drives and as always solid at scrum time.

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WESTY BACK FOR CORNWALL

WESTREN RETURNS TO FACE NORTH MIDLANDS

By Bill Hooper TASC Press Officer, at Recreation Ground Camborne

London Scottish centre Ryan Westren has recovered from a groin injury to line up for Cornwall in the final pool match in this season’s Bill Beaumont Cup Southern Section against North Midlands at Camborne kick-off 3 p.m.

Westren’s selection sees Steve Johns (Plymouth Albion) revert back to the wing in place of Rhodri McAtee (Cornish Pirates) who is unavailable.

Jake Murphy (Cornish All Blacks) ever present in the squad this campaign comes in at fly-half for unavailable club-mate Lewis Webb.

The other change to the starting XV is at scrum-half where Dave Pascoe (Royal Navy)  starts with Greg Goodfellow (Redruth) reverting to the bench.

The replacements bench is made up of players from the Redruth club with centre Sam Parson being added as backs cover.

Cornwall coach Dave “Benji” Thomas was pleased with the attitude and commitment of the squad. He said. “Training went really well tonight, but it’s been really good all the way through. This has been an exceptional bunch of players who have really brought in to what we want to achieve”.

Benji confirmed that despite not training due the knock he received on Saturday that full back Brett Rule should be fit after treatment.

Cornwall (Cornish All Blacks unless otherwise): B Rule (Redruth), R Bright, R Westren  (London Scottish), L Paterson, S Johns (Plymouth Albion), J Murphy, D Pascoe (Penryn & Royal Navy); D Jacques (Redruth), J Salter, C Williams (Redruth), B Hilton (Capt), B Jenkins (Cambridge), M Rawlings, T Rawlings, S Hocking (Plymouth Albion).

Replacements: R Brown (Redruth), P Joyce (Redruth), C Fuca (Redruth), T Duncan (Redruth), G Goodfellow (Redruth), S Parsons (Redruth), T Notman (Redruth) .

North Midlands have included 12 newcomers in their squad for their final County Championship Bill Beaumont Cup Division One South group match against Cornwall at Camborne on Saturday May 19 (3pm), writes Paul Bolton.
Injuries and unavailability have forced North Midlands to field a much-changed sideto that which beat Gloucestershire 47-37 at Stourbridge last weekend.
Dudley Kingswinford full-back Matt Farrington, Nottingham wing Rhys Crane,  Camp Hill fly-half Jimmy Oliver, Moseley scrum-half Dave Brazier, Bournville lock Rob Griffin and Luctonians flanker Daniel Smith are the debutants in the starting XV.
Farrington and Oliver have impressed playing in the RLF North Midlands Championship this season and Brazier for North Midlands Under-20s and Midlands Under-20s.

The replacements’ bench includes six newcomers with Birmingham Civil Service hooker Craig Lea the only one who has played senior county rugby before.
North Midlands will secure their place in the top flight if they beat Cornwall but they could lose and still stay up if Gloucestershire fail to beat Hertfordshire in the other group match.

North Midlands v Cornwall 15 Matt Farrington (Dudley Kingswinford); 14 Rhys Crane (Nottingham), 13 Will Richards (Luctonians), 12 Fred Pierrepont (Birmingham & Solihull), 11 Cameron Mitchell (Plymouth Albion); 10 Jimmy Oliver (Camp Hill), 9 Dave Brazier (Moseley); 1 Craig Voisey (Moseley), 2 Dan Osleton (Rugby Lions), 3 Stef Thorpe (Dudley Kingswinford), 4 Ed Parry (Dudley Kingswinford – captain), 5 Rob Griffin (Bournville), 6 Daniel Smith (Luctonians), 7 Nathan Roy-Smith (Luctonians), 8 Rob Hill (Camp Hill).

Replacements: Craig Lea (Birmingham Civil Service), Ignas Darkintis (Birmingham & Solihull), Tim Breakwell (Old Halesonians), Mitch Lee (Old Saltleians), Tommi Hughes (Malvern), Steve Leach (Camp Hill), Ieuan Mustow (Malvern).

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CORNWALL’S SKIPPER SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON HERTS DEFEAT

Cornwall’s skipper Ben Hilton has penned his thoughts on the defeat last Saturday at Hertford.

He and the rest of the squad also look forward to sharing a beer or two with all the supporters after the final whistle.

“First of all…Let me thank everyone who came up to Herts to support the boys. We gave it our best shot, certainly against a much stronger team on paper. For 70 minutes we absolutely crushed a very very capable team, unfortunately for us, they showed just how capable in a spell of about 6 minutes or so. That is a sign of a very good team – to play poorly and still end up with a W!

“For us I think we should be disappointed and it also highlights just how much focus is required throughout the entire game. They capitalised on our few mistakes and there really were, literally, just a few. We played the game perfectly but for a few minor minor events / decisions / mistakes.

“For me – to give a full penalty for an accidental offside from the kick off knock on is rather officous, Sam (Hocking) was unlucky and the ball bounced and hit Bryns’ leg. They ended up scoring from that penalty.
“Our kick off didn’t go 10, giving them possession immediately after they picked up the pace. This eventually swung the momentum and resulted in a second try in quick succession.

“Other than that I thought we managed the game perfectly up until that point. Yes I would have expected a penalty try considering we did have their scrum over their try-line on at least 7 occasions but only to be reset or be awarded only a full arm penalty. What was said before the game about aspects of the scrum were not upheld during the game, which is frustrating. I know there will be some out there who said I should have persevered with the scrum dominance but in my opinion for the Herts scrum half to dive on the ball – while we were walking over their try-line to score a pushover, is somewhat cynical – when I asked the referee if he felt that was a try scoring opportunity he said no and awarded us a penalty. Two minutes left to play – do I risk any number of things happening or going wrong in yet another scrum? Or do I take the relatively straight forward 3 point shot, we then get the ball back and see out the final minute? I chose the cup final approach that is county rugby and the percentages say take the shot to gain the lead. If you get a chance – take it. The wind kicked up and swirled the ball off the post. Very, very difficult pill to swallow for me and I am sure the rest of the boys and the supporters alike feel equally down.

“We would like to see everyone down at Camborne where we all will be signing off our rugby season. Please come down and have a beer with the guys – everyone is staying for a social after the North Midlands match. I think we will be in for a very tough match after a deflating week. We will need all the support we can get, especially after their result on Saturday.

“Let’s not forget – mathematically it is possible for us to still win the group….but likewise it is also possible that we could finish in last place which would be a travesty but the bonus point system could make life difficult for everyone. Let’s hope it is not us!!

“I have felt very honoured and privileged to captain such a great bunch of loyal Cornwall supporters – there is something special about the unity of the squad and that only makes yesterdays game even more painful. Thanks to everyone involved and i would love to see and hear you all on Saturday.

Kindest regards to you all

Ben and the rest of the Cornwall squad and management 2012

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CORNISH PIRATES MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

So the twenty-one point advantage proved to be more than enough after the first leg of the semi-final as the Cornish Pirates, despite losing at the Memorial Ground 29-18 went through on aggregate 63-53 over favourites Bristol.

The Pirates exposed Bristol in open play scoring two cracking tries on the counter through full back Rob Cook and openside flanker Phil Burgess.

Bristol did their best to try and pull back the deficit, but as the game wore on they never had enough of a margin, their final try brought them to within seven, but Cook’s final penalty meant they needed to score twice as the minutes ticked away at the end of the game.

So the Pirates will now face London Welsh in the final with the first leg to be played at the Mennaye on Wednesday 23rd May kick-off 7-45 pm with the return to be played at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford a week later on the 30th May again at 7-45 pm.

In the Bill Beaumont Cup, Cornwall came close to upsetting Hertfordshire losing 29-27, a game they will feel that they should have won.

Despite the RFU tables showing Hertfordshire on 9 points, they actually have 10 points having scored four tries or more in both their wins so far.

Cornwall will have a tough finale on Saturday when they take on North Midlands, who beat Gloucestershire last Saturday.

Needless to say Cornwall could do with a good crowd to get behind the boys on Saturday, so get down to Camborne for the 3 pm kick-off.

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EYES OF THE WORLD TURN TOWARDS CORNWALL

For one day only………..! This Saturday the Olympic Flame will traverse the Duchy on its first leg on the journey around the United Kingdom having been flown in to RNAS Culdrose on Friday under immense, almost unprecedented security. I understand many of the roads around the base will be closed off just for the plane to land!

The flame will then be carried by various runners/torchbearers passing by Helston and Falmouth before heading East towards Plymouth via Truro. Yachtsman Ben Ainslie a triple Olympic gold medal winner who learned to sail in the Carrick Roads will be the first bearer to set off from Land’s End. There will be many worthy members of the public who will carry the torch through the towns and villages along the route, including the Cornish Pirate’s captain Gavin Cattle.

Much has been said about the legacy of the Olympics be it cultural, sporting, economic or facilities. Sadly, and not for the first time, Cornwall is set to miss out totally on any such legacy.

We failed to attract any of the nations competing at the Games to set up pre-Olympic training camps in Cornwall, simply because we totally lack in infrastructure. For too long we hid behind the myth that Redruth’s Recreation Ground had the biggest capacity outside of Twickenham. The modern game requirements and Health & Safety put paid to the myth.

Despite the chronic lack of investment in stadia in Cornwall for generations, when the time has come to put right that neglect, people navel gaze and drum up every excuse under the sun not to put money into a project which will in the long-term, and that is how it must be viewed, will bring untold benefits to the people of Cornwall, not just in terms of sporting achievement but economically and socially as well.

So in this the week when the world looks to Cornwall, what a message it could give by assisting in the cost of the delivery of a sporting arena that will serve the county for many, many years to come. That would be a true statement in the Olympic spirit!

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HERTS SET FOR TWICKERS

HERTFORDSHIRE 29 – 27 CORNWALL

Cornwall’s hopes of reaching a first County Championship Final since 1999 rest out of their hands following this narrow defeat at Hertford.

It’s a game Cornwall will look back on and know they should have won as they lead 24 – 8 early in the second half.

They were rocked by three second half tries which gave Hertfordshire the advantage.

Cornwall had a chance to regain the lead but a late penalty from Dave Pascoe, which looked set to go through the posts, was caught by the wind and slammed into the upright and stayed out!

By such small margins are games won and lost.

Cornwall trailed to an early Liebenberg try after just five minutes as Hertfordshire dominated the early exchanges.

However, Cornwall soon found their feet with full back Brett Rule kicking a penalty.

Richard Gregg and Rule then swapped penalties before Cornwall got their opening try scored by centre Lewis Paterson for an 11-8 score-line to Cornwall.

Cornwall kept the pressure up getting a second try just before half-time with prop Darren Jacques claiming the score. Rule slotted the conversion for an 18-8 half-time advantage to the men in black and gold.

Rule kicked a penalty to extend Cornwall’s lead soon after half-time, but sadly the Redruth full-back had to retire injured soon after.

Dave Pascoe on for scrum-half Greg Goodfellow assumed goal kicking duties and stretched Cornwall’s lead with another penalty to 24-8.

Hertfordshire’s Rob Schillaci scored a try, which fly-half James Shanahan converted.

Pascoe kicked a second penalty for Cornwall to keep them ahead 27-15

Sadly Cornwall then conceded two quick tries which put Hertfordshire back into the lead 29-27.

Tom Jubb got the first of the two tries and then replacement winger Mike Allen scorched in out wide to leave a tough touchline conversion for Tom Newton who kicked a superb kick.

Cornwall looked to comeback but their final chance from Pascoe’s penalty kick which struck the post left them empty handed.

 

Hertfordshire:Richard Gregg (Old Albanian); Kameli Ratouvou (Saracens), Joel Tomkins (Saracens), Chris Lombaard (Old Albanian), Ben Ransom (Saracens); James Shanahan (Old Albanian), Stefan Liebenberg (Old Albanian); Jared Saunders (Saracens), Brett MacNamee (Hertford) (Capt), Rob Schillaci (Hertford), Craig South (Hertford), Tom Mowbray (Chinnor), Ollie Cooper-Miller (Old Albanian), Rod Fahrenheim (Old Albanian), Billy Johnson (Bedford).

Replacements: Stuart Bailey (Old Albanian), Michael Cade (Old Albanian), Jim Remfry (Barnes), Tom Jubb (Cambridge), Laurence Wright (Old Albanian), Tom Newton (Tring), Michael Allen (Hertford)

 

Cornwall (Cornish All Blacks unless otherwise): B Rule (Redruth), R Bright, S Johns (Plymouth Albion), L Paterson, R McAtee (Cornish Pirates), L Webb, G Goodfellow (Redruth); D Jacques (Redruth), J Salter, C Williams (Redruth), B Hilton (Capt), B Jenkins (Cambridge), M Rawlings, T Rawlings, S Hocking (Plymouth Albion).

Replacements: R Brown (Redruth), P Joyce (Redruth), C Fuca (Redruth), T Duncan (Redruth), D Pascoe (Penryn & Royal Navy), J Murphy, T Notman (Redruth).

Referee: Terry Hall (RFU)

 

 

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