MATT JESS MAKES COUNTIES TOUR

The day after the County Shield final at Twickenham, Cornish All Black, Matt Jess will be jetting off to North America on the England Counties tour to USA and Canada. Jess is no stranger to the England Counties set-up having toured twice previously to Canada and South America.

Matt is the only Cornish player named in the touring party.

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CORNWALL SET TO STORM HQ

Cornwall are back at Twickenham following a 43-0 win over Eastern Counties on Saturday at Camborne.

It was all over by half-time as the Black & Golds raced into a 36-0 lead at the break. Just like last week at Hertford Cornwall scored an early try an absolute beauty with “made in Launceston” written all over it, Scrivener, Perry, Westren to Jess to score, what a start. Scrivener’s conversion the first of six successful kicks, only one conversion missed all afternoon before the Launceston fly-half had to leave the field with a nasty eye injury. Unlike last week Cornwall went from strength to strength steadily building on their lead throughout the opening period. Ten minutes were barely up before Cornwall had a second try scored by No8 Sam Hocking as Cornwall took a heal against the head in the Counties 22, the young No8 breaking off and powering over from close range. Scrivener kept the scoreboard ticking over with a second conversion and a penalty after 21 minutes. Paul Thirlby put a stop to the Launceston points scoring by squeezing in the clubhouse corner for Cornwall’s third try following another flowing move. A few moments later Thirlby was on hand to get his second try of the game. Cornwall’s fifth try came from Mount’s Bay’s Ben Hilton. Half-time 36-0 the game was as good as over.

Cornwall completed their scoring early in the second half with a wonderful individual effort from Redruth flyer Lewis Vinnicombe who showed real pace in carving his way through the Counties defence. Cornwall brought on their bench players during the second half and the intensity dipped naturally, Eastern Counties had periods of pressure but couldn’t breech the Cornish line as the Cornish defence held firm. Matt Jess was the victim of a nasty looking tackle, which rightly saw the offending Counties player sent to the sin bin, it was an isolated moment in a game played in good spirit by both sides, in the end Counties had to acknowledge that on the day they had been well-beaten by the better side.

Having mentioned the try scorers it would be wrong not to acknowledge the superb team performance, Richard Carroll immense in the pack, Darren Jacques who in my opinion is most unlucky not to have made the England Counties tour to North America, Josh Lord, Captain Marvel, leading by example from the whistle, Jess and Vinnicombe what a pair to have on the wings, they will both be relishing the prospect of that big pitch at Twickenham and the space it will have for them to show their paces.

Cornwall are back at Twickenham where they will face Northumberland in the Shield Final, the kick-off time for this match has been confirmed by the RFU as 10am on Sunday 1st June, tickets available either from the CRFU, the RFU or ticketmaster.

See Trelawny’s Army main page for travel and accomodation details for Twickenham.

Cornwall: P. Thirlby, M. Jess, R. Westren, S. Perry, L. Vinnicombe, M. Scrivener, M. Richards; D. Jacques, J. Salter, D. Clackworthy, B. Hilton, R. Carroll, J. Lord capt, A. Nicholls, S. Hocking.

Replacements all used; R. Pellow for M. Richards, J. Semmens for S. Perry, D. Semmens for J. Salter, P. Andrew for D. Clackworthy, J. Griffiths for B. Hilton, C. Fuca for A. Nicholls, M. Churcher for M. Scrivener.

Cornwall points Tries- Jess, Hocking, Thirlby (2), Hilton, Vinnicombe, Conversions- Scrivener (5), Penalty- Scrivener.

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CARROLL’S RETURN TO LIFT CORNWALL

The return of Richard Carroll, three times voted Trelawny’s Army player of the year, is the major change in the side to face Eastern Counties on Saturday at Camborne in the final match in this season’s County Shield, for the winners the prize of promotion to the County Championship (Bill Beaumont Cup) next season.

Steve Perry comes into the centre to link up with clubmate Ryan Westren, Lewis Vinnicombe comes in at the expense of Jamie Semmens who drops to the bench. In the pack apart from Carroll in for John Griffiths who reverts to the bench, Danny Clackworthy and Adam Nicholls start with Paul Andrew and Chris Fuca also starting from the bench. Bryn Jenkins makes way for Carroll’s inclusion, whilst Sam Parsons, Marek Churcher and Steve Wood are not included this time.

Cornwall: P Thirlby (Redruth); M Jess, R Westren, S Perry (all Cornish All Blacks), L Vinnicombe (Redruth); M Scrivener (Cornish All Blacks), M Richards; D Jacques (both Redruth), J Slater, D Clackworthy; B Hilton, R Carroll (all Mounts Bay), J Lord (Cornish All Blacks, capt), A Nicholls (Mounts Bay), S Hocking (Cornish All Blacks).

Replacements: J Semmens, R Pellow, D Semmens, P Andrew, J Griffiths (all Mounts Bay), C Fuca (Redruth), AN Other.

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CORNWALL BROUGHT DOWN TO EARTH

Despite outscoring their hosts on the try front by four to three, Cornwall were beaten at Hertford on Saturday in their second County Shield match by 31-26. Meanwhile at Chinnor, Eastern Counties won their second match against Oxfordshire 18-14 and will travel to Camborne next Saturday knowing that a draw will be good enough for them to win the group, promotion and go to Twickenham!

It all started so well for Cornwall, prehaps too well as fly-half Mark Scrivener opened the scoring after 2 minutes with a try, which he converted. Hertfordshire replied with a try from scrum-half Ryan de la Harpe before Cornwall stretched their lead with winger Matt Jess scoring the first of two tries, which Scrivener was unable to convert. Cornwall then came under intense Hertfordshire pressure as their skipper and England Counties player No 8 Dave Archer scored two tries before half-time both converted by Richard Gregg for a 19-12 advantage.

Gregg kicked an early second half penalty, before Jess scored his second try with Scrivener adding the extras. Gregg kicked two further penalties as Cornwall were left to play catch up rugby. A late try by Ryan Westren converted by Paul Thirlby brought Cornwall back to within two points, a fourth Gregg penalty left Cornwall looking for a converted try to win the game and despite a long period of time added on they couldn’t score again.

So it’s all to play for at Camborne next Saturday, a Cornwall win will see them through thanks to their massive points difference from their first game, unless of course Hertfordshire also score a hatfull of points against Oxfordshire. Eastern Counties know that a draw will be good enough for them.

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JESS RECALLED FOR HERTFORDSHIRE TEST

Matt Jess comes into the starting XV for Cornwall’s second County Shield match at Hertford tomorrow afternoon at 3pm in place of the injured Lewis Vinnicombe. Redruth ace Paul Thirlby comes in at full back with Mount’s Bay’s Jamie Semmens switching to the other wing in place of Nathan Pedley. On the bench Sam Parsons (Cornish Pirates), Danny Clackworthy (Mount’s Bay) and Steve Woods (Redruth) come into the squad in place of Ollie Faulkner, Ricky Pellow and Adam Nicholls. Josh Lord will once again captain the side.

Cornwall: P Thirlby (Redruth); J Semmens (Mounts Bay), R Westren (Cornish All Blacks), S Peters (Redruth), M Jess; M Scrivener (both Cornish All Blacks), M Richards; D Jacques (both Redruth), J Salter, P Andrew; J Griffiths, B Hilton (all Mounts Bay); J Lord (Cornish All Blacks, capt), C Fuca (Redruth), S Hocking (Cornish All Blacks)

Replacements: M Churcher (Mounts Bay), S Parsons (Cornish Pirates), J Bolt (Cornish All Blacks), D Semmens, D Clackworthy (both Mounts Bay), B Jenkins (Cornish All Blacks), S Woods (Redruth).

Hertfordshire: Kieron Davies (Ampthill); Ian Crompton (Stevenage Town), Jon Child (Welwyn), Ray Adde (Hemel Hempstead), Mark Evans (Old Albanian; Richard Gregg (Old Albanian), Ryan de la Harpe (Letchworth); Ryan Long (Tabard), Tavita Faamausili (Stevenage Town), Simon Carter (Newbury), Adam Amos (Stevenage Town), Robert Dumbleton (Harpenden), Alfie Church (Hertford), Ian Hardcastle (Westcombe Park), Dave Archer (Henley Hawks,Capt).

Replacements: Toby Prescott (Tring), Paul Welch (Hertford), Adam Gelman (Old Albanian), Matt Cross (Nuneaton), Jim Remfry (Caldy), Billy Johnson (Hertford), Gareth Davies (Tabard).

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CORNWALL BACK IN BUISNESS

Cornwall couldn’t have hoped for a better start in their quest to regain their place in the County Championship proper next season following an emphatic 66-8 win, scoring no less than eleven tries over Oxfordshire in their opening County Shield match at Redruth on Saturday in front of a sizeable crowd.

Played in fine weather though with a stiff breeze blowing across the pitch, which proved troublesome to the goal kickers, Cornwall stamped their authority on the game from the kick-off, as No 8 Sam Hocking made the first of his telling carries. The Cornwall pack carried far too many “big guns” for the Oxfordshire eight who had a torrid afternoon as the rampant Cornish forwards dominated.

The opening score wasn’t long in arriving, though it came from an intercept by Redruth centre Simon Peters who sprinted along the eastern Bank touchline to score near the posts after only 2 mins, Mark Scrivener added the conversion. Oxfordshire briefly rallied to cut the deficit with a penalty from fly-half James Cathcart after 5 mins. Cornwall then took hold of the game to score a further four tries during the first half, Lewis Vinnicombe showed some blistering pace in helping himself to a couple of tries, with scrum-half Mark Richards and flanker Chris Fuca scoring the others in a Redruth try scoring spree during the opening 40 minutes. Mark Scrivener adding a couple more conversions and a penalty. Oxfordshire managed to pull a try back through winger Nick Sevier to leave the half-time score 34-8 to Cornwall.

Early in the second half Vinnicombe completed his try scoring hat-trick with a touchdown in the Piggy Lane corner of the ground. Cornwall continued to dominate though several promising moves broke down. As the game moved into the final quarter Cornwall brought on their bench players who were keen to make their mark on the game. Referee Mr. Higginson had no hesitation in awarding Cornwall a penalty try following sustained pressure on the Oxfordshire line, remarkably the conversion from in-front of the posts was missed as the ball appeared to tumble over as the luckless kicker Jamie Semmens was about to make contact with the ball. It mattered not. Cornwall’s eighth try was scored by skipper Josh Lord, who led his side by example throughout, a blistering run by the back row forward saw him run in from 35 meters cutting through the visitor’s defence, like a knife through butter. Leading at this stage by 49-8, Cornwall looked to finish with style with further tries from Jamie Semmens, replacement fly-half Marek Churcher and a spectacular score from replacement loose-head prop Jason Bolt in the Piggy Lane corner, Semmens converting the final score.

Speaking after the match county coaching co-ordinator Benji Thomas was delighted with such a dream start, he paid tribute to his players, all week he had instilled in them pride in playing for Cornwall and he felt that they had shown that today. He couldn’t have asked anymore from his players, especially pleased with the interplay between forwards and backs, felt that Jason Bolt’s final try really summed up the style he was looking for.

Proud skipper Josh Lord was equally very happy after the match, he felt that the squad had gelled very well despite the minimal preparation time they have had together. Josh paid tribute to his teammates and also the crowd who got right behind the team. Looking to take the next step next Saturday at Hertford, players have got Twickenham in their sights and are determined to get there. Heartened by the great support at Redruth today and hoping that as many as possible can get to Hertford next week to cheer the boys on.

CORNWALL 66 Pts

Tries- Peters, Vinnicombe (3), Richards, Fuca, Penalty, Lord, J. Semmens, Churcher, Bolt Conversions – Scrivener (3), J. Semmens. Penalty- Scrivener

OXFORDSHIRE 8 Pts

Try- Sevier. Penalty – Cathcart

Cornwall: J. Semmens, N. Pedley, R. Westren, S. Peters, L. Vinnicombe (O. Faulkner 47), M. Scrivener (M. Churcher 59), M. Richards (R. Pellow 57); D. Jacques (R. Bolt 57), J. Salter (D. Semmens 68), P. Andrew, J. Griffiths (B. Jenkins 68), B. Hilton, J. Lord (Capt), C. Fuca (A. Nicholls 57), S. Hocking.

Oxfordshire: H. Jones, P. Huxford (A. Pearson 54), M. Goode (K. Sewell H/T), R. Williams, N. Sevier, J. Cathcart, A, Cope; J. Winpenny, D. Needham (J. Eckheret 57), T. Whelan (A. Cawston 57), M. Hutchings (Capt), S. Black, P. Rowe, S. Bannister, E. Rixon.

Referee: Mr. N. Higginson (Devon R.R.S.)

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JOSH LORD TO CAPTAIN CORNWALL IN SHIELD OPENER

The Cornwall side chosen to play Oxfordshire tomorrow at REDRUTH kick-off 3pm;

Team as per this mornings WMN;

15. Jamie Semmens (Mount’s Bay), 14. Lewis Vinnicombe (Redruth), 13. Ryan Westren (CAB’s), 12. Simon Peters (Redruth), 11. Sam Parsons (Cornish Pirates), 10. Mark Scrivener (CAB’s), 9. Mark Richards (Redruth); 1. Darren Jacques (Redruth), 2. Jamie Salter (Mount’s Bay), 3. Paul Andrew (Mount’s Bay), 4. John Griffiths (Mount’s Bay), 5. Ben Hilton (Mount’s Bay), 6. Josh Lord (CAB’s, capt), 7. Chris. Fuca (Redruth), 8. Sam Hocking (CAB’s).

Reps: Marek Churcher, Ricky Pellow, Darren Semmens, Andy Nicholls, (all Mount’s Bay, Jason Bolt, Bryn Jenkins (both CAB’s), AN Other?

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BIZARRE RESULTS HELP CONDEMN CAB’S

Uncanny…that’s the way it seems to me that not one of the results went Launceston’s way on Saturday. Fair enough that the CAB’s lost at Franklins Gardens against Northampton Saints 81-0, there was never any possibility that the CAB’s could pull off what Exeter Chiefs, Nottingham or the Cornish Pirates had failed to do all season and beat Northampton. The biggest surprise was Bedford’s loss at home to Pertemps Bees, I felt that Sedgley Park would probably beat Rotherham but not by the margin they did. It’s all very similar to the fate that befell Launceston a few seasons ago when they spent one season in National League 2 before being relegated back to National 3 South, on that occasion they needed one result to go their way for safety, none did and down they went.

Still their battling performances over the last few weeks have given us interest. Credit to coaches Chris Brown and Jon Hill as well as the squad of players. I have no doubt that the Cornish All Blacks will be a formidable force in National League 2 next season it promises to be a very passionate league full of local interest with Redruth and Mount’s Bay also in the mix.

The Cornish Pirates rounded off an indifferent season, just like the curate’s egg, good in parts, with a surprising 31-18 defeat at Camborne against London Welsh. Camborne was a pretty lively place to be on Saturday with it being Trevithick Day, so the Pirates set off with rush of steam, with two tries in the opening few minutes, the first from Bristol bound Vunga Lilo and the second from Jimmy Moore. To say the train left the rails would be an understatement, back came the Welsh exiles to score a couple of converted tries through Liffchack and Sampson, Jones adding the extras to lead 14-10. Ollie Thomas, who had an indifferent game, that can be the nature of the beast when you have a player blessed with pace and balance, but whose kicking can sometimes let you down, replied with a penalty. Thomas was at fault over the exiles third try scored by Etheredge. Worse was to come as Noah Cato scored a fourth try for the visitors before half-time to leave the Pirates trailing 28-13.

Following some magic from Rhodri McAtee, Iva Motusaga scored a third try for the Pirates. Jones’ penalty edged London Welsh further ahead and took the game away from the Pirates.

It’s going to be an interesting few weeks to see how the squad shapes up for next season. Two pieces of news coming out of the Pirates’ camp, the hoped for signing of Plymouth Albion’s Jannie Bornman has fallen through due to visa problems, so the former Albion player looks set to follow Tim Cowley off to France, out of contract prop Sam Heard has gone up to Guinness Premiership side London Wasps to help them out as they are short of props. We all hope it goes well for Sam and that he gets something permanent out of the experience, I am sure he will benefit enormously from working with another former Redruth player, Phil Vickery.

Redruth brought the curtain down on their season with a 39-16 win over Nuneaton on Saturday. It was party time in “Hell Fire Corner”, you can read my match report from the main site. Head Coach Nigel Hambly was philosophical after the game reflecting on the season as a whole. He felt that finishing 9th was not acceptable to a club like Redruth even allowing for the 10-point deduction they would only have finished 7th. Pre-season hopes of being involved in the promotion race went un-fulfilled. He felt that the club “could have done better”. Each season the league gets tougher and tougher and all the clubs have to up their game.

Only one Cornish side were involved in the promotion play-offs at the weekend, a big crowd of over 400 at the King George V Playing Field saw Helston fail in their quest to reach the Cornwall & Devon League next season. On the day they were well beaten by Old Public Oaks 24-0.

And so this Saturday sees the start of Cornwall’s latest County Shield campaign at Redruth against Oxfordshire kick-off 3pm. Let us all hope that especially in this year, which has seen us remember and commemorate Cornwall’s great County Championship win in 1908 against Durham, Cornwall can win again and reclaim her place in the County Championship proper next season.

I hope that “One & All” will get themselves down to Redruth on Saturday and “Cheer like mad for Cornwall” as the old programs of days gone by always urged. As ever the boys wearing the shirt on the field will give their all for Cornwall, we on the terraces and the stand MUST do the same. UP CORNWALL!

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NEWQUAY HORNETS PROMOTED, AS CAB’S SWEAT IT OUT

Not really the result that Launceston were hoping for on Saturday losing at home to Bedford by 22-18, though the losing bonus point has given them an extra point over Sedgley Park in the relegation battle in National League 1. It’s all going to boil down to the Sedgley Park v Rotherham Titans result, although it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Pertemps Bees somehow conjure up a result at Bedford. All the Cornish All Blacks can do on Saturday is go out and play their game at Franklins Gardens.

The Cornish All Blacks were rocked by the Bedford Blues who scored two converted tries in the opening quarter, flanker Mouritz Botha scoring the opening try after six minutes followed by a slick effort from centre Tom Youngs, full-back James Pritchard converting both scores. Launceston pulled a try back through top try scorer Matt Jess just before half-time to turn around nine points adrift.

Full-back Jon Fabian chipped away at the Bedford lead with a couple of penalties, however Pritchard nudged the visitors further ahead with a penalty before the Blues struck with a killer blow as Botha scored his second try. Launceston threw everything at Bedford eventually being awarded a penalty-try for persistent infringing, Fabian adding the conversion. Try as they might Launceston couldn’t get another try as Bedford effectively saw time out.

The Cornish Pirates gave another disappointing performance on the road as they lost at Moseley 29-20, a game on paper they should have won comfortably! Charlie Sharples, Jack Adams, Nathan Bressington and Oliver Atkinson scored the midlanders tries as they claimed all five points. The Pirates also suffered the displeasure of referee Mr. Rose who sent Sam Heard, Alan Paver and Chris Cracknell to the sin-bin. Cracknell and Heard made up for their misdemeanours by scoring tries as did Brian Tuohy. The end of season can’t come soon enough it seems at the Pirates. Earlier this week the Pirates announced the signings of Brett Davey as assistant coach and Canadian prop forward Iain Exner from French Pro 2 club la Section paloise, or Pau if you prefere.

In National League 2, Redruth completed their away program with a much-needed win after last Saturday’s poor performance. The Reds won at relegated Henley Hawks 22-5 scoring four tries through Lewis Vinnicombe (2), Steve Wood, against his former club, and Gareth Griffiths who also kicked a conversion. Liam Wordley replied with a second half try.

Mount’s Bay were probably still in celebratory mood as they made the trip to East London to take on Barking in their final game of the season. The East Enders needed a win to stave off any relegation worries and they got it with a 16-14 win over the champions. Adam Nicholls and John Griffiths scored the Bay’s tries with Tim Mosey and Jamie Semmens kicking the conversions. A busy summer in perspective as Bay look to strengthen for next season’s tough campaign in National League 2.

The final Saturday in the Tribute leagues saw the final outcomes decided. Credit to St. Ives as they took their bow from South West 1 losing by only one point 11-10 at Weston-super-Mare. The Hakes tries came from No 8 Andrew Skinner and wing John Smith. We all hope that St. Ives can bounce back next season in South West 2 West. The other sides relegated with St. Ives are Reading and Maidenhead. Chinnor are promoted to National League 3 South whilst Bracknell are in the play-off against the second team from London 1 Worthing.

Camborne put up a good fight at champions Exmouth in South west 2 west before going down 32-16. Town lead at half-time 16-7, thanks to a try from Joe Parma converted by Dave Mankee who also landed three penalties. In the second half the Cockles pulled away to cap a fine season. Camborne will hope to bounce back next season in Western Counties West, although it seems likely that some of the current squad will be moving on. Barnstaple finish runners-up and will have home advantage against Salisbury in the play-off. Going down with Camborne are Barton Hill and Hornets.

In Western Counties West, the major Cornish interest was at the bottom, Penryn continued their fine end-of-season form as they won 22-6 at Hayle to put the final nail in the Lions coffin and send them down with the Borough to the Cornwall & Devon league next season. Chris Mann, Syd Savas, and Kevin Hughes scored Penryn’s tries with Alex Stuthridge kicking the other points. Ben Eddy kicked a couple of penalties for Hayle.

In a repeat of the Cornwall Knock Out Cup final Wadebridge Camels defeated Bude 35-7 to cement third place in Western Counties West. Matt Ballard scored three tries with Andy Cameron and skipper Gary Gynn also scoring. Jamie Kneal kicked a couple of conversions and two penalties. Matt Trewin scored and converted Bude’s only try.

So Western Counties West sees Paignton crowned as champions with Sidmouth in the play-off against Old Redcliffians.

London Cornish made sure of finishing in fifth place in London 3 SW following an 18-10 win over KCS OB’s in their final league match of the season. Dickon Moon’s match report is available in the forums.

Cullompton’s win over Tavistock saw them win the Cornwall & Devon league whilst Newquay Hornets go up as runners-up, and will look to make an impact in Western Counties West next season. Hornets rounded off another fine season with a 24-0 win at Honiton. Andy Burbidge, Ashley Mann and Steve Potter scored the Hornets’ tries with Ryan Johns kicking the other points. Well done to Newquay Hornets on another great promotion.

Truro finished in fourth spot winning 21-6 at Wessex, Matt Trevail, and Scoble scored tries for Truro with Scott Martin kicking two penalties a conversion and a drop goal.

Falmouth’s game at Okehampton was abandoned after 60 minutes following an injury to Falmouth player Tom Spiller, which necessitated him being airlifted to Derriford by Air Ambulance, we wish him a speedy recovery. For the record Okehampton were leading 13-0 at that point.

Wessex, Honiton and Teignmouth are the three clubs to be relegated from the Cornwall & Devon league, OP&M’s are winners of Devon 1 and Saltash winners of Cornwall 1, the final spot will be decided this Saturday when Helston meet Old Public Oaks in the play-off for promotion.

To finish off news from across the channel in Brittany where Vannes completed their program in the Jean-Prat Trophy their first experience at this level, which corresponds to level 3 in England, the Bretons won their final game at home against the group winners Périgueux 12-6 in front of a good crowd of 1,600. Vannes will look to build on this experience for next season.

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MOUNT’S BAY CROWN FINE SEASON

Where else can one start this week other than sending warmest congratulations to Mount’s Bay RFC on writing yet another fantastic chapter in their all too brief history. The champagne corks popped all over the Mennaye as the Bay celebrated a seventh promotion in eight seasons! With the National League 3 South safely secured Mount’s Bay can now plan for their next campaign in National League 2, who knows they may even still meet the side they defeated 28-16 on Saturday Cinderford next term, should they prevail in the play-off with the runners up from National League 3 North either Darlington Mowden Park or Fylde.

Cinderford to their credit fully tested the champions-elect, taking the lead with a try from their scrum-half Dickens, then pulling further ahead with a penalty from Trigg on 26 mins. Lee Jarvis, playing his final match at the Mennaye, opened Bay’s account with a penalty after 31 mins. Bay got on level terms shortly after with a fine try from winger Jon Marlin. Just before half-time Jarvis made up for his missed conversion kicking a 35 metre drop goal to give Bay a 11-8 half-time advantage. Cindeford levelled after the break with a second Trigg penalty. Bay were in determined mood and not to be denied with flanker Adam Nicholls scoring a couple of tries within eight minutes both of which Jarvis converted to put the home side in a commanding position. A second Jarvis penalty completed Bay’s haul before Cinderford had the final say with their second try scored by Wallis.

The burning of the midnight oil by the Polson Escape Committee earned yet another marvellous result for the Cornish All Blacks as they came from behind to beat Moseley at Billesley Common 12-10, thanks to four penalties from full-back Jon Fabian. Launceston are now out of the bottom two level on points with Sedgley Park but having won two games more than their rivals. The next assignment will be a tough home match with Bedford Blues, I think that the Cornish All Blacks have got the heart to win and give themselves another fighting chance.

Redruth came off second best to promotion chasers Manchester in their National League 2 encounter at the Recreation Ground as the Cheshire side won 42-10. Paul Thirlby, celebrating his 100th appearance for the Reds scored a fine second half try in the Piggy Lane corner, which Gareth Griffiths did well to convert, Griffiths also kicked a penalty, that was as good as it got for Redruth, trailing 9-0 at half-time they were undone by five second half tries, though it will be the manner of the defeat that will have left coach Nigel Hambly fuming.

No game this weekend for the Cornish Pirates, though as ever at this time of the year it’s the player transfer speculation that hits the headlines, skipper Tim Cowley’s move to the French Top 14 side Bourgoin-Jallieu was confirmed this week as was winger Vunga Lilo’s move to Guinness Premiership side Bristol. Joining the Cornish Pirates next season will be backs Marika Vakacegu (Pertemps Bees) and Tom Luke (Doncaster Knights) as well as back row player Chris Morgan (Newbury Blues). The trio joining already announced signings of Nicky Griffiths (Ospreys), Jannie Bornman and Ben Gulliver (both Plymouth Albion) and Michael Burek from French side Pau.

In the Tribute regional leagues it was the penultimate round of matches with several decisions reached.

In South West 1, St. Ives put up a far better performance than expected against topside Chinnor only going down by 29-10. Mark Sherris kicking a penalty and converting No8 Andy Skinner’s try.

In South West 2 West, Camborne completed their home program with a disappointing defeat 39-5 against St. Mary’s Old Boys, winger Rob Floyd scoring Town’s only try.

In Western Counties West, both Wadebridge Camels and Bude may well have been slightly hung-over from last weekend’s Cornwall knock Out Cup final as they both lost. Camels went down away at Devonport Services 34-26 despite scoring four tries through Alistair McLennan, skipper Gary Gynn, Jake McCarroll and Mike Shipple. Bude’s home defeat to Withycombe by 16-7 did Hayle no favours at all at the wrong end of the table. Andy Yates scored the try with Paul Williams adding the conversion.

Hayle’s defeat at Tiverton coupled with Withycombe’s surprise win at Bude leaves the Lions in a hopeless situation and the drop to the Cornwall & Devon league looks on the cards just 12 months after they missed out to Barton Hill in the promotion play-off to South West 2 West. No 8 Rob Heath scored both Hayle’s tries with Adam Keverne kicking a penalty and conversion.

Penryn having seen off old rivals Falmouth last week in a friendly secured only their second league win of the current campaign with a 6-0 over Kingsbridge thanks to a couple of Alex Suthridge penalties.

A much better performance for London Cornish in their final home league match in London 3 SW, however they couldn’t prevent play-off chasers Purley John Fisher winning 14-3. Read Dickon Moon’s report from the forums.

More champagne corks popped over at the Sports Centre where Newquay Hornets secured a second successive promotion following their 20-8 win over Okehampton in the Cornwall & Devon League. Whether the Hornets go up as champions will be decided in the final round of matches as they still trail leaders Cullompton by a single point. Ashley Mann and James Bayley (2) scored the tries with Ryan Johns kicking the other points.

Truro almost gave Newquay a helping hand as they led Cullompton 12-10 with time almost up thanks to four Scott Martin penalties, it was not to be as Cullompton scored a second try in injury time to win 17-12.

Teignmouth scored an upset at the Recreation Ground defeating Falmouth 6-5, the Chiefs’ try being scored by Andy Palmer.

The final round of matches in Cornwall 1 and 2, saw Saltash crowned winners of Cornwall 1 thanks to a 6-5 win over Liskeard & Looe. Helston finish second and will play-off for a place in the Cornwall & Devon League next season after a 15-10 win at St. Austell. They will meet either Plymouth Barbarians or Old Public Oaks on Saturday week. St. Just and Bodmin are relegated back to Cornwall 2 to be replaced by Illogan Park who come up as champions of Cornwall 2 following a 25-7 win over St. Agnes and Redruth Albany 89-14 winners over Lankelly-Fowey.

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