Despite the Cornish Pirates, Redruth and Launceston all having the weekend off there was still plenty of exciting Cornish rugby to keep the fans happy and away from the dreaded box!
Pick of the day was the Tribute South West 1 West derby between Camborne and St. Austell.
An exciting game played in terrible conditions didn’t disappoint with the Cherry & Whites snucking the win 18-17.
The Camborne forwards had a tremendous game in the loose and in Dave Mankee a proven goal-kicker in difficult conditions.
Congratulations to the Camborne club off the field as the refurbished Town Bar looks very ‘ansum indeed.
Both sides could well meet again this season in the Tribute Cornwall Cup Final on Saturday 2nd May, no doubt their opponents Truro and Penryn will have other ideas.
You can read my report in the link.
In Tribute Western Counties West, Penryn unsurprisingly lost at home to Exeter University 38-29.
Having held the Students 17-17 at the break, Borough led 29-17 before the students greater fitness told in the final quarter.
Penryn’s tries were scored by Mike Creeden (2), George Jones, Josh Chambers and Ben Ashwin with Martin Strick kicking the rest of the points, to earn them a bonus point.
We await to hear Exeter University’s fate over their potential 50 point deduction by the league.
Truro lost at struggling Torquay 41-27. Truro did pick up a try-scoring bonus point thanks to tries from Darren Jacques, Luke Trescothick, Tom Eley and Darryl Riches.
St. Ives’ hopes of staving off the drop took a blow losing at fellow strugglers Tavistock 27-22, though the 2 points they picked up could yet prove handy.
Ben Taylor, Ben Wheeler, Jacob Ninnes and Tom Chandler scored the Hakes tries.
Wadebridge Camels completed a miserable day for Cornish clubs at this level losing 28-15 at leaders Teignmouth and had a player sent off.
Adam Collings got his marching orders following a mass brawl. Dan Lumb and Will Pengelly scored the Camels’ tries with James Grubb kicking the other points.
In London 2 SW better news as London Cornish kept up their promotion challenge with a 17-0 win at Old Regatian. See the following entry for a match report.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Saltash’s win by 16-0 at Pirates Amateurs keeps them ahead of Crediton on points difference. Max Veneables, part of the Cornwall training squad, scored all the Ashes’ points.
Falmouth recorded a good win over promotion challengers Withycombe 18-3 at the Rec. Oli Church and Justyn Irons scored the tries with Irons kicking the other points.
Bude had a big win at relegated Liskeard-Looe 68-7 with Joe Wilson bagging five tries.
Bodmin look set for a very respectable mid-table finish following their 16-6 win at OPMs. Mark Trevarthan scored their only try with James Taylor kicking the other points.
Hayle defeated Exeter Saracens 20-12 thanks to tries from Scott Harvey and Neil Mitchell scored the Lions’ tries with Harvey kicking the rest of the points.
In the Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup pool stage, there were wins for Illogan Park at St. Just 22-5, Veor at Perranporth 40-9 and Roseland at Lankelly-Fowey 48-0.
Good to see Jack Nowell perform well for England despite the defeat to Ireland at Lansdowne Road 19-9. Always busy and with not great service it has to be said he almost got in at the end to score a try but the pass was adjudged forward.
Also pleasing to see Cornish lads Oli Bryant and Jack Innard with the England Under 20s in their 19-14 win against Ireland at Donnybrook.
On Friday evening, Launceston’s Ben Hilton played a major part in England Counties 37-3 win against new opponents at this level Scottish Clubs XV at Fylde.
They now go on the face France Fédérale on Friday March 20th in Périgueux.
Cornwall Under 20s County Championship semi-final will kick-off at 1 pm on Sunday 15th March at Camborne RFC. See the poster at the top of the page for details.