Cornish derby ends all square

The eagerly anticipated return Cornish derby between Launceston and Redruth ended in a 15 all draw at Polson Bridge last Saturday.

The Cornish All Blacks points came via the boot of skipper Kieron Lewitt, whilst the Reds had the satisfaction of scoring three un-converted tries through Ben Priddey (2) and replacement back Dan Rutter.

Sadly for the Reds they had no recognised goal-kicker in their line up and three conversions and a penalty went begging.

County bragging rights at this level are with the Reds for this season as they re-claimed the Tribute CRFU Super Cup by dint of the aggregate result over the two league games played.

You can read Nigel Walrond’s report in the link

I took in Camborne’s intriguing Tribute South West 1 West encounter with table toppers Cleve at the Rec. The Bristol based side took the spoils in a tight game 25-23 after Dave Mankee’s last gasp penalty attempt for Town flew across the posts.

You can read my report on the game for the West Briton in the link

St. Austell enjoyed a good win over North Petherton at Tregorrick Park 48-19. The Saints mustered seven tries with three going to centre James Martin. Other tries were notched by Ben Chenoweth, Cavan Boyer, Jack Grigg and Dan Pearce, who also kicked five conversions and a penalty.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro defeated Okehampton 31-26 at St. Clements Hill. Tries were scored by Luke Tidball, Darren Jacques, Ashley Riches  and a penalty-try with “Eggy” Williams kicking all four conversions and a penalty.

St. Ives did their prospects a power of good with a good win at Alexandra Road over Penryn 36-27. Tom Chandler scored a hat-trick of tries for the Hakes with Phil Thomas getting a fourth for maximum points. Jamie Prisk kicked the other sixteen points.

Penryn scored four tries of their own through Tom Hoban, Ben Ashwin, Ben Jordan and Josh Chambers with James Salisbury kicking the other points.

Wadebridge Camels are back in the sort of form expected of them this season and they proved this with a 43-13 win against Kingsbridge. Danny Thomas, Will Pengelly (2), Dan Briskham, Jack Scott and Dom Hawkey scored the Camels’ tries with James Grubb kicking the other points.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish won 30-20 at KCS Old Boys see previous blog entry for a report.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League Saltash posted 21 tries as they dispatched Exeter Saracens 127-12 at Moorlands. Will Morton got five of the tries with Ryan Cruickshanks four.

The win puts Ashes on top of the table level on points with Withycombe and Crediton.

Pirates Amateurs are fourth but they trail the leading trio by 15 points in the table. They defeated Falmouth at the Mennaye 29-5. Harry Hudson, Ashley Weston, Josh Semmens and veteran Steve Evans all scored tries with Rhys Brownfield kicking the rest of the points. Robert Fitzpatrick got the Eagles only try.

Liskeard-Looe remain rooted to the foot of the table following Withycombe’s 73-6 win at Lux Park. Noel-Johnson kicking a couple of penalties for the homeside.

Hayle were spanked 60-0 at Paignton.

Bude’s game at Bodmin was abandoned on 60 minutes following a serious injury to a Bodmin player. We wish the player well.

Boxing Day will see some good rugby in the county with Redruth hosting Camborne at 2pm for the Rodda’s Milk Cup, whilst Hayle entertain St. Ives for the Bay Shield at 2:30 pm and Falmouth host Penryn again a 2:30 pm kick-off.

There are a host of other games please check clubs website or facebook pages for details also SW sports news on twitter.

Saturday the Cornish Pirates head to Plymouth to take on Albion at the Brickfields in a vital Championship clash for both sides kick-off is 3 pm.

All it remains for me to do is to wish “One & All” a very Merry Christmas, Nadelik Lowen onen hag oll.

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