Cornish Pirates make it back-to-back wins

The Cornish Pirates backed up last Sunday’s first Championship win of the season against Moseley with another win this time at Doncaster Knights 24-22.

Trailing 10-3 at half-time the Pirates turned the game round with tries from Tom Kessell, Matt Evans and Kieran Hallett all converted by Hallett who also kicked a penalty.

It makes for a more comfortable position for the Cornish Pirates prior to three successive weekends of British and Irish Cup action starting with the Bedford Blues at the Mennaye next Sunday.

You can read Nigel Walrond’s match report from the Sunday WMN in the link.

Not such good news for both our sides in National League 2 South as both recorded defeats.

The Cornish All Blacks entertained promotion favourites Henley Hawks at Polson but went down in the last ten minutes to a 22-32 defeat.

Jake Murphy, Sam Chapman and Jamie Salter all scored tries for the All Blacks with Kieron Lewitt kicking the other points.

They will look to bounce back on the road at Dorking next week.

Redruth will also be disappointed as they lost by just a point at Old Elthamians 13-12. Ashley Hosking kicked four penalties for the Reds but a last gasp try converted by the home side left the Reds with just a losing bonus point to show for their long day trip to South London.

Read Ed Bawden’s match report from Redruth RFC website the link.

In Tribute South West 1 West, it was a day of frustration for both Cornish sides but for differing reasons.

St. Austell’s game at Tregorrick Park against Cullompton was abandoned after 28 minutes with the saints leading 12-3 when referee Simon Lord sustained an injury. The game will be replayed at a later date.

Camborne despite winning 21-13 against Drybrook were left disappointed by the number of missed opportunities not take to secure the try-scoring bonus point.

The Cherry and Whites scored tries through flanker Cameron Bone, No.8 Dave Roberts and hooker Sam Bartle with fly-half Dave Mankee adding all three conversions.

Next up for Town a trip to leaders Ivybridge who have taken maximum points from their five games thus far.

My West Briton web report in the link with apologies to Dave Mankee who ended up as Rob!!

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro are up to second following another fine home win this time against Sidmouth 55-26.

Truro scored nine tries with Luke Tidball and Rikki Brandham each scoring a brace whilst Ollie Dell, Luke Trescothick, Jake Champion, Josh Heath and a penalty-try award made up the rest of the tries. Champion kicked two conversions with Craig Williams adding a further three.

Penryn, who face Truro next Saturday at the Memorial Ground, lost by a single point at Torquay Athletic 22-21. Matt Williams and Tom Hoban (2) scored the Borough’s tries with Matt Horton adding all three conversions.

Wadebridge Camels defeated Wellington 15-12 at home thanks to a try from Matt Ballard and a penalty-try award. Mark Kempthorne kicking the rest of the points.

St. Ives’ difficult season continues as they lost 55-5 at Kingsbridge, Jamie Prisk with their only points.

There was no league game for London Cornish as they were due to play in the 1st round of the London and SE Intermediate Cup, however their opponents Old Cooperians forfeited the tie to allow Cornish to progress.

In Tribute Cornwall and Devon League, Pirates Amateurs maintained their good run with a sixteen try demolition of Liskeard-Looe at the Mennaye. Rhys Brownfield scored four tries and twelve conversions for a personal tally of forty-four points in a 104-7 win.

Saltash are just behind the Ams in third place following their 49-5 win at Moorlands against Honiton. Max Venables leading the way with three tries three conversions and a penalty.

Bude got back to winning ways with a 24-14 win at home to Exeter Saracens. Billy Roberts, Adam Black, Joe Wilson and Matt Williams scored the tries to make it a bonus point win with Olly Denford adding two conversions.

Falmouth won at Bodmin 12-3.

Hayle won at South Molton 41-7. Scott Harvey (2), Phil Tonkin (2), Doug Arnold and Talan Daniels all scored tries for the Lions with McGee kicking the other points.

It was the opening day in both Tribute Cornwall 1 and 2. In Cornwall 1, Newquay Hornets won at Perranporth 68-0 to go top. Illogan Park defeated Roseland at Philleigh 26-15, Helston won at Stithians 34-14 and finally Camborne School of Mines caused an upset winning at Veor 26-20.

In Cornwall 2, there was sadly only one game played as St. Agnes defeated Redruth Albany 65-7. Lankelly – Fowey conceded the points to St. Just, whilst St. Day have given notice that they are to quit the league due to a shortage of players. They hope to continue as a veteran’s side and will play friendly games where possible during the season. We wish the club, formed back in 1894, well for the future.

Plymouth Albion are set to host England Under 20’s Six Nations match against Italy Under 20’s at the Brickfields on Friday 13th February kick-off 7-45pm.

Ticket details will be available via Albion’s website or via the ticket office phone line on 01752 565064.

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