The action last weekend began on Friday night when the Cornish Pirates took on Nottingham at Lady Bay in the Championship.
Sadly for the Pirates, a game they looked set to win, was snatched away with the final kick of the game as Nottingham sneaked the win 18-17 leaving the Cornish side frustrated.
Jimmy Stevens, a Cornishman and former Hake, had a fine game for Notts scoring their second try, but it was Tiff Eden’s penalty that did for the Pirates.
Nicolas De Battista and Matt Evans scored tries both converted by Will Cargill who also added a penalty.
In National League 2 South, Redruth had a right old battle with Henley Hawks as the defence manuals were cast aside. The Reds prevailed by seven tries to six to record a 49-38 win.
Alex Ducker made an instant hit on his return to the Rec scoring three tries, with skipper Richard Brown (2), AJ Cant and Rob Coote also crossing. Richie Kevern kept up his fine form kicking all seven conversions.
In the South West Premier, another vital win on the road for Camborne as they won 32-30 up at Cleve.
Town’s tries were scored by Rhodri McAtee, Declan Matthews, Harvey Bell and Tommy-Lee Southworth with Dave Mankee kicking three conversions and three penalties.
In Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston were held at Polson Bridge 15-all by Bideford. The game marked skipper Lloyd Duke’s 150th for the Cornish All Blacks.
In London 1 South, London Cornish travelled down to Brighton but returned from the coast empty-handed as the Blues ran out 29-20 winners.
Cornish scored tries through Rich Stephens and Alex Gee both converted by George Kimmins who also kicked two penalties.
In the Tribute Western Counties West, good day for our clubs. Leaders St. Ives racked up another big win defeating Torquay 57-10. Chris Quick, Cameron Bone, Pete Mabbott (2), Tom Nicholas, Rob Elloway, Jacob Ninnes, Sean Stevens and Grant Thirlby all scored tries with Rhys Brownfield slotting six conversions.
St. Austell keep up the pressure on the Hakes after defeating Chard 47-20 at Tregorrick Park. George Tregilgas (2), Cam Boyer, Liam Freeman, George Knowles, Ben Chenoweth and Adam Kellow all crossed for the Saints with Freeman landing six conversions.
Falmouth caused an upset beating Devonport Services at the Rec 12-8. Mark Lea and AJ Geach scored tries with Justyn Irons kicking a conversion.
Wadebridge Camels beat Crediton 28-18 at the Molesworth Field. Tries were scored by Adam Blackmore James Grubb and Jack Scott with Danny Thomas kicking the other points.
Truro drew at 31-all at Paignton having trailed 20-0 at one stage. Truro’s tries came through Luke Tidball, Ian Rowe, James Martin, Alex Sutheridge and Sam Teasdale with Eggy Williams landing three conversions.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn stay top for the moment after their 59-3 win at home to Lanner. The Borough scored nine tries with Viv Wilmott and Andy Seviour both getting two.
Saltash defeated Withycombe 41-27 in a game that also counted for the RFU Senior Vase.
Pirates Amateurs lost at home to Honiton 31-21 as did Hayle at Plymouth Argaum 33-16, however Bude won 29-10 at Plymstock.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, Liskeard-Looe look modds on for the title after winning 26-8 at Newquay Hornets. Bodmin defeated Illogan Park 63-5, St. Agnes won at Roseland 29-26 and Camborne School of Mines warmed up for the Bottle Match defeating Veor 42-30 on their old ground in Camborne.
The following ladies have been picked for the Cornwall Ladies squad for this season’s Gill Burns Cup County Championship.
Squad: Zeta Penrose, Jess Howell, Oriel Brazier, Claire Matthews, Steph Trapp, Ro Gomez, Jess Humber, Claire Thompson, Imogen Miller, Martha Simons (all Penryn Ladies), Hannah Pickard, Lydia Furse, Rachel Shakleton, Nicole Rowland, Frankie Perry, Emma Stefanottie, Claire Onions (all Bude Ladies), Jo Holden, Alex Smith, Verity Waters, Helen Mitchell, Chloe Dawe (all Albion Ladies), Megan Belts, Cozette Shrosbree (both Pirates Girls & Ladies), Louise Snelson (St. Austell Angels).
Also during the week Camborne’s Michella Roberts, now playing her rugby at Bristol Ladies, played for the England Ladies Under 20s against the Army coming off the bench to score their final try in a 44-0 win.
Good luck to Michella for the forthcoming games against France Ladies Under 20s in Lille and Basingstoke.