TAKEN FROM THE WEST BRITON WEB SITE
Cornwall U18 22, Berkshire 13
After a below par display in their opening SW Championship fixture, resulting
in a 32-17 defeat to Buckinghamshire, Cornwall travelled to Bristol for their
Playing against a strong wind an early penalty was conceded to give their
opponents a 3-0 lead before a turnover inside their own 22 saw the quick
Berkshire backs spread the ball and good support play saw them open their try
account and a further penalty eased them into 13-0 lead before a penalty from
Danny Thomas brought the score back to 13-3.
Right on half time a driving maul set up from a lineout close to their line
saw the Cornish pack crash over with skipper Mike Wright claiming the score.
In the second half powerful pack play laid the basis of a more dominant
display with several powerful surges only being stopped by illegal Berkshire
play, resulting finally in a yellow card, before Aaron Bennetts finally crashed
over with Danny Thomas converting.
There was no stopping the black and golds’ pack again and Luke Tidball
finished off good sustained pressure with a try which Thomas converted to secure
a well merited victory 22-13.
For Cornwall forwards Mike Wright, Neil Broadbank and Jack house all thrived
in the tight while Brandon Roth, who came off the bench along with Luke Tidball
and Robin Wedlake looked threatening in the three quarters and ensured Cornwall
will travel to Okehampton this Sunday for the crunch local derby against Devon
(2.30pm) in fine spirits.