Cornwall chop Surrey down to size.



By Bill Hooper at Molesey Road, Esher

Cornwall made the perfect start to their campaign scoring eight tries as they comfortably defeated Surrey at Esher.

It didn’t take long for Cornwall to get on the score board as young Jack Statton dotted down following good wok from Matt Shepherd. Fraser Honey was on the money with the first of his five successful conversions.

Dan Tyrrell makes a run with CJ Boyce in support. Photo Graham Walker

Good lineout ball saw Cornwall again unleash the backline with Duncan Tout gathering a chip ahead to score in the corner.

Again Cornwall came away with points from their visits to the Surrey twenty-two when Honey kicked a penalty from in front of the posts.

Honey then turned provider as his pass found Shepherd allowing the full-back to canter to the line and a useful half-time advantage 22-0.

The backs looked very sharp with Tout and Sam James in mid-field, they also tackled like demons when required.

Sam James looks to make ground with Duncan Tout and Dan Tyrrell in support. Photo Graham Walker

Cornwall’s locks Pat Walton and Hugo Culverhouse ensured plenty of good lineout ball, whilst the back row, notably Brad Howe had a big game.

The second half saw tries aplenty from the Camborne contingent. A simple catch and drive was meat and drink for skipper Ben Priddey as finished off the maul with a trademark try. Priddey came up again with the ball after the forwards had done their job leaving Trelawny’s Army in full voice.

Jon Drew crosses the whitewash to score. Photo Graham Walker

Further tries came from Jon Drew and Declan Prowse, before Priddey, having just saved a Surrey try, completed his hat-trick to put the polish on the win.

Speaking after the game skipper Priddey was full of praise for his side. “The boys played outstandingly well today. Our forwards laid the foundations for this result, we look to be dominant in that area and we certainly were today, also credit to our backline, Fraser Honey put us in the right areas of the field and then when we go the backs are very sharp as you saw today. Credit to the whole squad today they all gave 100%.

Photo – Matt Shepherd boots on the ball. Photo- Graham Walker

Full back Matt Shepherd also gave his thoughts on the game. “We’ve had some good training sessions together and I feel today you saw the fruits of that work. Hats off to the players on debut today they didn’t look out of place, young Jack Statton getting a try on his Championship debut having stared for the Under 20s this season, personally I was pleased to see CJ Boyce and Dan Tyrrell both have good games today.

Next up for Cornwall is a trip to Kent next Saturday at Charlton Park RFC to take on the champions from last season.

Surrey: Zach Rodber (Guildford), Jordan Fadoju (London Irish WG), John Efiong (Richmond), Adam Hakimian (Henley Hawks, Capt), Jonathan Ilori (London Welsh), Werner Nel (Chinnor), James Smith (Barnes); Pete McCain (Chobham), Ed Pasfield (Guildford), John Smith ((Richmond), Ben Harrison (Camberley), Josh Stace (Wimbledon), Max Keen (Richmond), Daniel Benton (Chobham).

Replacements: Sam Woodhams (Farnham), Akex Hankins (Guildford), Jack Buxton (Farnham), Sam Goddard (Chobham), Tan Chabata (Blackheath), Tom Wautier (Richmond), Christian Klass (Beckenham).

Cornwall: Matt Shepherd (St. Austell), Jack Statton (Launceston), Duncan Tout (Tonbridge Juddians), Sam James (Redruth), Dan Tyrrell (St. Austell), Fraser Honey (Rams), CJ Boyce (St. Austell); Tommy-Lee Southworth, Ben Priddey (Capt), Jon Drew (all Camborne), Pat Walton (Plymouth Albion), Hugo Culverhouse (Guernsey), Edd Pascoe, Sam Stevens (both Redruth), Brad Howe (Plymouth Albion).

Replacements: Luke Barnes (Redruth), Declan Prowse, Adam Hughes, Jordan Nicholls (all Camborne), Mark Bright (Richmond), Cam Fogden (Launceston), Harry Larkins (Camborne).

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