From the West Briton
Devon u18 13 Cornwall U18 10
Cornwall narrowly failed to record victory over their arch enemies in this
gripping encounter played at Okehampton despite being the better side on the day
but they failed to capitalise on their chances.
The Cornish side started well and opened the scoring when Robin Wedlake sped
down the wing from inside his own half after a great offload from Buckland and
shrugged off his tacklers to scorch over, and with the home side content to kick
the ball away the visitors back three of Harry Woodward Will Pengelley and Mark
Robins posed constant problems and on two occasions only the final pass, some
five yards out, being spilled cost the chance of increasing their lead.
Shortly before half time Devon closed the gap when their fly half kicked a
penalty and shortly after the break with good forward play their hooker plunged
over from close in for a converted try.
Cornwall continued to pose problems and only some great cover tackling kept
them out before, on a rare sortie into the half, Devon converted a penalty awarded
for foul play to increase the lead to 13-5.
With only a couple of minutes left Cornwall mounted one last attack and Harry
Woodward sped in from the 10m line, but it was unfortunately too little to late
and Cornwall were left wondering how this one slipped away to end with a record
of one win and two narrow defeats in the championship.
Cornwall: Will Pengelley (Wadebridge), Harry Woodward (Wadebridge), Robin
Wedlake (Redruth), Dan Buckland (Bude), Mark Robins (Newquay), Dan Thomas
(Wadebridge), James Pooley (Truro), Josh Langston (Launceston), Neil Broadbank
(Penryn), Mike Wright (capt, Redruth), Jack House (Wadebridge), Nathan Juleff
(Truro), Richard Mercer (Truro), Ted Allsop (Truro College), Zac Cinnamon
Replacements: L Harry Pooley (Launceston), Aaron Bennetts
(Truro College), Luke Chapman (Liskeard), Rhys Brownfield (Redruth), Jack
Kessell (Redruth), Brandon Roth (Redruth), Harry Baker (Wadebridge), Todd Prisk
(St Ives), Jacob Ninnes (St Ives).