What drama at Tregorrick Park last Saturday when St. Austell ripped up the form book to defeat Camborne 13-6 in a hard-fought Cornish derby.
For the Saints it was just their second win of the season, their first since an opening weekend success against Bideford, a win that lifted them above Cullompton in the league table.
There was certainly a sense of relief for St. Austell’s forwards coach Ashley Morcom who spoke after the game. He said. “I am much happier tonight than I have been of late, it’s good to finally stop this run of defeats we have endured, especially so in a derby game against Camborne.
“I wasn’t too concerned turning around a 3-3, I felt that we would at some stage in the game have a period of dominance and so it proved during the second half. We talked during half-time about holding on to the ball and playing with more structure and I felt that the boys took that on message on board and the score-line of 13-6 tells the story.”
In the Camborne camp a bitterly disappointed Camborne head-coach Liam Chapple summed up his side’s performance.
“I am pretty disappointed with our performance, but on the day the better team won. We were out-muscled up-front especially during the second half.
“I thought we had weathered the storm during the first half playing against the elements I was pleased to turnaround all square at 3 a-piece.
“The boys had executed the game plan pretty well to put us in a good position for the second forty, but for some reason we seemed to lose intensity whilst St. Austell upped their tempo.”
You can read my match report from the West Briton site in the link.
With no game for the Cornish Pirates last weekend due to the Championship XV game against Canada, which the Championship boys won 28-23 at Worcester, it was National League 2 South which held centre stage.
At Polson Bridge it was a case of déjà-vu as The Cornish All Blacks slipped agonizingly to another single point defeat this time 22-21 to Southend.
The Launceston side’s luck must turn at some point can it happen this Saturday when they are again at home against Worthing!!!
I am sure the Launceston lads will need no reminding about the last time these two sides met!
You can read Suzanne Cleave’s WMN match report in the link.
Redruth travelled up on the day to Worthing, which probably didn’t help their cause, and came close to a great result losing only 12-10. Chris Fuca and Ben Priddey scored un-converted tries for the Reds, whilst all Worthing’s points came from the boot.
In Tribute Western Counties West, a first win of the season for St. Ives who defeated fellow strugglers Tavistock 39-13 at Alexandra Road.
The game was a personal success for Jamie Prisk who scored three of the Hakes’ seven tries with other scores coming from Ben Taylor (2), Neil Corin and Tom Chandler with Jacob Ninnes landing a couple of conversions.
Truro made it a maximum five point haul with a 26-19 win over Torquay Athletic at St. Clements Hill. Their four tries came from Darren Jacques (2), Tom Hatfield and Carl Ranscombe with Jake Champion adding three conversions.
Penryn gave runaway leaders Exeter University a run for their money only going down finally 29-21. Jake Seviour scored a try and kicked three conversions with other scores coming from
Callum Hinchley and a great team effort finished off by Tom Hoban who instigated the move.
Wadebridge Camels couldn’t cope with high-flying Teignmouth who won 32-10 at the Molesworth Field. Sam Stone scored the Camel’s sole try with Danny Thomas adding the conversion and a penalty.
In London South West 2, an impressive second-half display sees London Cornish on top of the league following a 41-3 win at Farnham. See previous blog entry for match report.
In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, match of the day saw second play third as Saltash comforted their second place with a good win over Pirates Amateurs 54-22.
There is a match report in the link from the Plymouth Herald
Bodmin prepared for their Tribute Cornwall Cup tie against holders Camborne next Saturday with a 23-10 win against OPM’s at Clifden Park. That’s three wins on the trot for Bodmin who have come into a good patch of form in recent weeks.
Withycombe continue to head the table seeing off visitors Falmouth 46-13. John Tryer scored the Eagles only try with Justyn Irons kicking the other points.
Hayle put up a good fight at Exeter Saracens before slipping to a 35-31 defeat.
Lynes, Matthews, Kerr and a penalty-try award saw the Lions bring 2 points back from their travels.
Liskeard-Looe travelled to Bude with just 12 players, however they did play the game despite forfeiting the points losing 85-0.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, Newquay Hornets maintained their fine start with a 41-5 win at Helston.
Veor are up to second spot after defeating previously un-beaten Illogan Park 38-10.
Camborne School of Mines defeated Perranporth 35-10 at Penryn, whilst Stithians defeated Roseland in an entertaining game 33-25.
In Tribute Cornwall 2, St. Agnes went top following their 31-0 win at Camelford.
Lankelly-Fowey defeated Redruth Albany 29-17.
Congratulations to Tom Kessell, Darren Barry and Kieran Hallett, a late call up, who were all involved in the Championship XV win over Canada at Worcester.
Former Red Mark Bright scored one of the tries in the 28-23 win.
Good luck this week to Jack Nowell who will be looking to feature for England against the All Blacks at Twickenham, also to Josh Matavesi who will be hoping to play for Fiji against France at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Former Pirate Blair Cowan will be hoping to be in the Scotland side to face Argentina.