Whether you were a Cornish Pirates fan of a Camborne supporter, it was a weekend when you felt you’d had the hump!
Friday night at Goldington Road and the Cornish Pirates seemed set fair for a moral boosting win in their Championship play-off pool match leading 25-6 at half-time, surely all they had to do was control the game and secure the win. Not a bit. Dubious refereeing decisions and sadly a lack of compsure at crucial times saw the first half work undone as Bedford staged a remarkable comeback to snatch the win 26-25. Heartbreak for the Cornish Pirates’ fans who had made the trip.
Dick Straughan’s match report from the game is in the link with some pretty strong comments from Forwards Coach Ian Davies with regards to the officiating at the game from both referees – match ref Michael Tutty had to be replaced during the second half by Richard Kelly. Western Morning News report
The Pirates’ pool was thrown wide open on Sunday when Rotherham Titans beat Leeds Carnegie in the Yorkshire derby 20-3 at Headingley. With the Titans arriving in the Duchy on Sunday with all to play for this a must win game for both sides. All to play for so get down to the Mennaye on Sunday and support the boys.
A few other games in the Duchy over the weekend, the main one being the second semi-final of the Tribute CRFU Cornwall Cup with last season’s beaten finalists Wadebridge Camels getting revenge over the side that beat them in the final Camborne 24-19. It was the Camels backrow that made the difference with skipper and No.8 Gary Gynn and flanker Sam Stone both getting two tries a-piece.
Camels will now face St. Austell on Easter Saturday, at Penryn RFC kick-off 3-45 pm
The Tribute CRFU Clubs Cup will be between St. Just and Saltash again at Penryn with a 1-15 pm kick-off.
Congratulations to St. Agnes who made sure of the Tribute Cornwall 2 title with a 98-3 win at Camelford.
To round off an excellent weekend for the Camels their U.19’s made it through to the RFU National Colts Cup semi-finals with a 16-12 win at Old Northamptonians. They are now away to Ivybridge in the semi-final.