With the pantomime season fast approaching, I reckon it’s a sure bet that if Bristol’s Director of Rugby Andy Robinson, was a man who enjoyed a trip to the theatre he would not wish to see a laughing pirate in sight!
For the second time this season the Cornish Pirates got the better of Bristol in the Greene King IPA Championship, this time 21-15 to back up their opening day win at Sandy Park 23-21.
Bristol failed to make the most of their numerous chances and will rue the fact that they didn’t take the points on offer when they had the opportunity.
I have no doubt that come the business end of the season they will not be so profligate.
Still a win to savour with two great tries scored by Kieran Goss, this lad has gas to burn and is fast becoming a favourite at the Mennaye, and another poacher’s effort from scrum-half Tom Kessell in the Newlyn Gate Corner.
I thought former Red, prop Peter Joyce had a tremendous game some of his tackling was out of the top drawer.
Young Jake Parker is another who continues to impress in the back row.
One thing you can’t argue about is the quality of play down at the Mennaye this season with some great young players who are going to develop in time into a formidable unit.
It was good to see the Pirates owner Dicky Evans enjoying the game at the Mennaye and to see the boys get another good result against one of the fancied sides for promotion to the Aviva Premiership.
Read Bill Sobey’s match report from the Western Morning News in the link.
After a few uncomfortable weeks both on and off the park, Redruth served up the best possible result at the Rec on Saturday defeating leaders of National League 2 South Hartpury College 32-29 in a pulsating game.
Chapeau! To skipper Chris Fuca whose injury time try won the game for the Reds and earned five valuable league points in the bargain.
Read my match report from today’s Western Morning News in the link.
No such luck for the Cornish All Blacks as they lost the Westcountry derby at Taunton’s Hyde Park ground 30-18, despite 13 points from Kieron Lewitt, including a try, and another five-pointer from Sam Chapman, who has struck some good form of late.
Read Nigel Walrond’s match report from the Western Morning News in the link.
In Tribute South West 1 West, St. Austell defeated hitherto unbeaten leaders Cleve 20-15 at Tregorrick Park to move to within three points of the Somerset side.
Saints scored three tries through flanker Ian Venner, No.8 Adam Kellow and full-back Dan Pearce with Matt Shepherd kicking a conversion and a penalty.
Camborne are up to third following their spectacular win at Sidmouth 48-38.
Alex Ducker (2), Sam Bartle (2), Joe Parma, Cameron Bone and James Goldsworthy all crossed for the Cherry and Whites with Grant Thirlby kicking eleven points and David Mankee a conversion.
Wadebridge Camels picked up a losing bonus point at Thornbury were they lost 24-18. Will Pengelly, Jack Scott and Ian Burnard scored tries for the Camels with Jack Oulton kicking a penalty.
In Tribute Western Counties West, Penryn picked up five points with a 36-12 win at home to Okehampton. Ben Trevaskis, Kye Beasley, Jake Seviour, Dan Booth Colin Campbell and Taran Peacock all crossed for the Borough with Seviour adding three conversions.
Truro enjoyed a good win at St. Clements 41-12 over visiting Kingsbridge. Luke Tidball, Adam Gayton, Mark Carlyon, Carl Ranscombe, Brett Johnson, Chizz Gilbert and Ashley Riches scored Truro’s seven tries with Jake Champion kicking three conversions.
Battling St. Ives defeated Wellington 16-14 at Alexandra Road. Sam Heath scored the Hakes only try which Craig Williams converted as well as three penalties.
Bude lost at Torquay Athletic 31-19. James Comber, Mark Dennis and Duncan Tout scored for the seasiders with Ollie Denford adding a couple of conversions.
In London 2 SW, London Cornish lost at home to Old Reigatian 28-13. Tries were scored for the exiles by Mark Osei-Tutu and Simon Brading with Sam Williams kicking a penalty.
In the Tribute Cornwall and Devon League, Falmouth Eagles won at Honiton 23-12. Tom Spiller scored a couple of tries with prop Ethan Patterson getting a third try. Justin Irons kicked the rest of the points.
Newquay Hornets won a tense Cornish Derby at the Mennaye against Pirates Amateurs 16-10. Connor Riley scored the Hornets’ only try with the rest of the points coming from the boots of Sam Cullen and Ian Morgan.
Amateurs scored a couple of unconverted tries through Jack Nicholas and Leigh Edwards.
The other Cornish Derby in this league saw a repeat of the previous week’s Cornwall Cup tie between Saltash and Hayle with the Ashes again emerging the winners this time 35-10. Ollie Mulberry, Will Morton (2) and Max Veneables all crossed for the Ashes with Veneables’ boot accounting for the rest of the points.
Exeter University thumped Veor 72-0 in the other game involving a Cornish club at this level.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, Liskeard-Looe made it eight win from eight with a 31-3 win at Enys Park against St. Agnes.
Bodmin recovered from last week’s loss to School of Mines to defeat Perranporth 29-19.
Camborne School of Mines travelled the relatively short distance to Stithians winning 14-12.
Roseland got the better of Helston at Phileigh 18-11.
In Tribute Cornwall 2, Illogan Park defeated second place St. Just 46-12, Redruth Albany won at Camelford 25-15 and Lankelly-Fowey beat St. Day 22-15.
Congratulations to Plymouth Albion and Camborne player Sam Matavesi who came on as a replacement for Fiji in their 26-7 win over Romania at the Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest.
Matavesi is set to feature for Fiji this Saturday coming in the centennial match for the Fiji RFU against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
Meanwhile all the best for a speedy recovery to Aaron Penberthy who is set to spend a few weeks on the sidelines after fracturing his fibula playing for Jersey against Leeds Carnegie at the weekend.
Well done to the seven Cornish lads who made it through to the SW 18 group squad; Oliver Hallworth (Bryanston School, Bath Academy), Tommy Phillips (Truro College), Dan Rutter (Truro School & Redruth RFC), Jack Simmons (Truro College & Redruth RFC), Jack Tyack (Bryanston School & Truro RFC), William Whitworth (Truro School & Redruth RFC) and Locryn Williams (Truro School & Redruth RFC).
The boys will be attending squad prep days at Hartpury College on January 26th and February 9th before going on to the National Development weekend at Loughborough University on February 21-23 from which England U.18’s Clubs and Schools XV will be picked.