Launceston’s survival bid gathers momentum

Plenty of smiles up at Polson Bridge on Saturday evening after Launceston’s 43-12 win against Newton Abbot. It was the Cornish All Blacks first bonus point win this season and a result which gives them a fighting chance to avoid a second successive relegation.

Try scores for Launceston were Marc Williams Fred Bulut, Tom Sandercock, Ryan Westren, Andy Knight, Rikki Bentham and Greg Thomas. Martin Kneebone added four conversions.

Also in National 3 SW, Camborne battled to a win against Bromsgrove 20-13. Cherry and Whites’ tries came from Sam Bartle, Rhodri McAtee (a corker of a try) and Malcolm Hearn, with Rhys Brownfield kicking a conversion and replacement Dave Mankee adding a late penalty.

A good debut from Jordan Rose for Town, also good to see Jon Drew back from suspension adding his experience to the front row.

In National League 2, Redruth couldn’t make it a perfect seven wins on the trot as they slipped to defeat at Cinderford 23-21. Matt Bowden scored two tries with Sam Parsons also crossing. Brett Rule converted all three scores.

Truro came out on top in a ding-dong Western Counties West Cornish derby at St. Clements Hill winning 25-17 against Wadebridge Camels. The lead changed several time before Truro made sure of the spoils with a fourth try.

Truro’s tries were scored by Luke Tidball (2), Ben Teasdale and Josh Symons with Ashley Hosking adding a conversion and a penalty, for the Camels Hugo Culverhouse and Matt Ballard (2) scored tries with Danny Thomas kicking a conversion.

St. Austell defeated Crediton at Tregorrick Parc 31-10 thanks to tries from Max Duggan, George Knowles, Ben Chenoweth, Cav Boyer and Shane Johns. Liam Freeman kicked three conversions for the Saints.

St. Ives won 22-8 at Tiverton. Tom Chandler, Pete Mabbut and Sean Stevens scored the Hakes’ tries with the referee also awarding them a penalty-try that Jordan Gott converted.

Bude lost 16-10 at Burnham-on-Sea.

Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish’s game against Portsmouth had to be abandoned after 64 minutes due to a serious injury to a Portsmouth player. The exiles were leading 29-0 at the time and must now wait to see if the result stands.

Falmouth Eagles continue to fly at the top of the Cornwall & Devon league following their 34-0 win at Plymouth Argaum. Falmouth scored five tries through Tom Spiller (2), Dan Hubble, Tom Tonkins and AJ Geach. Justyn Irons kicked the other points.

Penryn grabbed maximum points following their 43-0 win at home to Topsham. Borough fielded their new signings Kieron Vinson and Matt Healey both signed from Truro.

Borough’s tries were scored by Andy Seviour (3), Ben Birkett, Matt Horton, Grant Randlesome and Will Paine, with Horton kicking four conversions.

Pirates Amateurs defeated Bodmin 33-6 at the Mennaye. The Ams scored tries through Danny Toolan, Dan Magee, Chav Lonsdale and Joe Chadwick with Magee kicking the other points.

Lanner beat Withycombe 20-17 at St. Day thanks to tries from Robbie Kessell, Adam Harris and Gizzy Beesley plus a conversion and penalty from Nick Prout.

Saltash had a walkover against Tamar Saracens.

In Cornwall 1, it’s very much as you were, Newquay Hornets maintained their top spot with a comfortable win against St. Agens 34-5.

Hayle keep the pressure on Hornets following their 27-10 win at a gutsy Helston.

Camborne School of Mines travelled to their old ground to take on Veor but it was the new tenants who prevailed 13-12. The Students travel to London this week for the annual “Bottle Match” against Royal School of Mines on Saturday.

Liskeard-Looe had a big win at Roseland 40-8.

In Cornwall 2, Illogan Park remain undefeated following a close shave with Stithians 8-6. Lankelly-Fowey won 22-20 at St. Just and Perranporth defeated Camelford 40-14.

Good to see Jack Nowell have a good game with England in Cardiff on Saturday evening, whilst Cornish Pirates Josh Caulfield came on for England Under 20s during their win against the Welsh on Friday evening.

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