Not the best weekend for some of our high-flying Cornish sides who were brought back down to earth with a bump!
In the RFU Championship Cornish Pirates were in the air for their trip to Jersey and just like last week up at Rotherham lost to a late score for the hosts.
Trailing 24-3 at one stage they clawed their way back to parity thanks to tries from Tyler Gendall, Sam Simmonds and Kyle Moyle all converted by Will Cargill who also kicked a first half penalty.
It was Sam Katz’s last-gasp penalty that took the win for the Reds. Pirates now have a week off before hosting London Irish at the Mennaye on Saturday 19th November in a 1pm kick-off.
Redruth surrendered their unbeaten home record this season in National League 2 going down 34-26 to Canterbury. It was the Kent side’s first win at the Rec.
Redruth got off to the worst possible start conceding three converted tries in the opening ten minutes.
They fought back with tries from Shaun Buzza and Lewis Vinnicombe to trail 21-12 at the break.
Despite Canterbury extending their lead with a penalty early in the second half back came the Reds with two further tries scored by the impressive Buzza and with new scrum-half Angus Taylor having slotted three conversions a 26-24 lead!
With the clock ticking down and the Reds attacking a loose pass was snaffled by the Canterbury wing who flew in for the killer blow. Then a final try for the visitors put the icing on the cake.
In National League 3 SW, Camborne’s fine unbeaten run came to an end at Old Redcliffians 32-27.
This game also went to the wire with Old Reds securing their win with the final play.
Having gone 19-0 down, Town hit back thanks to a couple of Dave Mankee penalties and a try from Jack Simmons converted by Mankee to leave it at 19-13 at the turn.
Two further tries for the Cherry and Whites from Tommy-Lee Southworth and Joel Matavesi again both bettered by Mankee gave Camborne a 27-19 lead. A late surge from the home side sealed the win.
Launceston fared no better at Bournemouth going down 27-6, Fraser Honey kicked a couple of penalties for the Cornish All Blacks.
The regional league fixtures were peppered with Cornish derbies galore. In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Ives caused a surprise with a bonus point win at Alexandra Road against leaders Truro.
The 35-13 score-line will have delighted player-coach Paul Thirlby, who pulled one over his old mates the Truro coaching duo of Mark Richards and Darren Jacques.
Archie McKay (2), Steve Kenward, Lewis Thomas and Tommy Nicholas all scored tries for the Hakes with Jordan Gott kicking the rest of the points. For Truro Darren Jacques scored a try converted by Jake Champion who also added a couple of penalties.
Both sides meet again this Saturday in the Cornwall Cup, but this time at St. Clements Hill.
Wadebridge Camels came out on top in the North Cornwall derby 22-21 at Bude. Adam Blackmore, Matt Ballard and Ian Boyling scored the Camels’ tries with Danny Thomas adding a couple of conversions and a penalty.
For Bude, Olly Mounce, Dan Pearce and Ed Hillman-Cooke scored tries all converted by Pearce.
St. Austell went down to defeat at Devonport Services 33-9 scoring three penalties from Andy Ashwin.
In London 2 SW, London Cornish remain unbeaten following their 50-20 win at home to Effingham & Leatherhead.
The exiles ran in seven tries through David Smith (2), Miles Rushworth, Matt Hakes (2), Richard Stephens and Mark Osei-Tutu. George Kimmins kicked six conversions and a penalty.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, having lost the previous week leaders Falmouth got back to winning ways with a 27-15 win at the Recreation Ground against Saltash.
David Jones, Mark Lee, Tom Spiller and Tom Edmonds scored tries for the Eagles with Justyn Irons kicking a penalty and a couple of conversions.
For the Ashes, Ryan Cruickshanks and Shawn Crawford scored tries with Hocking kicking a conversion and penalty.
Penryn slipped to a surprising defeat at the hands of Lanner 24-22 on the St. Day ground. Adam Harris Nick Prout, Devidas Mecionis and Olly Reynolds scored the Falcons’ tries with Prout adding a couple of conversions.
Borough replied with tries from Andy Seviour, Jordan Rose and a penalty-try with Matt Horton kicking a couple of conversions and a penalty.
Probably the finest win yet in the re-formed club’s short history.
Pirates Amateurs won at bottom side Honiton 26-15 Connor Bick, Jack Nicholas, Charley Goldsworthy and Tony Matthews all scored tries with Dan Magee adding three conversions.
Bodmin went down at home to visitors Plymstock 23-19. Lee Taylor, Will Briggs and a penalty try with a couple of Josh Taylor conversions made up the Bodmin total.
In the Tribute Cornwall League, Hayle maintained their unbeaten start with a 29-5win at Helston, whilst second placed Liskeard-Looe won 50-18 at Lankelly-Fowey. All the results are in the Cornwall results page.