The first league Saturday, for most of our Cornish sides, proved to be an exciting one filled with hight drama and tension.
The Cornish Pirates played their second festive fixture on New Year’s Day earning an important 32-17 bonus point win over Bristol at the Mennaye.
Having already triumphed on Boxing Day up at Plymouth Albion 9-5, the win put the Pirates up to fourth until the remaining fixtures were played out last weekend.
Phil Burgess, Kieran Hallett, Ben Mercer and Tom Riley scored the tries with Hallet’s boot adding the other points.
The only blip was the subsequent banning by the club of Alan Paver for four weeks over an “incident” with Bristol prop Jason Hobson, which saw Hobson sent off.
This weekend it’s back to British and Irish Cup action with an attractive looking fixture against Scottish side Dundee High. The Taysiders were in good form last weekend winning at Currie 35-12 with Rory Lamont scoring one of their four tries. It looks unlikely that the Scottish International will make the trip to the Mennaye, however many of the Dundee players will be pushing for a place in the Scottish Club’s XV for the upcoming matches against France Federale in Bourgoin and Irish Clubs at Ayr.
With Redruth obliged to sit it out last weekend as they had no fixture (should have entertained Rugby Lions), the Cornish All Blacks had the stage to themselves and they certainly exhibited their improving form with a fine 26-18 win at Hartpury College. Lewis Paterson scored two fine tries both converted by Keiron Lewitt, who also added a couple of penalties, whilst Jake Murphy dropped a couple of goals for good measure.
In the local leagues match of the day had to be at Camborne as third placed Town entertained second placed Old Redcliffians. The match was settled with the final kick of the game as fly-half Dave Mankee kicked a fifth penalty to snatch a 22-20 win. Joe Parma scored a try which Mankee also converted. Town stay third but are now just six points behind Old Reds.
Wadebridge Camels had a bad day at the office as they lost in Somerset 43-5 at Chard. Matt Ballard with a first half try for Camels.
In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell maintain the pace at the top winning 22-15 at Kingsbridge. Alex Welland (2), Tom Miles and Hugh Noott scored the tries with Matt Shepherd adding a conversion, this game saw the return of No.8 Adam Kellow who came off the bench for his first game since February 2011 following a serious knee injury.
A good win for Penryn at Okehampton 24-22. Alex Ducker Adam Seviour and Jake Seviour scored the Borough’s tries with Jake Seviour kicking the other points.
Bude lost at home to Torquay Athletic 19-8. Richard Herzog scored the only try for the homeside with Dan Pearce kicking a penalty.
Truro also lost, 17-11 at Exeter Saracens. Ollie Seagrove got a try for Truro with Jake Champion kicking a penalty and dropping a goal.
London Cornish made it three wins on the trot in London 2 SW with an 18-15 win over second placed Tottonians.
In Tribute Cornwall and Devon League. A Penwith Derby as Pirates Amateurs entertained St. Ives. The Hakes got the win thanks in part to the boot of Cieron Thomas and tries from Brett Rouncefield and a Penalty-try award.
For the Ams, Ashley Weston scored a try against his old club with Rhys Brownfield kicking a couple of penalties.
Hayle defeated Crediton 22-10, with Rob Cutter, Jamie Edwards, Scott Harvey and Adam Strick all scoring tries for the Lions.
Falmouth Eagles downed Withycombe 27-15 at the Rec, Gareth Lever (2), Paul Saberton and Kieran Rodda all scored tries with Rob Banks kicking the points.
Newquay Hornets lost at home to Tiverton 12-10. Tim Eustace scoring for the Hornets with Liam Freeman adding the conversion and a penalty.
Liskeard/Looe enjoyed a fine win at Lux Park beating Wessex 52-0. Mark Moody and Brad Burchell both scored a couple of tries in the Lions eight-try haul.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, Perranporth beat St. Just 83-0, whilst Helston just got the better of Stithians 15-14. St. Agnes had a walkover against Roseland.
In Tribute Cornwall 2 a walkover for Bodmin over Camelford, but a game was played as a friendly. St Day beat Illogan Park 44-5. Redruth Albany won 18-5 at Lankelly-Fowey.