No reward for Pirates up North

Photo – Ben Priddey scored two of Redruth’s six tries against Dings

Despite the counter attraction of International rugby on the television, there was still plenty of great local rugby to get out and watch last weekend.

The Cornish Pirates saw a losing bonus point snatched from their grasp with last gasp penalty at Clifton Lane against Rotherham Titans it finished 21-13!

That latest defeat sees the Pirates slip back to second from bottom in the Championship table seven points ahead of Plymouth Albion.

The Christmas clash at Brickfields will be very interesting!

You can read Nigel Walrond’s match report in the link here.

Reaction from coaches Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver in the link here.

I saw a very entertaining game at the Recreation Ground where Redruth overcame a dogged Dings Crusaders side 36-25 in a game of nine tries.

Bearing in mind that Dings are currently bottom of National League 2 South it just shows that all sides are competitive in this league.

You can read my match report in the link.

The Cornish All Blacks looked to have staged a remarkable comeback at Cambridge after they trailed 21-0 after just 12 minutes!

A red card for Cambridge skipper Stefan Liebenberg gave the All Blacks a sniff of a comeback, which they did before another last gasp penalty consigned them to another single point defeat.

You can read Conrad Sutcliffe’s match report from the WMN in the link.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne edged closer to the top two with a 37-27 win at the Rec against Thornbury.

A brace of tries from skipper Steve Kenward plus scores from Taron Peacock, Rob Floyd and Alex Ducker – back in the Cherry and White fold after a brief sojourn at the Pirates – gave Town maximum points. Kevin Mankee added 12 points with the boot.

St. Austell are on the up following another good win at home against Wells 31-25. Jack Grigg, Miles Davey, Dan Johns Paul Winterbottom and Liam Freeman all scored tries for the Saints with Dan Pearce kicking three conversions.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro maintained their third place with a 62-7 over St. Ives at St. Clements Hill.

Tries for Truro were scored by Jake Champion (2), Adam Gayton (2), Rikki Brandon, Luke Trescothick (2), Ben Teasdale, Luke Tidball and Ross Denning. Craig Williams kicked six conversions.

For the Hakes Tom Chandler got a try converted by Niall Prisk.

Penryn went down at home to Kingsbridge 29-3. Jake Seviour with the Borough’s only points.

Wadebridge Camels picked up a losing bonus point at Torquay were they lost 33-27. Tom Rowe, Jamie Lumb and Chris Humphries scored the Camels’ tries, with Jamie Grubb kicking the other points.

This Saturday Wadebridge entertain Truro!

In London 2 SW, London Cornish remain top of the table following a 20-0 win against Old Reigatian. Mark Osei-Tutu, Joe Skinnard and Rob Healey with Luke Spells kicking a conversion and penalty.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League we have new leaders, Saltash. The Ashes defeated former table toppers Withycombe at Moorlands 37-35.

There is a match report from the Plymouth Herald in the link.

Pirates Amateurs got back to winning ways defeating South Molton 50-10 at the Mennaye.

Nick Hitchings (3), Steve Kent, Jack Lonsdale, Rhys Brownfield and Danny Toolan scored the Ams tries with Brownfield kicking the other points.

Bude’s game at OPM’s was abandoned when the referee walked off the pitch with 12 minutes to go following abuse aimed at the referee from the touchline! OPM’s led 16-7 at the time. We await to see if the result will stand or the game is ordered to be re-played!!

Hayle defeated Falmouth in a Cornish derby 25-13. Damien Lynes, Alex Thornton and a penalty try award made up the Lion’s three tries with Dan Magee kicking the other points.

Rob Fitzpatrick scored the Eagles only try with Justyn Irons kicking the other points.

Bodmin lost at Paignton 44-14. Jamie Taylor and Jon Trevarthan scored Bodmin’s tries both converted by Taylor.

Liskeard-Looe’s miserable season continues as they lost 57-0 at Lux Park to Crediton.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Newquay Hornets win at nearest rivals Veor 22-11 maintains their 100% record.

Third place Illogan Park defeated Perranporth 45-14, whilst Camborne School of Mines had the better of Stithians 68-12. Helston defeated bottom side Roseland 36-3.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, just the one game played as St. Just conceded to Camelford. A top of the table clash ended in a 21 all draw at Trevarth between Lanner and St. Agnes. Lanner remain top on points difference.

Congratulations to Cornish Pirates duo Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver who played in the Armistice Day game at Bath for the Barbarians against Combined Services, for whom Penryn’s Kye Beasley came on during the second half.

Great to see Josh Matavesi playing at fly-half for Fiji against Wales in Cardiff last Saturday, a close game saw Wales sneak it 17-13.

Also former Pirate Blair Cowan had big game for Scotland against New Zealand at Murrayfield, the All Blacks snuck out the win 24-16.

As ever I keep an eye on rugby in Brittany and with Vannes going well in their pool in Fédérale 1, it was good to learn that Comite de Bretagne side defeated last season’s finalists Bourgogne 20-12 at Viry Chatillon in the Coupe des Fédérations – the French equivalent of the County Championships.

There was a Cornishman involved Tom Parker who currently plays at Vannes played for Brittany.  Brittany will play their quarter-final in December.

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