England did the business in Rome against Italy on the final day of this season’s RBS 6 Nations winning 52-11 with Newlyn’s favourite son Jack Nowell getting his first try for England to cap a fine tournament.
England’s big win wasn’t enough as Ireland defied the odds to defeat France in Paris 22-20 to take the title and crown a fitting send-off for Brian O’Driscoll.
St. Parick’s Day celebrations will be a little sweeter this year in the emerald isle!
On Sunday what a day for Exeter Chiefs winning a major final for the first time.
Their 15-8 defeat of Northampton Saints saw them lift the LV Cup at Sandy Park.
On the local club front it was another catch up weekend and not a particularly successful one from a Cornish point of view with just Truro in Tribute Western Counties West getting a win, though our exiles London Cornish also won in London 2 SW.
On Sunday London Welsh proved too good for the Cornish Pirates winning 20-5 at the Mennaye with Craig Holland scoring a consolation try for the Pirates with just eight minutes remaining and Welsh already 20 points to the good.
Pirates will look to get back to winning ways next Sunday when strugglers Nottingham are the visitors.
Further disappointing results for both our National League 2 sides as both Redruth and Launceston slipped to big defeats in Cambridge.
Redruth lost 37-15 at Shelford. Paul Thirlby scored a try for the Reds, whilst Murray Westren kicked penalty and converted a second half penalty-try.
Next week Redruth face the daunting prospect of taking on league leaders Hartpury College again on the road!
Launceston lost at Cambridge 36-13. Cornish prop Jamal Ford-Robinson scored one of Cambridge’s six tries!
Bryn Jenkins, back at his former club, scored a try for the All Blacks with Kieron Lewitt kicking the other points, but the result leaves Launceston in the drop zone, with next Saturday’s home again against Taunton now a vital five-pointer.
The promotion battle in Tribute South West 1 West took yet another twist on Saturday, leaders St. Austell lost at Chard 34-24. Ian Venner, Dan Pearce and Miles Davey scored the Saints’ tries with Pearce adding all three conversions and a penalty.
Camborne picked up a losing bonus point at Bideford as they lost 20-17, they rallied well having initially trailed 14-0 to their hosts, but a late Bideford penalty denied them another share of the spoils or even more as lock Ben Kemp was denied a last-gasp try to the consternation of the Cherry and Whites!
Rob Floyd, Alex Ducker and Dean Pascoe did score tries with Dave Mankee adding a conversion.
Camborne will be looking for a big win next Saturday when they take on Sidmouth at the Rec.
Truro kept their hopes of a play-off place alive with a 31-10 win over Tavistock at St. Clements Hill.
Luke Trescothick (2), Ieuan boon, Rikki Brandham and Ben Teasdale all scored tries with Jake Champion adding three conversions.
At Penryn the Borough went down 10-8 to Kingsbridge. Jake Seviour scored all the Boroughs’ points with a try and a penalty.
In London 2 SW, London Cornish defeated Portsmouth 42 – 24 with winger Matt Hakes bagging four tries!
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League Tiverton made sure of a promotion place when they defeated Cornwall 1 bound Newquay Hornets 48-8. Liam Freeman scoring all Hornets’ points.
Pirates Amateurs are still in the danger zone after losing 35-10 at Honiton, Nick Hitchens and Jack Vosper scored tries for the Ams.
Transfer news, sees Sam Matavesi putting to an end rumours of a move to France (understand Stade Rochelais in Pro 2 was an option), by signing a one year extension to keep him at Plymouth Albion next season.
Sam Hocking is set to quit Ealing Trailfinders at the end of the season and move to Hong Kong.
Former county No.8 Ashley Lawton is heading out to play rugby in Australia at Lismore in New South Wales.
Cornwall Under 20’s quarter-final opponents in their National County Championship has been confirmed as old foes Gloucestershire. The match is scheduled for Sunday March 30th at Camborne RFC with a 2-30 pm kick-off.
Gloucs made sure of the runner-up spot in Pool 4 with a 56-3 win over Hertfordshire at Cinderford on Sunday. Kent will host Devon in the other southern tie.