Penryn’s woes continue as School of Mines savour Bottle

Photos – Mark Collet – Huw Wright heads for the posts

Photo – CSM support cheers try
I took in two back-to-back games at Penryn on Saturday, the first a fairly dire display from a Penryn side that made far too many mistakes going down 8-0 to Cullompton in their Tribute Western Counties West encounter.

Borough remain bottom of the pile, frankly, on this form it’s going to take a miracle for them to escape the drop this season.

Then there was the raucous, lively Bottle Match between Camborne School of Mines and Royal School of Mines played in front of a large crowd of students. CSM re-gained the bottle to end a six year wait, though the game 2 years ago was a draw with RSM holding on as the away side, Huw Wright scored both tries for CSM as they won 14-5.

There was no game for the Cornish Pirates, so National League 2 South took centre stage.

Redruth travelled to Canterbury and were trailing 5-0 until they were awarded a penalty try six minutes from the end, converted by Dave Mankee to snatch another win on the road 7-5.

For the Cornish All Blacks it was more of the same as they suffered another humiliating home defeat 0-34 to Redingensians. The current season can’t come to an end soon enough for Polson faithful!

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne were awarded the five points as Coney Hill pulled out of their game on Thursday evening.

In other games played in Tribute Western Counties West, Truro kept up their fine recent form with a 35-6 win at Crediton. Darren Jacques, Alex Sutheridge, Matt Cross, Matt Symonds and Ieuan Boon all crossed for tries with Ashley Hosking kicking five conversions.

St. Austell picked up a vital win at Sidmouth 30-18. Tries were scored by Pete Rowe, Miles Davey, Dan Jane and Ben Chenoweth with Cavan Boyer kicking the rest of the points.

Wadebridge Camels picked up a losing bonus point at Tiverton going down 21-18. Jack Scott and Charlie Cotton scored their tries with James Grubb kicking the rest of the points.

Saltash’s game at Okehampton was called off.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish defeated Andover 23-19. In what DoR Dickon Moon described as a “rusty performance”, Cornish scored two tries through Chris Anstey and Will Carew-Gibbs with the boot of Josh Allison contributing the other thirteen points. Cornish remain third just a point behind Winchester with games in hand.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, leaders Bude continue to set the pace after a bonus point win against Pirates Amateurs 24-5 at Bencoolen. Kyle Speare, Dan Pearce (2) and Ollie Mounce all crossed for tries with Pearce adding a couple of conversions. For the Ams Josh Semmens scored a try.

St. Ives remain second level on points with Withycombe after a 15-5 at Plymouth Argaum. Sam Carter and Guy Pallett scored tries for the Hakes with Grant Thirlby adding a conversion and penalty.

Falmouth had a good win at home against Exeter Saracens 42-12. Mark Lee, AJ Geech, Tom Edmonds, Steve Instance, David Jones and Justyn Irons with Irons kicking three conversions and a couple of penalties.

Bodmin won 9-0 at Newquay Hornets, Josh Taylor with three penalties.

Hayle drew at home with Plymstock Albion Oaks 15 all. Rob Goodman scored a couple of tries for the Lions with Dan Lello converting one and landing a penalty.

There was just the one game in Tribute Cornwall 1 as Liskeard-Looe defeated Helston 24-14 at Lux Park.

Cornwall Under 20s play their second pool match in this season’s County Championship when they take on Gloucestershire at Cinderford on Sunday.

Next Saturday sees the first of this season’s Tribute Cornwall Cup semi-finals when Wadebridge Camels take on holders Camborne. The other semi-final between Penryn and St. Ives will not take place until Tuesday 19th April at Penryn.

Well done to Redruth Colts who beat Woodbridge 25-5 to reach the National Cols Cup quarter-finals.

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