I took in both the Cornish Pirates and Redruth games last weekend. Whilst one was very exciting the other was, to say the least, a disappointment.
Redruth raced into a 22 point lead early in the second half and looked set for a bonus point win against Worthing, but a slip in concentration saw the visitors claw their way back to 22-17 and the Reds had to be content with just the four points.
Photo – Ashley Hosking goal-kicking proved key for Reds
A key element in the Reds win was the goal-kicking of Ashley Hosking. He also got the Reds’ second try and edged the man-of-the-match award in my opinion.
You can read my West Briton report in the link.
Another 1 point loss for Launceston as they slipped to 22-21 defeat at Southend, with Brad Burr kicking a winning penalty for the Saxons deep into time added on.
On Sunday the Cornish Pirates had a great opportunity to move up the table with a win over struggling Doncaster Knights, but instead it was the Yorkshire side who showed the greater composure to earn a 30-13 win at the Mennaye in what was arguably the most disappointing Pirates’ performance of the season.
The only player who looked to shine in a sea of mediocrity was Max Bodilly who looked to go forward whenever he had the ball.
It was a shame that Western Morning News reporter Bill Sobey had such a dreadful game to cover in his final report for the paper before moving to a new career. I wish him well and will miss his excellent reports in the paper.
Now for catch up time in the regional leagues:
In Tribute Western Counties West a good win for Penryn over Tiverton 31-15. Ross Hancock’s Packet report in the link.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League Pirates Amateurs scored a ton beating OPM’s 100-6 at the Mennaye.
At Lux Park in the basement battle South Molton won a dour game against Liskeard-Looe 12-0.
The Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup saw the first round of pool matches with Veor defeating St. Agnes in pool A, Roseland overcoming Camelford 29-0 in pool B, St. Just winning at Redruth Albany 20-10 in pool C and Lanner turning the tables on Helston 32-27 in pool D.
Congratulations to our Cornwall Under 20s for their terrific win at Charlton Park against Kent 25-18 in the quarter-finals of this season’s Under 20 County Championship. Cornwall now have a HOME draw in the semi-final against old foes Yorkshire on Sunday March 15, venue to be confirmed. See previous blog entry for report on the game.