Esher made the Cornish Pirates work hard for their 34-18 win at the Mennaye yesterday afternoon in the RFU Championship.

An entertaining game saw seven tries scored with the Pirates getting five. Winger Dave Doherty again showed his prowess with a brace, whilst

other tries came from lock Mike Myerscough, hooker Rob Elloway and replacement scrum-half Tom Kessell. Full back Rob Cook  did well to kick three conversions

and a penalty in very windy conditions.

I thought Myerscough had a good game amongst the forwards, in the backs apart from “The Doc’s” finishing, Drew Locke showed another side to

his game with some crunching tackles. USA RWC star Andrew Suniula came off the bench to make his debut for the Pirates showing promise.

You can read Bill Sobey’s match report from the Western Morning News in the link  

In National 2 South, a good day for both our Cornish clubs as Redruth bounced back from their heavy defeat last week at Richmond by defeating another London

side Barnes 56-22 at the Rec. The star of the show was the half-back partnership of Greg Goodfellow and Aaron Penberthy. Goodfellow scored two great tries, whilst Penberthy

converted all eight tries. Penberthy will probably remember the game for another reason, going off for a cut that never was. Penberthy left the field with what looked

like blood, but he couldn’t feel where it was coming from. The medics quickly cleaned him up but they too couldn’t find any cut! All the player can remember is being

slapped on the side of the face and the next thing being covered in what appears to be a red dye!

You can read Bill Sobey’s match report from the Western Morning News in the link 

The Cornish All Blacks got only their second win of the season when they defeated Henley Hawks 28-12 at Polson. Good to see our TASC Player of the Year Ben Hilton

grabbing two of the All Blacks four tries. Dick Benson-Gyles WMN report can be found in the link.

In Tribute South West 1 West, the Cornish derby up at the Molesworth field went the way of visitors Penryn who defeated Wadebridge Camels 18-11. Whilst Camborne

found Brixham and former player Ian Morgan too hot to handle as they lost 30-20 at the Fishermen.

I have deliberatly steered clear from RWC 2011, but now that the final has been played and the medals and cup awarded I will make one or two comments.

First and foremost warmest congratulations to New Zealand on their 8 – 7 win over France in the final and for hosting a brilliant tournament.

Unquestionably the best team won the cup.

England will have a tough act to follow in 2015 if they manage to sort themselves out in time from their present mess both on and off the field.

France in the end showed us that they can play and put in the big performance, on another day the result in the final could have gone their way.

A lot of rubbish was written about this French team in the build up and during the knock out stages, hopefully a lesson will have been learn’t by those who wrote it!

Wales were magnificent, we now wait to see a confirmation of the promise during the RBS 6 Nations in 2012.

I loved Phil Vickery’s commentary, his passion for the game just came through, a bright spark in an otherwise dull ITV effort,

though I do like Martin Gillingham having got used to his commentary on ESPN for the Orange Top 14.

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