Pirates in nine try romp

Cornish Pirates head-coach Ian Davies had called for a big performance from his squad following the disappointing defeat to Nottingham in their last home game.

His charges certainly answered the call with a 65-14 win against the Bedford Blues with all nine tries scored by backs.

Amongst those to cross the whitewash was scrum-half Tom Kessell playing his 100th game for the Pirates.

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The win lifts the Cornish Pirates up to 8th in the Championship table, as the league program has a break for three weeks with the resumption on Friday night of the British & Irish Cup and a trip to Pandy Park to take on Cross Keys.

You can read Bill Sobey’s match report in the link.

In National League 2 South, the Cornish All Blacks defeated Clifton 23-16 thanks to tries from lock Ed Holmes and fly-half Billy Searle and the trusty boot of Kieron Lewitt.

You can read Suzanne Cleave’s match report from the WMN in the link.

Redruth fought a rear-guard action at leaders Henley Hawks before going down 17-3, the Reds sole points came from a Bertie Hopkin penalty.

You can read Ed Bawden’s match report in the link

In Tribute South West 1 West, frustration for Camborne as their game at Avonmouth Old Boys was called off due to a water-logged pitch on Saturday morning as the Cherry and Whites were en-route!

St. Austell took a losing bonus point from their trip to Thornbury where the homeside won 27-21. Saints’ tries were scored by Alex Welland, Callum Wilson and Cavan Boyer with Dan Pearce kicking all three conversions.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Wadebridge Camels put a spoke in Truro’s promotion bid with a 34-23 win at the Molesworth Field.

Will Pengelly, Richard Treleaven, Dan Briskham (2) and Ben Hawken scored the Camels’ tries with James Grubb adding three conversions and a penalty.

For Truro Jake Champion crossed for a couple of tries both converted by “Eggy” Williams who also kicked three penalties.

St. Ives notched up their second win of the season defeating Wellington 26-20 at Alexandra Road. Ben Taylor, Tom Chandler, Tom Nicholas and Neil Corin crossed for the Hakes with Niall Prisk adding three conversions.

Penryn slumped to a 26-0 defeat at Okehampton.

London Cornish remain top of London 2 SW following their 19-16 win at Old Alleynians.

In Tribute Cornwall and Devon League, Saltash remain top after defeating South Molton 32-0. Sean Crawford, Max Venables (3), Ryan Cruickshanks and Steve Hillman scored tries for the Ashes with Veneables adding a conversion.

Withycombe remain second on points difference after defeating Hayle 39-3. Dan McGee with Hayle’s sole points from a penalty.

Pirates Amateurs are fourth in the league following their 27-19 win at Bodmin.

Bude slipped up at home to Paignton 22-12, whilst Liskeard-Looe woes continued at Exeter Saracens 61-5.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Newquay Hornets march back to the Cornwall and Devon League continues following their 42-0 win at Roseland. Frazer Kellythorn helped himself to a hat-trick of tries in Hornets’ six-try haul.

Illogan Park moved up to second following their 26-12 win at Stithians, while School of Mines defeated Helston at Penryn 55-17.

Veor conceded their match to Perranporth.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, just the one game was played, leaders Lanner winning 46-8 at St. Just.

Camelford were awarded the points against Lankelly-Fowey.

The International series continued with Cornish interest. On Friday night Josh Matavesi played for Fiji in their 20-14 over the USA in Vannes, Brittany.

On Saturday former Cornish Pirate Blair Cowan was Scotland’s man-of-the-match in their 37-12 win over Tonga in Kilmarnock.

Cornish Pirate Aaron Carpenter played for Canada in their 18-9 defeat in Bucharest to Romania, both these sides will meet again in pool D of the Rugby World Cup next year.

Ireland certainly had a great autumn with wins against the Boks and the Wallabies.

Reminder Cornwall Under 20 play their first Championship game next Sunday at Camborne kick-off 2:30 pm against Gloucestershire (see previous blog entry).

On a sadder note, former Exeter Chief hooker – and Cornishman – Neil Clark, who has recently being playing his rugby in France at Top 14 side Oyonnox, has been forced to retire from the game. We wish him well for the future.

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