Pirates keep Cup hopes alive

Photo Jake Woodward scoring Cornwall Under 20’s second try on Sunday – Photo Iktis photo

The Cornish Pirates kept their British and Irish Cup hopes alive with a vital Friday night in at Pandy Park against Cross Keys 31-20.

Pirates scored four tries to take the bonus point through Paul and Jack Andrew, Joel Conlon and Rob Andrew. Kieran Hallett’s boot added the other points.

It nicely sets up SATURDAY’S encounter with Doncaster Knights at the Mennaye.

Bill Sobey’s match report can be found in the link.

Ian Davies’ reaction can be found in the link here.

In National League 2 South, a last-gasp conversion from Kieron Lewitt gave the All Blacks a good win at Old Elthamians 20-18 tries from Ed Holmes and Jake Murphy and Lewitt’s boot did the business for Launceston who had the rub of the green for once in their favour with last minute kicks deciding the game.

Read Conrad Sutcliffe’s report from the WMN in the link

Redruth were beaten by a very good Dorking side 38-12 at the Recreation Ground. The visitors who came up last season are the latest club from the South East who look set to power their way up through the leagues. On this performance they will push Henley Hawks all the way for the automatic promotion berth.

You can read my report in the link.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne were undone by a last minute converted try at Avonmouth Old Boys 16-14. Town led 14-9 thanks to three penalties from Alex Ducker and a Sam Bartle try with seconds left, the ball went over the Camborne line with Richie Kevern appearing to touch the ball down however an Avonmouth player dived on the ball and claimed a try awarded by the referee, the conversion rubbed salt into the wound!

St. Austell lost their re-arranged game with fellow strugglers Cullompton at Tregorrick 29-15. It was not a happy weekend for the Saints as on Friday they learnt of the passing of one of their players Roy Williams. Thoughts go out to his family and friends.

There were a couple of re-arranged game in the Cornwall and Devon League. Hayle travelled to OPMs and won 21-12. Lions points came via Scott Harvey, who kicked three penalties and a conversion, along with a penalty-try award and one from Rob Cutter.

Bodmin lost at home to Crediton 22-13.

In Tribute Cornwall League 1, Newquay Hornets’ game at Stithians was abandoned with the Hornets leading 5-3 after the referee was injured during the first half.

Veor remain second following their 42-14 win at Helston .

Camborne School of Mines are now level on points with Illogan Park as they won 50-10 at Paynters Lane.

Perranporth got a much needed win defeating Roseland 46-22 at Ponsmere Valley.

In Tribute Cornwall League 2, Lanner comforted their top spot with a 45-0 win over Camelford at Trevarth.

Redruth Albany notched up their first league win of the season defeating St. Just 17-15 at Trewirgie.

The Tribute Cornwall Cup outstanding quarter-finals were settled in differing manner, whilst Truro beat Pirates Amateurs in an exciting game at St. Clements Hill on Saturday 24-18. Penryn were awarded a walkover when Bude pulled out of their tie in mid-week.

The semi-final line up is ;

Camborne v Truro

Penryn v St. Austell

As you will have seen in previous blog entries Cornwall under 20s defeated their Gloucestershire counterparts 34-21 at Camborne on Sunday.

Sad news this week that former Exeter Chiefs’ hooker Neil Clark has been forced to retire.

A proud Helstonian Clarky has been playing in France with Top 14 side Oyonnox.

You can read his story here in the link.

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