Pirates’ success both on and off the pitch – whilst All Blacks make it two on the trot

It turned out to be pretty satisfactory weekend for all Cornish Pirates supporters.

Results, both on and off the pitch. Friday’s decision by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee to defer hearing the three planning proposals on the agenda until such time that the Inox plan was ready was a shot in the arm for everyone battling for the Stadium for Cornwall at Threemilestone.

The on Sunday a morale boosting first win of the season as the Pirates powered to a bonus point win over a brave Moseley side 29-19.

It all looked plain sailing at half-time the Pirates led 19-0 and then 22-0 early on during the second half. Moseley’s late rally made it a bit of a squeaky bum time until Tom Kessell’s second try made by a powerfully strong run almost to the line by replacement No.8 Matt Bolwell calmed everyone’s blood pressure.

Photo – Simon Bryant Iktis photo, Ian Davies Pirates’ head coach happy with Sunday’s 5 points against Moseley

Onwards and upwards must be the motto going forward. I know Director of Rugby Ian Davies does not like place any greater importance on a particular game, but I am sure he was happy with five points and a win on Sunday.

Read Martin Woollatt’s report from the Western Morning News

The Cornish All Blacks had a great 35-22 win at Ding’s Crusaders to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Matt Shepherd and Sam Chapman scored the All Blacks’ tries with the boot of Kieron Lewitt landing seven penalties and both conversions for a twenty-five point haul.

You can read head- coach Neil Bayliss’s reaction from the game in the Western Morning News link.

In the other game in National League 2 South there was disappointment at the death for Redruth in their game at home to Clifton when Callum Sheedy’s drop-goal won the game with the final kick for the visitors 23-20.

redruth v clifton
Photo – Phil Richards, Robin Wedlake (Redruth) about to set off on a storming run that led to Reds’ second try

You can read my match report from the West Briton site in the link.

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne’s win at Cullompton 31-23 will have delighted head-coach Liam Chapple. The Cherry and Whites were awarded a couple of penalty-tries as well as touchdowns from Dave Roberts, Cameron Bone and Sam Bartle. Dave Mankee kicking three conversions. Next up Drybrook at the Rec.

Martin Symons report on the Camborne game in the link

St. Austell’s difficult start to the season as they slipped to a third defeat in four games going down at Clevedon 11-5. Konnor Ewudzi with the Saint’s sole points.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro backed up their big win last Saturday at home to Tavistock with another win at Wellington 39-23. Truro’s tries were scored by Carl Ranscombe (2), Ben Teasdale, Darren Jacques, Matt Cross and Daryl Riches. Jake Champion kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Penryn got back to winning ways defeating highly fancied Teignmouth 23-22 at the Memorial Ground. The visitors could have won with a last minute kick but sadly for them it was missed!

Grant Randlesome and Josh Chambers crossed for Penryn’s two tries with the boot of Matt Horton adding thirteen points.

Fuller report via Ross Hancock from the Packet site

Wadebridge Camels also made it back-to-back wins with a 15-11 success at Tavistock. Sam Stone and Dan Lumb scored the Camel’s tries with Mark Kempthorne kicking a conversion and penalty.

St. Ives are sadly propping up the table following a fourth defeat this time at leaders Tiverton 53-0.

See the previous blog entry for news on London Cornish’s fine win in London 2 SW at Winchester.

In Tribute Cornwall and Devon League, Pirates Amateurs are up to second following their fourth win at Honiton 34-30. Dan Toolan, Jack Nicholas, Steve Evans, Josh Stevens and Harrison Peters all crossed for tries with Rhys Brownfield kicked the rest of the points.

Saltash won at Hayle 48-17 with Ryan Cruickshank (3), Shaun Crawford (2), Max Veneables (2) and Will Morton all crossing for the Ashes. Veneables also added four conversions.

For the Lions, Scott Harvey, Mark Lea, and Talan Daniels all scored tries with Harvey kicking a conversion.

Falmouth finally got a win defeating South Molton 43-3 at the Rec

Read George Thorpe’s report from the Falmouth Packet in the link.

Bodmin lost by a point at Exeter Saracens 36-35, whilst Liskeard-Looe slipped to another defeat at Lux Park 12-27 to Paignton.

Following a good start to the season Bude have become a little unstuck as they lost again at Crediton 49-0.

Next weekend sees the start of both Tribute Cornwall 1 & 2.

A link to the Plymouth Herald site which has a round up of various games including some involving Cornish sides.

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