REDRUTH did everything that was expected of them on Saturday against bottom side Waterloo, a big win 96-5, scoring fourteen tries with full back Emyr Lewis leading the try-scoring with five touchdowns. With just four league games left, Redruth know that they can’t afford any slip ups. The run-in is daunting starting with the long,long trip to Tynedale on Saturday. Congratulations to Darren Jacques and his selection for the Barbarians in the annual Mobbs Memorial match at Bedford against the Bedford Blues. After his two recent England Counties caps this is another deserved honnour for Darren who on Saturday established a new record for consecutive apperances for Redruth. You can read my match report here also an interview with Darren Jacques and Luke Collins following the Waterloo match.
Not such good news for our other two Cornish clubs in National League 2, with the Cornish All Blacks going down 26-24 at Wharfedale. CAB’s scored tries through Jon Fabian and the Rawlings brothers Tom and Mike, with Adam Staniforth kicking all three conversions and a penalty. To cap it all joint head coach Chris Brown announced that he is to step down due to family reasons, with Keith Brooking taking over as forwards coach. He will be sorely missed having given so much to Launceston these past few seasons.
Mount’s Bay lost at the Mennaye 40-14 to fellow relegation candidates Westcombe Park with former player Tyron Child scoring a hat-trick of tries to pour further misery on Bay. Richard Bright got Bay’s try with Dan Hawkes kicking three penalties. It’s a big struggle for Bay at the moment with all the off field buisness going on and scratching around for players to make up a team. As I write there are concerns as to whether Bay can fulfill next Saturday’s fixture at Southend!
In the EDF-Energy Junior Vase semi-final played at Lux Park, Liskeard & Looe booked their place in the Twickenham final with a 26-19 over Lowestoft & Yarmouth win thanks to an injury time try scored by centre Andy Sheer. Coach Chris Hocking was a happy man “It’s a really good feeling to be taking a team to Twickenham.” The final will take place on Saturday May 9th when they will play Brighton with a 1 pm kick-off. Well done Lions you’ll do Cornwall proud.
Up in London 3 SW, London Cornish caught up on their fixtures when they drew with London South Africa 36-36 to maintain their play-off chances. You can read Dickon Moon’s match report here.
The Skinners Brewery Cornwall Cup finalists are now known, this year’s final to be played on Easter Monday at St. Austell RFC will be between Camborne and St. Ives. Camborne booked their place in the final for the first time in 17 years with a 37-25 over last season’s losing finalists Bude. St. Ives had a closer tussle against Truro at St. Clements winning 19-16.
In the Skinners Brewery Cornwall Clubs Cup the final will be between Bodmin who beat Helston and Stithians who overcame a still celebrating Liskeard & Looe on Sunday.
Also on Sunday Cornwall’s U.20’s completed their County Championship campaign with another defeat this time to Somerset at Camborne by 38-20 to end up with the wooden spoon in the group. Congratulations to Gloucestershire, reigning champions, who topped the group once again.
Belated congratulations to Truro College on their fine performance on reaching the final of the Daily Mail U.18 Cup Final at Twickenham on the 1st April where they will meet St. Peter’s Catholic High School from Gloucester after a 19-19 draw at the end of the game the result was decided by a kicking contest with Redruth’s Aaron Penberthy dropping the winning kick against John Fisher School.