The continuing appalling weather once again took it’s toll on the weekend’s rugby fixtures.
The Cornish Pirates Friday evening RFU Championship clash at Moseley was an early victim.
In National League 2 South great work by the ground staff at Redruth ensured the game against Dings Crusaders went ahead. A heavy shower washed away all the pitch markings but great work by Martin Caddy ensured that the game kicked –off on time.
It was a very special day at Redruth with guest of honour being club legend Richard Sharp, who was the first recipient of a Redruth Players’ Cap.
Details of how former players and relatives of former players who have appeared for the first XV can obtain one of these special caps can be found in the following link.
The game itself was disappointing from a Redruth point of view as the Reds slipped to a third home defeat of the season losing 15-10.
You can read my WMN report from the Recreation Ground in the link.
The Cornish All Black’s game at Cambridge was postponed and will now take place on March 15th.
In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne defeated Coney Hill 26-10. The Cherry and Whites scored four tries to secure the bonus point and go level on points with North Petherton and Hornets on 61 points two points behind second place St. Austell.
Rob Floyd, Cameron Bone, Alex Ducker and Dave Roberts all crossed the whitewash for the home side, with Dave Mankee adding three conversions.
St. Austell won a tough derby game at Wadebridge Camels 13-8.
In difficult conditions Saints scored a couple of tries through Adam Pearce and Ian Venner with Matt Shepherd kicking a penalty.
For the Camels Will Pengelly scored a try and James Gribb kicked a penalty to give them a losing bonus point.
No Cornish sides were in action in Tribute Western Counties West. However, St. Ives have had their appeal rejected against the docking of points for their win over Truro for not having a prop replacement on the bench.
In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League Hayle defeated Newquay Hornets 21-0 thanks to a Danny Clackworthy try a penalty-try and a third score from Rob Cutter, all three scores were converted by James Nicholls.
Withycombe beat Veor 50-5 with Matt Rapson getting the visitors only points with a try.
Saltash lost at second place Tiverton 15-0.
Re-arranged games in Tribute Cornwall 1 & 2 were once again postponed as was the Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup tie between Illogan Park & St. Day.
Many congratulations to Jack Nowell on his second cap for England in the Calcutta Cup game against Scotland at Murrayfield, though not getting on the score-sheet Nowell was instrumental in the build up to Mike Brown’s try for England as the red rose retained the cup winning 20-0.
Interesting stat that Nowell is currently ranked second in the turnover stats having won four to Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony’s five!