Ducker scored a great try against Chinnor
It was good to get back to rugby and see my first game for 2017, and what a game it was as Redruth defeated Chinnor 29-12 scoring four superb tries in a National League 2 South thriller.
The pick will be Alex Ducker’s sixty-metre run from his own twenty-two, a contender for try of the season.
The Reds first try wasn’t half bad either as Jack Oulton finished off a break by Lewis Vinnicombe. Shaun Buzza powered over for try number three with Joel Matavesi wrapping up the bonus point just after half-time.
It was a performance that pleased both Adrian Rutter and Nigel Hambly and was just the start absent head coach Marek Churcher would have hoped for to start 2017.
Liam Chapple faced with injury problems ahead of Ivybridge game
In National League 3 SW, Camborne suffered a heavy defeat at Hornets 45-6, who inaugurated their new artificial grass pitch. All Town had to show for their efforts were a couple of Dave Mankee penalties and an injury list to boot. Lock Ben Kemp has a broken arm, whilst Ben Drew filling in at flanker sustained a deep cut over an eye requiring stitches. It’s a situation that head coach Liam Chapple know’s only too well!
Launceston picked up an encouraging win at Ivybridge 23-16. Sam Snell scored their try with Fraser Honey kicking 18 points.
In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro won the mid-Cornwall derby at St. Austell thanks to an Ashley Hosking penalty at the death. Luke & Jack Tidball each scored tries for Truro with Hosking kicking the other points.
For the Saints Hector Bright and James Martin scored tries with Liam Freeman kicking their other points.
Wadebridge Camels lost 39-12 at Sidmouth, Dan Thomas and Matt Ballard scored tries for the Camels with Thomas kicking a conversion.
St. Ives lost 32-21 at Exeter University. Martyn Lawrence (2) and Ben Jenkin scored the Hakes tries with Jordan Gott adding a couple of penalties.
Bude faired no better at Torquay losing 41-10, Will Kingdom and Olly Denford with their tries.
Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish were held by KCS Old Boys 22 all, dropping their first points of the season. Despite the draw the Exiles have extended their advantage at the top to twelve points.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Falmouth maintained their top spot following a 34-10 win at Lanner.
Penryn scored a point a minute as they slaughtered poor old Tamar Saracens 80-0. Borough scored twelve tries with Grant Randlesome grabbing a hat-trick as did Colin Campbell! Matt Horton added ten conversions.
Good to see Jordan Rose back in action after injury.
Pirates Amateurs defeated Saltash 17-12 to dent Ashes’ promotion hopes. Ashley Weston, Jack Nicholas and Dan Magee scored the Ams tries with Magee kicking a conversion. Phil Eatwell and Adam Coutts crossed for Saltash with Kieran Down adding a conversion. Pirates Amateurs lost skipper Jamie Barrett with a broken leg which held the game up for over an hour, we wish him a speedy recovery.
Bodmin came a cropper at Honiton who ran out convincing winners 56-0.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, there were opening day wins for Hayle 58-0 at a depleted Camborne School of Mines, Newquay Hornets who won 29-10 at Roseland, St. Agnes who pipped Helston 12-10, whist Veir and Liskeard-Looe drew 18 all.
In Tribute Cornwall 2, Lankelly-Fowey won at Camelford 43-0, Illogan Park defeated St. Just 36-5 and Stithians won at Redruth Albany 28-8.
In the Duchy Cup semi-finals both Wadebridge Camels Reserves and St. Austell Reserves won through to the final. Camels defeated Saltash 27-17 and St. Austell beat Launceston 22-3.
In the Plate semi-finals both Camborne Reserves and Bodmin Reserves advanced to the final as neither opponents could raise a side!