Reds revel in the mud

Once again the weather got the better of most of the fixtures last weekend in Cornwall.

With the Cornish Pirates “enjoying” a weekend off in the calendar, they get back to Cup action next Sunday against Nottingham, it down to other sides to take centre stage.

In National League 2 South, the Cornish All Blacks game at Taunton was rained off and will probably now be played on Saturday 12th March.
Redruth meanwhile maintained their fine run with a hard-fought win against Bury St. Edmunds 22-8.

The game was in doubt really up to kick-off, happily the officials gave the pitch the OK, much to the relief of all concerned.

It was never going to be a pretty affair in the conditions and so it proved. Redruth prevailed thanks to tries scored by Matt Gidlow, Kyle Marriott and Ben Priddey. Marriott had a towering game at No.8.

Dave Mankee did well to get three kicks in with his final conversion from the touchline being particularly pleasing in the conditions.
Redruth have now got a couple of tough games coming up with a trip to Cambridge this Saturday before receiving high-flyers Bishop’s Stortford the following week.

Camborne paraded their new signing Damien Cook before their home game against Avonmouth Old Boys in Tribute South West 1 West.
The Cherry and Whites belied the conditions to win comfortably 38-0 to maintain top spot. Tries were scored by Alex Ducker (3), Dave Roberts (2) and James Goldsworthy with Ben Stean adding four conversions.

Town will be hoping to maintain their run when they travel to Teignmouth this Saturday.

In the Tribute Western Counties West league, only two fixtures concerning Cornish clubs survived. One was a real game of two halves as Truro came from 19-6 down at half-time at Wadebridge Camels to win 30-19!

The result didn’t do the Camels any favours and they will travel to Penryn on Saturday knowing that both sides need the win to escape the bottom two.

Saltash lost at Devonport Services 32-10 to leave them still in trouble.

Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish got 2016 off to a good win with a 29-3 win at Effingham & Leatherhead. Mark Osei-Tutu, Ed Atkin, Simon Brading, Mark O’Leary and Stefan Duda with Josh Allinson kicking a couple of conversions.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, again just two games survived. Bude took the chance move to the top of the table with a 41-7 win against Hayle. Kyle Speare got three of their seven tries.

St. Ives also moved above previous leaders Withycombe after a 43-12 win at home to Honiton. Martyn Lawrence grabbed two tries with Todd Prisk, Pete Mabbott, Ben Taylor, Bobby Conroy-Smith and Cameron Bone all crossing for the Hakes. Grant Thirlby landed four conversions.
On Saturday, St. Ives travel down the estuary to Hayle! Whilst Bude travel to Falmouth!!

Two games survived in Tribute Cornwall 1, leaders Camborne School of Mines maintained their winning run with win number seven, this time against St. Agnes 39-14. Illogan Park won at Perranporth 23-12.

Jack Nowell had to come off injured for Exeter against Gloucester on Saturday, fingers crossed it’s not too serious and that he will figure in Eddie Jones’ squad for the Calcutta Cup game.

Cornwall’s sole Under 20 County Championship pool game in the Duchy against Devon will be played at Camborne on Sunday 13th March kick-off 2pm.

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