Round up from the Cornish rugby scene

Photo TASC’s Viv Broadhurst presenting training balls to Hayle RFC.


Camborne will wonder how they lost their South West Premier league game they appeared well in control of heading towards half-time with a 15-0 lead.

The game was littered with stoppages with Exmouth players taking some bangs to the head.

Crucially Exmouth scored an unconverted try right on half-time, much to the delight of their head coach Jon Hill, to give themselves a lifeline.

Jake Champion kicked an early penalty for the Cherry and Whites and then forced his way over after Town’s pack nicked a line-out ball in Exmouth’s 22.

Champion surprisingly missed the routine conversion.

Great play from Declan Mathews on the wing took play into the 22, James Goldsworthy provided the link for Sam Bartle to crash over for Champion to convert.

Watkins pulled a try back for Exmouth right on the break to leave Camborne 15-5 up.

Exmouth then came right back in it when lock Mike Richards powered over from close-range with George Meadows converting.

Crucially Town lost both Champion and flanker Jordan Rose, but they managed to score a third try when Andrius Zacharovas bulldozed over for an unconverted score.

Exmouth enjoyed a stroke of luck when defending near their line, an interception saw them run away to score near the sticks thanks to centre Henry Goldson, the score bettered by Meadows.

With their tails up, and roared on by the animated Hill, Exmouth got their chance to win the game when Meadows dropped a goal near the end for a 22-20 win.

In National League 2 South, Redruth’s run of three wins was brought to an end by Redingensians who prevailed 21-12.

The home side benefited from a couple of penalty-tries, a speciality for them this season.

The Reds had one or two regulars missing for various reasons and lost prop Craig Williams after 23 minutes.

Shaun Buzza and AJ Cant scored the tries for Redruth with Nielson Webber adding a conversion.

In the Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston picked up another win on the road winning 21-19 at Clevedon. Dan Pearce scored 16 points with two tries and three conversions, with lock Mark Williams bagging the other try.

In London 1 South, London Cornish defeated Maidstone 30-15 to close in on the sides above them. Dave Smith and Chris Kolapo-Ajala both scored two tries with George Kimmins kicking a couple of conversions and two penalties.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell relinquished top spot for now as they lost to new leaders Devonport Services at the Rectory 27-12. Matt Davey got both tries for the Saints with Liam Freeman adding a conversion.

St. Ives went above St. Austell after their 22-20 win at Burnham. Hakes tries were scored by Treve Polglase, Tom Nicholas, Harry Parton and Liam Jolly with Rhys Brownfield adding a conversion.

Wadebridge Camels won 33-16 at Falmouth. Joe Pretty, Matt Ballard, Jake Grubb and Sam Chapman crossed for the Camels, whilst Danny Thomas kicked two conversions and three penalties.

In reply AJ Geach scored a try for the Eagles converted by Justyn Irons who also bagged three penalties.

Truro picked a useful win at home to Tiverton 29-25. Ben Teasdale, Ian Rowe, Darren Jacques and a penalty-try made up the try count for the Goats, whilst  “Eggy” Williams kicked three conversions and a penalty.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn maintain their top spot after battling past Pirates Amateurs 6-0 at the Memorial Ground thanks to a couple of Mitch Vague penalties.

Saltash picked up a good win at Hayle 26-10 to stay on the Borough’s heels. Steve Hillman scored a hat-trick of tries with Ollie Mulberry adding a fourth for the Ashes. Harrison Reburn added three conversions.

For the Lions, who were presented with a couple of training balls by TASC for winning Cornwall 1 last season, Damien Lines scored a try converted by TJ Farrell who also kicked a penalty.

Lanner defeated Plymouth Argaum 31-10 at St. Day. Michael Laity, Bevon Stone, Adam Harris, Jack Kessell and Ollie Reynolds scored the Falcons’ tries with Kessell kicking three conversions.

Bude beat Tavistock 24-0 thanks to tries scored by Alex Rakshami, Ollie Mounce, Angus Hodges and Will Kingdom. Ollie Denford kicked two conversions.

Phil Westren’s report on the Cornish Pirates Championship win against Hartpury College can be found in the previous blog entry.

See the results page for the scores from Tribute Cornwall League.

This week sees a break for most of the leagues with just the Pirates, Lanner and the Cornwall League with games.

Pirates Amateurs v The Coldstream Guards

This coming Saturday, the 18th November, a special match will take place at the Mennaye Field, Penzance (ko 2.30pm), when the Pirates Amateurs play The Coldstream Guards. The game will honour the memory of Darren Hicks who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

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