TRELAWNY’S ARMY CRFU COLTS CUP FINAL
ST. AUSTELL SAINTS COLTS 27-22 LAUNCESTON COLTS
By Bill Hooper
An enthralling Colts Cup Final between St. Austell and Launceston proved to be the icing on the cake of an entertaining day’s rugby at St. Austell’s Tregorrick Park with Saints’ winger Jake Carr scoring four of their five tries.
St. Austell gained revenge for their narrow defeat in the Premiership League final at Launceston three weeks ago 10-8, with a five try win against the young Cornish All Blacks to make it a Cup double for the St. Austell club this season following the Seniors Cornwall Cup win.
Photo by Graham Walker, Saints Captain Ethan Vincent receives the Colts Cup from TASC’s Ian Gordon
The strong blustery wind meant it wasn’t a day for goal kickers with successful kicks at a premium.
Launceston dominated the early stages of the game scoring an early try through wing Charlie Wevill converted by full back Jordan Cunningham.
They increased their lead with an unconverted try soon after from fellow winger Joe Vanstone for a 12-0 lead.
St. Austell finally got some territory and possession to cut the deficit when Carr went over for his first score.
That sparked the Saints who finished the half the stronger with Carr crossing for two further unconverted tries for a 15-12 half-time lead.
Carr bagged his fourth try soon after the break to extend the Saints’ lead but back came Launceston with a try from centre Harry Brewerton, who then regained the advantage when Vanstone got his second try for a narrow 22-20 lead with just six minutes left to play.
St. Austell were not to be denied good play from the forwards saw the home side make good ground into the All Blacks’ twenty-two, from a tap and go penalty scrum-half Dan Tyrell scored their fifth try which fly-half Henry Welch converted .
Launceston had a final fling when a powerful driving maul was stopped just short of the Saints line.
The final whistle saw St. Austell skipper Ethan Vincent lift the cup.
St. Austell Saints Colts: Tries, Carr (4), Tyrell, Con, Welch, Launceston Colts: Tries, Wevill, Vanstone (2), Brewerton, Con, Cunningham
In the other finals played, the Bowl saw Redruth Colts defeat St. Austell Sinners Colts 24-3. Reds’ tries were scored by man-of-the-match Josh Lugg, AJ Stanfield, Jordan Smart and Jack Hitchens with Colin Gilbert kicking two conversions. Ashley Gilder kicked the sole points for the Sinners.
Photo by Bill Hooper, Reds’ skipper receives Bowl from John Rowe
The Plate final saw a big win for Wadebridge Camels Colts against Liskeard-Looe Colts by 34-5
Despite opening the scoring with a try from Olly Bowman Liskeard-Looe found themselves down 10-5 at the break following tries from Shawn Hartley and Morgan Williams.
In the second half Camels scored four further ties through Jack Sander, man-of-the-match Williams with his second, Zac Prosser and Owen Wilson, Williams also kicking two conversions.
Photo by Bill Hooper Camels’ skipper is presented with the Plate by TASC’s Marjorie Rowe
The Shield Final a close game saw Newquay Hornets Colts edge out Camborne Colts 13-10.
It was just 3-0 at half-time to Hornets thanks to an Aaron Symons’ penalty. Hornets got a gap during the second half thanks to tries from Jack Howarth and Symons before Town Colts hit back with unconverted tries from Oakley Smitham and Archie Sutton but they couldn’t get the winning score.