The rugby program was pretty well decimated in Cornwall last weekend, however some games were played.
There was only one fixture played in Tribute South West 1 West with St. Austell taking on Bridgwater & Albion.
A fantastic effort by all at Tregorrick Park to get the game on, with the reward a fine win 41-12 and the Saints going back to the top of the table.
You can read Paul Hayes’ match report of the game via the club’s website in the link
It was better news in Tribute Western Counties West with all the games involving Cornish sides being played.
Truro’s promotion hopes took a dent with defeat at Teignmouth 34-26. Despite trailing 17-0 Truro fought back to trail by just a point 20-19 in the third quarter. Truro’s points coming from tries scored by scrum-half Ricky Brandon, Carl Ranscombe and Theo Gayton with Jake Champion adding a couple of conversions.
Teignmouth kicked on again to open up a healthy lead before Ranscombe scored a second try which Champion converted for a try-scoring bonus point.
Penryn won a dour struggle on the Memorial Ground 7-3 against a makeshift Devonport Services. Will Payne got the only try with Matt Horton adding the extras.
At St. Ives the Hakes got the better of visitors Bude in a vital relegation scrap 25-13.
Sam Chandler scored a try for the home side with two penalty-tries awarded to the home side as well.
“Eggy” Williams kicked two conversions and a couple of penalties for the Hakes.
For Bude, Adam Black and Joe Wilson scored tries with Phil Horton adding a penalty.
In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Newquay Hornets defeated Veor 26-8. Brad Rossborough, Henry Penderich (2) and Tim Eustace all scored tries with Liam Freeman adding three conversions.
For Veor who will be back playing in Cornwall 1 next season, Stevens scored a try with Arthur adding a penalty.
In Tribute Cornwall 1 Champions Liskeard-Looe wrapped up their league program with a 45-5 win over Perranporth at Lux Park. They will now concentrate on trying to add the Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup to the league title.
In the Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup one Pool D match was played with Bodmin defeating Camelford 129-0!
Launceston’s Ben Hilton along with Cambridge prop and former Penryn and Redruth junior player Jamal Ford-Robinson have both been selected for England Counties second game against Irish Clubs XV at Darlington’s Northern Echo Arena this Friday, kick-off 7-30 pm.
We all hope that Jack Nowell will win his third England cap this weekend against Ireland at Twickenham. If he does then it will be his first cap at HQ.
Congrats to Lauren Chenoweth who is in the England Women’s U.20 side for the re-match with France Women’s U.20 at Esher on Saturday.
On Sunday Cornwall U.20’s take on Devon at Penryn kick-off 2-30 pm.
If Cornwall win then they will be guaranteed a home quarter-final towards the end of March.
Come and cheer on the Cornish youngsters as they look to progress in this season’s competition.
Interesting read yesterday’s The Rugby Paper by Brendan Gallagher about the five best players never capped by England. He had Mike Nicholls (Gloucester) Hooker, Richard Trickey (Sale) lock, John Gray (Coventry) Hooker, Martin Offiah (Rosslyn Park) wing, Steve Kenney (Leicester) scrum-half.
I replied with five Cornish players who should have played for England. Bonzo Johns (Redruth) prop, Roger Harris (Penryn) hooker, Peter Hendy (St. Ives) back row, Roger Spurrell, (Launceston & Bath) back row and Terry Pryor (Redruth) prop. Others that spring to mind, Roger Corin (St. Ives) back row, Graham Bate (Penryn) full back, Nigel Coombes (Penryn) scrum half, Alan Buzza (Redruth) full back, Roger Pellow (Falmouth) centre!