There was no fairy-tale ending to the camels mamouth trek north in the EDF-Energy National Trophy 3rd Rd tie at National Division 2 side Tynedale on Saturday as the northeners won 39-5. Wadebridge fought to the end and were rewarded with an un-converted try scored by Olly Hawkey. Well done lads on a brave effort, Wadebridge and Cornwall are proud of you.

Redruth, with a much changed side also bowed out at this stage losing at Sharmans Cross Road 31 – 8 to Birminigham & Solihull, with replacement Richard Brown scoring a try to add to an earlier Mark Scrivener penalty. The following observation was sent to me by Cornish rugby supporter Stu Hoy who was present at the game;

The scoreline 31-8 flatters to deceive!

This was a fine display of courage and determination by a Reds XV who continually put pressure on Bees throughout decisive parts of the game. A try either side of the break rocked Reds who fought back to get a late reply only to see Bees with a breakaway try in stoppage time. Redruth Rugby Club should be proud of their full club squad who performed like terriors and represented their club in the true tradition of Cup Rugby. It was Reds who gained more out of this display and the fixture should hold no fear for the returning Cornish in 2009.

Kernow bys Vyken

The Cornish All Blacks tie at Wharfedale fell foul of the weather and will be played this coming Saturday.

Mount’s Bay booked their place in the next round with a 24-7 win over Barking at the Mennaye. Flanker Brett Stroud, lock Ben Hilton, full-back Mike Molloy and replacement Duke Seymour scored Bay’s tries with fly-half Dan Hawkes adding a couple of conversions.

So in today’s 4th Rd draw made at Twickenham; the Cornish Pirates entertain Southend, Mount’s Bay take on Esher, the Cornish All Blacks, should they prevail in their 3rd round tie at Wharfedale will take on Birmingham & Solihull at Polson. Ties to be played on Saturday 17th January.

With no Cornish interest in the Intermediate Cup, attention also focused on the Senior and Junior Vases.

In the Senior Vase, Camborne defeated Tavistock 15-8, Shane Woods and Sam Bartle scoring Town’s tries and David Mankee kicking a conversion and penalty. A Camborne home draw in the next round will make for an interesting conundrum with regards to the Cornish Pirates and Mount’s Bay’s home ties!!!

Truro found Western Counties West pace-setters Cullompton too hot-to-handle as the Devonians won 39-6.

In the London section of the draw, London Cornish had a good win over Winchester 15-12 in difficult conditions with all the points scored in the first-half, coach Dickon Moon’s report can be read here.

In the Junior Vase, Liskeard & Looe had a good win at Castle Carey 28-3, St. Austell thumped Redruth Albany 90-0, whilst Perranporth bowed out at Honiton 39-6.

A little bit of catch up in the Tribute leagues last weekend, unfortunatly St. Ives game at Brixham, in South West 2 West was once again called off, however in Western Counties West, Newquay Hornets played Devonport Services and won 14-10 after trailing 10-0. Simon Horton kicked three penalties and Simon Lutey scored a try.

In the Cornwall & Devon League Penryn stretched their lead at the top with an 11-6 win over Bideford, Taron Peacock landed a couple of penalties and Justin Doney scored a try.

This Saturday sees a cracking Cornish derby in National League 2 as Redruth take on a much improved Mount’s Bay at the Rec with a 2 pm kick-off. Not to forget at the Sportscentre Newquay Hornets hosting Wadebridge Camels in the match-of-the-day in Western Counties West. Sunday the Cornish Pirates take on Coventry in National League 1 at Camborne kick-off 2pm.

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