ST. AUSTELL achieved promotion in front of their home fans some 800 plus at Tregorrick last Saturday when they defeated Exeter Saracens 38-5 putting them 11 points clear of second place Bideford with just one more game to play.
Saints scored six tries with a brace from Matt Shepherd who also kicked four conversions. Other tries came from Sam Tank, Mark Martin, Adam Kellow and Jack Nelson.
Penryn finished their home program with a good win defeating Honiton 34-3. Dan Booth, George Jones, Gareth Tedstone and Lewis Vague all scored tries for the Borough with Jake Seviour adding all four conversions and a couple of penalties.
Truro couldn’t do much against play-off bound Bideford, the North Devon side winning 20-3 at St. Clements with just a Jake Champion penalty to show of their efforts.
Bude lost a tight game at Wellington 23-22. Dan Pearce and Kyle Speare (2) scored their tries with Pearce kicking a penalty and two conversions.
Both Truro and Bude will enjoy next season at this level.
In the RFU Championship, the Cornish Pirates completed their away program with their televised visit to Meadow Lane to take on Martin Haag’s Nottingham. The Green & Whites have had a great season having qualified for the play-offs. An entertaining game saw the homeside hold on for a narrow 28-26 win. For the Pirates tries were scored by Matt Evans (2), skipper Gavin Cattle and Kieran Hallett, Hallett also added a couple of conversions whilst in the first half Aaron Penberthy booted over another conversion.
Pirates will end their season this Saturday at home to Jersey. It will be an opportunity to see the departing players one final time.
In National League 2 South, Redruth finally ended their losing run defeating Southend 38-22 with tries scored by Chris Fuca (2), Tom Notman (2), Neal Turner and the by now obligatory Penalty-try! Paul Thirlby kicked four conversions in the difficult wind.
Launceston had no joy on their trip to Canterbury losing 10-0.
In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne beat Paignton 51-0 in a mud bath. Despite the conditions the Cherry & Whites scored seven tries through Ben Kemp, Ashley Lawton, Aaron Hunt, Steve Kenward, James Moore, Adam Notman and Grant Thirlby. Dave Mankee landed three conversions and a couple of penalties with Thirlby also kicking a couple of conversions.
Camborne need to win their final game of the season at home to Oldfield Old Boys to secure a play-off berth.
Wadebridge Camels won 22-16 at North Dorset. Adam Collings (2) a penalty-try and a try from Matt Ballard – his 22nd of the season and a new club record – saw Camels home
In London 2 SW, London Cornish playing their final game of the season ensured they stay up with a fine win over Portsmouth 38-10. Well done, it’s been a tough season but in the end they have celebrated their 50th anniversary in some style with back to back wins in their final two games.
In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Teignmouth made sure of the league with a 29-0 win over Hayle.
St. Ives finish runners-up and are also promoted despite being awarded the points against relegated Liskeard/Looe a friendly game was played with the Hakes winning 43-0.
Falmouth lost at Tiverton 32-0, whilst at the Mennaye Pirates Amateurs lost to Withycombe 20-12. Saltash defeated Newquay Hornets 15-12.
Cornwall have selected a useful side to defend their Tamar Cup against Devon at Plymouth Albion’s Brickfields Stadium on Monday night kick – off 7-30 pm.
Disappointingly the small number of Cornish Pirates’ players who have been training with the Cornwall squad have been withdrawn by the club and as I understand will not be participating in Cornwall’s County Championship campaign this season!
Cornwall still have a number of players to call on who are unable to make the Tamar Cup fixture notably from Plymouth Albion
However on a positive note, Pirate’s head coach Ian Davies along with players Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver will continue to assist Dave “Benji” Thomas and Steve Perry in preparing the squad.
Cornwall will use this game as preparation for their opening Championship match against Gloucestershire.
Both Cornwall and Devon have agreed to use up to twenty five players during the game.
Cornwall: J Parma (Camborne), R Bright, N Webber, L Paterson (all Cornish All Blacks), T Notman (Redruth), D Mankee (Camborne), M Shepherd (St Austell); D Jacques, R Brown, C Williams (all Redruth), B Hilton (All Blacks, capt), D Cook (Redruth), C Fuca (Redruth), T Rawlings, J Lord (both All Blacks).
Replacements: N Simmons (Redruth), L Yeo (All Blacks), L Vinnicombe (Redruth), S Perry (Barnstaple), M Rice (All Blacks), J Salter (Plymouth Albion), M Hearn (Camborne), L Collins (Redruth), J Goldsworthy (Camborne), L Duke (All Blacks).