Not much rugby locally this past weekend as we had to endure another “catch up weekend” in the league program.
The focus of attention for most was the England v South Africa test at Twickenham.
With the Cornish Pirates resting before Saturday’s big game at the Mennaye against London Irish, it was left to Redruth to take centre stage as there was a full program of games in National League 2 South.
After suffering consecutive defeats the Reds got back to winning ways with a 28-20 win at Clifton. Tries game via Alex Ducker (2), Matt Gidlow and Shane Buzza, all bettered by Angus Taylor.
Brad Howe, Joel Matavesi and Luke Chapman all came off the bench to make an impact.
Canterbury showed that their win last week at Redruth was no fluke as they turned over unbeaten Chinnor 16-12. Reds take on Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday at the Rec.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League Bodmin won at Withycombe 31-10. Lee Taylor (2), Sam Lebburn, Mark Trevarthan and Andy Coad scored the tries with Josh Taylor nudging over three conversions. The win puts Bodmin 6th in the table.
In the Tribute Cornwall League the top sides are battling to stay in the top eight as the league splits after Christmas reverting to Cornwall 1 & 2.
Hayle, Liskeard-Looe, School of Mines, Newquay Hornets and St. Agnes look like taking five of those slots with Roseland, Perranporth, Helston, Veor and Illogan Park battling for the remaining three places.
The Tribute Cornwall Cup quarter-final ties took place last Saturday. Falmouth had a walkover against last season’s finalists Penryn who couldn’t field a side.
They are joined by Truro, who overcame St. Ives in a tight game 17-9. Truro led 9-6 at the break thanks to three Jake Champion penalties against two from Jordan Gott for the Hakes. Truro lost scrum half Daryl Riches to a red card for a stamp.
Despite St. Ives levelling with a third Gott penalty they couldn’t find a way through the tight Truro defence. Champion got a fourth penalty for Truro and then the home side made it safe when Luke Trescothick was driven over for the only try near the end.
St. Austell had a comfortable win 49-0 over Bude and Wadebridge Camels were given a stern test at Saltash before winning 32-29.
The draw for the semi-finals is due to be made on Sunday at the Cornwall Clubs Conference.
County fixtures update;
BILL BEAUMONT CUP 2017
Saturday May 6th SURREY V. CORNWALL @ Richmond RFC
Saturday May 13th DEVON V. CORNWALL @ Ivybridge RFC
Saturday May 20th CORNWALL V. HERTFORDSHIRE @ Camborne RFC
Sunday May 28th FINAL at Twickenham
DEVON V CORNWALL @ Tiverton RFC ko 7:30 pm (Date tbc)