What a cracking game of rugby the Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates Championship clash proved to be on SKY yesterday afternoon.
No question it was the best performance of the season, thus far, from the Cornish side as they triumphed 46-29 to notch up their first away win of the season.
Will Cargill kicked a penalty to open the Pirates’ account after 18 minutes before Toby May went over for the opening try.
Speedster Kyle Moyle rocketed in off an inside pass from Alex Day to put the Pirates well in command at half-time 17-5.
The second half started even better as Alex O’Meara ran in a gift pass from Donny. Then as the Knights found themselves down to 14 men, due to a sin-bin, Pirates added two further tries through Tom Lawday and Nicolas Coronel, Laurence May on the money with both conversions.
Despite a rally from Doncaster that saw them get their own try-bonus point, Lawday’s second try sealed the win, with May again slotting the conversion and a final penalty goal.
On Saturday, despite the early morning start, Redruth got their first away win of the season in National League 2 South at Henley Hawks 42-22.
Reds scored five tries through Sam Matavesi, Ben Priddey, Matt Bowden, AJ Cant and skipper Richard Brown, with Ashley Hosking four conversions and three penalties.
Congratulations to Redruth head coach Pale Nonu on his marriage to Amy, which took place early last week.
Camborne lost for the second time at home this season as they went down to a narrow 17-14 defeat to Cleve.
The game was watched by former England Internationals John Collins and Richard Sharp along with most of the CRFU committee.
Cleve’s big forwards proved a handful for the home side, but Town competed well and in the end with a bit more luck could have nicked it. Dave Mankee marked his 300th appearance for the club with three penalties, whilst Ashley Riches scored their only try.
In Tribute South West 1 West, Launceston went down to defeat at Bideford 20-0.
In London 1 South, London Cornish bounced back from their defeat against Medway last week to defeat Brighton 23-7 and move above the Sussex side in the table. Tries for Cornish were scored by Andy Hill, Chris Kolapo-Ajala and Jake Slade with George Kimmins kicking the other points.
In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell maintain their push near the top following an impressive 20-3 win at Chard. Chris Ashwin, Max Duggan and Liam Freeman scored the Saints’ tries with Freeman adding a conversion and a penalty.
Falmouth slipped to defeat at Devonport Services 33-10, Justyn Irons with all their points.
St. Ives found Torquay Athletic in much improved form as the Tics won 38-13. Despite leading 13-10 at the break with tries from Josh Palmer and Jacob Ninnes plus a Rhys Brownfield penalty, the Hakes were shattered as Torquay scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.
Truro backed up last week’s win with success at St. Clements Hill 26-20 against Paignton. Luke Tidball (2) and Dan Head scored tries whilst Mark Richards kicked eight points and Eggy Williams added a further penalty.
Wadebridge Camels went down 30-3 at Crediton, Dan Thomas kicked their solitary penalty.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn march on at the top following their 29-10 win at St. Day against Lanner. Adam Hughes, Grant Randlesome, Steve Patterson and Andy Seviour scored the Borough’s tries with Tom Townsend adding three conversions and a penalty.
Saltash had a big win against Wessex 82-14 scoring twelve tries, both Steve Hillman and Sam Snell scored a brace each with other scores shared around.
Hayle had a fine win at home against Plymouth Argaum 28-5. Tallan Daniels (2) and Neil Mitchell scored tries for the Lions whilst TJ Farrell kicked three penalties and two conversions.
Bude also won at home defeating Plymstock 21-17. Olly Denford, Joe Wilson and Olly Mounce scored tries with Denford adding all three conversions.
Steve Evans kicked Pirates Amateurs only points as they slipped to defeat at Honiton 51-3.
Well done to Cornwall U.18’s who beat Devon at Keyham on Sunday 19-17. Cornwall’s tries were scored by Truro School’s Mike Austin, Liskeard-Looe’s Jordan Smith and Bude’s Rory Mead.
Cornwall U.18’s are preparing for their South West Championship games at Weston Hornets in December.