With the British & Irish Cup taking over the concerns of clubs from level 2, it meant that National League 2 South provided the main focus as far as league rugby was concerned for Cornish fans.
The Cornish All Blacks finally won at Polson for the first time in the league this season with a comprehensive 38-6 win over Southend. Ben Hilton, Toby Borrow, James Tripcony and Lewis Paterson. Kieron Lewitt chipped in with three conversions and four penalties.
A sight to gladden many a Launceston supporter and rugby fans across Cornwall was the return of prop Martin Rice.
Bill Sobey from the Western Morning News has an interview with Rice in the link
Redruth’s winning run came to an end at Worthing as they lost 27-25 on the south coast.
An eventful game saw the lead change hands no less than five times and saw Worthing prop Joe Burns and Redruth’s scrum-half Greg Goodfellow red carded following a spear-tackle on the Red’s scrum-half who made very clear to the perpetrator his feelings!
Redruth’s three tries were scored by the front row union, two to prop Darren Jacques and one for Tom Blackburn on his Redruth debut. Paul Thirlby kicked a conversion and three penalties. Redruth also lost flanker Owen Hambly to the sin-bin during the game.
The Cornish Pirates entertained Welsh Premiership Carmarthen Quins at the Mennaye on Sunday in the British & Irish Cup. A 44-32 win saw the home side get their campaign off to a good start, but they made hard work of it after they trailed at half-time 20-13!
Pirates changed their side for the cup fixture giving game time to squad members. Fly-half Aaron Penberthy had an eventful game, a first half sin-binning but also contributing nineteen points to his side with five conversions and three penalties. Of worry though was another injury for flanker Chris Morgan who looks to have broken his arm.
This Saturday see’s the Pirates fly north of the boarder to take on Dundee High at Mayfield. As a matter of interest Ian Nimmo now with Newport Gwent Dragons has played for both the Pirates and Dundee High.
In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne are sitting in second place behind runaway leaders North Petherton. Town’s latest success was against Clevedon whom they beat 27-19 at the Rec. Trailing 6-12 at half-time Camborne took the game to ther opponents in the second half with flanker Ashley Lawton putting in a big game. Tries came from winger Adam Notman and fly-half David Mankee, with the Mankee adding five penalties and a conversion.
Wadebridge Camels slipped to defeat at home to Cleve 14-6. Jamie Grubb kicking both Camel’s penalties.
In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell won at Tavistock 31-23. Saints scored five tries through Rob Jeffs, James Earp, Jack Grigg, Alex Welland and Matt Shepherd with Shepherd also kicking three conversions.
The three other Cornish clubs at this level all lost, Truro at home to Okehampton 11-3, Penryn at Wellington 24-21, despite scoring three converted tries through Grant Randlesome, Jordan Rose and Alex Ducker, whilst Bude lost to Ivybridge at Bencooleen 20-13, Ollie Denford with a try which was converted by Dan Pearce who also landed a penalty and a drop.
London Cornish were involved in the first round of the SE Intermediate Cup and fell at the first hurdle at home against Brighton Blues 32-0. Cornish made a few changes to their customary lineup but on the day were beaten by the better side fron London 2 SE.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League there was a top of the table clash as leaders Teignmouth entertained St. Ives and it was the Hakes who came away with a 23-15 win.
Tries from Neil Corin, Kyle Moyle and Jacob Ninnis paved the way for the blues, whilst fly-half Ceiron Thomas added a conversion and three penalties. The win puts St. Ives just one point behind Teignmouth.
There was a Cornish derby at the Memorial Park as Hayle entertained Newquay Hornets. The Lions winning a tight game 21-19. Hornets let slip a 19-7 lead as Hayle came from behind Both sides scored three tries. Tallan Daniels, Sam Newman and Joe Chadwick, whilst Martin Strick crucially added all three conversions. For Newquay, Harry Pendrick, Chris Ricketts and Ashley Taylor all crossed but kicker Ryan Johns could only manage tow conversions.
Saltash lost at Tiverton 22-12, whilst Liskeard&Looe are still without a win after losing at Withycombe 31-10.
Pirates Amateurs drew at Crediton 13-13, Ryan Forrester scored their try with Rhys Brownfield adding the conversion and a couple of penalties.
Falmouth lost at home against OPM’s 39-14 with a couple of converted tries from skipper Simon Bailey their sole consolation.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, Veor look set to bounce back to the Cornwall and Devon League following another big win this time at home to St. Agnes.
Stithians are also unbeaten folowing their win against St. Just 50-15.
In the other game played Helston just edged out Roseland 10-7.
In Tribute Cornwall 2 Bodmin lead the way following their second win 52-10 at Illogan Park.
Camborne School of Mines are second after beating Camelford 20-10 up on the North Coast.
St. Day enjoyed a comfortable win at Lankelly-Fowey 44-10.
With it also being the first weekend of Heineken Cup rugby mention of Exeter Chiefs brave effort in Dublin against the holders Leinster losing only 9-6. Their match on Saturday at Sandy Park against Clermont-Auvergne promises to be a cracker!
Olly Barkley played well for Metro-Racing against Munster on a quagmire of a pitch at the Stade de France. Les ciels et bleus won 22-17.
Also in France keeping an eye on Tom Parker’s club Vannes in Federale 1, a good win for the Bretons 31-7 over Niort, whilst Ed Carne’s Nevers side beat FC Lourdes, one of the great names of the past in French rugby 34-7.