On Sunday 28th February Cornwall travelled to Cinderford RFC in the Forest of Dean for their second championship game of the season.
Gloucestershire U20 36 – 14 Cornwall U20
Cornwall got off to a flying start with a try after 12 minutes when scrum half Dan Rutter dived over after some hard work by the forwards close to the Gloucestershire line. The try was converted by James MacFarlane.
Gloucestershire shaken by the early score came back into the game 4 minutes later with a driving maul and grounded the ball for an unconverted try.
Straight from the kick off Gloucestershire struck again when a missed tackle let them run through to score under the posts for a converted try. Cornwall had to endure the first of two yellow cards when prop forward Tommy Phillips was sent to the sin bin. Gloucestershire took advantage of the situation and from a scrum close to the Cornish line drove over for another converted try. The half ended for Cornwall when an attempted kick was charged down and slick hands saw the ball thrown wide for Reuben Goatley (Old Centralians) cross for the second of what was to be a hat trick of tries.
Half time Score Gloucestershire 24 – 7 Cornwall
The second half Cornwall had the wind behind them and a closer game ensued. In the 53 minute another missed tackle by Cornwall saw winger Reuben Goatley go over for his hat trick, but again the conversion was missed. Cornwall suffered their second yellow of the day when flanker Angus Brown was given 10 minutes in the sin bin Gloucestershire again took full advantage when they scored their final. The Cornwall guys never gave up, and a bit of individual magic saw Dan Rutter break the line, and twice chipped over the opposition catching the ball and scoring a consolation try which was converted to see the final score Gloucestershire 35 – 14 Cornwall.
Gloucestershire deserved their victory with a strong squad and well worked moves on the day. Gloucestershire and Berkshire progress through to the quarterfinals of the competition. Cornwall now have it all to do, with a winner take all battle against local rivals Devon on Sunday 13 March at Camborne RFC with a 1400 kick off.
Scorers: Cornwall - Dan Rutter 2 Tries, James MacFarlane 2 conversions
Gloucestershire – Reuben Goatley 3 tries Julian Mogg 1 try, 2 Unkown
Wayne Mulhern 3 Conversions