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Congratulations to Matt and Robin

Well done to Matt Shepherd (pictured courtesy of Simon Bryant, Iktisphoto) and Robin Wedlake who have been selected for the England Counties tour which departs the day after the Bill Beaumont County Championship Final (Lancashire v Cornwall) on Sunday 28th May.

England Counties will complete a two-match tour of Spain from 29 May to 4 June, and team manager Matt Long is expecting a tough test.

Counties are set to face a Basque Country team in San Sebastian on Wednesday, 31 May before travelling to Guadalajara three days later to take on Spain, and Long is wary of the challenge ahead.

“I’m expecting a very physical game,” he said of the international clash. “Given we wanted a full Test against the international side, I think we’ll get one.

“We’ve done a bit of research, and we know Spain are improving, their world ranking is proof of that. We’re going to have a hard test.”

Counties will fly to Spain the day after the county championship final at Twickenham Stadium, and Long explains there will be no meet and greet beforehand, rather his side will have to gel and search for consistency from the outset.

He added: “We expect that both the Basque Country team and Spain will want to play a quick game, and we must adapt to that accordingly.”

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CORNWALL 45 v HERTFORDSHIRE 28

Dave Mankee crosses for Cornwall’s seventh try to seal a convincing win over Hertfordshire (Photo courtesy of Simon Bryant, Iktisphoto).

 

BILL BEAUMONT CUP

CORNWALL 45 – 28 HERTFORDSHIRE

By Bill Hooper at the Recreation Ground Camborne

Glorious, simply glorious, Cornwall ran in seven tries against Hertfordshire to book another return to rugby HQ next Sunday for a fourth encounter in five years with the red rose of Lancashire.

There was a sense of excitement as kick-off approached, nerves too it has to be said, but the beating of the bass drum from the Falmouth Marine Band soothed the nerves, what a joy to see them doing what they do best raising the temperature of the crowd parading around the pitch. The hanging of the pasty from the crossbar and the sight of “Betty Stoggs” what more could you ask for!

As kick-off approached and with a crowd of 3,000 plus the scene was set. There was drama before kick-off as news emerged that Hertfordshire had a number of changes to their published side as a number of players from the Old Albanian club had withdrawn due to a players wedding, forcing head coach James Shanahan to don the number 25 shirt at fly-half.

Cornwall, led by skipper Jake Murphy emerged from the tunnel to huge roars from the crowd, having won the toss they elected to play up the slope in the first half.

What a start it proved to be, Tom Notman collecting the ball and turning on a sixpence ran hard into the Herts twenty-two, ruck ball saw Cornwall pound the Herts line with scrum-half Jack Oulton slipping the ball to flanker Sam Matavesi to crash over, full back Matt Shepherd added the extras and Cornwall were up and running.

Cornwall had a little bit of trouble in the scrums early on, Shanahan found touch towards the scoreboard corner following a series of drives from the Herts’ forwards the wily fox at 10 sold a great dummy to stroll under the sticks for scrum-half Tom Banks to convert and level the scores. Game on.

Cornwall lost Oulton to a heavy knock allowing local favourite Dave Mankee to come on at 9. Cornwall had to soak up a lot of pressure putting in tackles like demons. They lifted the siege getting field good position. No.8 Grant Randlesome made a fine break, one of many, linking with lock Tony Whittle who in turn found fly-half Joe Elderkin, whose soft pass put flyer Lewis Vinnicombe away in the corner for try number two. Shepherd kicked a fine conversion from five meters in from touch.

Hooker Richard Brown played scrum-half at a ruck feeding Elderkin who broke away linking with Shepherd before giving the scoring pass to Notman for try number three and a 19-7 lead.

Hertfordshire pulled a score back through full back Pierre Dotta off a pass from centre Francis Denny, there was a brief altercation amongst the players before Banks added the conversion and the game remained poised at 19-14 up until the break.

Once again Cornwall began the half with a bang. Good work from centre Robin Wedlake and the impressive Matavesi saw Cornwall get a penalty. Shepherd kicked to the West Bank corner and with the crowd baying the lineout was secured and Cornwall drove for the line with Brown getting the bonus point try.

Still Hertfordshire would not lie down back they came with a try from lock James Apperley converted by Banks.

A speculative kick into the Herts’ twenty-two bounced very high allowing replacement hooker Matt Ballard to claim the ball he was hauled down short of the line, Hertfordshire killed the ball with the useful flanker Harry Bate yellow carded for his sins.

Another kick to the West Bank corner, another catch and drive for Matavesi to bag his second try of the game.

Brilliant lineout play from lock Bryn Jenkins saw him feed replacement No.8 BJ Chapman who set off down the touchline like a scalded cat; he looked certain to score a great try but was bundled into touch…just!

Try number six came soon after a lovely move involving Wedlake, Seti Raumakita, Shepherd and the excellent Elderkin put Vinnicombe in for his second try finished in Chris Ashton style. Shepherd added both conversions and Cornwall had space 38-21.

Raumakita was again involved for Cornwall’s final try as the backs moved the ball wide for Mankee to cross and dot downtry number seven. Shepherd added the extras and the party on the terraces was in full swing.

Hertfordshire had the satisfaction of the final say when their excellent lock Sam Lunnon deservedly got over for their fourth try with the final play again converted by Banks.

The final whistle heralded scenes of great excitement as the prospect of a fifth consecutive final dawned and the chance to get a hat-trick of wins on the bounce at Twickenham.

Cornwall (Redruth unless stated): M Shepherd (Plymouth Albion), L Vinnicombe,  R Wedlake (Plymouth Albion), J Murphy (Barnstaple, capt), T Notman, J Elderkin, J Oulton; T Phillips, R Brown, C Williams, B Jenkins (Barnstaple), T Whittle (Camborne), C Fuca, S Matavesi (Camborne), G Randlesome (Penryn).

Replacements: M Ballard (Wadebridge Camels), A Zacharovas (Camborne), B Howe, G Jones (Penryn), BJ Chapman, D Mankee (Camborne), S Raumakita (Plymouth Albion).

Cornwall scores: Tries: Matavesi (2), Vinnicombe (2), Notman, Brown, Mankee; Cons: Shepherd (5)

Hertfordshire: (Bishop’s Stortford unless stated): P Dotta, B Creasey (Hertford), N Hankin, F Denny (Letchworth), S Barnes (Tring), J Shanahan (unattatched), T Banks; H King (Bishop’s Stortford), B McNamee (Hertford, capt), K Garside (Old Albanian), S Lunnon (Old Albanian), J Apperley, H Bate (Old Albanian), D Elsom, D Archer (Hertford).

Replacements: J Taylor (Old Albanian), W Roberts, A Berry (Old Albanian), J Concoran (Hertford), J Daly (Old Albanian), J Scantlebury, M Bendin (Hertford).92

Hertfordshire scores: Tries: Shanahan, Dotta, Lunnon (2); Cons: Banks (4)

Yellow Card – Bate 55

Referee: Ben Russell (RFU)



SCORING SEQUENCE

 

CORNWALL

 

HERTFORDSHIRE

Min

 

Score

 

1

TRY, MATAVESI

5-0

 

2

CON, SHEPHERD

7-0

 

6

 

7-5

try, shanahan

6

 

7-7

con, banks

17

try, vinnicombe

12-7

 

18

con, shepherd

14-7

 

22

try, notman

19-7

 

28

 

19-12

try, dotta

29

 

19-14

con, banks

43

try, brown

24-14

 

52

 

24-19

try, lunnon

52

 

24-21

con, banks

55

try, matavesi

29-21

 

55

con, shepherd

31-21

 

66

try, vinnicombe

36-21

 

66

con, shepherd

38-21

 

68

try, mankee

43-21

 

68

con, shepherd

45-21

 

80

 

45-26

try, lunnon

80

 

45-28

con, banks

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Saturday's Opposition

Standing between Cornwall and a fifth consecutive Twickenham appearance on Sunday 28th are a determined Hertfordshire side. Based around National One side Old Albanian (9) and National Two Champions Bishop’s Stortford (6) and stung by a two-point deduction by the RFU, Hertfordshire know that they need a bonus point win at Camborne on 20th May.

 

The squad selected is:

 

15 Ben Lloyd (Hertford)

14 Ben Creasy (Hertford)

13 Sam Winter (Bishop’s Stortford)

12 Tom Bendall (Old Albanian)

11 Sam Barnes (Tring)

10 Zak Vinnicombe (Old Albanian)

  9 Tom Banks (Bishop’s Stortford)

  1 Hayden King (Bishop’s Stortford)

  2 Bret McNamee [Capt.] (Hertford)

  3 Karl Garsite (Old Albanian)

  4 Sam Lunnon (Old Albanian)

  5 Matt Tomlinson (Bishop’s Stortford)

  6 Harry Bate (Old Albanian)

  7 Dan Elsom (Bishop’s Stortford)

  8 Jason Billows (Old Albanian)

 

16 Josh Taylor (Old Albanian)

17 Will Roberts (Bishop’s Stortford)

18 Andy Berry (Old Albanian)

19 Josh Concoran (Hertford)

20 David Archer (Hertford)

21 Jack Daly (Old Albanian)

22 Matt Bendin (Hertford)

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Devon 11 v Cornwall 56

Pictured in action is Robin Wedlake the winner of the “Most Valuable Contribution of the Match” award (Photo courtesy of Simon Bryant, Iktis Photo). Robin scored two of Cornwall’s eight tries at Ivybridge.

 



SCORING SEQUENCE

 

HOME TEAM

 

AWAY TEAM

Min

 

Score

 

2

 

0-3

PEN – MANKEE DAVID

3

 

0-8

TRY – WEDLAKE ROBIN

3

 

0-10

CON - MANKEE DAVID

7

TRY – OLLIE RICE

5-10

 

13

 

5-15

TRY – SHEPERD MATT

13

 

5-17

CON - MANKEE DAVID

24

PEN – WHEALAN TOM

8-17

 

27

PEN – WHEALAN TOM

11-17

 

33

 

11-22

TRY – WILLIAMS CRAIG

34

 

11-24

CON - MANKEE DAVID

37

 

11-27

PEN - MANKEE DAVID

43

 

11-32

TRY – VINNICOMBE LEWIS

52

 

11-37

TRY – FUCA CHRIS

52

 

11-39

CON - MANKEE DAVID

55

 

11-44

TRY – MATAVESI SAM

55

 

11-46

CON – shepherd matt

67

 

11-51

TRY – WEDLAKE ROBIN

78

 

11-56

TRY – CHAPMAN BARRY

 

BILL BEAUMONT CUP

DEVON 11 – 56 CORNWALL

By Bill Hooper at Cross-in-Hand, Ivybridge

Cornwall ran in eight spectacular tries as they defeated Devon with something to spare to set up a final pool game decider at Camborne next Saturday against Hertfordshire who beat Gloucestershire 46-19 at Hertford.

The win delighted Cornwall head coach Graham Dawe. “It was a good win, pleasing to come to Devon and get a result, it wasn’t our best performance but we had enough to win. Fair play to Devon they challenged us and put their bodies on the line, they made it awkward for us in the first half before we broke free in the second to score five tries.

Dawe praised his whole squad. “The quality we have throughout the squad was evident today, we are able to maintain the same intensity and pressure for the whole eighty, the boys that came on certainly added zip and power, I thought Sam Matavesi showed what a fine footballer he is.

Dawe’s thoughts now turn to Hertfordshire next Saturday. “Our battles against them have been tight affairs in recent seasons and I expect nothing less on Saturday. We will keep our feet on the ground this week and work hard in training, there is always work tom be done and make sure we are both mentally and physically fit for a hard game with hopefully a big crowd at Camborne to support us.”

Roared on by the huge Cornish contingent the black and golds got off to a great start. Fly-half Dave Mankee kicked an early penalty and then added the extras to centre Robin Wedlake’s interception try as Cornwall raced to a 10-0 lead.

Devon got back into it when Cornwall had a clearance kick charged down in their twenty-two allowing Devon centre Ollie Rice to pounce on the ball and score, fly-half Tom Whelan’s conversion struck the posts.

Cornwall were getting good possession from the lineout through lock Bryn Jenkins, whilst Camborne prop Andrius Zacharovas was like a rampaging bull in the loose. No.8 BJ Chapman also made a lot of ground with his surging runs.

Cornish pressure told when full back Matt Shepherd scored a second try following scrum-half Jack Oulton’s quick thinking from a tap penalty allowing Mankee another simple conversion.

A couple of penalties from Whelan saw Devon claw their way closer on the scoreboard but their momentum was stopped following an injury to their skipper James Harris who felt the full force of Sam Matavesi’s knee in an attempted tackle.

Cornwall then finished the half the stronger, Shepherd made a great break down the wing and when the ball was recycled hooker Richard Brown burrowed over for try number three again bettered by Mankee, who added a penalty soon after.

Devon thought they had scored a second try but it was ruled out for a double movement by the officials and Cornwall led 27-11 at the break.

Cornwall then secured the important bonus point soon after halt-time when winger Lewis Vinnicombe was put away by Wedlake.

Matavesi was having a storming game and it was no surprise that the Fijian international went over for Cornwall’s fifth try near the posts, Mankee added a fourth conversion before making way for youngster Joe Elderkin.

Wedlake and replacement hooker Matt Ballard were involved in the build up to winger Tom Notman’s try, converted by Shepherd.

Wedlake then mesmerised the Devon defence with his balance and running to score a wonderful try from distance to cap his fine performance.

As they tired visably, Devon lost centre Lewis Paterson to the sin-bin for a professional foul. Penryn’s George Jones had the final say as the flanker scored Cornwall’s eighth try to complete a fine win.

 

Devon (Ivybridge unless stated): C Briant, W Topps (Barnstaple), O Rice (Exmouth), L Paterson, T Scoles, T Whelan (Sidmouth), C Setter (Plymouth Albion); R Morris (Brixham), A Crouch (Barnstaple), M Finn, M Richards (Exmouth), G Wilson, M Harvey (Brixham), J Harris (Exmouth), (capt), S Thomas (Brixham).

Replacements: A Taylor, I Dalton (both Exmouth), M Dowrick (Newton Abbot), T McGratton (Okehampton), R Dingle, J Bond (Newton Abbot), M Pinkus

Devon scores: Try, Rice, Pens. Whetton (2)

Yellow Card: Paterson (80)

 

Cornwall (Redruth unless stated): M Shepherd (Plymouth Albion), L Vinnicombe, R Wedlake (Plymouth Albion), J Murphy (Barnstaple) (capt), T Notman, D Mankee (Camborne), J Oulton; A Zacharovas (Camborne), R Brown, C Williams, B Jenkins (Barnstaple), T Whittle (Camborne), G Randlesome, G Jones (both Penryn), BJ Chapman.

Replacements: T Phillips, M Ballard (Wadebridge Camels), B Howe, C Fuca, S Matavesi (Camborne), S Raumakita (Plymouth Albion), J Elderkin.

Cornwall scores: Tries, Wedlake (2), Shepherd, Brown, Vinnicombe, Matavesi, Notman, Jones, Cons, Mankee (4), Shepherd, Pens, Mankee (2)

Referee: Robbie Bourke (RFU)

Crowd: 1,025

Cornwall-man-of-the-match: Hard choice so many standout performances but Robin Wedlake played like a man on fire, high skill set allied with his formidable pace, his second try will live long in the memory.

 
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Team to Face Devon

 

Following a good training session (pictured above) at Camborne on Wednesday evening the selectors have named the twenty-two players to represent Cornwall at Ivybridge on Saturday (K.O. 3.00 p.m.):

 

1.      Andruis Zacharovas     Camborne

2.      Richard Brown             Redruth

3.      Craig Williams              Redruth

4.      Bryn Jenkins                Barnstaple

5.      Tony Whittle                 Camborne

6.      Grant Randlesome      Penryn

7.      George Jones              Penryn

8.      Barry-John Chapman  Redruth

9.      Jack Oulton                  Redruth

10.    David Mankee              Camborne

11.    Tom Notman                Redruth

12.    Jake Murphy                Barnstaple

13.    Robin Wedlake             Plymouth Albion

14.    Lewis Vinnicombe        Redruth

15.    Matt Shepherd             Plymouth Albion  

16.    Matt Ballard                  Wadebridge Camels

17.    Sam Matavesi              Camborne

18.    Brad Howe                   Redruth

19.    Tommy Phillips             Redruth

20.    Chris Fuca                    Redruth

21.    Seti Raumakita             Plymouth Albion

22.    Joe Elderkin                  Redruth  

 

Travelling reserves:-

 

23     Robbie Dugard             Barnstaple

24     Richard Kevern            Camborne

25     Jack Simmons              Camborne

26     Mark Grubb                  Redruth

 

Coaches – Graham Dawe + Marek Churcher + Rhodri McAtee

 

Strength & Conditioning Tristan Lark

 

Medical Team Peter Berriman, Lauren Albury, Sam West

 

Selectors – Terry Carter, Graham Still, Alan Milliner, Trevor Spargo, Julian Wilce

 

Kit - Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch

 

 The boys will be looking forward to seeing a sea of black & gold at “Cross-in-Hand”!

 

 

 
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