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Cornwall U16 'A' 34 v Bristol U16 'A' 26

In the bright sunshine but very chilly wind at Callywith College both of the Cornwall teams managed wins. Both games were very fast paced and the quality of skills on show were impressive and it was clear just what can be achieved by this age group due to the commitment and enthusiasm of players, coaches at clubs and schools and parent support.

The ‘A’ team game started well for Cornwall with back row Dixon completing a strong break to score out wide and Morgan added the extras for a 7-0 lead which was to be short lived. Bristol piled on the pressure with 4 tries and 4 conversions of their own showing considerable power up front and very quick strong running backs. Going into half time second row Grubb powered through for a try for Cornwall to bring the score to 12-26.

The chance to reset the team’s performance and plan for the second half proved crucial as Cornwall set about the second half and played with more composure, teamwork and control limiting Bristol to few attacking chances and pinned in their own 22 for long periods of the game. Half back Morgan used the wind and conditions well to set up attacking opportunities and tries were scored by Grubb, scrum half Durrant. A conversion and a penalty by Morgan took Cornwall into the lead for the first time at 27-26.

In the last minutes of the game, Dixon surged over for his second of the game. Morgan added the conversion and took the lead and final score to 34-26 to Cornwall

Peter Biernis and Glynn Barnicoat refereed the two games that were a credit to all concerned. Both Cornwall and Bristol can be pleased that their commitment to youth rugby produced two very well contested skilful games that allowed nearly 80 boys to win their representative ties at u16.

Cornwall u16 are next in action at Trowbridge on Sunday 21st January when they play Dorset and Wilts.

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Cornwall U16 'B' 38 v Bristol U16 'B' 24

In the bright sunshine but very chilly wind at Callywith College both of the Cornwall teams managed wins. Both games were very fast paced and the quality of skills on show were impressive and it was clear just what can be achieved by this age group due to the commitment and enthusiasm of players, coaches at clubs and schools and parent support.

The ‘B’ game was a 9 try feast of rugby. Cornwall’s Hammersley at 10 used the wind well in the first half to get his team into attacking positions. An early try by No.8 Dower got the Cornwall team’s confidence up and further tries were added by second row Osborne, scrum half Clemmo and a second for Dower. Hammersley added 4 conversions and an early penalty to complete the Cornwall scores. Bristol managed one converted try before the half time whistle but certainly contested every aspect of the game.

At half time Cornwall would have been happy with the team performance and a healthy 31-7 lead but with the change of ends Bristol made good use of the wind and got back into the game with three tries of their own after testing the Cornwall defence with pick and goes and testing line breaks.

 With the score at 31-24 going into the last 10 minutes Cornwall found one last chance and after good work from forwards and backs centre Davies made an excellent break in the outside channel and with good speed and evasive running dotted down by the posts for Hammersley to add the extras and a 38-24 win for Cornwall.

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Cornwall Open Campaign With Victory

Cornwall's U18 squad travelled to the home of Hornets RFC in Weston-super-Mare this Sunday to open their U18 England Counties U18 campaign.

They faced a relative stranger at this age group in Oxfordshire, to my memory not a county Cornwall have ever played in this age group, or certainly not for a long time.

Playing on the recently laid artificial pitch at Hornets RFC, both sides were hoping for a quick flowing game and Cornwall seemed to start the stronger. With early pressure by the Cornwall pack leading to a try by U17 player Charlie Short from 3m out.  At the request of the selectors there was to be no conversions taken during the campaign so as much game time could be played ( Cornwall 5 - 0 Oxfordshire)

Oxfordshire then began to bring some of their big forwards into the game with some very strong running close to the breakdown, Oxfordshire looked intent on trying to bludgeon their way through the Cornish defence but the "black & gold" held firm and managed to relieve the pressure through tenacity and commitment.

The game ebbed and flowed through the first half with both sides having good spells in their opponents "22" but Cornwall were unable to convert their territorial advantage into points.  Had this been any other game either side may have been able to convert a number of penalties into points but, again at the request of the selectors, there were no kicks for goal from penalties allowed.

Oxfordshire were next to cross the line with more powerful running from their pack "sucking in" the Cornish defence which allowed the Oxfordshire back line to get to the outside of the Cornish line.  Some weak tackling allowed the Oxfordshire winger to run in from 25m (Cornwall 5 - 5 Oxfordshire)

The first half came to an end 2 minutes early when a head injury to the Oxfordshire tighthead stopped the game. Quick reactions from from a Cornwall player made sure the injured player was immediately protected and the referee stopped the game. The Oxfordshire and Cornwall physio's attended to the player until an ambulance arrived.  The second half was delayed around 45 mins while treatment was carried out and the player was removed from the field.

We have since found out that the player was taken to hospital for full checks but was released late last night with no serious injuries.  Heavily concussed and will be out of the game until the New Year, everyone at Cornwall RFU U18 wishes him a quick recovery. 

When the second half finally got back under way it was again Cornwall that began the stronger, this time however Cornwall were able to convert some of the pressure they were applying.  With gaps beginning to appear around the park, Cornwall's more free flowing style began to pay dividends and players were seeming to make meters at will, but again the final decision or execution of the final pass weren't always good enough.  However Cornwall managed to score a further three tries to take the score to 25-10.

With a number of changes to the Cornwall side, both personnel and positional, Cornwall lost a little structure late in the second half, and the last 10 mins seemed to be facing a strong last push from Oxfordshire.  This continual pressure, linked in with team changes and fatigue, led to a number of penalties against the "black & gold" and had this been any other fixture could probably have seen a yellow card.

Oxfordshire finished the game with two late tries to bring the scoreline closer but the final whistle came in time and the victory was theirs (Cornwall 25 - 20 Oxfordshire)

Good to have the victory but Cornwall were disappointed that they didn't convert all the pressure they had in to points, the coaching team will be looking for a more clinical performance when the face Somerset in two weeks time at the same venue.

 
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U18s Take First Step To The Red Rose

This Sunday (3rd Dec) sees this seasons Cornwall U18 squad open their 2017 England Counties campaign when they face Oxfordshire at Weston Hornets RFC.

This is Cornwall's opening fixture in the 2017 England Counties SW Division Championship with their other fixture to be played on 16th Dec against Somerset.

Over the two fixtures the Cornish players will be assessed by SW Division U18 & England Counties U18 coaches. Hopefully then they will be selected to be part of the 37 man squad that will attend the SW Division Final Assessment Day (FAD) at Hartbury College in Gloucestershire.

If successful there, the players will then become part of the 23-25 man SW Division squad that will compete in the England Counties U18 Divisional Day, with the ultimate goal of pulling on the red rose shirt and represent England Counties U18 for the 2018 season.

The Cornwall squad will be competing against players from Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Devon, Dorset & Wilts, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Somerset.

Cornwall have already played Devon this season in a warm-up fixture where they took the spoils in a strongly contested game in Plymouth where the "black & gold" came away 17-19 victors.

 

Squad to face Oxfordshire this Sunday

 

  • D.Bristow          St Austell RFC
  • C.Looker           Camborne RFC
  • C.Short             Launceston RFC
  • C.Baker            Launceston RFC
  • R.Mead             Bude RFC
  • B.Bromfield       Newquay RFC
  • M.Osborne        Penzance & Newlyn RFC
  • S.Matthews       Hartbury College
  • L.Cole               Launceston RFC
  • P.Parry             Perranporth RFC
  • A.Jacobs           Launceston RFC
  • R.Freeth           Camborne RFC
  • M.Austin           Truro School
  • D.Tyrell            St Austell RFC
  • A.Simmonds     Newquay RFC (Capt)
  • C.Standen        Truro School
  • F.Nottle            St Austell
  • A.Relton           Penzance & Newlyn RFC
  • J.Smith            Liskeard-Looe RFC
  • J.Mares            Newquay RFC
  • J.Vanstone       Launceston RFC
  • S.Cornish         Penzance & Newlyn RFC
  • L.Couch            Launceston RFC
  • R.Colrein          Liskeard-Looe RFC
 
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