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Cornwall U20s 64-3 Berkshire U20s

Cornwall's young guns make an electrifying start to their County Championship campaign. We have TWO reports, first from Bill Hooper followed by another take from student journalist Christopher Jones!

Cornwall 64-3 Berkshire (HT19-0)

By Bill Hooper at the Recreation Ground

Cornwall ran riot at Camborne on Sunday afternoon scoring ten tries as they comprehensively defeated their Berkshire counterparts 64-3.

It was a win and performance that delighted and pleased head coach Mike Rawlings. He said after the game. “I was so pleased to see the boys hard work over the past few weeks and months pay off today. I can remember only too well being on the wrong end of similar score-line a couple of years ago when Cornwall lost a semi-final to Yorkshire here at Camborne.

“I did think we were up against it early on as Berkshire dominated but the guys weathered the storm and that built confidence and the guys thought we can do this.

And Rawlings was full of praise for the whole squad. “They really showed their skills levels out there today, but there is still much to work on, our set-piece wasn’t up to scratch and Bryn Jenkins and I will look at that and work on it. Our fitness really told in the final quarter they fell away badly but we kept our energy levels up and finish strongly with that final try.

Cornwall skipper St. Austell’s Will Gilder was equally pleased. “I couldn’t have asked for anymore we put in an eighty minute performance today, some of our tries today were top draw we want to play a fast open style of rugby and offloads and that final try we scored (Tyler’s third) down in the corner was the pick of the tries today.

Rawlings is under no illusion that his lads must keep their feet on the ground with stern tests to come not least Gloucestershire in three weeks time at Redruth. “We will not take them lightly but we will look to impose our game on them and run them off their feet. We will put our plans in place over the next three weeks and make sure we a full prepared to take them on.”    

Despite a slow start, the set-piece came under early pressure from the big Berkshire eight,  Cornwall soon got on top of their opponents with an opening try from full-back Toby Robinson following a tap and go from scrum-half Noah Nash a chip kick was missed by the Berkshire cover and Robinson pounced to score.

Centre Declan Matthews scored a second try following a solo break from his own twenty-two just moments later.

Berkshire came close to reducing the arrears when Cameron Golby-Barr was hauled down short of the line by covering wing Ethan Tyler.

The visitors then butchered a golden chance when they failed to work an overlap as the Cornish defence scrambled across to cover.

Robinson made a great break before the ball found it’s way to Tyler, the Truro winger scoring Cornwall’s third try. Wing Cav Boyer added two conversions to make it 19-0.

Berkshire’s woes continued as their hooker Griffri Whiston was yellow carded for a high tackle just before the break.

Cornwall made full use of the man advantage at the start of the second half as Matthews broke the cover with his skipper Will Gilder in support to take the scoring pass for the bonus point try.

No. 8 Max Duggan was having an influential game for Cornwall constantly catching the eye.

Berkshire looked to find a way back into the game but they were undone by two interception tries from Matthews and Boyer, the St. Austell winger kicking all three conversions to put Cornwall 40-0 up.

Berkshire pulled three points back with a penalty from Jake Finlay but that was the only crumbs Cornwall dropped from the table as they wrapped up the game with further tries from Tyler, replacements Harry Smith and Seb Firth before Tyler completed his hat-trick with arguably the try of the game a sweeping move from 60 meters with Matthews feeding Tyler for a score in the West Bank corner.  

Tyler banged over a couple of late conversions for a nineteen point haul for the game.

Cornwall’s next game is at home to Gloucestershire at Redruth on Sunday 26th February kick-off 2pm

Cornwall U.20 (St. Austell unless stated): T Robinson, C Boyer, D Matthews (Redruth), T Sandercock (Launceston), E Tyler (Truro), N Nash (Brixham); A Wright (Redruth), M Healey (Truro), L Lee, M Scott (Saltash), C Teague (Wadebridge Camels), S Sayer (Camborne), W Gilder (Capt), M Duggan.

Replacements: J Bishop (St. Ives), K Vinson (Truro), J Osborne (Launceston), H Smith (Wadebridge Camels), S Firth (Falmouth), R Edwards (Launceston), H Jones (Unattatched).

Cornwall scores: Tries, Robinson, Matthews (2), Tyler (3), Gilder, Boyer, Smith, Firth, Cons, Boyer (5), Tyler (2)

Berkshire U.20 (University of Reading unless stated): J John, G Sims (Redingensians), E Jones, C Stacey (Bath Uni), C Golby-Barr (Newbury), M Smart (Camberley), A Walton (Bracknell); D Morgan (Maidenhead), G Whiston, J Lane (Redingensians), N Wake, L Meek-Carter (Maidenhead), L Goodison (Bracknell), M Clementson (Redingensians) (Capt), T Field (Bracknell).


Cornwall U20 64-3 Berkshire u20

Report by Christopher Jones

Cornwall RFU Under 20s began their County Championship campaign with a superb win over Berkshire.

The Black and Golds thoroughly dominated the away side - who beat them in their campaign last season.

Ethan Tyler scored a hat trick for Cornwall with Toby Robinson, Will Gilder, Declan Matthews, Harry Smith and Seb Firth also getting onto the scoresheet.

After a shaky start it was the home side who broke the deadlock in the 18th minute through Robinson after a kick over the top wasn’t collected cleanly by the Berkshire fullback. Cavan Boyer could not convert leaving the score at 5-0.

Only three minutes later and the black and golds extended their lead to 12-0 after Berkshire’s Jacob John failed to kick past the Cornwall defence leaving Matthews to collect and charge 50 metres to score Cornwall’s second and Boyer added the extra two points.

Cornwall scored again in the 36th minute, Robinson involved again, this time with the pass to winger Tyler who scored just left of the posts. Boyer again converted taking the scores to 19-0.

The Black and Golds came out for the second with the same intentions as the first, and it wasn’t long until they scored again, this time through captain Will Gilder who went over after a superb offload from Matthews and with Boyer’s conversion the scores read 26-0.

Mathews was involved yet again with Cornwall’s 5th try in the 52nd minute after a superb interception in his own 22 put him through with no defenders able to catch the speedy centre and Boyer again added the conversion making it 33-0.

In the 57th minute Cornwall made it 40-0, Boyer was able to capitalise on a misplaced pass from the Berkshire scrum-half which allowed the winger to race through under the posts from his own half and he then converted.

Berkshire were able to put three points on the board through a Jack Finlay penalty in the 59th minute from 20 yards out to make it 40-3.

Cornwall were a further seven points ahead through Ethan Tyler’s second try of the game in the 61st minute, his quick feet allowed him to get on the inside of the Berkshire centre and score under the posts. He then converted with ease.

Cornwall were thoroughly dominating by this point and scored again in through Harry Smith after the Black and Golds won their own lineout and drove over the line, however the conversion was not made.

Falmouth’s Firth added Cornwall’s 7th try after Matthews again broke the Berkshire defence before passing to his left to put Firth through to score, Tyler converted from the left meaning the scores read 59-3.  

Cornwall’s final try was a superb team effort, first Mathews broke the defence before offloading to Firth, who offloaded to Tyler to score his 3rd try of the game and to round the scores off at 64-3.


Under 20 Campaign Commences





  1)         ADAM WRIGHT                 REDRUTH RFC

                        2)         MATT HEALEY                  TRURO RFC

                        3)         LEWIS LEE                         St AUSTELL RFC

                        4)         MATT SCOTT                    SALTASH RFC

                        5)         CORY TEAGUE                 WADEBRIDGE CAMELS RFC

                        6)         CAM SAYER                       CAMBORNE RFC

                        7)         WILL GILDER (Captain)  St AUSTELL RFC  

                        8)         MAX DUGGAN                   St AUSTELLRFC

                        9)         NOAH NASH                       BRIXHAM RFC

                        10)       CALLUM BOYCE               St AUSTELL RFC

                        11)      ETHAN TYLER                  TRURO RFC

                        12)      TOM SANDERCOCK        LAUNCESTON RFC

                        13)       DECLAN MATTHEWS     REDRUTH RFC

                        14)      CAVAN BOYER                 St AUSTELL RFC

                        15)      TOBY ROBINSON             St AUSTELL RFC

                        16)      JAMES BISHOP                 St IVES RFC

                        17)      KIERON VINSON               TRURO RFC

                        18)      JACK OSBORNE               LAUNCESTON RFC

                        19)      HARRY SMITH                   WADEBRIDGE CAMELS RFC

                        20)      SEB FIRTH                         FALMOUTH RFC

                        21)      REUBEN EDWARDS        LAIUNCESTON RFC

                        22)      HARVEY JONES               UNATTACHED

                         TRAVELLING RESERVES:-

                         23)       CALLUM HAYNE               St AUSTELL RFC

                        24)      MATT BLEE                                    CAMBORNE RFC

                        25)       AARON VINSON               LANKELLY FOWEY RFC

                        26)      CALLUM DEWSON           LAUNCESTON RFC


Coaches – Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins, Matt Shepherd

Team Manager - Chris Lea


Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2017 begins on Sunday 5 February.


Following a trial session before Christmas, the Under 20 squad have trained for a number of weeks. In preparation for the Championship they played a friendly against Devon U20 at Launceston RFC on the 22 January winning 33 – 19. Their first game in the Championship this year will against Berkshire at Camborne RFC, with a 2 pm kick off.


CRFU President Peter James said “This is the first game at this level for some of the team and they start with a tough game trying to avenge last year’s defeat. I want to thank the coaching team of, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins, and Matt Shepherd. Also we must not forget the medics, backroom staff and team manager Chris Lea for their work in pulling together the team. I also offer my congratulations to Will Gilder of St Austell RFC who has been appointed the captain for the coming season” He went on to say “I would also like to thank, Kelsall Steele Investment Services Limited for their continued sponsorship of U20 section, along with Booth Printers our programme sponsors”.


Newly appointed captain Will Gilder said; - I am honoured to have been asked to captain the Cornwall U20 team this season. Pulling on the shirt means an awful lot to us guys and being made captain is the icing on the cake. Berkshire are a side that beat us last year and we know they will come down  here with a strong squad so we need to be on top of our game for 80 minutes, to come away with a result.


Will gilder plays his club rugby for St Austell RFC, and is in his second season with the U20.


Cornwall faces 2 other games in the group stage during February and March, depending on results, with the quarterfinals being played at the end of March. 

Coach Mike Rawlings said; - “There have been a lot of changes in the squad from last year and we have a number of guys who will be with us for a further 1 or 2 seasons, and it will be a steep learning curve at this new level. It is testament to the guys who have trained on Sunday mornings; it is never easy after games for their own clubs on the Saturday. They have trained hard and know they face a difficult task, but they will be extremely proud to pull on the famous black and gold shirt of Cornwall. ”

Cornwall also face Gloucestershire on Sunday 26 February at Redruth RFC, before a final pool stage game away against newly promoted Hampshire at Overton RFC on Sunday 19 March 2017.


CRFU Chair Denis Preece said “This is the first opportunity for some of these players to represent Cornwall at senior level. A number of the players, who have gone before them, have gone on to represent the full County 15 and some have played at Twickenham!! Last season Tommy Phillips through his performances with Cornwall was selected not only for the England Counties U20 squad but was made vice-captain. I would ask that the good folk of Cornwall come out and support the young Cornwall players”

Cornwall Under 20 team manager Chris Lea said; - “This squad is a mixture of players from last season, new players nominated from clubs and guys who have progressed through the Under 18 age group. We have had fantastic numbers coming forward this season and it is testament to the ground work we have put in over the past 5 years. It is great to see these guys getting progression through the County system and a number of former players are now playing at Premiership and Championship level, as well as clubs within Cornwall”

There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches, any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Colin Hatch in the first instance. 


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Team Building for the County Championship

Preparations for the 2017 Bill Beaumont County Championship campaign started with a team building evening at St Austell Brewery visitor centre.


At the event the new backs coach who will work alongside head coach Graham Dawe was introduced. Marek Churcher, head coach at Redruth RFC has appointed to the role for the coming season.


CRFU President Peter James said “I am delighted to welcome Marek as part of the coaching team to work alongside Graham Dawe for the coming season. It is pleasing to see a talented Cornwall club coach have the opportunity to work with the full county squad”


Marek said, “It was a real honour to be considered for the position of backs coach for the county team. It is somewhat ironic that I was coached by Graham when I played for Plymouth Albion, and of course was immensely proud to have pulled on the black and gold at senior level as well. There is vibrancy about the whole set up and I am really looking forward to getting stuck into my new role”


Marek grew up in Penryn went on to play for Redruth and Plymouth Albion and earned 8 caps playing for Cornwall. He has attained his level 4 RFU coaching qualification, and works with Exeter Chiefs, primarily with the Academy and in conjunction works at Truro College with the rugby Academy. Marek is currently the head coach of National League 2 side Redruth RFC.


CRFU Chair Denis Preece said “It is a privilege to welcome Marek into the Cornwall set up and I am sure he will have a big influence on individuals and the team working alongside Graham”


The team building event is designed so that coaches and players can meet informally and discuss in detail the training plans for the Championship. This was felt an ideal time to introduce the new backs coach to the squad.


Cornwall coach Graham Dawe said, “We have been steadily putting in the building blocks for the 2017 season with players, medics etc. and this appointment is one of the final pieces. Marek is a highly-respected coach, working not only with Truro College, Exeter Chiefs Academy but is also head coach at National League 2 side Redruth. He brings a wealth of knowledge both technically but also in-depth player knowledge at all age levels within the county.

Also assisting Graham this season will be Tristan Lark as strength and conditioning coach, and he went on to say “I’m pleased to welcome Marek to be part of the coaching team, and Rhodri McAtee who is also on board as a skills development coach. I look forward to working closely with all of them over the coming months”


Rhodri played at Worcester Warriors then the Cornish Pirates from 2004 – 2012 before joining Plymouth Albion. He has represented the Barbarians and also won a gold medal at the Rugby world Cup Sevens representing Wales in 2009 Dubai. Marek, Rhodri and Tristan have all represented Cornwall at senior level.


Cornwall’s first training session will be early in February in preparation for the Tamar Cup, and County Championship games.


As part of the warm-up for the Championship Cornwall face Devon in the Tamar Cup at Tiverton RFC on Monday 10 April.


The County Championship fixtures are:

Surrey v Cornwall on Saturday 6 May at Richmond RFC

Devon v Cornwall on Saturday 13 May at Ivybridge RFC

Cornwall v Hertfordshire on Saturday 20 May at Camborne RFC