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Cornish Clubs Results for Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th December 2017

The last full weekend programme of 2017 sees The Pirates in action in Round Four of the British & Irish Cup on Sunday when they will hope to establish control of Pool Five.

Redruth win on the road at Broadstreet whilst Camborne ease their relegation worries by completing their first ever double over Brixham in the cross-Tamar derby with Brixham.

In Tribute South West One Launceston climb to fourth with a 47 point defeat of Thornbury whilst in London’s sister league London Cornish lose at home to CS Rugby 1963. Western Counties West leaders St Ives win at Wadebridge Camels whilst St Austell keep the pressure up with a hard-fought win over Paignton. Falmouth record a much-needed home win to start the climb out of the relegation zone.

Saltash, pace-setters in the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, cross the river and thrash Plymouth Argaum while third placed Penryn put an unanswered 74 points past Torrington. Neither of the last two fixtures in the Tribute Cornwall League are played as the split into Tribute Cornwall One and Two had already been settled.

Most clubs now take a Christmas break from League Rugby with only The Pirates and Redruth in action next week.


British & Irish Cup

Cornish Pirates                       v                  Scarlets Premiership Select (Sunday 17th)


National League Two South

Broadstreet                                 11 - 21                   Redruth


South West Premier

Camborne                                33 - 13                   Brixham


Tribute South West One West

Launceston                              47 -   0                  Thornbury                       


London & South-East Division - Division One South

London Cornish                       14 - 20                   Civil Service Rugby 1863


Tribute Western Counties West

Crediton                                    27 - 18                   Truro

Falmouth                                  19 - 17                   Tiverton

St Austell                                 21 - 12                   Paignton

Wadebridge Camels               15 - 24                   St Ives


Tribute Cornwall & Devon

Hayle                                       26 - 52                   Bude

Lanner                                     21 - 36                   Wellington

Penryn                                    74 -   0                  Torrington

Pirates Amateurs                  34 - 29                   Tavistock

Plymouth Argaum                     0 - 52                   Saltash


Tribute Cornwall League

Liskeard-Looe                           HWO                    Illogan Park

Redruth Albany                         AWO                  St Just       

(All other Round One fixtures completed)


Cornish Clubs Results for Saturday 9th December 2017


The Pirates go down in Port Talbot on Monday evening.

In National Two South Redruth bounced back to winning ways with a seven try thrashing of new boys Tonbridge Juddians for whom ex Bude and Cornwall player Duncan Tout played in the centre.

Saturday marked the half-way mark in the leagues below Level Four with an injury ravaged Camborne grabbing their first ever win at Weston Hornets to ease the relegation worries. Launceston gave the league leaders a fright in South West One West but lost by a single point to Exeter University. At the same level London Cornish shared 68 points with Tottonians in a thrilling encounter.

In the Tribute Western Counties West League St Ives produced an outstanding win over Devonport Services to take the top slot whilst St Austell’s win puts them in second place. Falmouth go into the second half of the season in a precarious position and will be hoping for a change of fortunes to climb out of the relegation zone.

Saltash are the new leaders of the Tribute Devon & Cornwall League at half-term after putting 30 points past Penryn who slip to third whilst Hayle fill one of the relegation slots.

With most clubs having played their final game before the Tribute Cornwall League splits into Cornwall One and Two Liskeard-Looe take the top slot as Bodmin are beaten at Veor.


British & Irish Cup (Pool Five)

Scarlets Premiership Select           18 - 10                   Cornish Pirates   

(Monday 11th December at 7.15 p.m. at Aberavon RFC, Port Talbot)                                 


National League Two South

Redruth                                    45 - 11                   Tonbridge Juddians          


South West Premier

Hornets                                     22 - 28                   Camborne  


Tribute South West One West

Launceston                              19 - 20                   Exeter University             


London & South-East Division - Division One South

Tottonians                                 34 - 34                   London Cornish            


Tribute Western Counties West

Paignton                                   27 -   8                  Falmouth

Sidmouth                                  49 -   7                  Wadebridge Camels

St Austell                                24 - 12                   Kingsbridge

St Ives                                     34 - 19                   Devonport Services

Truro                                       20 -   8                   Burnham-on-Sea


Tribute Cornwall & Devon

Plymouth Albion Oaks               27 - 15                   Pirates Amateurs

Saltash                                    30 -   7                  Penryn                                    

Tavistock                                36 -   0                  Lanner

Wellington                               HWO                    Hayle

Wessex                                     10 - 19                  Bude


Tribute Cornwall League

Perranporth                            AWO                     Liskeard-Looe

Redruth Albany                         7 - 64                  Lankelly-Fowey

Roseland                                 17 -   5                  Illogan Park

St Agnes                                  52 -   0                  Helston

St Just                                     HWO                     Camelford

Stithians                                  20 - 19                 Camborne School of Mines

Veor                                        18 - 13                   Bodmin

(No fixture – first round of games all played - Newquay Hornets)         


Cornish Clubs Results for Saturday 11th/Sunday 12th November 2017

The Pirates make it two league wins in a row and climb to seventh. Redruth fight back valiantly but find a 21 – 0 deficit after forty-five minutes too much to overcome at Redingensians. Camborne miss out at home to mid-table rivals Exmouth. Launceston win at bottom placed Clevedon in South West One whilst London Cornish make it three in a row and consolidate fifth place in London One South.

In Western Counties West Devonport Services prove too strong for St Austell who slip to third as St Ives win at bottom placed Burnham-on-Sea to go second. In the Cornwall & Devon League Penryn stay top with Saltash hot on their heels. Liskeard-Looe still have a five point lead over Bodmin despite falling victim to the weather in the Cornwall League as the mid-table battle for eighth place when the cut is made in December is developing between Roseland and Stithians.


Greene King IPA Championship

Cornish Pirates                       25 - 13                   Hartpury College


National League Two South

Redingensians                           21 - 12                   Redruth


South West Premier

Camborne                               20 - 22                   Exmouth


Tribute South West One West

Clevedon                                   19 - 21                   Launceston         


London & South-East Division - Division One South

London Cornish                        30 - 15                   Maidstone


Tribute Western Counties West

Burnham-on-Sea                         20 - 22                   St Ives

Devonport Services                      27 - 12                   St Austell

Falmouth                                    16 - 33                   Wadebridge Camels

Truro                                        29 - 25                   Tiverton


Tribute Cornwall & Devon

Bude                                        24 -   0                  Tavistock

Hayle                                       10 - 26                   Saltash

Lanner                                     31 - 10                   Plymouth Argaum                      

Penryn                                     6 -   0                  Pirates Amateurs


Tribute Cornwall League

Liskeard-Looe             P (Waterlogged Pitch) P        Illogan Park

Newquay Hornets                   54 -   3                  Helston

Perranporth                            54 -   0                  Camelford

Redruth Albany                         3 - 72                  Camborne School of Mines

Roseland                                 14 - 44                   Bodmin

St Agnes                                  34 - 29                   Veor

St Just                                       5 - 25                  Stithians

(Lankelly-Fowey – no fixture)


Cornish Clubs Results for Saturday 4th November 2017

The Reds take the spoils in ten try fest at The Rec whilst Camborne pull of a sensational win at League Leaders Dings Crusaders. Launceston bounce back to winning ways in South West One West but are still ten points from a play-off slot with a third of the season gone. London Cornish march on in London One South with a convincing win at Chichester.

In Tribute Western Counties West St Austell keep up their impressive winning run and go top as Wadebridge Camels hold Devonport Services to a draw with St Ives maintaining the pressure on the leaders.

Penryn continue to impress in the Tribute Cornwall & Devon league as they cruise to victory over Withycombe. In the Tribute Cornwall League Liskeard-Looe continue to show their quality as they maintain a ten point lead over Bodmin who have a game in hand.


Greene King IPA Championship

Cornish Pirates                                                    Reserve Weekend – No Fixture


National League Two South

Redruth                                    46 - 38                   London Irish Wild Geese             


South West Premier

Dings Crusaders                          20 - 22                   Camborne  


Tribute South West One West

Launceston                              19 - 13                   Bridgwater & Albion         


London & South-East Division - Division One South

Chichester                                  23 - 43                   London Cornish            


Tribute Western Counties West

Falmouth                                  25 - 43                   Kingsbridge

St Austell                                19 -   5                   Crediton

St Ives                                      41 - 19                   Truro

Wadebridge Camels                20 - 20                   Devonport Services


Tribute Cornwall & Devon

Penryn                                      66 -   5                  Withycombe

Pirates Amateurs                    31 - 33                   Lanner

Plymouth Albion Oaks                30 - 17                   Hayle

Saltash                                     35 - 20                   Bude


Tribute Cornwall League

Bodmin                                      HWO                    Redruth Albany

Camborne School of Mines     52 - 19                  Perranporth                  

Camelford                                 0 - 75                   Newquay Hornets

Helston                                    15 - 72                   Liskeard-Looe

Illogan Park                            54 - 24                   Lankelly-Fowey

Stithians                                  10 - 47                   St Agnes

Veor                                         26 - 19                    Roseland

(No fixture - St Just)       



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




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)





















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Surrey 14 v Cornwall 34


Simon Bryant’s (Iktis Photography) photograph shows Chris Fuca helping Matt Ballard drive over for Cornwall’s second try.

Cornwall scored four tries in the final quarter to secure a vital bonus point win against Surrey at Richmond as they began the defence of their County title, reports Bill Hooper.


It began brightly for Cornwall as Cornwall got a try after just 8 minutes as No. 8 BJ Chapman was driven over from a powerful maul for a try converted by fly-half Dave Mankee.

They were soon pegged back by Surrey as fly-half Matt Noble found a hole in the Cornwall defence before wing Karyim Noble sped in for a good try bettered by Noble.

Noble set the alarm bells ringing in the Cornish defence soon after but the defence scrabbled back to snuffle the threat.

Surrey maintained the pressure and when scrum-half Jack Oulton was sin-binned on 19 minutes for Cornwall the signs looked ominous for the champions. 

Cornwall coped with the initial threat but when Chapman was also sent to the bin and where down to 13 men for about sixty seconds the pressure told with referee Neil Chivers awarding the home side a penalty-try converted by Noble.

Cornish wing Robin Wedlake went close to a try from a Mankee crossfield kick.

Oulton was proving a constant thorn in the side for Surrey with his snipes around the rucks and scrums. Before half-time Cornwall earned a penalty which Mankee despatched between the sticks leaving Cornwall 14-10 down at the break.

With the wind now in Cornwall’s favour Mankee saw an early penalty opportunity drift wide of the posts early doors in the second half as Cornwall looked to their replacements to maintain the head of steam they were building.

Lock Bryn Jenkins was having a great game in the lineout, whilst the forwards drove with purpose with Tommy Phillips, Andrius Zacharovas, George Jones, Chris Fuca all putting in big shifts.

Mankee kept pinning Surrey back with his kicking, Cornwall were dominating but the score wasn’t coming as news of Gloucestershire’s big total against Devon began to filter through.

Cornwall pinched a lineout  in the Surrey twenty-two to set up a big drive that saw replacement hooker Matt Ballard driven over for the black and golds' second try to huge cheers from Trelawny’s Army.

The cheers got even louder just two minutes later when Wedlake showed his Albion form to run in from 50 metres from a Grant Randlesome pass. Mankee nailed the conversion but Cornwall wanted and needed more.

It came from replacement winger Tom Notman who gleefully took skipper Jake Murphy’s pass to score the vital bonus point try.

Fellow Red Matt Bowden rounded off the scoring with Cornwall’s fifth try from a Wedlake pass to complete the scoring, with Mankee adding his third conversion of the game.

After the game Cornwall head coach Graham Dawe was pleased with the win. “It was a tough start, Surrey took the game to us in the first half scoring a couple of tries and challenging us defensively putting us on the back foot a bit up front. We had to survive the best part of twenty minutes with just fourteen men and did well to contain them.

“ We took time to gel as a side but as the game went on we saw that cohesion coming through, all the work we have put in showed through.

“At half-time we had a good chat, the boys knew they were in a game and needed to lift their efforts especially up front. I think our defence stood up well and when we got the ball our backs showed their scintillating pace.

“On reflection we did well to turnaround just 14-10 down at the break, the penalty just before halt-time was crucial. That wind was moving around we made good use of it second half with Mankee and Oulton getting us the territory. 

Cornwall will train on Wednesday prior to the game at Devon next Saturday at Ivybridge kick-off 3 pm.


Surrey (London Irish WG unless stated) E Carne (Dorking), T Richards, B Kitching, B Meeson, K Irving (Worthing), M Noble (Dorking), T Trotter (Cambridge); K Furey, N Sweeney, C Zeiss (capt) (all Esher), J Touma, D Flashman (Wimbeldon), T Bush, H Elbrow (Dorking), H Rowland.

Replacements: C Connor, K O’Sullivan, C Burman (Esher), F Osborne (Dorking), E Milne (Rosslyn Park), J Reville (Wimbeldon), M McDonald (Amersham & Chiltern).

Surrey scores: Tries Irving, Penalty-try, Cons Noble (2)

Cornwall (Redruth unless stated): J Elderkin,  L Vinnicombe,  J Murphy (Barnstaple) (capt), J Simmons (Camborne), R Wedlake (Plymouth Albion), D Mankee (Camborne), J Oulton; T Phillips, R Brown, C Williams, B Jenkins (Barnstaple), T Whittle (Camborne), C Fuca, G Jones (Penryn), BJ Chapman.

Replacements: A Zacharovas (Camborne), M Ballard (Wadebridge Camels), R Dugard (Barnstaple), B Howe, G Randlesome (Penryn), T Notman, M Bowden.

Cornwall scores: Tries Chapman, Ballard, Wedlake, Notman, Bowden, Cons, Mankee (3), Pen, Mankee

Yellow Cards: Oulton (19), Chapman (28)

Referee: Neil Chivers (RFU)

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