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.



Cornwall U20s 33 v Devon U20s 19

Cornwall U20s Get Their Season Off To A Good Start

(Pictured is Ethan Tyler who scored a brace of tries for Cornwall)

Cornwall 33 Devon 19

U20s coaches Mike Rawlings, Brynn Jenkins and Matt Shepherd will have been pleased by the bright start their squad have made to the season prior to the Championship pool matches. With conditions good at Polson Bridge the crowd were able to see the new crop of talented Cornish lads run in five tries against their Devon counterparts.

After three weeks of training the large training squad of over 60 players representing many Cornish clubs brought together by Colin Hatch was reduced to 34 for the game against Devon. The numbers of players available at this age group is quite remarkable and represents the effort that has been invested into developing players out of Colts or College rugby. The coaches had to maintain the tricky balance of giving all the players a good chance to show their skills as the next match day squad will be reduced to 22 with 4 reserves. To come away with a win as well was really fine work and the players were really keen to make sure that the chance to play in the black and gold shirt was a proud moment and a chance not to be missed.

The tries were scored by Ethan Tyler (2) Toby Robinson, Aaron Vinson and Max Duggan but they were down to good continuity and possession and effort by their team mates. Tyler and Boyer added the conversions. Devon for their part scored three tries, (one of those a penalty try) and added two conversions. But the organisation and preparation of the Cornwall squad was very apparent and the players stuck to the plan.

There now follows one more training session at Truro College and then it’s off to Camborne on Sunday 5th February to play Berkshire in the first of the three pool games. The focus and attention to detail will provide the selected squad every opportunity to make Cornish supporters proud.


U18's Get Off To Winning Start

Monday evening saw the Cornwall U18 squad get their season up and running.  With the traditional season "opener" against a Plymouth College XV.

The game, originally planned to be played at the home of Plymouth Albion, was shifted to the 3G pitch at Keyham at the last minute.

With limited time together, an away fixture against a side that have been together for a couple of years and had recently returned from a pre-season tour in Wales was always going to be a great test.  Made even more difficult with the number of injuries and unavailable players hitting the Cornish side.

From the KO it was clear that the bigger Cornwall side had the upper hand and dominated the early possession with backrow Keane Whitaker opening the score within the first 5 mins.  For all the possession though, Cornwall were finding it difficult to breakdown a very well organised and stubborn defence.  Cornwall failed to adjust their game to what was being placed in front of them and attack after attack would either "fizzle" out or the ball would be spilt with possession being handed over to the College boys.

Plymouth began to find their way into the game and their skillful half-back pairing began to take control.  With good game management Plymouth found themselves deep in the Cornwall 22.  Fortunately the defence was solid and Cornwall managed to break free and build an attack of their own which ended in a try scored by second row Archie Connolly.  With the score 0 -12 Cornwall reached the half time break content, if not exactly pleased.

With a full front row, half back pairing and one centre changed at half time it was always going to take a few minutes to get organised again, and so it was that Plymouth took advantage straight from the whistle.  With some larger than normal gaps in the defensive line the Plymouth fly half strolled through to score under the posts immediately from the restart.

Cornwall recovered well though and eventually got back into their stride.  Again they dominated possession but slow ball at the breakdown and a lack of ability to play "heads-up" rugby which would have seen them out flank their opponents meant the college side were always in contention.  With both sides scoring a further try a piece and the scores 12 - 17 Cornwall finally managed to break free by with another try from Whitaker and one from winger Jake Carr, score 12 - 27.

With minutes to play and with the college right winger "slicing" down the 5 meter channel he must have caught a glimpse of a black and gold "steam train" heading his way and stepped inside to evade it, unfortunately that steam train was blindside flanker Whitaker who was not allowing anyone to cross the Cornwall whitewash, with the Plymouth player coming off considerably worse.  The tackle was deemed to be slightly high and as the referee felt the winger was in the action of scoring a try it was given as a penalty try.  Final score 19 - 27

All in all a positive start to the campaign and a special mention to the U17 players who filled in at the last minute.


Next game away to Somerset U18 on 25th Sept at Weston-Super-Mare RFC


Next Up Surrey!


Hertfordshire 15 v Cornwall 23

Saturday 14th May 2016

Once again the Cornish boys were made to dig deep by a determined Hertfordshire side who were keen to upset the odds in a game which was always going to be a vital step in determining the outcome of Division 1 South of the Bill Beaumont County Championship.































































The table shows that a win over Surrey at Camborne on Saturday 21st May (3.00 p.m.) will see the “Black & Golds” return to Twickenham for their fourth consecutive County Championship Final.


Despite getting quickly out of the blocks at Bishop’s Stortford the result was in doubt until the 69th minute when Sam Matavesi crossed for his second try of the afternoon and fourth of the campaign.

Cornwall dominated the opening quarter and scored two tries in the opening 17 minutes, with both coming from their effective catch-and-drive line-out drill after they turned down kickable penalties.

The first arrived in the 11th minute from Plymouth Albion forward Matavesi after Kyle Marriott's initial line-out catch.

The second, six minutes later, was finished off by No.8 Herbie Stupple, after Ben Hilton's mid-air claim of the ball, and full back Matt Shepherd banged over the conversion to give Cornwall a 12-0 lead.

The visitors were then guilty of letting their opponents back into it as they fell-foul of referee Luis Caviglia giving away a string of penalties and making far too many unforced errors. By the end of the game the penalty count was fourteen against Cornwall compared to seven against the hosts.

Hertford hooker Brett McNamee snaffled a loose ball to score in the corner, then fly-half Josh Sharp kicked a penalty to bring his side to within four points of Cornwall.

Hertfordshire sensed the tide was in their favour pounding the Cornish line and twice being held up over the line. Cornwall then conceded a penalty-try as Hertfordshire racked up the pressure from a five metre scrum, converted by Sharp for a 15-12 lead at the break.

Cornwall made a perfect start to the second period with a scrum penalty from 42 metres out by Shepherd to level the scores, but Hertfordshire soon returned to spending a lengthy spell in the visitors' 22 after a sizzling break that resulted in a yellow card for Duchy centre Jake Murphy for not rolling away from the tackle.

They were awarded a succession of penalties, but twice they turned down kicks at goal in favour of first a line-out and then a close-range scrum, but the Duchy defence remained firm.

Then Goodfellow burst clear and booted the ball downfield, and even though Hertfordshire initially rescued the situation, McNamee got isolated and Cornwall were awarded a penalty, which Shepherd slotted to establish an 18-15 advantage.

Cornwall then made the game safe when Matavesi scored his second try of the game, his fourth in two games, to set up a finale at Camborne on Saturday against a Surrey side who have lost both their opening games. The Cornish players, coaches and management will be hoping for a packed Recreation Ground to spur the boys on to a Twickenham return.