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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.

 

Position

Team

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

+/-

TB

LB

Pts

1

Cornwall

2

2

0

0

56

42

+14

1

0

9

2

Gloucestershire

2

1

0

1

65

55

+10

1

1

6

3

Hertfordshire

2

0

0

1

46

51

-5

1

0

5

4

Surrey

2

0

0

2

50

69

-19

0

1

1

 

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.

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Last Minute Try Seals Win

CORNWALL 33 v GLOUCESTERSHIRE 27

Saturday 7th May 2016

The CRFU was pleased to welcome a student journalist, Christopher Jones, from the university in Falmouth to cover the game. His report is below.

Cornwall 33-27 Gloucestershire

By Christopher Jones

Cornwall won their opening Bill Beaumont County Championship match against Gloucestershire in a tensely contested game at the Recreation ground in Redruth.

Last year’s champions left it extremely late to win the game - hooker Rupert Freestone with the fourth and final try at the very end of the contest to secure the bonus point.

Gloucester were leading for the best part of the game and thought they had the game tied up in the 74th minute when Chris Rovery went over the line, however the last minute effort from Cornwall means the team from Gloucester will be heading home disappointed.

Cornwall started the game as the better team, making it 6-0 through two quick penalties from Scrum-half Matthew Shepherd in the 4th and 7th minutes.

However it was the away side who scored the first try, quick hands down the left hand-side of the field put winger Sam Baker through to score in the 16th minute, and Leo Fielding converted to make the score 6-7.

Cornwall soon hit back with a try of their own in the 30th minute, Sam Matavesi with their first try of the game after Cornwall won the lineout and drove the ball over the line, however Shepherd could not convert leaving the score at 11-7.

Gloucester started the second half strongly. First Baker found a hole in the Cornwall defence to charge through and score his second in the 41st minute, before Fielding converted two penalties in quick succession to make it 11-20.

The home side’s pack had been dominant all game, so it was no surprise that their second try came from the forwards. Matavesi getting his second in the 58th minute after another superbly driven maul, Shepherds converted to make it 18-20.

Cornwall soon regained their lead, first through a converted Shepherd penalty from close range in the 70th minute, before replacement Greg Goodfellow raced through the Gloucestershire back line to score in the 69th, making it 26-20.

The scoring did not end there. Gloucestershire, despite being down to 14 after Jack Robson was sent to the bin, may perhaps have thought that they had won the game after flanker Chris Rovery was driven over the line from another lineout to score six minutes from time, and Fielding converted making the score 26-27.

Cornwall however, had other ideas, scoring with the last play of the game. Freestone rounded off the scoring in the 80th minute after a tense final five minutes. The Cornish forwards again proved their might and drove the ball over the try-line. Shepherd then converted with his fifth successful kick of the game to leave the score reading 33-27.



SCORING SEQUENCE

 

CORNWALL

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Min

 

Score

 

4

SHEPHERD Matthew pen

3-0

 

7

SHEPHERD Matthew pen

6-0

 

16

 

6-5

BAKER Sam try

16

 

6-7

FIELDING Leo con

30

MATAVESI Sam try

11-7

 

41

 

11-12

BAKER Sam try

42

 

11-14

FIELDING Leo con

46

 

11-17

FIELDING Leo pen

48

 

11-20

FIELDING Leo pen

58

MATAVESI Sam try

16-20

 

59

SHEPHERD Matthew con

18-20

 

68

SHEPHERD Matthew pen

21-20

 

69

GOODFELLOW Greg try

26-20

 

74

 

26-25

ROVERY Chris try

74

 

26-27

FIELDING Leo con

80

FREESTONE Rupert try

31-27

 

80

SHEPHERD Matthew con

33-27

 

 

 
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Make Sure YOU Are At Redruth On 7th May

 

 
   

 THE DEFENCE BEGINS

 

Cornwall open the Bill Beaumont County Champonship defence on Saturday 7th May at Redruth

CORNWALL

V

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

K.O. 3.00 p.m.

 

Followed by:

HERTFORDSHIRE

V

CORNWALL

at Bishop’s Stortford RFC

K.O. 3.00 p.m.

and

CORNWALL

V

SURREY

at Camborne RFC K.O. 3.00 p.m.

 

Put on your “Black & Gold” and get behind the boys!

 

 
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