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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

 

 

 

Additional Info

  • CRFU Competitions: County Championship
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