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Cornwall U15 Girls Grab a Win But U18s Go Down in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Girls U.18 53 pts - Cornwall Girls U.18 5 pts

 

Report by NIALL Devenish.

 

Cornwall U18 Girls made the very long trip up to Banbury RFC in Oxfordshire for their first game of the season against the home team.

 

A very well organised Oxfordshire side put Cornwall under pressure from the outset and despite some spirited defence started to work a healthy lead.

 

In attack Cornwall could not seem to find the fluency required and even after long periods of attack were unable to make much of a mark on the score-board.

 

Cornwall started the second half brightly and began to get into their stride in attack managing a sustained period of in the opposition 22. Following a great line break by Cornwall, Oxfordshire were penalised for deliberately killing the ball on their five-metre line resulting in one of their players being sin binned.

 

Cornwall used the extra player well to break down a stubborn defence and score their only try of the game. 

 

The final score of 53- 5 did not reflect the effort and spirit the Cornish Girls showed, they were beaten by a good and well organised side, but never gave up. 

 

Head coach Niall Devenish

 

Assistant coach Karl Thomas

 

Team manager Teri Hughes

 

Cornwall Girls U.18 Team sheet.

 

1.Chelsea Mitchell
2.Mia Abbott-Smith
3.Joanne Hocking
4.Megan Shroff
5. Beth Hampton
6.Nadine Vincent 
7.Zelah Yuill
8. Leona Hughes (vice captain)
9.Roberta Scotland
10.Amy Bunt (Captain)
11.Megan Trevorrow
12.Sasha Friggens
13. Ellie Benyon
14.Lizzie Langton
15.Lizzie PeverleyReplacements

 

16.Chloe Tyrell
17.Keira Goddard
18.Sophie Hall
19.Zoe Pixton
20.Lucy Rendle
21.Adriana Barker
22.Chloe Graham

 

 

OXFORDSHIRE U.15  12PTS CORNWALL U.15 24PTS

By Kevin Williams

Cornwall girls under 15s set off bright and early for the first of their three games against Oxfordshire at Banbury RFC.

Due to an accident en route and the changing rooms not being ready the girls only had a short period of time to warm up and to shake the journey out of their systems, not ideal preparation. .

Playing the first half down the slightest of slopes on a firm pitch with a bit of sunshine Cornwall failed to claim the ball from kick off  knocking on. Undeterred Cornwall’s pack took the first scrum against the head, the ball spun wide to the blindside winger Abby Smith who from 30 meters beat her opposite number and full back to open the scoring for the visitors, that try lifted the girls.

A short while later Oxfordshire put together a good few phases to drive over the line for a converted try and a 7-5 lead.

After gaining a scrum in a good field position in the Oxfordshire half the Cornwall pack showed their strength and dominance winning the ball before putting together a number of phases allowing lock Evie Asman to crash over for a try converted by centre Chloe Vickery.

Oxfordshire bounced back with an unconverted try to level the game at 12-all.

With a minute or so left on the clock in the first half Cornwall had another scrum this time in their own 22, winning the ball Cornwall moved the ball to full back Laura Griggs who showed great pace beating the cover from distance to dot down under the post for Vickery to convert leaving Cornwall 19-12 up at half-time.

Cornwall started the second half the way they finished the first half dominating field position and possession, however play was halted for a period following a neck injury to Cornwall’s No.8 Kacey Rexworthy requiring the game to be completed on an adjoining pitch.

Oxfordshire put Cornwall under pressure from the re-start but Cornwall defended well turning the ball over on their 5 metre line with Griggs relieving the siege with a powerful run out of defence up to halfway.   

Cornwall settled starting to put the phases together as the forwards and backs combined inside the Oxfordshire 22 resulting in replacement Charlotte Newstead crossing the whitewash for the only score of the half.

Speaking after the game coach Kevin Williams said. “With minimal preparation time and the long distance to travel we all thought we were in for a difficult day at the office but these young ladies showed brilliant commitment and team spirit from start to finish.
Cornwall’s pack was fantastic at the break down with lots of turnovers coming from lock Megan Moriarty whilst the Cornish scrum was dominant throughout.

“A special mention needs to go to centre Chloe Vickery for stepping up to take the  conversions, having never taken one before, she converted two out of four.”
Cornwall U.15: Laura Giggs, Abby Smith, Flo Bawden, Chloe Vickery, Jenna Dymond, Anna German, Chloe Shrosbree (Capt); Megan Clifford, Pyper Karkeek, Chelsea Cortis, Megan Moriarty, Kacey Rowe, Evie Asman, Sophie Daniel, Kacey Rexworthy.

 Replacements: Mollie Maycock, Paige Clarke, Emily Hosking, Evie Curnow, Charlotte Newstead, Kizzy Dymond, Olivia Rowland

 

 
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CORNWALL 45 v HERTFORDSHIRE 28

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

 

BILL BEAUMONT CUP

CORNWALL 45 – 28 HERTFORDSHIRE

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)



SCORING SEQUENCE

 

CORNWALL

 

HERTFORDSHIRE

Min

 

Score

 

1

TRY, MATAVESI

5-0

 

2

CON, SHEPHERD

7-0

 

6

 

7-5

try, shanahan

6

 

7-7

con, banks

17

try, vinnicombe

12-7

 

18

con, shepherd

14-7

 

22

try, notman

19-7

 

28

 

19-12

try, dotta

29

 

19-14

con, banks

43

try, brown

24-14

 

52

 

24-19

try, lunnon

52

 

24-21

con, banks

55

try, matavesi

29-21

 

55

con, shepherd

31-21

 

66

try, vinnicombe

36-21

 

66

con, shepherd

38-21

 

68

try, mankee

43-21

 

68

con, shepherd

45-21

 

80

 

45-26

try, lunnon

80

 

45-28

con, banks

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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)

Crowd: 643

 
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Hampshire U20s 25 v Cornwall U20s 19

Despite a valiant fight back in the last ten minutes the young “Black & Golds” went down to a well organised Hampshire side who sealed the group with their third victory of the campaign. Gloucestershire’s victory over Berkshire meant the end of the road for this season’s campaign for Cornwall who finished third in the group.

Cornwall were well supported at Overton RFC who ply their trade in Hampshire II (Level 10 of the rugby pyramid). It was a strange setting for county rugby at the end of what appeared to be a lengthy farm track on a steeply sloping pitch. Apparently, Hampshire Under 20s love it there and they were certainly quickly out of the blocks looking well fired up for the encounter.

Playing up the hill with a strong breeze at their backs the hosts opened the scoring after five minutes with a forty-five-metre penalty from centre Matt Evenhand.  Ten minutes later left wing James Wise showed electrifying pace to exploit the space vacated whilst Cornish full back Toby Robinson was off the field for a head injury assessment. His touch down in the corner went unconverted.

With five minutes of the first period remaining the visitors set up a promising attack on the Hampshire line but the ball was turned over and kicked up field culminating in a try for full back Adam Musa. Evenhand added the extras to give Hampshire a 15 – 0 lead at the break. 

Despite having the advantage of the wind for the second half the steep slope appeared to give the visitors a mountain to climb both metaphorically and literally and despite a try-saving tackle by Robinson it seemed all over when Jerome Rudder and Cameron Smith combined for Smith to touch down for an unconverted try which extended the Hampshire lead to 20 – 0.

Cornwall dug deep with centre Declan Matthews carrying well and a period of sustained pressure saw the visitors open their account with a Jack Osborne try converted by Fraser Honey fifteen minutes into the second half.

The “Black & Golds” continued to press but ten minutes later Hampshire’s flying left wing, Wise, used his pace once again to cross in the corner for the home side’s bonus point try.

The final ten minutes saw the Cornish boys show real character as they stormed forward to set up a try for Cameron Sayer. Honey’s conversion attempt went wide but with the deficit reduced to thirteen points the visitors sensed that an upset was possible and threw everything at Hampshire. An excellent backs move led to a Robinson try converted by Honey.

With four minutes remaining and only one score separating the sides Cornwall kept the ball alive and pressed hard but the Hampshire defence held on to secure their quarter-final berth.

Cornwall:

T. Robinson (St Austell), E. Tyler (Truro), D. Matthews (Redruth), M. Blee (Camborne), C. Boyer (St Austell), F. Honey (Launceston), N. Nash (Brixham), J. Bishop (St Ives), L. Powell (Redruth), J. Hodge (Redruth), H. Culverhouse (Wadebridge), D. Reed (Wadebridge), H. Smith (Wadebridge), W. Gilder [Capt.] (St Austell), M. Duggan (St Austell).

Replacements: M. Healey (Penryn), A. Vincent (Lankelly-Fowey), J.  Osborne (Launceston), C. Sayer (Camborne), R. Edwards (Launceston), T. Sandercock (Launceston), H. Jones (Unattached).  

Coaches: Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins, Matt Shepherd

Team Manager: Chris Lea

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