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.