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Cornish All Blacks bid to bounce back against Ampthill

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

Scorer against Hartpury, Tim Mathias

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Following Saturday's National Two South defeat at Hartpury College at the weekend, the Cornish All Blacks face another tough test on Saturday when Ampthill and District visit Cornwall.

The All Blacks' bid to climb the table hit the buffers again on Saturday as they were beaten 40-13 by the table-topping Students.

But as the All Blacks bid to maintain their unbeaten home record on Saturday against third-placed Ampthill, assistant coach Tom Rawlings admitted after Hartpury: “It was a frustrating day at the office, because we know we are better than that.

“Hartpury were a good attacking team and threw the ball around very well, and their skill level was very high, and they scored some good tries, and it was hard to stop on occasions.

“I was proud of the effort the guys put in, but Hartpury are a very good team, that is why they are at the top of the league, and we have got to try and build on what we did well in the game. Our scrum was strong again against a very big Hartpury pack, and at times in the second half, when we injected a little bit of intensity into our game, it definitely made a difference, and those are two elements we will take into the Ampthill match.”

Hooker Chris Fortey and back rower Ross Moriarty bagged early catch-and-drive tries for the hosts, with fly-half Billy Burns - the younger brother of England fly-half Freddie - converting one, before former Exeter Chiefs Academy scrum-half Ben Vellacott bagged the third, after full-back Kieron Lewitt had kicked a penalty for the All Blacks.

Lewitt struck again, but Hartpury collected their try-scoring bonus point before the break with a touchdown from centre Steve Leonard, converted by Burns, to make it 24-6 at the interval.

Further tries by winger Jaike Carter and Vellacott again, both improved by Burns, put the College side out of sight, but prop Tim Mathias’ late try gave the All Blacks some small reward for their efforts, with Lewitt converting.

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