Dorset & Wilts U20s 28 Cornwall U20s 21
CORNWALL were denied by a late show from Dorset & Wilts in this opening Pool 3 U20s County Championship encounter played at North Dorset RFC, reports Bill Hooper.
Despite going behind to a penalty, kicked by Devizes Trav Bartles, Cornwall replied with a try scored by Stithians' flanker Chris Instance converted by fly-half Kyle Moyle (St Ives) to lead 7-3.
The home side hit back with two converted tries the first scored by Salisbury winger Josh Green, the second from Bartles, who also kicked both conversions.
Cornwall rallied before half-time scoring a second try through Launceston lock Duncan Hales, Moyle was again on the money with the conversion to leave Cornwall trailing by just three points at the break 17-14.
Cornwall wrested back the lead during the second half when Moyle scored the Black & Golds' third try, which he also converted.
With the game well into the final quarter and with a man sitting in the sin-bin, Dorset & Wilts made the most of some Cornish indiscipline. Devizes full back Ryan Webb kicked a couple of penalties to give the twin counties a slender two point advantage 23-21.
With the clock ticking down replacement Jon Kay (Salisbury) crashed over the line to give Dorset & Wilts a seven point cushion.
Cornwall threw the proverbial kitchen sink at the home side's line in the final moments in a bid to snatch at least the chance, with the conversion, of a draw, however Dorset & Wilts managed to hold their line and secure a vital opening win. In the other game played in the pool, Devon defeated Somerset 39-12 at Bridgwater.
Cornwall's next match is on Sunday December 2 when they play Somerset at Redruth RFC, with a 2pm kick-off.
Cornwall U20: J Kessell (Redruth), L Edwards (Cornish All Blacks), T Hendrickson (Truro College), S Chapman (Cornish All Blacks), W Pengelly (Wadebridge Camels), K Moyle (St. Ives), L Asbridge (Bath Uni); M Roach (Cornish All Blacks), A Brewer (Wadebridge Camels), Z Cinnamond (Wadebridge Camels), D Hales (Cornish All Blacks), T Prisk (St. Ives), C Instance (Stithians), N Broadbank (Redruth) (capt), N Stanleick (St. Ives). Replacements: K Brownfield (Pirates Amateurs), T Alsopp (UWIC), B O'Keefe (Truro), A Dickenson (UWIC), J Duke (Cornish All Blacks), D Tout (Bude), C Chew (UWIC).
Cornwall U 20s scorers: tries: Instance, Hales, Moyle; cons: Moyle (3), Josh Matavesi.
On Saturday, former Camborne player Josh Matavesi earned his fourth cap for Fiji when he came on as a replacement in his side's 54-12 defeat to England at Twickenham.
Matavesi, who this summer signed for Worcester Warriors from French club Racing-Metro 92, kicked a conversion near the end of the match.
TRIBUTE CORNWALL CUP:
Bude 15 Penryn 13
PENRYN crashed out of the Tribute Cornwall Cup after Bude staged a thrilling second half comeback at Bencoolen Meadow in Saturday's quarter-final, writes Dick Straughan.
Penryn led by ten points early in the second half and then by 13-12 with just five minutes remaining as Jake Seviour landed his second penalty.
But Bude held their nerve and the coolest head in the ground belonged to fly-half Dan Pearce as he banged over his second penalty in the 80th minute to decisively seize back the lead.
Penryn coach Dave "Benji" Thomas described the match as "a really good game of Cornish rugby", and could still take positives from the performance of his side despite the loss.
He said: "We did a lot of good things in the first half but we are a young side still learning the game. To play against Bude in the way they played today accelerated that learning.
"There are a lot of things which would make me say well done to the team. But there were also a lot of negative things in the second half."
On a blustery afternoon Penryn dominated much of the first half but despite their superiority took 33 minutes to break the stalemate despite Bude losing hooker Paul Cholwill to the sin bin.
Prop Matt Williams provided a fine scoring pass for Jake Seviour and when the fly-half converted his own try Penryn looked set to kick on. It did not happen though.
Bude took immediate control of the game and should have scored before the break when wing Ollie Denford was denied only by James Martin's tackle.
Seviour's penalty made it 10-0 but Bude wing Kyle Speare then raced 50 metres to score and suddenly his team believed.
Jason Bolt finished off a quick tap penalty move with a second try and Pearce converted to make it 12-10 before Seviour's late penalty grabbed the lead back for Penryn.
Bude kept running, kept tackling and kept believing winning a penalty of their own in the last minute of normal time. Pearce kept his cool and landed a beauty from 40 metres to win the game.
Bude: Goodrun, Denford, Tout, Yates, Speare, Pearce, Mounce; Bolt, Cholwill, Sobey, Dunkin (capt), Kingdon, Statton, Herzog, Wilson. Replacements (all used) – Dennis, Comber, Williams, Saxton.
Scorers: Tries: Speare 49, Bolt 68; Con: Pearce 68; Pen: Pearce 80.
Yellow Card: Cholwill 20-30.
Penryn: Ducker, Bray, Fisher, Payne, Martin, Seviour, Peacock; Oldfield, Birkett, Williams, Trevaskis, Laity, Jones, Jordan Rose (capt), Randlesome
Replacements (all used) – Keay, Joel Rose, Symonds.
Scorers: Try: Seviour 33; Con: Seviour 33; Pens: Seviour 46, 75.
CORNWALL & DEVON LEAGUE:
Tiverton 18 Hayle 18
A TRY in the final minute by Hayle wing Rob Goodman capped a great fight back by Hayle as they came back from trailing 18-6 with only 15 minutes left to play.
It looked bleak for the visitors as the Devon club eased into a 12-0 lead in the first half with two tries, one of which was converted.
But two penalties from Hayle fly-half Martin Strick kep the Lions in touch at 12-6 down at half time.
Tiverton were on top for the opening quarter of the second period and stretched their lead to 18-6 with two Callum Stone penalties.
However, Hayle were not finished and pressed the home team into conceding a stream of penalties and they had two players sin-binned.
The Hayle pack won a penalty try, converted by strick to cut the deficit to five points.
And in the final minute won another penalty which they kicked to the corner and from the resultant lineout the ball was spun out to Goodman who went over in the corner, though Strick was unable to land what would have been a match winning conversion.
Hayle are home to Saltash this Saturday (2.30pm).