Dorset & Wilts U20 35 Cornwall U20s 37
Cornwall got their 2014 campaign off to a great start with a nail biting win against Dorset & Wilts at North Dorset RFC on Sunday, reports Bill Hooper
The winning points came from the boot of Truro College scrum-half Connor Swan, who coolly converted a 20 metre penalty to secure the win for Cornwall with the final kick of the game.
Cornwall began slowly finding themselves 13-0 after the first 15 minutes; however they battled back scoring two tries from Truro’s Luke Tidball and St Ives’ Tyler Gendall during the second quarter conceding just another penalty to turnaround 16-10 in arrears.
Dorset & Wilts began the second half strongly scoring a third try which was converted to go 23-10 up.
Cornwall battled back in a ding dong of a game scoring two tries, from Tidball with his second and Camborne centre James Briant both converted by Swan to take the lead for the first time in the game at 24-23.
The Cornish back row of Neil Stanlieck, John Haines and Brad Howe got through a lot of work, which didn’t let up when Redruth’s Neil Broadbank came off the bench for the final quarter.
Gendall showed well in the loose, whilst locks skipper Todd Prisk from St. Ives and Redruth’s Harry Baker enjoyed good games in the boiler house. The forwards hard work giving the Cornish backline plenty of good ball to work with.
Dorset & Wilts regained the lead with a converted try before Cornwall replied with Baker’s try again converted by Swan to lead 31-30.
Swan then added a further penalty to increase Cornwall’s lead to four points, but that was soon wiped out as Dorset & Wilts scored a fifth try, which crucially remained unconverted.
Swan having missed with a penalty attempt minutes before had a second chance to regain the lead for Cornwall with what proved the final kick of the match and this time he did not miss.
Cornwall secured a maximum five points from the game and know that a win against Devon, at Penryn on Sunday February 23 at Penryn RFC, kick-off 2-30 pm, will book a place in the quarter-finals with a home tie.
Cornwall U.20: Jack Kessell (St Ives), Luke Tidball. (Truro), Ashley Taylor (St Austell), James Briant (Camborne), Jack Willey, Rhys Brownfield (Pirates Ams & Bath Uni), ), Connor Swan (Truro College); Tommy Phillips (Truro College), Joe Martin (Truro), Tyler Gendall (St. Ives), Todd Prisk (St. Ives), Luke Hattam (Redruth/Truro College), Neil Stanleick (St Ives), John Haines (Cornish All Blacks), Brad Howe (Helston).
Replacements: Sam Rodda (Newquay Hornets), Liam McFadden (Pirates Ams), Jordan Duke (Cornish All Blacks), Neil Broadbank (Redruth & Exeter Uni), Harry Baker (Redruth), Sam Fox (Wadebridge), Bradley James.
Cornwall Scorers – Tries – Tidball (2), Gendall, Briant, Baker, Penalties – Swann (2), Conversions – Swan (3)