Penryn 56 Exeter Saracens 17
PENRYN maintained their impressive home Western Counties West form with this crushing eight-try bonus point win over Exeter Saracens, to make it six wins out of seven at the Memorial Ground this season, writes Ross Hancock.
The result lifted Penryn up three places to eighth in the table a position which would have been even better if they had not had to start the season with a five points deduction.
Ironically, considering thir final margin of victory it was the visitors who scored first though, after having all the early possession Penryn turned over the ball and the visitors pounced to take a 5-0 lead.
But the home side slowly settled and responded minutes later when captain George Jones squeezed over from close range. Jake Seviour missed the conversion, but was on target minutes later as his brother Andrew crashed through the middle to score under the sticks and give Penryn a 12-5 lead. Penryn pulled further away after the restart with a Seviour penalty to extend the lead to ten.
The fly half extended his own personal tally with a clever converted try at the end of the first half leaving the Borough only one try to get to secure the all important bonus point. To their credit, the visitors hit back with a well worked score to make it 22-10 in Penryn's favour at the break.
Penryn were simply on fire in the second period and got off to the best possible start when full back Josh Chambers rounded off a flowing move in the corner to secure the bonus point early on and effectively the game too. Seviour notched the extras and the Borough began to move up a gear.
Exeter simply had no answer to Penryn's powerful forwards, who dominated the set piece and the dangerous looking backs who were making constant in roads to the opposition territory.
Penryn found themselves on the Exeter line once more and again had the pack to thank and the captain. Jones powered over again, Seviour converted again as the riot continued.
The home side freshened things up at 36-10 to instant reward, as Joel Rose supported well from the back of a scrum and touched down for a first senior score. Penryn added another three to keep the scoreboard ticking with Seviour, but Exeter grabbed another consolation try with some slick work from their backs as they searched for a bonus point of their own.
It was a bonus point that would not materialise as Penryn put themselves well and truly out of sight as first Alex Ducker added to his collection with a good finish out wide, followed by another for Jake Seviour to finish his points tally at 26 for the afternoon.
It was a much needed win for Penryn who are at Honiton this. Saturday.
Penryn: J Chambers, A Ducker, D Fisher, A Seviour, L Vague, J Seviour, T Peacock, K Oldfield, B Birkett, M Williams, R Hancock, B Trevaskis, D. Booth, G Jones (captain), G Randlesome Replacements: J Rose, R Trevaskis, C Hillier.
Scorers: Tries: Chambers, Jones (2), Ducker, Rose, J Seviour (2), A Seviour; Cons: J Seviour (5); pens: J Seviour (2)
Truro 0 Torquay Ath 16
TRURO have now won just one of their last seven Western Counties West games after this home defeat against high-flying Torquay, writes Brian Hankins.
Both teams were without with a number of players, either away or watching the Autumn internationals for this rearranged game which should have been played seven days earlier. It is a real problem for grass roots rugby.
Truro started the game fairly brightly but were left to rue their missed chances. After six minutes they were awarded a kickable penalty, which was narrowly missed by Justyn Irons, playing his, first ever game at fly-half.
The rain started to come down heavily on ten minutes and Torquay having the much heavier pack they dominated play over the first quarter. Truro got back up field through some sharp backs play and were again awarded a penalty that was narrowly missed again.
The first half continued in the same vein and Torquay also missed a kickable penalty. The half finished with a yellow card for Truro flanker Shaun Rosveare for killing the ball and a penalty to Torquay, the kick was missed and the score remained a scintillating 0-0.
In the second half Truro started well but some wayward kicks and a couple of handling errors gave the momentum to Torquay and they took advantage, their No 9, playing at 10 Alex Jeffrey kicked the first points of the game for a Truro infringement in front of the posts.
Although the Truro defence was holding well, Torquay started playing a much tighter game driving up field through their forwards and again another penalty in front of the posts gave them a 6-0 advantage.
Truro came storming back with some good inter play between forwards and backs but just couldn't get the final pass away.
Torquay were again awarded a penalty in front of the posts, harshly given against replacement prop Ollie Seagrove for offside and it converted by Jeffery.
Truro started to come back into the game with some strong runs from Ollie Seagrove, making his first team debut, Brogan O'Keefe and the ever improving Jack Tidball. Truro were pounding the Torquay line, but the visitors' No 8 Alex Smith, who had a storming game, saved them on three occasions with good defensive drives off the back of the scrum.
Both teams were making mistakes at the vital time and Truro were now fighting against the clock to get something out of the game, unfortunately it didn't come and Torquay were the team that once again took the initiative and scored a try in the 82nd minute under the posts by Connor Roberts.
Truro: Carl Ranscombe, Luke Trescothick, Rob Ley, Tom Hinds, Iain Rowe, Justy Irons, Mark Richards (capt), Mark Carlyon, Mike Stuart, Isaac Scoble, Richard Tucker, Lee Pengilly, Brogan O'Keefe, Shaun Rosveare, Jack Tidball, Replacements: George Badcock, Garth Dodgson, Ollie Seagrove.
Torquay Scorers: Pens: Jeffrey; Try Connor Roberts.
Truro are at second-placed Bideford on Saturday.