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Rugby: Camborne v Sidmouth

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

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CAMBORNE ran in 19 tries as they swept to a record league victory against bottom of the table Sidmouth, with wingers Rob Floyd scoring four tries and Alex Ducker a hat-trick of scores.

The big win keeps the Cherry and Whites' promotion bandwagon on track following last week's disappointing defeat at Bideford setting them up for what will undoubtedly prove to be a far more challenging fixture this Saturday when they travel to Somerset to take on fellow promotion hopefuls Weston Hornets.

With both the other contenders, Cleve and St Austell, drawing 25-25 in the day's top of the table clash, the top four clubs are separated by just three points, which makes for a thrilling finale to the league season over the next few weeks.

Admirable

Sidmouth, though outclassed on the day, showed admirable spirit not letting their heads drop. There will no doubt be sunnier days for the South Devon club as they will look to regroup next season in Western Counties West.

Camborne's backs coach Liam Chapple was understandably happy with his side's win, but also complimentary about defeated Sidmouth and the way they stuck to their task throughout.

He said: "Full credit to Sidmouth who kept going to the end it's obviously demoralising to be on the wrong end of a big score like that, on the flip-side for us it is very easy for the dominant side to just switch off but to our credit we carried on playing knowing we needed a big score to boost our points difference.

"Last week, we started slowly and ultimately that proved to be our undoing up at Bideford, this week we got off to a flying start and kept the momentum going.

"I was pleased with our skill levels today; we ran the support lines, executed the offloads and attacked space that led to some great scores from us.

"I thought Dave Roberts had a great game for us today leading by example and showed superb enthusiasm on the park.

"Ben Kemp, another who put in a big shift for us today is very much an unsung hero he's come on in leaps and bounds since joining us from Truro turning himself into one of our main players so I am really pleased for him today."

With the Devonshire side turning up with just 16 players and their pack shoved back at a rate of knots at the first scrum the scene was set for Camborne to dominate proceedings and so it proved.

Camborne fly-half Dave Mankee got the scoreboard ticking after just three minutes as he crossed for the opening try – part of a personal haul of 38 points with two tries and 14 conversions.

That first score typified Camborne's fine play on the day with skipper Dave Roberts, Floyd, Dean Pascoe, Richie Kevern and Ben Kemp all involved before Floyd slipped an inside pass to Mankee to score under the posts.

Further tries from flanker George Hall, and wingers Ducker – who again showed his good balance and stepping throughout the game when taking his scores – and Floyd saw the try-scoring bonus point wrapped up before the end of the first quarter.

The Cherry and Whites maintained their total dominance going on to score a further six tries before half-time through Floyd, with his second, flanker Cameron Bone, Ducker, Kemp, Roberts and Kevern, with Mankee adding seven conversions.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon came just on half-time when Sidmouth lock Nick Mills got over the Camborne line for their only try, converted by scrum-half and captain Dan Retter to leave the score at 64-7 to Camborne at the break and the visitors with a little bit of pride salvaged.

Once again it was Mankee who got the try scoring under way in the second half after 42 minutes with further tries coming at regular intervals scored through Floyd who added another two tries, Ducker, hooker Sam Bartle, centre Joel Matavesi, full back Joe Parma, replacement lock Olly Reynolds and scrum-half Dean Pascoe, whilst Mankee managed a further seven conversions during the second half.

Despite the massive boost to their points difference Camborne still have the least favourable points difference of the four promotion contenders and with three of their final four league matches on the road know they still have it all to do.

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