Penryn 41 Bude 18
PENRYN recovered from a slow start to record a bonus point win over Western Counties West strugglers Bude at the Memorial Ground on Saturday and stay in promotion contention.
The home side twice recovered from being several scores adrift of their Cornish rivals, who played much better than their table position would suggest.
Penryn were looking to bounce back from last week's defeat away at Kingsbridge last time out and preserve their unbeaten home record this season.
The record looked under threat from the off though, as Bude built a useful early lead following a penalty goal and converted try. Borough struggled to find their feet in the opening exchanges but the first time they did get the ball, it was the familiar sight of Alex Ducker waltzing over the line for a try following a well executed backline move fresh off the training ground.
Jake Seviour failed to convert, but Penryn were up and running.
The remainder of the half was scrappy and Bude added another penalty goal to lead 13-5 at the break.
A stunned Penryn needed a big response, especially if they were to stay in touch at the top of what is becoming an increasingly competitive league.
That response came from Ollie Evans, who scored his first try of the season following more good work from Ducker.
Seviour again missed the difficult kick, but Penryn were hunting down the Bude lead.
However, in an afternoon that didn't go entirely Penryn's way, Bude stretched their lead again. Black was again driven over by the powerful forward pack, and Penryn had it all to do again.
The conversion narrowly missed and Penryn had to start again.
Fresh faces looked to up the tempo against a tiring visiting side that had been superb so far in their disruptive qualities, but Penryn's quality began to shine through.
Penryn broke the line and with Bude in disarray, Ducker struck again to claim a brace as Seviour landed his first kick of the afternoon as Penryn closed the gap to just a point.
The next score was the pick of the bunch, as a quickly taken line out from Taron Peacock and a long pass from Seviour to Ducker saw the winger complete his hat-trick in dazzling style and to seal a bonus point for the Borough.
Seviour converted again as Penryn finally took the lead and began to play the way they wanted.
Seviour then landed a monster penalty goal from near halfway to take the score out to 27-18 and away from the visitors.
Moments later a scruffy kick through rebounded off the posts and brother Andrew Seviour has his name on the score sheet as Jake Seviour converted.
Penryn also had the final say, when captain George Jones did well to read Jake Seviour's dabbed kick to score an unconventional try and seal an important turnaround for Penryn.
Seviour's extras made it 31 unanswered points and eventually a routine win that Penryn would have hoped for at the start of play.
This Saturday, Penryn travel to Plymouth to take on Devonport Services.
PENRYN: J Seviour; J Chambers, O Evans, A Seviour, A.Ducker; M Vague, T Peacock; K Oldfield, B Birkett, M Williams, R Hancock, B Trevaskis, A Hughes, G Jones (capt), G Randlesome. Replacements: E Pattison, B Ashwin, C Hellier.
Scorers: Tries: A Seviour, O Evans, G Jones, A Ducker (3); Cons: J Seviour (4); pen J Seviour.
Tavistock 14 Truro 34
TRURO bounced back from going 7-0 down early on to earn their first away win of the season.
A Daryl Riches penalty opened the visitors' account before outstanding No8 Adam Gayton broke out of their own 22 and found hooker Ben Teasdale in support.# He drove through several defenders to drive into Tavistock's 22 and quick ruck ball, sent along the back line saw right wing Theo Gayton cross for a magnificent try, created by brother Adam's break. The City side now led for the first time in the match at 8-7 up. After 25 minutes Truro were dealt a cruel blow, after outstanding hooker Teasdale was forced off with a shoulder injury. Prop Mark Carlyon moved across to his favourite position of hooker. Louis Bowns moved up to the front row ad coach Josh Lord went into the second row to partner the feisty Ashley Lawton. Truro were now playing at a high tempo with the forwards driving towards the Tavistock try line. and they were rewarded with flanker Ashley Riches powering over for a try which brother Daryl converted to give them a deserved 15-7 lead at the break.
But a minute into the second half a poor Truro clearance kick fell into the arms of pacy winger Dan Luffman who sprinted through Truro's weak defence to score under the posts with West adding the conversion.
Tavistock were now only one point behind but it proved to be a minor blip and after 60 minutes powerful prop Chizz Gilbert drove over for a try.
For the next 10 minutes Truro ran the home side ragged but squandered several chances to finish the game off. Eventually, though the pressure did pay off, with Gilbert driving into the home defence and form the subsequent breakdown centre Matt Cross raced through a beleaguered home defence to make it 27-14. Tavistock then had their best period of the game but were repelled, with Truro's back row of captain Sean Roseveare, Adam Gayton, Ashley Riches turning the ball over and once again allowing their pacy back division to attack from within their own 22.
From the final passage of play, No8 Gayton powered out of defence, linking up with fellow backs and forwards, brother Theo breaking into the Tavistock 22 off loading to supporting centre Luke Tidball to go in unopposed under the posts. Darrly Riches converted to give Truro a thrilling and deserved victory.
This Saturday, Truro entertain Teignmouth (3pm) hoping to make it four wins out of four.
Truro squad: G Gilbert, B Teasdale (J Lord), M Carlyon, L Bowns, A Lawton (R Denning), A Riches, S Roseveare (capt), A Gayton, R Brandham (D Duncombe), D Riches, T Gayton, M Cross, L Tidball, J Murdoch, T Hatfield, D Duncombe, J Lord, R Denning.