TRURO 24 PENRYN 0
Truro made it seven Western Counties West wins on the trot with this bonus point victory over Penryn at St Clements Hill to move third in the table and gain revenge for their 16-15 defeat at the Memorial Ground back in October, reports Bill Hooper.
A good sized crowd gathered to see this eagerly awaited Cornish derby between two sides that have been scoring a lot of points.
Despite the tremendous amount of work accomplished by the ground staff at Truro to ensure the game went ahead it was inevitable that given the amount of rain that has fallen recently that the pitch would be heavy.
Truro had the edge in the set-piece with prop Darren Jacques making his home debut.
A little bit of history for Truro when player coach Josh Lord came on during the first half as they had three England Counties Internationals on the pitch in Lord, Jacques and Lewis Vinnicombe.
The Royal Blue and Ambers built steady pressure on the Borough line leading up to the opening score on 13 minutes as scrum-half Rikki Brandham took a quick tap penalty down in the scoreboard corner to force himself over the line.
Fly-half Jake Champion kicked a very good conversion in the difficult conditions to give Truro a 7-0 lead in what proved to be the only scoring during the first half.
Champion had a couple of penalty chances just before half-time to extend Truro’s lead but in the worsening conditions he was unable to kick the goals.
Truro’s back row of skipper Shaun Roseveare, Luke Trescothick and Adam Gayton all had big games.
It was Trescothick’s charge up-field at the start of the second half that helped set up his side’s second try. From a scrum just five meters out the Truro pack drove the Penryn eight back over the line for Brandham to grab his second try of the game.
Just five minutes later Truro had a third try from a line out; Roseveare drove into the Penryn twenty-two, the ball was moved wide with full-back Tom Hatfield popping a pass out to Jacques who found himself on the wing and ran in from five meters out.
Having missed the conversion to Brandham’s second try Champion kicked his second conversion to make the score 19-0.
The Penryn forwards tried to take the game to Truro with locks Ben Trevaskis and Ross Hancock working hard as did skipper George Jones and props Matt Williams and Kirk Oldfield.
When Truro wrapped up the bonus point on 53 minutes as centre Theo Gayton broke away to run in a fine try the game was as good as over at 24-0.
Credit to Penryn who never gave up, they were almost rewarded with a score in the dying minutes of the game as they pressurised the Truro line, but sadly for the Borough it just wasn’t their day.
Truro: T Hatfield, L Vinnicombe, C Ranscombe, T Gayton, L Tidball, J Champion, R Brandham; D Jacques, M Carlyon, O Seagrove, R Denning, L Bowns, L Trescothick, S Roseveare (Capt), A Gayton.
Replacements (all used): J Lord, J Martin, T Excell
Scores – Tries – Brandham (2), Jacques, T Gayton, Conversions – Champion (2)
Penryn : J Seviour, M Horton, M Vague, O Evans, D Fisher, A Seviour, J Chambers; K Oldfield, P Hinchley, M Williams, R Hancock, B Trevaskis, H James-Mills, A Hughes, G Jones (Capt).
Replacements (all used) D Kirk, C Ellor, M Rainbird
Referee: Charlie Osborne (Devon RSS)
West Briton-man-of-the-match: Truro skipper Sean Roseveare, tremendous work at the breakdown in difficult conditions.