Cornwall 17, Devon 0
GRAHAM Dawe's reign as Cornwall head coach got off to a winning start as they retained the Tamar Cup with a comfortable triumph over Devon at Polson Bridge, writes Nigel Walrond.
The final margin of victory should have been much greater, but Cornwall blew several chances against a Devon side missing players from Exmouth and Newton Abbot preparing for their County Cup final.
The Duchy dominated the early stages and were awarded numerous penalties, but all they had to show for their efforts was a three-pointer by St Austell fly half Matt Shepherd after eight minutes.
They squandered a glorious opportunity for more points soon after, when Redruth scrum half Greg Goodfellow raced clear and drew the last defender before passing to Rupert Freestone, but the tight-head prop knocked on as he dived over in the corner.
Winger Rhodri McAtee and loose-head prop Jamal Ford-Robinson incredibly suffered a similar fate in trying to score in the same corner, though on those occasions due to desperate Devon tackles.
Cornwall full back Kieron Lewitt missed a 40-metre penalty with the last kick of the half to leave the Duchy leading 3-0 at the break of a first period marred by a serious arm injury for Devon winger Tom Foan, who was stretchered off.
It took only two minutes of the second period for Ryan Westren to feed fellow half-time replacement Lewis Vinnicombe for the game's opening try, and three simple Lewitt penalties around the midway point of the second half wrapped up victory for Cornwall in what was a a good warm up for the start of their Bill Beaumont Cup County Championship game against North Midlands at Redruth on Saturday (3pm).
Cornwall: Lewitt (Cornish All Blacks), McAtee (Redruth), M Westren (Redruth), Webber (All Blacks, capt), Ducker (Camborne), Shepherd (St Austell), Goodfellow (Redruth), Ford-Robinson (Cambridge), Salter (All Blacks), Freestone (Clifton), Jenkins (All Blacks), Cook (Redruth), Whittle (Falmouth), Fuca (Redruth), BJ Chapman (All Blacks).
Reps used: Bartle (Camborne), Friend (All Blacks), Hilton (CAB), Notman (Redruth), Paterson (Ivybridge), Tripcony (CAB), Tompsett (Redruth), Vinnicombe (Redruth), Webb (All Blacks), C Williams (Redruth), R Westren (All Blacks), Venner (St Austell).