Cornish Rugby Preview
By Bill Hooper
Sad news on the media front this week with the closure of the Sunday Independent. For many, including myself, this was the source of all the Cornish rugby news from the weekend and also the greater South West.
I wish editor John Collings and all the staff well and hope that an investor can yet step in and save the publication at this late hour.
This weekend sees the Cornish Pirates play their final away game of the season in the Championship at Richmond.
The Pirates will be keen to gain revenge for their loss to the London side at the Mennaye at the beginning of December 26-23, more importantly a win will keep them in the play-off mix going into Easter Saturday’s final game at home to Bedford Blues.
It’s a defeat that Cornish Pirates’ coach Gavin Cattle hasn’t forgotten. “Having created a lot of opportunities in that game, especially in the first half, it was disappointing that we didn’t convert the chances, so the task this weekend is to keep our focus and this time finish off what we create. With an outside chance of making the play-offs, all we can do is to keep on trucking and see what happens.
Cattle added. “To their credit Richmond have done a superb job and recruited quite smartly. They also have a really good team spirit, a hunger to perform well, and fully committed keep going right to the very end.”
The Cornish Pirates full selection for Saturday is as follows:-
Cornish Pirates: 15 Toby May, Kyle Moyle, 13 Tom Hendrickson, 12 Nicolas De Battista, 11 Max Bodilly, 10 Laurence May, 9 Alex Day; 1 Marlen Walker, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Paul Andrew, 4 Chris Morgan (c), 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Jake Parker, 7 Dan Lee, 8 Tom Duncan.
Replacements: 16 Jack Andrew, 17 Luke Chapman, 18 Josh Caulfield, 19 John Stevens, 20 Mike Pope, 21 Will Cargill, 22 Alex O’Meara.
In National League 2 South, Redruth travel to fourth place Taunton also searching for revenge for their home defeat to the Titans 22-18 back in December.
A win at Hyde Park would see the Reds climb above Taunton in the table with just three league games left to play.
The Reds make just two changes on the bench from the side who beat Worthing 33-29 last Saturday with Luke Hattam and Matt Bowden, who played mid-week for the Royal Navy in the Inter-Services Championship, coming in for BJ Chapman and Connor Gilbert.
In National 3 SW, Camborne entertain Lydney in their final home game of the season.
Camborne look set to miss out on the play-off spot following last Saturday’s 38-14 defeat at Brixham but they will want to finish their home program on a high and consolidate their third place finish.
Good news for Town is that Dave Mankee, Jon Drew and Damien Cook have all recovered from knocks and are available for selection.
The Cornish All Blacks also play their final home game of the season against Cleve. Jimmy Tucker’s side will want to finish their home program with a flourish as the All Blacks contemplate life in South West 1 West next season.
In Tribute Western Counties West, Bude need to upset the form book at home to Cullompton, who are confirmed in the play-off. With Burnham at home to struggling Torquay Athletic really need a win to have any chance of avoiding the drop.
Truro entertain Champions Exeter University, they will however have one eye on next Saturday’s semi-final at Charlton Park in the Intermediate Cup.
Wadebridge Camels entertain Devonport Services whilst St. Austell are at home to Wellington. Both sides will have an eye on Easter Monday’s Tribute Cornwall Cup final.
St. Ives are home to Crediton, a win for the Hakes could help Bude’s cause.
In London 2 SW, champions London Cornish play their final league game of the season at Twickenham. They hope to finish their London 2 SW campaign unbeaten.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Falmouth should have something to celebrate on Saturday evening by wrapping up the title at home to Bodmin.
It’s been a tough week for the Eagles with planning permission for housing the land the club owns at Menhay being denied by the Cornwall Council planners.
Defeat for Bodmin will leave them struggling to survive in their final game at home to Withycombe, as Honiton should defeat Tamar Saracens.
Saltash are home to Lanner, but it looks like the Ashes will have to settle for third spot in the final table behind Falmouth and Paignton. Thoughts for them will also be turning to next weekend’s trip to Farnham for their Senior Vase semi-final.
Pirates Amateurs are home to Withycombe, whilst Penryn make their final trip across the Tamar this season to Plymouth Argaum.
It’s all about the runners-up spot in Tribute Cornwall 1 , Newquay Hornets are home to Roseland in their final league game whilst Liskeard-Looe just two points adrift are home to Veor. In the other game St. Agnes entertain Helston.
In Tribute Cornwall 2, Lankelly-Fowey will be confirmed champions with a bonus point win against Camelford.
Illogan Park will need to defeat St. Just and hope for a miracle at Fowey to have any chance of pipping Lankelly.
Stithians play Redruth Albany in the other game.
Tonight (Friday) at Launceston it’s the Trelawny’s Army Colts League finals.
Newquay Hornets Colts take on Liskeard-Looe Colts in the Championship Final 6:15 pm, whilst Launceston Colts take on St. Austell Saints Colts in the Premiership Final at 7:30 pm.
Good luck to all four sides, all from mid and east Cornwall!
On Monday night Cornwall take on Devon in the Tamar Cup, kick-off at Tiverton is 7:30 pm.
Good luck to the lads in Black and Gold.
The side selected as follows;
Cornwall (Redruth, unless stated) R Brownfield (Camborne), D Bonds, J Simmons(Camborne), D Tout (Rossendale & Bude), A Ducker, M Vague (Penryn), J Oulton;T Phillips, R Brown (capt), A Zacharovas (Camborne), B Howe, B Jenkins (Barnstaple), G Jones (Penryn), M Grubb, BJ Chapman.
Replacements: D Connor (Brixham), S Bartle (Camborne), R Dugard (Barnstaple), J Drew (Camborne), C Fuca, G Randlesome (Penryn), E Reid (Pirates Amateurs), J Murphy (Barnstaple), F Honey (Launceston), R Kevern (Camborne), T Notman. T Robinson (St. Austell), R Friend (Okehampton).
Monday 10th April 2017
DEVON – CORNWALL @ Tiverton RFC 19:30
Saturday 8th April 2017
GREENE KING RFU CHAMPIONSHIP
RICHMOND – CORNISH PIRATES 15:00
SSE NATIONAL LEAGUE 2 SOUTH
TAUNTON TITANS – REDRUTH 15:00
NATIONAL LEAGUE 3 SW
CAMBORNE – LYDNEY 15:00
LAUNCESTON – CLEVE 15:00
TRIBUTE WESTERN COUNTIES WEST
BUDE – CULLOMPTON
- AUSTELL – WELLINGTON
- IVES – CREDITON
TRURO – EXETER UNI
WADEBRIDGE CAMELS – DEVONPORT SERVICES
LONDON 2 SW
TWICKENHAM – LONDON CORNISH
TRIBUTE CORNWALL & DEVON LEAGUE
FALMOUTH – BODMIN
PIRATES AMATEURS – WITHYCOMBE
PLYMOUTH ARGAUM – PENRYN
SALTASH – LANNER
TRIBUTE CORNWALL 1
LISKEARD-LOOE – VEOR
NEWQUAY HORNETS – ROSELAND
- AGNES – HELSTON
TRIBUTE CORNWALL 2
LANKELLY-FOWEY – CAMELFORD
- JUST – ILLOGAN PARK
STITHIANS – REDRUTH ALBANY
Friday 7th April 2017
TRELAWNY’S ARMY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
LISKEARD – LOOE COLTS – NEWQUAY HORNETS COLTS 18:15
TRELAWNY’S ARMY PREMIERSHIP FINAL
LAUNCESTON COLTS – ST AUSTELL-SAINTS COLTS 19:30