Easter Rugby Review with Bill Hooper – Saints March On

Easter rugby review

Bill Hooper

By Bill Hooper


Tries aplenty in the Cornish Pirates’ final game of the season in their Championship fixture with the Bedford Blues which ended all square 40 all with both sides sharing the twelve tries.

For the Pirates Tom Duncan bagged a hat-trick of scores with Alex Day, Jack Arnott and Alex O’Meara getting the other touchdowns. Will Cargill’s trusty boot laned five conversions.

However, coach Alan Paver was far from happy as his side let slip a 21 point advantage. “That was the angriest I’ve been sat in the dug-out”; fumed Paver after the game.“It was the same as last week at Richmond letting slip an advantage, it’s something we must cut out next season.

The final table sees the Pirates in sixth, looking to build next season and push for higher league position.

Pirates have announced that in addition to Rob Elloway, who has retired from professional rugby, five other players will be leaving the club. They are prop Luke Chapman, lock Edd Pascoe, back row Jake Parker, centre Alex Dancer and wing Jack Arnott.

Thanking them for their contribution, joint coach Gavin Cattle said. At the end of a season there is always going to be outgoing and incoming players, however I just want to acknowledge the five for their efforts and express a big thank-you to each. Some have been here longer than others but this season has been about this group, when everyone has given their all both on and off the pitch. They have been very much a big part of the environment being created.”

There was no joy for the two Cornish clubs playing in National Cup semi-finals at the weekend.

In the Intermediate Cup Truro put up a brave fight before going down to Charlton Park 48-27. Truro were well supported at the game by a good crowd that travelled up.

In the Senior Vase, Saltash lost to a very good Farnham side 33-21 they battled to the final whistle roared on by their vocal support.

Redruth retained the Rodda’s Milk Cup against a depleted Camborne XV 76-7.

On Easter Monday the final of the Tribute Cornwall Knock-Out Cup was held at Redruth. An entertaining game saw St. Austell lift the cup for the first time, having lost in the final on four previous occasions, defeating Wadebridge Camels 35-22.

cup final 2
Photo: Graham Walker 

The Saints scored four tries with prop Hugh Noot crashing over for two with skipper Miles Davey and No.8 Max Duggan bagging the other tries. Centre Liam Freeman converted three tries kicked two penalties and dropped a goal.

For the defeated Camels player-coach Mike Rawlings scored two tries with winger Ben Hawken also scoring. James Grubb kicked two conversions and a penalty.

cup final
photo: Graham Walker

Also at Redruth on Easter Monday Wadebridge Camels’ reserves beat St. Austell Sinners 27-12 in the final of the Tribute Duchy Cup, whilst Camborne reserves beat Bodmin reserves 43-5 in the final of the Tribute Duchy Plate.

Competition in the Tribute Clubs Cup gets underway this weekend coming with the final scheduled for Bodmin RFC on Monday May 1st.