Cornwall run riot to set up Pool showdown
Cornwall U20s 69, Somerset U20s 0
DESPITE the atrocious playing conditions, Cornwall's U20's served up a try feast at Redruth on Sunday, scoring ten tries in a massive win over Somerset, writes Bill Hooper.
For Cornwall fly-half Kyle Moyle (St Ives) posted a personal tally of 24 points.
The only sour note for Cornwall was the red card that replacement Neil Stanleick (St Ives) received just before full-time for alleged stamping.
All 22 Cornwall players played their part in a performance which delighted coaches Tom and Mike Rawlings.
Tom said: "The boys were outstanding, their skill levels were right up there, that was probably the best skill level I've seen from a Cornwall team.
"The quality of the tries scored, the handling, the kicking was great, massive credit to every one of the players in the squad today from one to 22 they were awesome. I can't speak highly enough of them.
"The quality of our inter-play between backs and forwards was top drawer, not just from the way we scored our points, but also to keep our line intact and deny Somerset any points at all was just as pleasing.
"Before the game we talked about the pride and passion of pulling on that famous black and gold jersey and what it meant. Each and every one put their hand up today and put in a worthy performance.
"Kyle Moyle is a wonderful talent, I am so pleased he's Cornish and playing for us his partnership with Luke Asbridge was pivotal, but nothing changed when we brought on Max Bodilly.
"Hopefully a result like this will make people sit up in Cornwall and take note of the talent that's coming through. This is a young side and they gave a mature performance today. We will have a break now until February when we travel to Ivybridge to take on Devon.
"We beat them at Hayle last season, the form book goes out of the window in Cornwall v Devon games, but if we play like we did today then I can see no reason why we can't go there and get a result."
Playing up the slope in the first half Moyle soon opened Cornwall's account with a penalty as Somerset were penalised at the scrum.
Despite Moyle missing the target with a second penalty, the home side soon scored their first try when Stithians flanker Chris Instance powered over in the corner, following good work from centre Tom Hendrickson and hooker Ted Allsopp.
Moyle then juggled the ball to his advantage to score Cornwall's second try under the posts and added the simple conversion. A second penalty from the fly-half stretched Cornwall's lead to 18-0.
Cornwall's forwards were rampant, with the front row Zak Cinnamond, Ted Allsopp and Mike Roach getting the nudge in the scrums, locks Todd Prisk and Duncan Hales ruling the lineouts' and the back row of Chris Instance, skipper Neil Broadbank and Matt Bolwell excelling in the loose.
It all led to further tries before half-time for centres Tom Hendrickson and Sam Chapman, along with winger Luke Tidball.
Moyle landed another two conversions and finished the half with a neat drop-goal to put the young Black and Golds 40-0 up at the break.
Despite the pitch resembling a mud bath, Cornwall continued to play at a high tempo and scored a sixth try as No8 Bolwell profited from a fine drive from his pack to dot down in the Piggy Lane corner.
Kyle Speare, Broadbank and Mike Roach were all involved in the build up to Tidball's second try after 56 minutes with Moyle again on hand with the extras. Somerset's cause wasn't helped by having a player in the sin bin but even with 15 men they could do little to stop Hales claiming the next Cornwall try after a forward drive. Scrum-half Asbridge got in among the pack to claim Cornwall's ninth try in Hell fire corner.
With Stanleick's red card, Cornwall had to see out the final moments with 14 men, but still managed to conjure up a final score with Instance getting his second try of the game following good play from Max Bodilly and Speare.