Elloway rues errors as improved Hakes falter
St Ives 13, Kingsbridge 28
WITH a quarter of the Western Counties West season completed St Ives travel to Bencoolen Meadow on Saturday for a crucial bottom of the table Cornish derby against Bude (3pm), writes Dick Straughan.
Both teams are languishing with just one win each from their opening seven games and only the winless Paignton Saxons have made a worse start to the season.
Bude were well beaten 41-18 at Penryn last Saturday while St Ives surrendered a first half lead at Alexandra Road as they slipped to defeat against second place Kingsbridge.
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Head coach Rob Elloway had demanded a response from his troops going into the game and the Hakes began well taking an 8-0 lead through Jamie Prisk's penalty and an unconverted try from Dan Bassett.
Kingsbridge replied with a penalty try as the Cornishmen collapsed a maul illegally before scrum-half Jack Lonsdale increased the home lead to 13-7 with their second try of the game before half-time.
However, the loss of prop Tyler Gendall with a shoulder injury hurt St Ives and Kingsbridge hit back with converted tries from Ben Newman and Tristan Couch. Late in the game the Hakes conceded a second penalty try to again leave them empty handed.
Elloway knows that this weekend's game at Bude is huge for both teams and after watching his team do battle with the league's top three sides in recent weeks, is now relishing scrapping with teams at the other end of the table in coming weeks.
"All our games are big ones but Bude is a huge one," he said. "We have got a Test Match series coming up in the next few weeks and to win that we need to win at least three of the five games."
And after a disappointing reverse at Truro two weeks ago when he openly criticised his squad, Elloway was happy with the reaction they showed against unbeaten Kingsbridge.
"The boys gave me a good reaction, worked hard and showed a much better attitude," he said. "There was a lot of heart, endeavour and I can't fault their effort but what beat us was making silly mistakes in their twenty-two when we had the ball.
"We made the mistakes whereas Kingsbridge didn't. We were inaccurate and they scored four tries. That says it all."
Yet despite this Elloway believes that the Hakes can travel to north Cornwall and win. He said: "It is all about accuracy this weekend. We need to maintain the work rate we showed against Kingsbridge and cut out this mistakes."
Camelford 19, St Just 12
ST JUST'S unbeaten start to the season was halted with a disappointing loss at Camelford on Saturday.
The Tigers were dominant in the first half, spending long periods of time inside the Camelford 22, but being unable to turn pressure into points. On the rare occasions Camelford attacked the well organised St Just defence push them back well. Camelford scored first against the run of play. St Just responded with a pushover try from a five-metre scrum, touched down by No8 Sam Vernon, fly half Simon Barnes converting.
Vernon doubled his tally soon after, scoring out wide after good running infield from prop Paul Stevens to make it 12-5 at half-time.
In the second half St Just again set up camp in the Camelford half, and went close to scoring after good work from wing Lee Jelbert and full-back Josh Richards.
But again Camelford scored a try against the run of play, which was well converted, before adding the decisive try eight minutes from time, again successfully converted.
St Just will look to bounce back on Saturday when they welcome Illogan Park to Tregeseal, 3pm kick off.
St Just: Stevens, Odendaal, Prowse, Marment, W Jelbert, M Lea, A Richards, Vernon, Oats, Barnes, Batten, Robins, Dove, L Jelbert, J Richards. Replacements: Pearce, P Douglas, L Douglas, Le Bretton, Usher, Cock.