Hakes boss Rowe thrilled with 'special' derby victory
St Ives 44, Pirates Amateurs 14
ST IVES head coach Joff Rowe believes last Saturday's demolition of Penwith rivals Pirates Amateurs could be a sign of things to come for the Hakes.
The hosts scored six tries to make it three wins out of three in the Cornwall and Devon League this season.
Their new signings once again impressed, with Kyle Moyle, Ceiron Thomas and Max Bodilly all getting on the scoresheet.
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A delighted Rowe said: "I am pleased with the win and happy that the crowd were entertained with the skill of Max, Ceiron and Kyle, and the hard-working forwards, especially Ben Wheeler in the scrum and around the park.
"My thanks go to the whole squad for their time and effort, and that is why the win was special – because the club have worked hard to get to this point and I believe this is the start of things to come."
St Ives took a while to settle into the game, but their scrum was dominant throughout the first half, which provided good ball for Truro College scrum half Bodilly to launch his back line time and again.
St Ives took a third-minute lead with a penalty by Thomas after foul play by the visitors, and after Rhys Brownfield missed a 40-metre penalty chance for the Pirates, the Hakes grabbed their first try in the 16th minute, with a kick by Thomas over the top of the defence gathered by full back Moyle to score, with Thomas converting for a 10-0 lead, before he added another penalty.
With half-time approaching, Pirates had prop Danny Toolan sin-binned, St Ives shunned the penalty chance, kicked for the corner, and a catch-and-drive move was finished off by prop Ben Wheeler.
Then a 40-metre break by Moyle was halted by a late tackle, and to the visitors' bemusement, referee Simon Lord awarded a penalty try, with Thomas adding the extras.
But, in first-half injury-time, Pirates got their first points on the board with a touchdown by skipper Sam Heath, converted by Brownfield, to make it 25-7 at the break.
The second half saw St Ives impress in all areas of the game, but great defence from the Pirates ensured the hosts had to work for every point.
Man of the match Bodilly received a ball on halfway after great work from captain and hooker Ben Taylor. He side-stepped and then outpaced the Pirates' defence to finish off the score with a little jink past the full back.
With lock Louis Stevens in the sin-bin for St Ives, the hosts lost a scrum against the head in the 57th minute and Pirates scored a try through replacement Cas James, which Brownfield converted.
But further tries from the Hakes followed, with another fine burst by Bodilly setting up Mark Sherris, and then fellow centre Tom Nicholas also crossing, and with Thomas converting both, the hosts hit the 44-point mark.
Amateurs coach Paul Greaves felt the margin of defeat was a little harsh on a young and inexperienced visiting side, whose cause wasn't helped by the absence of first choice centres Steve Kent and Ben Eddy due to injury.
He said: "Considering the number of players we currently have missing the lads are playing very well as individuals, but not yet as a team, which is perhaps understandable."
"Apart from the likes of Andrew Snell, Matt Nicholas and Dave Law we had a really young side, but the only way these boys will gain experience is by playing games and the spirit they showed augurs well for the rest of the season."
The Hakes now move on to a visit on Saturday to Plymouth Barbarians, who are still seeking their first win of the campaign, while the Amateurs host early season leaders Teignmouth at the Mennaye (3pm).
The Amateurs 2nd XV lost 38-0 in a friendly at Stithians.