Hakes slip to heavy opening day defeat
Penryn 36, St Ives 15
ST IVES were given a sobering start to their season in Western Counties West as they conceded five tries in a heavy defeat at the Memorial Ground, writes Dick Straughan.
A hat-trick from Alex Ducker and a try apiece from Josh Chambers and Taron Peacock contributed to a 36-3 Penryn lead after 70 minutes. Ben Taylor and Josh Semmens claimed late consolation scores for St Ives, who now face another tough away day at Burnham-on-Sea this Saturday (3pm).
The Somerset side opened up their league campaign with a comprehensive 50-12 thrashing of Bude with scrum-half Tim Piper contributing half of their points in a fine individual display, and Hakes head coach Rob Elloway knows his side face a stern test at the BASC Ground this weekend.
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He said: "It will be a tough trip up to Burnham and I think they have to be favourites to go up. They have come down from the Gloucester leagues which I know a lot about and they will be a very good side."
"I just want my boys to go away from home and play well. If we win we win but if we lose so be it, but what I want them to do is play with pride and that will give us something to build on when we play our first game at home to Tavistock the following weekend."
Elloway has no pressing injury concerns ahead of this weekend`s game but admits that there have been selection issues due to players being unavailable through work commitments.
"That's just the way it is at this level," he said. "It hasn't been ideal starting the season with two away games either but the flip side is that they will be two away games out of the way after Saturday."
Reflecting on the defeat at Penryn, he said: "We scored fifteen points away from home which is good and the fact that we scored two late tries shows that we will fight to the end, and that is pleasing."
He added: "We started well against Penryn and as I have said ended well, but in the middle third of the game lost our way.
"But this is a young and inexperienced side and people have to remember that. The league and our home games especially, is our focus."
RFU JUNIOR VASE
Helston 34, St Just 10
ST JUST exited the Vase at the second round stage after this defeat at the hands of higher league opposition on Saturday.
The visiting Tigers St Just started well, winning back their kick off and pegging Helston back into their 22. After several phases of play, lock Sam Marment crashed over the line for the opening score of the game.
However, Helston responded immediately with a penalty, and then took the lead after 12 minutes through a well worked try, which was duly converted.
St Just continued to dominate territory but couldn't convert their dominance into points. Five minutes before half time Prop Mark Prowse found himself in the sin-bin after an infringement at the breakdown and Helston used their extra man to score two converted tries to make it 24-5 at the interval.
St Just started the second half brightly, playing all the rugby in Helston's half, but again could turn pressure into points. With 20 minutes to play Marment scored his second try, powering over from close range. Helston again responded with a penalty before sealing victory with another converted try.
St Just begin their league campaign on Saturday September 28 against Lankelly-Fowey, and are training every Wednesday at 7pm. New players are always welcome.
St Just: P Stevens, Hill, Prowse, Marment, D Stevens, Lea, Pearce, Vernon, Maddern, Barnes, Batten, Usher, Dove, Jelbert, J Richards. Reps (all used): Oates, A Richards, D Cock, A Cock, Robins, Le Bretton, Odendaal.