Junior rugby, March 6
HORNETS EASE INTO SEMIS:
Newquay Hornets 50 Truro 0
Hornets moved into the County Cup semi-finals with a handsome win.
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Newquay went ahead with a Reece Hughes try, with Dan Robson soon getting a second, converted by fly half Ben Stean ,to make it 12-0.
Centre Harrison Cully made a break and put full back Noah Sixton over the line to make it 17-0 at half time.
The Hornets opened the second half with a fine individual try by centre Cully, who danced his way through the Truro defence.
Stean converted and the visitors found themselves 24-0 down.
Evans scored his second try close to the posts, after a set lineout move and the try was converted by Stean.
Further tries followed from Sixton, who ran the ball back fully 60 metres to score under the posts, hooker Connor Boylan and No8 Reece Hughes with Stean James McFarlane converting.
Newquay Hornets 29, Bude 12
This was a performance to be proud of as Hornets ran out 29-12 winners.
It was a hard fought game between two sides with ambitions of trying to make it through to the finals in their first attempt in this CRFU Plate Competition.
The Hornets were coming into this match from a performance in the quarter-finals that was sheer perfection.
With some excellent forward play from Jack Morrison and Lawrence 'Rhino' Lloyd securing some quick ruck ball, they gave Aaron Simmonds the opportunity to get the ball out to the backs which left the strong running Josh Mares drawing the Bude players and making the chance for Tom Pryor to get over the line for his first score.
With quality scrummage work and quick hands the ball yet again went effortlessly down the line for Tom Pryor to go over for his second try of the match.
As the pressure built, a Bude player knocked forward resulting with an attacking scrum centre field just outside the opponents' 22-yard line. Fast hands from Elliott Riley passed the ball to Josh Mares and with a solid direct run at pace, handing off two Bude players, touched down for a try with Elliott converting.
In the second half strong defensive play from Alex Rickard, Kam Matthews, Kai Shaw, Zak Mitchell and Eden Jeffrey kept the Bude side out, but with good support play and a period of dominance the Bude side managed to get over for two tries and one conversion making the it 17-12 with only 12 minutes to play.
From a missed penalty attempt by Bude the ball was touched down and a 22 drop out was awarded to Newquay, five minutes before the final whistle.
With the drop out came a charge from the Hornets who regained possession after a quick ruck, and as in the first half sublime quick handling got the ball to Josh Mares who ran 50 yards with Bude defenders all around him to score his second of the game.
As the game continued in the same way and with only two minutes left Tom Pryor used his pace to leave the Bude players in his dust to score yet another try for his hat-trick and Newquay's fifth in this hard fought game.
Man of the Match: Billy Bromfield.
U13s Squad: Billy Bromfield, Kai Gwilliam O'Connor, Harry Higgins, Eden Jeffery, Ty Jones, Lawrence Lloyd, Joshua Mares, Kamron Matthews, Zak Mitchell, Jack Morrison, Matty Bennett, Jack Powers, Tom Pryor, Taylor Reeder, Alex Rickard, Elliott Riley, Luke Robinson, Jamie Sanders, Kai Shaw, Aaron Simmonds, Will Boulton.
Penzance 21, Newquay Hornets 21
Some excellent rucking by the Penzance forwards saw them make steady progress through the middle and with Newquay slow to react it was the Pirates who went over to take an early lead.
Newquay tried to bring the pace of the backs into play as they sought to get on level terms but a fumbled ball allowed Penzance to pick up and nearly go through on the left wing before they were bungled into touch.
Penzance continued to dominate the forward play and when they won a scrum close to the Newquay line they forced their way over to extend their lead.
Newquay finally responded. Awarded a penalty at the half way line quick thinking Ethan Morgan took it quickly and as the Penzance defensive line closed him down, the ball was slipped to Ewan Gilroy-Simpson who raced away to score in the right hand corner.
It kept Newquay in touch but Penzance kept their cool, more good work from their forwards saw them awarded a penalty and drive over to score in the right hand corner.
An excellent kick deep into Penzance territory at the restart saw the Newquay forwards chase down the receiving fullback.
Winning the ball from the resulting ruck it was fed out to Ben Henwood on the wing who sped away to score.
In the second half Ewan was switched into the centre as Newquay made changes and it was to prove decisive as moments later he took the ball on the half way line and surged through the Penzance defence and raced away to level the scores.
As the final whistle sounded Penzance were relieved, while Newquay rued their slow start.
Man of the Match: Ben Hunt – fantastic work rate.
Penzance 4, Newquay 9
Newquay welcomed the start of Spring by travelling to West Cornwall to face Penzance.
From a Newquay lineout swift passing saw Ben soon making his own space to score the first try of the day.
From the restart the forwards battled hard to keep the ball flowing and this paid off when quick thinking from Brad and Ben saw Bailey in possession of the ball using his power to find his way over the try line for the Hornets second.
Penzance came back at Newquay hard and with some mazy running a strong centre ran through to put Penzance on the score sheet.
Newquay were undeterred and swift passing through to the centres allowed Lewis to drive through the defence and score the third try.
The same commitment was seen when from the restart, Newquay defended in numbers and some outstanding passing and teamwork found Ben using his speed and agility to power his way through the Penzance defence, no mean feat, to score again.
Newquay dominated the game with live wire Brad finding his way out maul with the ball soon passing the ball to Ben, who had an outstanding game, scoring his third of the day.
Within minutes, however Penzance exposed gaps in Newquay's defensive line to make the score 5-2.
Ellie then took no prisoners and broke tackle upon tackle to get within a couple of meters of the try line where Ben was perfectly positioned in support to score once again.
An uncontested Penzance lineout saw them finding space to score a well deserved try. Penzance used their strength to attack well from the restart, stealing the ball from under Newquay's nose and scoring again.
This quick succession of tries by Penzance saw Newquay up their game and with some impressive displays of rugby the young team worked well together with excellent passing and tackling.
This teamwork was soon rewarded as pacy Caleb found his way over the try line. At the restart, Newquay fought hard to gain possession of the ball and with improving rucking the team managed to work the ball within touching distance of the try line but with an immovable wall of Penzance defenders, Tyler made a good offload to Toby to place the ball over the line for the Hornets.
Newquay finished the match with a powerful run from Toby who broke through five Penzance defenders to score a try.
The coaches were immensely proud of the way all of the team played, each one notable in their contribution to the tries scored by the Hornets.
Penzance RFC 30, Newquay Hornets 20
Club captain Brandon O'Hara headed his team for three ten minute games, as usual allowing each player equal opportunity and game play.
The young Pirates came out strong and took the first try quickly.
The Hornets' commitment shone through and Josh Pownall collected a brilliant pass from Will Blount to place the ball down scoring a blinding try in the bottom left corner. As the whistle blew the score stood at 20-5 in the Pirates' favour.
The second match showed promise as a well-targeted pass from Matthew Pollard allowed Jacob Lamboll to storm through the opposition's defence to score the young Hornets second try.
Score on aggregate at the end of game two stood at Penzance 25 Newquay 10.
A side step and well positioned pass allowed Mackenzie Cooke to plough through the Pirates defence and take a try, closely followed by another strong run and resulting try from Kai Bentley.
Overall a great game of rugby which hugely impressed all the supporters and coaches due to the huge commitment and team spirit.
Players of the match were awarded to Korben Whitehouse for having a truly awesome game and relentless commitment to tackle and also to Josh Pownall for a fabulous opening try and commitment to the tackle and team spirit.
Newquay Hornets U8s travelled to Penzance and excellent passing gave Matthew Alecock-Smith the opportunity to score first points for Hornets.
Penzance answered quickly to equalise. Excellent teamwork between Joshua Golden-Clarke, Matthew Alecock-Smith, Thomas Austin and Freddy Pearce enabled Matthew Alecock-Smith to score again.
Penzance managed to equalise again before Freddy Pearce, Matthew Alecock-Smith and James Cockell joined forces to score again for Hornets and an excellent interception by Matthew Alecock-Smith and a superb sprint by Johsua Golden-Clarke gave Hornets a two-try lead.
Penzance answered quickly to close the gap but superb passing between James Cockell, Thomas Austin, Matthew Alecock-Smith and Joe Pearce gave Hornets another try.
Penzance answered once more with a quick try and in the closing seconds of the half Hornets made excellent ground for Matthew Alecock-Smith to score once more.
In the second quarter, Penzance scored the opening try and Hornets' Geren Griffiths, Freddy Pearce and Joe Pearce put the 'switch' training into practice to score. A great turnover by Freddy Pearce enabled Geren Griffiths to score.
Matthew Alecock-Smith scored again and despite excellent tagging by Ruby Reed, Penzance were able to score from their restart. Joe Pearce managed to score two further tries for Hornets and an excellent run by Ruby Reed was rewarded with another try.
In the third quarter, Penzance started with a fresh team but Hornets started strongly with a try for James Cockell, which was quickly answered by Penzance.
Matthew Alecock-Smith maded it over the line but Penzance worked hard to earn another try.
Hornets raised their game and Joshua Golden-Clarke, Thomas Austin and James Cockell made good ground to enable James to score. During the Penzance restart superb defensive pressure gave Hornets the turnover for Joe Pearce to score.
In the final quarter, Penzance scored two tries in quick succession. Penzance scored again but Hornets were undeterred and Joshua Golden-Clarke, Freddy Pearce, Joe Pearce and Matthew Alecock-Smith worked hard to enable Matthew to score opening up the lead once more.
In the dying minutes, Penzance managed to score a further three tries but Hornets would not back down and tries from Joe Pearce and Joshua Golden-Clarke made the final score Hornets 21 tries (105 points) to Penzance 18 tries (90 points).
Man of the Match: Matthew Alecock-Smith.