Junior rugby review, January 30
Newquay Hornets v Saltash & Launceston in double header:
Newquay versus Saltash was the scheduled game and was played first. Newquay ran out 26-19 winners. Try scorers were Keane (2), Tom Murphy and James with Michael Harding.
The game did not pass without incident and Saltash were worthy adversaries replying each time Newquay scored until the end.
Newquay v Launceston was sadly a different story and while there was a lot of endeavour Newquay lost the game 31-5 with Tom Murphy scoring the only try for Newquay. Ultimately there was some great tackling.
Thomas Johnson in particular managed to tackle one of the Launceston players in the 'in-goal' allowing Newquay a 22 drop out rather than allowing the try but Launceston were just better organised at the breakdown!
Newquay Hornets 47, Saltash 7:
Hornets started well, with some good carrying of ball, which led to a breakaway from Louis Garner from the ruck and going over for the try, which David Swinnerton converted.
From the restart, Saltash won a penalty butthe ball was lost to Hornets and Jacob Boylan-Grange broke away but was put into touch, just short of the line.
Hornets won some good ball from the ensuing line out and the ruck pushed forward, with Joseph Cornes going over for the second try, David again converting.
Hornets were dominant in the first half, and again Jacob Boylan-Grange won some good ball and headed towards the line, a swift pass out to Jude Roberts, saw him over for the third try.
Hornets continued to press the ball with excellent ruck and maul play. This led to Jacob Boylan-Grange going over for the fourth try, which David converted.
With some excellent ball passing, Iwan Elis-Davies had a dash from the back of the pack, but was held up just short of the line.
Saltash won the lineout and had a rare dash at the Hornets line but were held up with some great defensive work from Hornets. Hornets continued to dig out the ball, and David Swinnerton was away with a turn of speed for fifth try, which Louis Garner converted.
Second half got under way with Saltash borrowing two Hornets players, Joshua Youngman and Kai Sinkevicius, as replacements.
Hornets continued to win good ball, but there was also some scrappy play, mainly due to the cold wind and difficult footing.
Saltash were winning some good ball as the game progressed. With an interception to a Hornets pass, well into the Saltash half, their winger had a run to the line and went over for a try, which was converted.
Saltash tried to keep possession but Sam Thomas had other ideas and intercepted a pass from the backs, going over for a try. Unfortunately the referee had already blown the whistle for a penalty.
Winning the restart ball, David Swinnerton had a burst to the line, but was held up just short. From the ensuing ruck, Hornets got turnover ball and Sam Thomas went over for a legitimate try this time, which Jacob Boylan-Grange converted.
Taking into account the conditions and state of the pitch, Hornets again dominated the game for the majority of the match in all positions.
Saltash did provide some good opposition in the second half, winning and retaining some good ball, but Hornets held out for a decisive and deserved win.
Players of the Match: Kain Dockery (exemplary jackaling skills) and Joshua Youngman (superb performance playing for both teams).
Team for the day: Aaron Shrigley, Joseph Cornes, Jude Roberts, Kai Sinkevicius, Joshua Head, David Swinnerton, Louis Garner, Iwan Ellis-Davies, Sam Thomas, Jacob Boylan-Grange, Ben Flower, Sean Cheetham, Zach Shawcross, Roberta Scotland, Ben Flower, Dan Robinson, Lauritz Woodward-Voss.
Tries: Louis Garner (2), Joseph Cornes, Jude Roberts, Jacob Boylan Grange, David Swinnerton, Sam Thomas
Conversions: David Swinnerton (4), Louis Garner, Jacob Boylan Grange.
Newquay Hornets 63 Saltash 0
Newquay continued the fine form shown last week at Penryn as they entertained Saltash at the Sports Centre on Sunday.
Newquay attacked with the forwards immediately forcing Saltash on to the back foot, Jack Higginson being the first to show their superiority as he drove through to put the first points on the board.
Given the muddy conditionsthe Newquay backs moved the ball well, Evie Longworth only just denied as she was held up on the line.
Saltash were struggling to contain Newquay and when they got possession kicked to relieve the pressure. Finn Collins took a great catch at full back before running on strongly to almost the half way line.
Excellent rucking from the Newquay forwards continued to see the Hornets gain ground and when a loose ball was picked up by Robin Blackman he swerved past the Saltash defensive line to score.
Newquay's Perran Heaman was unlucky to be held up on the line as Newquay attacked once again but Sol Hawkins was on hand to pick up and go over.
Newquay forwards were dominating the ruck and maul and with the conditions as they were it was always going to be here where the game would be won or lost.
The Newquay forwards revelled in it and Perran finally got his reward as he forced his way over just before half time.
The second half saw Saltash struggling to break out of defence, Newquay harrying them when they had the ball.
Ewan Gilroy-Simpson added to the scoreline and when held on the line moments later Sol, in close support, went over.
The whole team was in the ascendance now. Sol gained his hat trick before the backs showed quick hands to see Evie Longworth add yet another try. Ethan Morgan completed the rout.
Man of the Match: All the forwards.
Bude 27, Liskeard Looe 40:
Liskeard Looe under 11's team returned to winning ways on Sunday when they played Bude on a heavy, sticky pitch at Budehaven School as the Bude pitch was waterlogged.
The match was energy-sapping, but the boys dug deep to come out as winners. Tries for the Lions were scored by Rio Bickle (2), Alec Craddick, Joel Blake, Christian Brooke and Will Gardner.
A team effort supported the try scorers but the sight of determination on the faces of the try scorers as they raced for the line was a vision of real grit and strength.
It was particularly satisfying to see Rio score as these were his first tries since joining the team recently having come over from the dark side of the round ball. Next up are Wadebridge away.
There is a special trip for the team coming soon when on February 23 they will appear on the pitch at Exeter Chiefs.
The team and their supporters are going to Sandy Park for the SuperSaturday Experience when they will meet and be coached by the first team players, followed by a tour of the facilities.
As the Chiefs play London Welsh the Lions team will parade on the pitch at the start of the game and at half-time. New players are always welcome and should contact the coach Gareth on 07429 707961 for further details.
Game 1: Newquay 20 Saltash 0
A sunny Sunday morning saw Newquay welcoming both Saltash and St Agnes to surfers' paradise for a triangular.
Saltash won the toss and started strongly but Newquay came back at them with a game they had been eager to deliver since their defeat to Saltash at the start of the season.
Saltash were strong in the rucks but good teamwork by the young Hornets ensured that Newquay retained possession for much of the match.
Finley Jones played with a determination that saw him gaining the ball out of a ruck and making a lovely run, weaving his snake hips through the Saltash defence before making a pass to Toby Blount who sped off towards the try line to open the scoring.
Saltash were a gritty side which in turn brought out the best in the Newquay team. Tackling by Ben Hammersley, Toby Blount and Fin Jones stopped any attempt by Saltash to reach the try line.
Brad Davies was relentless in his tackling and rucking and opened up many opportunities for the team.
Great teamwork by Lewis, Summer, Joel, Bailey, Caleb and Liam at the breakdowns made a huge difference and it was this teamwork that saw Joe Roberts pass the ball to Toby, who broke a tackle to score his second of the day.
Quick reactions by Declan Simmonds saw him get the ball to Tornado Tyler, who powered up the pitch and scored for the Hornets.
Joe Roberts then made an impressive run, side-stepping through the Penryn defenders before being tackled.
Brad then freed the ball from the ruck with a great offload to Ben, Newquay proved they were the more dominant side.
Game 2: Hornets 20, St Agnes 10
Newquay put pressure on St Agnes but a quick Aggie winger seized his opportunity to run straight down the pitch to score.
From the restart, Bailey stormed through St Agnes to put Newquay on the scoresheet.
Ellie Mares and Summer Holland were displaying real girl power, both ripping the ball at every given opportunity and making some great runs.
Lucas Boucher was notable with some strong tackling and quick legs making ground with the ball.
After much to-ing and fro-ing, Liam then intercepted a St Agnes pass and stole the ball, making it count by scoring a try before the half time whistle.
The second half saw Aggie a determined side and from a lineout they made some great passes before evening up the score with a well worked try.
This was soon followed by a strong run from Ellie, who made a perfectly timed pass to Summer who powered over the line.
The final play saw another good display of passing and teamwork with Joel making a valiant run through the St Agnes defence to score a brilliant try.
The coaches and parents alike were very proud of the players' attitude and sportsmanship during these two matches.
Hornets 30, St Agnes 45
In the wind and the thick muddy quagmire of the Sports Centre, the Hornets played a tricky double header against Saltash and St Agnes, losing both games, 35-5 and 45-30 respectively.
Newquay had a large squad of 20 players, who were arranged into three equal teams, each having an equal amount of game time – a strategy that is paying off as more players join and all improve.
The conditions under-foot were absolutely atrocious and the short narrow pitch did not suit the Hornets running game, nevertheless, great tackling and improving handling kept the Hornets in both games.
Great tackling from led by club captain Matthew Barker, Player of the Match Ben Cole Monty Bayley-Skinner, Jared Williams, Jack Jenkinson, Matthew Pollard and Brandon O'Hara kept the opposition at bay, and tries from Jacob Lamboll (2), Will Blatchford, Kai Bentley, Harvey Henwood, Pass Award winner Harry Youngman and Mackenzie Cooke kept the Hornets scoreboard ticking over.
Great support play from Poppy Garner, Josh Pownall, Lloyd Cornes, Leon Gerrard, Korben Whitehouse and new player Dylan Orchard (one to watch for the future), ensured that the Hornets completed their games with their heads held high.
The Hornets are known for their running and tackling and the greater emphasis on passing has meant a short sequence of games where lessons will be learnt.
Judging by the character of the players and the fantastic support of their parents, we are sure to see some more great games when they manage to put all their skills together.
Newquay Hornets involved in close matches:
Hornets played St Agnes first who took first blood with an early try. Joe Pearce and Joshua Golden-Clarke ran well to score Hornets' opening try.
At the St Agnes restart some excellent pressure from the young Hornets team forced St Agnes into touch creating the opportunity for Joe Pearce to score another for Hornets.
The two teams alternated in their try scoring with great passing and Matthew Alecock-Smith did an excellent interception to score a try and give Hornets the lead.
St Agnes quickly responded and at the half time whistle the score was 20 points apiece.
In the second half both teams were evenly matched and Hornets tried to put into practice, their switching technique resulting in tries from Freddy Pearce, Joe Pearce, and Geren Griffiths.
James Cockell played well in defence and prevented a final St Agnes try making the final score nine tries all. (45-45).
In the second match Hornets met a strong Saltash, who took the early lead but Hornets quickly responded with their own try.
Another Saltash try was answered with an excellent run by Freddy Pearce, who passed to Joshua Golden-Clark who scored another try for Hornets.
Despite excellent pressure from Hornets, Saltash scored again but James Cockell was too quick to catch equalising the score board once more.
Satlash scored a good try and James Cockell answered again – levelling the score board once more. The half time whistle went with a level five tries apiece.
In the second half excellent passing created the opportunity for an excellent try by Joe Pearce, quickly answered by another from Saltash.
Saltash managed to turnover the Hornets restart and score again putting Hornets under pressure to stay in the game.
Joshua Golden Clark held his nerve and ran excellently to score for Hornets putting Hornets only 1 try behind.
At the restart, Saltash played strongly but an excellent tag by Freddy Pearce close to the the line forced a Saltash mistake, giving Hornets the turnover and consequent try making the score level.
In the dying seconds an excellent run by the Hornets attack and it looked like Hornets might take the game but they were forced into touch and Saltash scored from their restart, making the final score nine tries to eight to Saltash. (45-40).
Man of the Match: Matthew Alecock-Smith.