New duo shine on debut for St Ives
ST IVES head coach Joff Rowe was delighted with the debuts of new signings Todd Prisk and Max Bodilly in their 17-3 victory at Plymouth-based OPMs last Saturday, writes Nigel Walrond.
Truro College Academy half-back Bodilly and St Ives Colts forward Prisk put pen to paper last week, and they were both thrown straight into the fray by Rowe, with St Ives missing several of their regular first-teamers.
Bodilly, who can play at fly half, started at number nine and partnered former Cornish Pirates half-back Ceiron Thomas, also making his league debut for the Hakes, while 17-year-old Prisk played in the second row.
"Todd was absolutely outstanding for us and was clearly our man of the match," said Rowe. "He is a St Ives lad, his dad used to coach at the club and his older brother Jamie plays for Hayle now.
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"He is a No.8 by trade, but we played him in the second row and he dominated the line-out. We took around 50 per cent of their ball, and they were big lads.
"He also scrummaged very well, was explosive in attack and industrious in defence.
"Max celebrated his 18th birthday the day after the OPMs game, and we are really pleased he has signed for us.
"He took a couple of weeks to think about it, which is credit to him, he trained with us, watched us and then made the move.
"He can play at 10 as well, but he did a job for us at nine and I was very impressed with him, and Ceiron started his first game for us alongside him, which really helped us."
The current Cornwall and Devon League table shows St Ives with a five-point deduction.
That has been carried over from last season, when they pulled out of a Western Counties West trip to Wellington on the penultimate Saturday of their campaign when they were unable to raise a team.
"We only had 11 players available, and we could have appealed against the RFU decision, but decided not to, and started the season on minus five points, which we wiped out in our first game," said Rowe.
St Ives face a home local derby against Pirates Amateurs on Saturday (3pm).