Penryn get back on track with crucial win over Bude
at the Memorial Ground
Penryn 27 Bude 12
BOTH sides came into this game struggling at the wrong end of the Tribute Western Counties West table and desperate for vital league points in their bid to climb away from the relegation battle.
Penryn, having lost 70-0, to the dismay of their supporters at Bideford the previous week, were anxious to get their season back on track against a Bude side that had picked up just one league win this season.
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But come the final whistle it was the "Borough" who were all smiles, bagging all five league points on offer, with the biggest smile of all on the face of head coach Paul Trevaskis.
He said: "It was a good result. we had to respond after last week's scoreline, Bideford are a good side very well drilled and they showed it. Having said that. the boys responded well in training this week, getting back to basics and it showed in the win today in difficult conditions.
"We made Jordan (Rose) skipper this season and today the average age of the side we put out was only 21.
"That bodes well for the future of the club, but at the moment we are lacking a little bit of experience in key areas which can find you out when you play sides like Bideford and St Austell, but we are happy where we are in the league and hopefully we can move up a little further before Christmas.
"Today our back row really performed well, Rose, Dan Booth and Grant Randlesome all stood out well today.
"We were missing George Jones who was away this week, but it was a good balance both Grant and Daniel carried a lot of ball while Jordan got through a lot of work in the loose and linking play with the backs."
Other good news from the club this week is that the Colts are to reform and that will help bring even more youngsters through the ranks and into the first team in the years to come and that has to be something for all Penryn fans to be happy about.
A heavy hail shower just prior to kick-off immediately made handling and staying on your feet treacherous and referee Jane Pizzi had her hands full with the error count from both sides.
Gradually, Penryn got the upper-hand and began to dictate play.
Fly-half Jake Seviour kicked a penalty after 15 minutes, following good work from the Borough's props Kirky Oldfield and Matt Williams set up the opportunity.
It took until the half-hour mark for Penryn to get their opening try scored by the rampant Booth, who profited from some fine play from Randlesome, with Seviour adding the extras with a fine conversion.
Penryn finally had a second try on the board before half-time following a good break by scrum-half Tian Peacock from his own half. His inside pass to his skipper saw Rose in under the posts, Seviour's second conversion gave the Borough a handy 17-0 lead at half-time. Penryn maintained the momentum after the break and their third try was not long in coming and was probably the try of the match.
Full-back Alex Ducker began the move from near his own 22, with Jordan Rose (twice), Booth and Seviour all involved before the final pass put winger Richie Bray in the at clubhouse corner. Seviour though couldn't add the extras.
Bude, who to their credit never gave up, finally got some reward with a well-worked try scored by forward replacement Richie Dicker.
Penryn went looking for the bonus point snd following some good pressure got it through replacement Dan Laity who was driven over among a pile of bodies.
Bude got some consolation with a second try following a cross-kick from Dan Pearce was gathered by centre Duncan Tout who scored out wide. Pearce kicked a fine conversion.
This Saturday both sides meet again, this time in the Cornwall RFU Tribute Cup quarter-final to be played at Bude's Bencoolen Meadow Ground (2pm).
"It will be a different kettle of fish up there," said Trevaskis.
"Bude will fancy their chances on their own ground, the pitch up there is smaller and they will probably have a few players back.
" It's a cup game and anything can happen, we shall travel with confidence, we will be well prepared and we shall see where it takes us."
Tavistock 26 Truro 9
A TRURO side which has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks suffered their fourth successive defeat in awful conditions at Tavistock on Saturday.
The city club are without at least ten influential players and have had to concede this Saturday's Cornwall Cup tie at Camborne because they are unable to raise a representative team.
At Tavistock they trailed 9-3 at half time with Matt Ayres kicking a penalty for the visitors.
But after the break in a 15 minute spell Truro conceded two converted tries and a drop goal as the Devon club went 26-3 up.
Truro though went on to dominate the rest of the match and should have scored more than the one try through centre Karl Ranscombe as they finished the match strongly.
Truro: Gaukroger; Irons, Ranscombe, Vaughan, Badcock; Ayres, Hopper; Scoble, Stuart, Gilbert; Martin, Tucker (capt); Dodgson, Parsons, Rosevear. Replacements: Hocking, Boon, O'Keefe.