Rugby: Bodmin bounce back with nine-try romp
Bodmin 62 Stithians 7
WHAT a difference a week makes. After Bodmin struggled to grab the Perranporth game by the scruff of the neck last week, there were to be no such problems on Saturday.
The Clifden Park side extended their Tribute Cornwall One league record to four wins from four beating last season's Cornwall One-Devon One promotion play-off winners by nine tries to one.
Bodmin started with a much better intensity than the previous week and were on the scoreboard within the opening 10 minutes as Cornwall Colts centre Andrew Coad broke a tackle in midfield and accelerated to outpace the covering defence.
Scrum half Cody Armstrong then added the conversion with a superb effort from the touchline.
Stithians, fresh on the back of a good win away to Camborne School of Mines last week, looked to strike back and were awarded a penalty for hands in the ruck in front of the posts.
The visitors' full back stepped up, but pushed the attempt just wide of the left hand upright, thus failing to reduce the deficit.
Bodmin were not to miss their opportunity just moments later down the other end as they were awarded a penalty in the Stithians 22 for not rolling away. Armstrong adding the three points to see Bodmin lead 10-0.
The home side then extended their lead as some fantastic work at a 5 metre scrum from the Bodmin pack forced their opposition back and established a wonderful platform for No8 Lee Taylor to stroll over. Armstrong adding the extras to see a half time score of 17-0.
Bodmin having dominated possession in the first half, forcing Stithians to defend for long periods, looked to repeat the dose in the second half.
And for the first 20 minutes of the half Bodmin were near unplayable as they ran their visitors ragged.
Bodmin added some quick scores right at the beginning of the half, with Coad grabbing his second as the Stithians defence struggled to contain the quick phases the home side were firing through. The conversion missed this time.
Bodmin were running the ball from all areas of the pitch and Stithians were simply unable to keep pace with the at times majestic off loading game and excellent recycling by all 15 Bodmin players.
The high tempo saw Taylor able to dot down for his second and the bonus point try with Armstrong kicking the conversion.
The fifth try came from a well worked set piece as a Bodmin lineout worked into the five metre channel saw man of the match Seb Williams dart down the touchline before being brought down just a couple of metres short.
Well presented ball then saw second row Liam Thomas pick up and dive in at the corner for the score.
Stithians were unable to get any foothold in the game as Bodmin cleaned up in the lineout with Thomas and Ollie Wendon stealing ball at will.
The away side's scrum was being dominated as well with Bodmin's front five tirelessly working to force their opposition back again and again.
Bodmin refused to step off the accelerator and ran the ball from each kick they received as Stithians seemed to kick away the rare possession they had. Stithians struggling to stop the onslaught of runner after runner looked desperate for the referee just to blow his whistle for any kind of break.
The respite was only temporary when it came though as a scrum inside Bodmin's half still resulted in a try as a few quick phases saw Armstrong snipe around the ruck and in under the posts.
The scrum half then converted his own score for a personal tally of 18 points.
Bodmin brought on their replacements but still gave little reprieve for their visitors. A run through the heart of the Stithians defence saw Williams feed Coad who broke through two would be tacklers to run in under the posts for his hat-trick.
Paul Carter stepped up to add the two points, with Armstrong off the pitch. Bodmin, keen to make a statement to the rest of the league, then made it eight tries with quick ball once again creating disarray in the Stithians defence.
This time Wendon looping round on the blindside to take Taylor's blind pop and beat a couple of covering defenders to score in the corner.
To their credit, Stithians were determined to at least come away with a score and were rewarded when they rumbled over from close range and the visiting inside centre stretched out an arm to just place the ball on the try line.
The conversion was added to give Stithians their seven points.
Bodmin were keen for that not to be the sealing note on a terrific performance and worked their way up into the Stithians half before a great run by Ryan Jenkin saw him beat a number of defenders, who could only grasp at fresh air in their attempt to stop the winger.
Carter knocked over the conversion from in front of the posts.
With five minutes to go Stithians forced their way into the Bodmin 22 and tried to cross the line again but while it would have been easy for the home side to be happy with their days work they ensured Stithians weren't to add another.
Great tackling and defensive pressure eventually saw Stithians repelled and the final whistle seal Bodmin's best performance of the season with a 62-7 win.
This Saturday Bodmin travel to Roseland (3pm), where they will hope to make it five from five leading into a big Cornwall One clash with Liskeard-Looe the following week.