Sprangle's men too classy for Amateurs
Tiverton 37, Pirates Amateurs 0
A HEAVILY depleted Amateurs side were comfortably swept aside by title chasing Tiverton who cruised to a 14th successive league victory at on Saturday.
The match was played in torrential rain throughout and with the pitch soon resembling a mudbath the visitors never recovered from a nightmare start which saw them concede three tries inside the opening 15 minutes.
Tivvy player-coach, former Plymouth Albion and Cornish All Blacks No8 Wayne Sprangle opened the scoring with the first of his three tries, before Henry Frankpitt finished off a strong run down the left flank for the second.
The Amateurs continued to be punished for every mistake they made and Calum Stone added the home side's third try, before the bonus point was secured before the interval when Sprangle scored a pushover try from a five-metre put-in.
With the pitch just about standing up to the downpours the second half saw Tiverton increase their lead with a penalty try awarded by referee Ian Freestone after a succession of offences close to the line.
The visitors, with Liam McFadden performing well at hooker in his first performance since September and former Cornish Pirate Adam Nicholls also showing up well in his first game for the club, continued to battle away, but were unable to breach a steadfast home defence.
And it was the hosts who added two more tries before the close with Sprangle completing his hat-trick before Stone scored his second following a scrum on halfway.
The Amateurs are without a league match this weekend and while they hope to arrange a friendly fixture, their next scheduled game is away to Honiton on Saturday week.
Pirates Amateurs: S Osborne, A Hall, R Forrester, B Eddy (c), J Nicholas, R Brownfield, S Kent, A Nicholls, D Ross-Nicholl, J Vosper, L Hollis, B Brittain, M Stevens, L McFadden, K Brownfield. Rep used: A Snell.
A reunion for past and present Pirates will be held at Westholme on Saturday March 8, when the Amateurs entertain Veor at the Mennaye.
Anybody who has played for the Pirates at any level are welcome. For further details contact Scott Dugdale on 07745 189 922.
Withycombe 19, Hayle 12
WITHYCOMBE avenged their defeat at the Memorial Park earlier in the season by outscoring Hayle by three tries to nil at a waterlogged Raleigh Park on Saturday.
Early set piece dominance, particularly in the scrum, gave Withycombe the initial impetus and it wasn't long before a penalty kick to the corner gave them the opening score.
Dave Richards steered the maul over the line and dotted down on 12 minutes, with Glenn Channing kicking the conversion.
Jon Axon's marauding forays into the heart of the Hayle defence put the home side on the front foot and the forwards again took centre stage as a scrum on the Hayle five metre line gave them the perfect opportunity to drive over. After letting the ball slither out from under his feet, No8 Mike Richards scored with his second bite at the cherry from the ensuing ruck.
Channing's conversion put Withycombe 14 points up after 18 minutes.
Withy took their foot off the gas, however, and Hayle snuck back into the game with three penalties from Dan Magee inside eight minutes just before half-time putting them back in contention at 14-9.
With the conditions worsening, Magee notched another penalty for the visitors on 65 minutes to bring the Lions back to within two points.
However, any hopes of a comeback were dashed almost immediately when the home side marched back up the pitch and earned themselves a penalty.
As they had done all game, Withy elected to back themselves and kick to the corner. And the brave move paid off as second row Will Cole dived over in the top corner to score the decisive try.
This Saturday Hayle will look to return to winning ways when they make the short trip to bottom of the table Veor.