Youth rugby: Newquay round-up
St Austell 0 Newquay 10:
Dark skies greeted Newquay as they travelled to St Austell on Sunday.
Newquay started with the ball and St Austell were obviously prepared to do battle as they pushed the Hornets back into their own half.
It wasn't long before the Hornets' nest was disturbed and with improved rucking, started winning the ball back.
With great work from the pack, Bailey, Joe, Summer and Tyler driving the team forwards, the ball was passed out to Levi, who, finding himself in space stormed past the Ozzle defence to score his first try. This was coolly converted by Dec.
St Austell restarted and kicked the ball straight towards a poised Newquay side who, with strong tackling, great work in the scrums and quick thinking scrum half Brad, managed to secure the ball.
The team worked well to gain ground and with Ben H finding himself in the thick of the action again, used his awareness to score the second try which was duly converted by Dec.
GAME 2: St Austell 0 Newquay 28
The second game started with a backdrop of thunder and lightning but an unfazed Newquay side soon opened the scoring with a great run from Ben Wilkins, back from two seasons away, who proved he's still a force to be reckoned with. Ben Hammersley calmly converted.
The team then went at St Austell at full throttle, punishing every mistake.
Joe Roberts exposed gaps in the St Austell defence making good ground and sucking in defenders before offloading to Ben H who ran in a well worked team try which was again converted by Dec.
Lucas Boucher used his pace to outrun and sidestep half of the Ozzle team to score a perfect try which was converted by Ben H.
The Hornets had St Austell on the back foot and were only able to stop tries from Toby and Fin with some very questionable tackling.
However, Newquay were quick to reply to these fouls on their teammates, working hard to secure the ball.
It was a hammer hat-trick for Ben H who finished the game with an excellent try, ably converted by Dec.
Team: Ben Hammersley, Ben Wilkins, Summer Holland, Lucas Boucher, Joe Roberts, Brad Davies, Tyler Harold, Neil Rhodes, Toby Blount, Joel Morison, Fin Jones, Jonty Mears-Ollerenshaw, Levi Imrie, Bailey Williams, Ethan Scotland, Caleb Tamblin, Liam Bendall, Declan Simmonds.
Newquay Hornets 35 St Austell 20
This was an eagerly anticipated encounter for the young Hornets, keen to avenge last year's County Finals defeat by St Austell on their home turf.
The U10s were split into two teams with each team playing 20 minutes per game. Matthew Barker was made club captain and led the team valiantly.
In the first game the Hornets were out of the blocks with a surge into the Saints half, maintaining good possession for much of the first period with notable performances from James Lock who along with captain Matthew Barker have become the cornerstones of the Hornets attacking play.
It was James who ran through to break the deadlock and score a fine opening try. This was quickly followed by another score when Jacob Lamboll burst through the St Austell defence, after a fine offload from the ever sniping scrum-half Matthew Pollard, and turned on his afterburners to secure the try in the far corner.
This passage of play showed some excellent rucking and mauling from Monty Bayley-Skinner, Mackenzie Cooke and Dylan Orchard, solid defending and tackling by Harry Youngman and James Lock.
It was at this juncture that Harry Youngman did his Usain Bolt impression, collecting the ball from Mackenzie Cooke deep in his own half and speeding up the side-line like the overhead lightning leaving the Saints defenders in his wake.
The final play of the first game saw Dylan Orchard overturn the ball, it was fed out by Matthew Pollard to Monty Bayley Skinner who cajoled and squirmed his way through the pack of players to put another fine try on the board.
In the second game we saw similar determination from Will Blatchford who collected the ball from the off and weaved his way through the opposition before being tackled just short of the try line.
From the next play Jared Williams, who had a great personal performance, picked up a loose ball and powered through to take the first points of this second game.
There was a demonstration of fine passing and off-loading from centre Will Blount and some good strong tackling and rucking particularly from Josh Pownall and just when St Austell looked like they were back in the match with two well worked tries, the Hornets put them to the sword.
A couple of crunching, last ditch tackles from Harvey Henwood and Matthew Barker kept the visitors positive which was followed by a fine solo try from scrum-half Jack Jenkinson who sprinted diagonally across the pitch to score.
Not to be undone, Will Blatchford picked up the ball deep in his own half from Leon Gerrard who was always trying to orchestrate the play, shrugged off three St Austell defenders and with pace sped to the far corner to complete a brilliant performance by the U10 squad.
Man of the Match was shared between Jared Williams and James Lock.
St Austell v Newquay Hornets:
Despite the grey looming clouds, there was great passing from the Hornets from the outset, but the ball was soon turned over to the Saints.
They battled on to regain control with James Cockell, Tristan Evans, Thomas Austin, Lowen Mears-Ollerenshaw taking heed of their training and executing some fabulous tackles to regain possession.
Joe Pearce played brilliantly, but on passing to Joshua Golden-Clarke, was pushed to touch to lose possession. They battled on and soon regained the ball.
Joshua passed to James, and was supported by Lowen and Geren Griffiths who handed the ball to Ruby Reed, to score her first try of the season with some brilliant attacking play.
Hornets played on and soon once gain had the ball in their control, with Joe passing the ball to Thomas who, with head down made great inroads into the Saints half before being tackled to the ground when the ball went from Thomas to Lowen and with the support of James, Lowen was able to score the next try.
Another restart, and the Hornets work hard on thier passing between Joe, Joshua, and Lowen allowing Joshua Golden-Clarke to make a dash from just over the half way line to score another try…all the more remarkable as he's lost one of his boots somewhere enroute to the try line, but didn't even hesitate.
Despite the Saints best efforts the passing frenzy within the Hornets proved too much. The only way to stop them was by pushing them into touch several times to regain control, and James Cockells fast and fancy footwork soon had another try on the board for the Hornets.
More passing and tackling made for great viewing, and before long James was once again scoring for Hornets. Even though the Hornets fought and tackled hard, the Saints slipped through and scored their first.
The barrage of tackles didn't let up though, and with Ruby, Joshua and Freddy Pearce supporting, Tristan made a fabulous run the length of the pitch before passing to Joshua to rack up another.
With the game fast approaching half time, the team work displayed by the Hornets was brilliant enabling James to score two more tries before the whistle blew.
With the start of the second half, this was a new game. The thunder, lightening and driving rain just made the Hornets even more determined, a high tackle by the Saints meant Hornets got possession, battling on, and passing between the team enabled Joshua to score again.
The rain made both ball and ground very slippery, and with possession passing between the teams, the game was very entertaining.
The Saints scored again, but the Hornets stayed on form and continued to play well, and with Tristan and Joshua making some fabulous tackles, gained control once again.
Thomas, Matthew and Joe ran the pitch between them avoiding all obstacles to pass to Joshua to score once more.
The weather got worse, but play was spectacular to watch, Hornets proved that they had been listening to their coaches, and supported each other brilliantly to help Joshua score a final try.
Hornets: Thomas Austin, Tristan Evans, Matthew Alecock-Smith, Joshua Golden-Clarke, James Cockell, Geran Griffiths, Freddy Pearce, Ruby Reed, Lowen Mears Ollerenshaw, Joe Pearce (capt).
Newquay Hornets 14 St Austell 13
After closely fought encounters last season, Newquay Hornets U8s travelled up to St Austell anticipating a battle. They weren't disappointed.
New boy Harry Connock was the first to score for the Hornets with a well run try down the wing.
Supported by team-mates Harry Slade and Jago Ross, captain Xan Retallack capitalised on a St Austell mistake and confidently weaved his way to the try line to give the Hornets an advantage.
The Hornets were buoyed by this and in quick succession Harry Slade and Sam Bond both scored convincingly taking the scoreline to 4-0.
St Austell looked undaunted and within minutes had retaliated with two impressive tries from the halfway line.
Having been caught napping defensively, the Hornets turned on the attack with another excellent try by Xan Retallack.
Superb tagging by Harry Slade and Katie Hammersley prevented a St Austell counter attack and Jago Ross produced an impressive run to take the Hornets tally to seven on the half time whistle.
St Austell started the second half with passion, scoring two early tries. Thunder and lightning threatened to distract the Hornets but as the rain began to pour down, it was Jago Ross who doggedly ran down the wing to get one back for the visitors.
Minutes later, Sienna Morison took advantage of a gap in the St Austell defence to impressively sprint her way to the try line.
St Austell were quick to fight back with two more tries scored in the space of minutes despite excellent tagging by the Hornets.
The combined force of Xan Retallack and Jago Ross struck again though with sensitive support by both players allowing Ross to touch down with a well deserved try.
Not to be outdone, Harry Slade intercepted a St Austell ball and expertly weaved his way in characteristic form down the wing for another try.
Despite renewed pressure from St Austell, Jago Ross confidently ran on the ball and notched up his fourth try of the match.
As the match drew to a conclusion, St Austell seemed to sense the urgency and scored three tries in a row closing the gap between the teams.
However, it was relative newcomer William Shepstone who saved the day for the Hornets making brave runs down the left hand side of the pitch and scoring twice in the final minutes.
The final score reflected the competitive nature of the match and the Hornets should be really proud of themselves for a solid display of attacking rugby, defensive tagging and an excellent team spirit.
Player of the match: Harry Slade.