WESTERN COUNTIES WEST
St Ives 17, Truro 12
ST IVES claimed a major scalp on Saturday in their quest to stay in Western Counties West as they downed promotion chasing Truro with a committed display at Alexandra Road, writes Dick Straughan.
The Hakes defended well from the outset in blustery conditions repelling several Truro attacks before taking the lead themselves with a Craig Williams penalty after 20 minutes.
Home No8 Neil Corin was then sin-binned for persistent infringing at the breakdown and Truro eventually made their numerical advantage count with a converted try from Jake Champion.
St Ives regrouped and responded strongly late in the half, forcing a penalty try and a yellow card for Truro's Josh Lord, as their power up front hurt the visitors. Williams converted but then missed a penalty early in the second half and back came Truro.
Quick thinking by former Redruth wing Lewis Vinnecombe saw him squeeze home in the corner for a second Truro try with home prop Ben Wheeler heading to the sin bin shortly afterwards.
In a thrilling finale St Ives regained the lead with 10 minutes to play through Kelvin James' interception try converted by Williams.
Lord was then sent off following an altercation with referee Nick Searle as St Ives hung on to win under intense late pressure from Truro.
This weekend the Hakes travel to Tavistock for their re-arranged fixture at Sandy Park (2.30pm) and head coach Rob Elloway wants to see more of the same from his players.
The win against Truro was tempered by the fact that their closest rivals in the battle to avoid the drop, Bude and Tavistock, also won last weekend and Elloway is clear as to what he expects.
He said: "Beating Truro was a massive win for the boys because they are a good side and had their big guns on the field.
"The boys worked really hard for it but they have got to back that up now with another good performance against Tavistock.
"We have still got a few issues with our attack but I was impressed with the willingness to work hard and it was as if they were playing with fear at times – a fear that they would get a real beating if they didn't play well themselves."
He added: "This win will have done everyone good as it has been a tough season so far and confidence will be good going into this weekend. The boys will really be up for it."
Elloway will be forced to make changes however with Tom Nicholas, Graham Corin, Neil Stanleick and Treve Polglase all unavailable.
The Cornwall RFU are running a Player Development Programme for various age groups during the February half-term at Truro College.
Each day starts with registration at 10am the Lynher Building and finishes at 4pm.
Everyone who applies will be accepted, there will therefore be no acknowledgement of applications.
Players will need full playing kit, boots and trainers and enough food and drink for the day, plus waterproofs if the weather is bad.
Details of the programme are: Under-12s (Year 7), Tuesday February 18; Under-13s (Year 8) Wednesday February 19; Under-14s (Year 9), Thursday February 20; Under-15s (Year 10): Friday February 21.
The U13 and U12 days will concentrate on basic sills, decision making and gam awareness, while the U15 and U14 days will be positional and until skills with structured games.
All details are on the CRFU website under Player Development and the closing date for applications is Monday February 10.
Any queries please contact Dave Thomas on 0751 5689 366.
Cornwall Under 20s match preview, turn to page 69.
CORNWALL & DEVON LEAGUE
Veor 21, Hayle 34
HAYLE maintained their sixth place position in the table with a victory at basement side Veor that was not as comfortable as many would have expected.
Indeed Veor played their part in an evenly fought encounter with both sides producing some good forward play.
Hayle led 15-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Talan Daniels and Rob Cutter, with Dan Magee landing a penalty and conversion, while Graham Mankee kicked two penalties for the home side.
Neil Mitchell extended the Lions' advantage with a try 20 seconds into the second half, only for Veor to reply with three tries from Kevin Mankee to give them a 21-20 lead.
But in the final ten minutes Hayle's Alex Thornton ran 60 metres to score before a penalty try put the outcome beyond doubt.