Tavistock 33, St Ives 33
ST IVES were forced to endure a double disappointment at the weekend as they let slip a 33-7 lead at Tavistock and also endured the frustration of having their win over Truro the previous week reversed due to a scrum law infringement, writes Dick Straughan.
The club was informed on the eve of the trip to Devon that due to a law breach in relation to the uncontested scrums late in that game their four league points from the crucial 17-12 win had been deducted, and are now considering an appeal.
Head coach Rob Elloway said: "It's mad and of course we will appeal the decision as soon as possible."
"They (Truro) claimed that they had a dominant scrum but we got a penalty try in the game. The claim is also that we did not have front row cover on the bench but we did – Ben Taylor is a hooker and he went on."
"It was the referee's decision to go to uncontested scrums and what really annoys me is that they could be awarded a five-point win, but they were never in a position to get four tries."
The Hakes travelled to Tavistock without four first team regulars and the match was switched to an adjacent pitch due to waterlogging. Playing with the wind and slope in their favour they raced into an early lead with converted tries from Jack Kessell and Tom Chandler.
Kelvin James added a third try before two more scores late in the half from Tyler Gendall and Rob Rowe gave them a 33-7 interval lead.
Tavistock regrouped in the second half scoring their second try early on. They added three more finally levelling the game with 8 minutes to play leaving head coach Rob Elloway frustrated.
"It was the classic game of two halves played in a gale on a pitch with a slope like Camborne Hill," he said. "The playing surface was terrible and the boys really had to hang on, but we got three points out of a game in hand so there was a positive for us."
This Saturday the Hakes are on the road again facing a trip to 5th placed Kingsbridge at High House (2.30pm) who are so far unbeaten at home and have lost just once so far this season.
With the massive Cornish relegation derby against Bude now only a week away any points gained from this game will be at a premium especially as the North Cornwall club face a stern test at home to Penryn on Saturday.
Elloway said: "We need to work on controlling the ball in attack better and take a look at our defensive systems too. But the boys are showing a great attitude and we are building some momentum."
St Ives Under 9s beat Falmouth 11-9 in an entertaining match at Alexandra Road on Sunday.
The visitors raced into the lead with three early tries, only for the Hakes to return the favour with tries from Max, Jacob and Harry, before the teams traded two more tries before the break with Jacob and Max again touching down.
The second half followed a similar pattern with Max, the man of the match, scoring four more tries with three from Harry as St Ives ran out deserved winners.
St Ives Under 8s won both their two matches against Falmouth.
The first match ended 55-45 with St Ives tries from man of the match R Stirling (3), L Beck (2), W Cross (2), EJ Redondo-Barter and T Redondo-Barter..
St Ives won the second match 65-45 with five tries from T Redondo-Barter, two each for Beck, Cross and E Redondo-Barter, and one apiece from F Halliday and W Stirling.