WESTERN COUNTIES WEST
St Ives 12, Teignmouth 30
ST IVES travel to Torquay Athletic this Saturday looking to complete a rare league double over the Devon side at the Recreation Ground (2.30pm), writes Dick Straughan.
The Hakes beat Torquay 33-27 to register their first Western Counties West win of the season when they met at Alexandra Road in early October and will look to build on a solid showing against promotion chasing Teignmouth last weekend.
St Ives produced a battling display to fight back from 18-0 down early in the second half but were ultimately left empty handed by Teignmouth's strong forwards-based game.
Missing two early penalties in the game didn`t help the cause of the Cornish side and a Pete Parsons try and Dan Force penalty got Teignmouth moving on the scoreboard. Force then converted his own try on the half hour mark before adding a further penalty early in the second half.
With an hour played St.Ives were finally rewarded for an improved second half display when Tom Chandler scored his first try of the season. Craig Williams converted but as they chased the game Teignmouth's Will Sowden picked off an interception try with Force again converting.
Neil Stanleick grabbed a second try for the Hakes to keep them in the hunt for a losing bonus point before Mike Saxton finally dashed their hopes as he scored a fourth for the visitors off the final play of the game.
Head coach Rob Elloway put the defeat down to his team's first half showing and said: "We didn't turn up physically and gave them a fifteen point start. If you give a top four side that kind of lead then they are not going to give it up.
"I don't mind losing and I don't mind players making mistakes but it is frustrating when a team wants it more than you especially when you are at home."
Despite the defeat St Ives remain outside of the relegation zone as the bottom six sides in the league all lost. This weekend's opponents Torquay drew 33-all at Penryn where they conceded a late try to deny them victory.
Elloway added: "I'm not looking at getting a double over them because I want a better performance from us first and foremost.
"It will be tough because Graham Corin and Neil Stanleick are out and Neil Corin is still banned. But we have to make sure we turn up or they will do a job on us."
Illogan Park 15, St Just 9
THIS top of the table clash saw some excellent rugby played by both sides.
After suffering a heavy defeat from their hosts earlier in the season, St Just were determined to put in a better showing against the Cornwall 2 winners.
St Just started brightly and took a deserved lead after 10 minutes, full back Steve Walsh slotting a penalty from 30 metres.
The St Just pack were impressive in the set piece, the scrum and line-out providing a solid attacking base, and flanker Ashley Pearce stealing a number of Illogan's lineouts.
It was Illogan that scored next, with No8 Martyn Lawrence scoring after breaking a couple of tackles. St Just responded well and after good forward pressure, Illogan conceded a penalty 40 metres out, with Walsh again successful.
Just before the break Illogan scored again through Lawrence, taking advantage of some poor tackling to score out wide to make it 10-6 at the half.
Illogan started the second half well and immediately pegged St Just back into their own 22, the Tigers defence held firm and managed to pin Illogan back into their own 22 after a few phases of play, after a spell of pressure from the visitors, Illogan again were forced into conceding a penalty, the ever reliable Walsh narrowing the deficit to a point.
St Just kept up the pressure but credit must go to the hosts' defence, managing to repel the Tigers attacks. Ten minutes before time Illogan clinched a winning try, with their second row crashing over from close range.
St Just will be happy with the performance, the whole team putting in a good show, and will look to carry their form into Saturday when they host St Day at Tregeseal (2.30).