Falmouth 17, St Ives 46
ST IVES made it a perfect ten wins as they proved too strong for Cornish rivals Falmouth to maintain their unbeaten record this season, writes Nigel Walrond.
Left winger Jacob Ninnes was the star of the show with four of his side's seven tries as the Hakes kept up the pressure on league leaders Teignmouth.
It was just the result St Ives wanted as they prepare for Saturday's home local derby against Hayle (2.15pm) a game that will be preceded by a colts friendly against Penryn (noon kick-off).
St Ives head coach Joff Rowe said: "Our squad was put under real pressure due to work, holidays and injuries, but I was really pleased with the way the reserve-team players stepped up.
"Falmouth came at us really hard and they carried the ball well, which really challenged us, but the lads responded with some excellent attacking play to support our fine defence.
"We have areas of our game we still need to work on, but we showed today that the club has some strength in depth.
"I was pleased with the commitment of locks Louis Stevens and Ryan Trudgeon, but more pleasing for me was the introduction of 18-year-old colt Tyler Gendall, who made his first-team debut in the front row.
"He showed signs of a good player, and one who has been well coached, and it looks like he will have a significant role to play for the club in the near future.
"My man of the match though was Jacob, who scored four tries in the game."
Looking ahead to Saturday's derby, Rowe added: "We have a lot of work to do this week as I feel we will have our toughest game of the season coming up against our old rivals Hayle.
"Danny Clackworthy has done well with them this year and we will respect them and prepare for the game as if it were a top-of-the-table clash."
Among those missing for St Ives last Saturday were hooker and skipper Ben Taylor, and back rower Sean Stevens, but scrum half Max Bodilly made a welcome return from injury on the bench.
Fly-half Ceiron Thomas kicked St Ives into a 3-0 lead with an early penalty, and five minutes later, his probing kick provided a Falmouth line-out, from which No.8 Neil Corin stole the ball and forced his way over to make it 8-0.
A good break by former Cornish Pirates back Thomas then set up Ninnes for his first try of the afternoon.
Falmouth were giving a good account of themselves, and were awarded several kickable penalties, but they opted to go for the corner and then lost the line-out.
St Ives had the final say in the first half when Corin burst through for his second try, and Thomas converted to make it 20-0 at the break.
The second half began with St Ives showing the attacking rugby they have been accustomed to playing this season, and with Thomas controlling the game, they scored three further tries – all by Ninnes, the pick of which came on 63 minutes, when Thomas' superb cross-field kick landed in his arms. Thomas converted two of them.
Falmouth did get on the scoresheet in the 54th minute with a try by Paul Saberton after a break by Tom Spiller, who added the extras.
But St Ives scored again with a 22nd touchdown of the season for full back Kyle Moyle following a good break by scrum half Josh Palmer, and Thomas converted for a 46-7 scoreline.
Falmouth deserve great credit for the way they kept going, and they added two more tries in the last 10 minutes, after Moyle had been sin-binned, through Billy Burner and Saberton.
St Ives: Moyle, R Rowe, Sherris, Veal, Ninnes, Thomas, Palmer, Wheeler, L Trudgeon, Jenkins, L Stevens, R Trudgeon, Pascoe, Laity, Corin. Reps (all used): Bodilly, Gendall, Cox.
Falmouth: Tries: Saberton (2), Burner; Con: Spiller.
St Ives: Tries: Corin (2), Ninnes (4), Moyle; Cons: Thomas (4); Pen: Thomas.