In front of a huge crowd of around 500 the All Blacks Colts secured a fantastic victory over their strongest rivals, St. Austell in the final of the Colts Premiership League. The visitors opened the scoring with a penalty kick as their forwards dominated the scrum for the first twenty minutes of the game. A lovely break by Reuben Edwards with Harry Brewerton in support and then Charlie Wevill kicking through almost led to the first points for the home side. The scrum on the five metre line saw Chae Jenkins come off the bench. Another great backs move with Reuben Edwards, Jordan Cunningham, Charlie Wevill and Joe Vanstone led to another scrum five. The All Blacks started to press harder and harder and were finally rewarded with a try after Charlie Wevill kicked through. He was obstructed in his chase and a quickly taken tap penalty by Jordan Cuningham gave him a try to put the home side into the lead. The score going into half time was 5 - 3. The second half saw the All Blacks start strongly and the visitors concede a number of penalties under pressure. The forwards pressed their territorial advantage and Chae Jenkins managed to drive over in the left corner to extend the lead to 10 - 3. A long period of ferocious defending then ensued with the visitors determined to try to level the scores. The turning point came when they elected to put a kickable penalty into touch rather than take the three points that would have put them only four behind with ten minutes on the clock. They did eventually score a try wide on the left wing following a penalty against the All Blacks that also saw an extra ten metres for a bit of verbal. The conversion was short and the remained at 10 - 8. The home side held on determinedly to the final whistle with James Hibben and Robert Taylor coming off the bench to help shore up the defence.
This was a victory for the whole squad that was hard fought and well deserved. Not everyone can play a part in the final match, but everyone did play a part in getting them here. Thank you lads for some excellent, entertaining rugby over the whole season. It has been a pleasure to watch you, to follow you on long journeys and to see you rewarded with medals and silverware. You are a credit to your families and to the club. Well done, and Good Luck for the Cornwall Cup Final at St. Austell on 29th April, make mine a double!
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