Launceston game plan dominates depleted Perranporth
Sam Sharman provides great performance from fullback and Josh Brown shrugs off chest infection to score well-deserved hat-trick
Launceston travelled down to Perranporth in the knowledge that the home team were going to be short of players and would need recruits to make the game meaningful. This gave the match a slightly different feel but the boys approached it positively and used it as an opportunity to
generate some structure and concentrate on retaining possession.
From the kick off Launceston imposed themselves well. Good work from the forwards created a platform for the backs to attack and Tom Lowe set off on a cracking run up the left wing giving a perfect demonstration of how a giant hand off should be done to drive the Blacks deep into the Perranporth half. The forwards pushed on and Josh Brown (coaches man of the match) crashed over for the first score. 0-7
Launceston controlled the breakdown and kept the home team on the back foot with quick ball and straight running. Alex Maciver-Redwood was pulling the strings at 10 and varied the play well. A lovely grubber down the left wing produced a well taken score for George Mill, who pounced on the bouncing ball. 0-12
Freddie Ward and Billy Martin were giving a masterclass at the breakdown with little in the way of opposition, to the extent that Freddie asked to play for the opposition to try and even things up.
Launceston had been challenged to retain possession and they showed exactly how to do that by putting together multiple phases and protecting the ball well. The forwards were working as units and creating structure that Perranporth just could not handle. Billy martin crashed over for the next score after pressure on the right 0-17
A huge concerted effort from the forwards produced two quick tries for the strong running Jack Goodman. 0-27
Despite all the pressure, Perranporth didn’t switch off. From a quick turnover they caught Launceston napping and made a strong break down the left to go over for their first score. 5-27
Launceston picked up again and really worked hard with the forwards carrying well, with Josh Elias and Kieran Bainbridge linking well and making a real impact. There was excellent continuity with forwards and backs using the space and creating opportunities all over the park. Sam Sharman (captains man of the match) at fullback was faultless. His positional play was superb in both defence and attack, making several crucial tackles and strong runs.. George Mill and Finn Moses showed excellent linespeed to really close down any opportunities for the Perranporth backs. Josh Brown carried hard to finish a move but dropped the ball over the line. However, Tom Low didn’t make the same mistake when bursting over for a score under the posts after excellent recycling and retention 5-34
The man of the hour finished the half with a well-deserved second try after an arcing run through the middle. 5-41 Half time
The second half started in much the same vein with the All Blacks trying to impose some structure and stress the tired defence. A great turnover deep in the Launceston half released Billy Martin down the right wing. He showed uncharacteristic pace to outstrip the Perranporth defence (including Freddie Ward) and score a great effort on the right. 5-48
With Alex Maciver-Redwood off the pitch Nicky Crighton switched to fly half and kept the defence guessing with a well-judged kicking game. A deft grubber through was followed up well by George Mill and Adam Howgill who almost had to fight each other for the score, with Adam coming out on top. 5-53
With injuries hitting the home team the sides were reduced to 12 a side meaning more space for the poor old ref to cover. Well done Ade.
Several of the Perranporth players aided by Tom Low, Freddie Ward and Josh Elias refused to give up and they created an opportunity on the right to peg one back. 10-53
However, normal business resumed with Launceston attacking the short side with real venom. Billy Martin popped to Finn Moses who sliced through the gap to score on the right. 10-61
Launceston were told that another score would end the game, so they switched off and Perranporth put some good phases together to score on the right. 17-61
The last word had to come from Josh Brown though who carried well from broken play in the centre of the pitch and cruised over to complete his hat-trick 17-66. Full time
A great display by Launceston who put some of the training ground moves into practice. It was also great to see Josh bakehouse stepping up to kick some fantastic conversions.