Launceston raise their game to run riot against Penryn/Falwouth
Alfie Hold scores wonder try as Bude extras really make their mark
Sunday saw a bit of a festival atmosphere at Polson Bridge, with the visit of a combined Penryn/Falmouth u15 team as well as the u15 sides from Saltash and Wadebridge, even the sun put in an appearance, as things got underway on the main pitch with Lanson v Pen/Fal.
The Launceston u15s were looking depleted in numbers in the run up to the fixture, so 4 players were drafted in from Bude, many thanks to Jack, Josh, Sam and Tage for stepping in.
Lanson got going early in the first game, unusual for the boys and the early pressure told, Tom Lowe put an interesting grubber through the line, the all blacks set the maul and drove over to open the scoring.
Tom Lowe kicks the extras, 7-0.
Pen/Fal sparked into life following the score and launched a decent assault on the Launceston tryline, the final pass was juggled by the Pen/Fal winger, which gave Ben Webb a sniff, that was all he needed, Ben intercepted and ran in from the 22, a great individual score, showing all those hours fitness training on the Xbox, really pay off.
The next score was all Bude, the pace of Sam with the first bust, putting his mate Josh clear, with more speed and power to go over out wide to make it 22-0.
The half ended with Pen/Fal pressing hard on the all black line, eventually scoring in the corner, 22-5.
The early part of the second half was all about the Lanson loose forwards, namely, Kieran Bainbridge, Dylan Doherty, Jack Goodman and Kane Clements with some outstanding pick and gos, everything was done at pace, they linked with each other and made serious meterage up the middle, then when Pen/Fal were back pedalling, fed the backs and Tom Lowe came across on a great line to score and convert, 29-5.
The all black scrum is a thing of beauty these days, marshalled by Jake Glover, they have the technique to go up against some much bigger packs, with Billy Martin quite often hooking ball against the head. This scrum was fairly even however, till Kieran came off the base like a train, he went wide, delivered the offload slightly in front of Alfie, no problem though, Alfie clipped it on the volley off the outside of his boot just before it went into touch, caught it and scored, incredible footballing skills, 34-5.
The last score came after a great steal at the ruck from Billy, Ben picked it up and stretched his legs again, making 40 metres, before unselfishly giving it to Sam, who sent Kane over to end it 41-5.
A great game from both sides this one, all the skills on show, very impressive.
By Rich Stiles