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Cornwall Cup Final. Camborne 22 pts v Camels 0.

5 years ago By Adrian Langdon

The two dominant sides in recent cup competitions met at Penryn in bright sunshine and a pitch in good condition.

By Dave Elston.
The two dominant sides in recent cup competitions met at Penryn in bright sunshine and a pitch in good condition.
Camborne kicked off down the slope and with a strong breeze in their favour. Good pressure led to a penalty by David Mankee followed by a long range miss by the same player.
Midway through the first half a Camels scrum on halfway was driven back and the ball shot past number 8 Gary Gynn. The referee might have missed a knock on by a Camborne player as he put Gary Gynn under pressure but he managed to re gather the ball and good support play led to a Camborne try easily converted to lead 10-0 after 20 minutes.
Camels then found some rhythm and with their line out functioning well mounted some pressure on the Camborne line. Matt Ballard was unlucky with a foot in touch off a line out move as he seemed destined to score. Minutes later the same player appeared to be about to score a try under the posts after receiving an off load by Gary Gynn when a superb last ditch tap tackle by a Camborne player again saved the day. Camels were pressing home their pressure when after repeated offences near the Camborne line their prop was sin binned. Camels kept turning down kickable penalties to try & score a try but couldn’t penetrate an excellent Camborne defence. The first half finished 10-0 to Camborne but Camels still had hope with the slope & breeze in the second half.
Having decided to hit the restart deep into the Camborne corner the kick was sliced down the middle of the pitch to Cambornes man of the match (Goldworthy) who set up a storming run into the Camels half. Shortly afterwards Camels were defending 5 meters out with Camborne having the scrum. Camels were under constant pressure and with the scrum either being wheeled or Camels players being adjudged not binding prop Aden Cullis was sin binned and the referee ordered a penalty try (easily converted by David Mankee).
This score seemed to knock the wind out of the Camels for a while and play seemed unstructured and mainly confined to midfield. Camels did finally mount some pressure but excellent defence saw Matt Ballard tackled after a great run and Adam Collings having the ball dislodged from his grasp as he was in the process of trying to score. Camels started to get some penalties in the Camborne 22 but couldn’t penetrate an excellent defence although how a one handed slap down when Camels had a 2 on 1 near the Camborne line didn't result in a penalty try and/or sin binning beggared belief.
Camborne gained territory near the end and their scrum half managed a final try off the back of a scrum move showing good pace and evasive skills (conversion missed ) to run out deserved winners 22-0.
Camels will be left to reflect on making a number of basic mistakes and looked like a team short of confidence after recent results against a team that is in fine form and full of confidence. In truth both defences were better than both attacks but Camborne were able to score at key moments whilst Camels failed to score, in particular , before half time when Camborne were a player down

Updated 21:07 - 31 Mar 2013 by Adrian Langdon

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Camels 32 pts v Thornbury 30 pts. Tries:- Sean Johns, James Grubb, Adam Blackmore, Cam Lees. Convs:- James Grubb (3). Pens:- James Grubb (2). Match report by Dave Elston.
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