Wadebridge Camels 20 v St.Austell 23
Courtesy of Nigel Walrond & Al Rowe.
ST AUSTELL ran out 23-20 winners in a pulsating Cornish derby at Wadebridge Camels in a top-four clash that thrilled a large crowd.
Camels pushed Saints all the way in a match played at a frenetic pace, with both sides enjoying periods of ascendancy and desperate defence in equal measure.
The Saints felt they gained the edge in the scrum and line-out in the second half to take control around the hour mark, but the Camels’ ability to counter-attack from distance meant they never let the Saints get out of their sight.
St Austell took the lead with a try by centre Liam Freeman after winger Jake Carr’s mazy run off line-out ball, but Camels hit back with a penalty from fly half Danny Thomas, before a Freeman penalty gave the Saints an 8-3 interval advantage.
Wadebridge took the lead for the first time with a touchdown from centre Joe Pretty under the posts after a well-executed move, with the score improved by Thomas, but another Freeman penalty, and his conversion of prop Hugh Noott’s try, after the Saints had won a scrum against the head deep in Camels’ 22, put St Austell 18-10 in front.
Thomas pulled back three points with a penalty, but Saints gave themselves some breathing space when winger Ben Chenoweth crossed for a 23-13 advantage.
With five minutes remaining, Camels threw caution to the wind and were rewarded with a try by flanker Dicky Dawe, converted by Thomas, but they were denied a further score by a magnificent Shane Johns tackle.