Welcome to Sherborne on their first ever visit to Tregorrick .
Round 12 marks the start of the second half of the season, it is also the Saints’ last home game before Christmas. The fixtures have not fallen kindly for us again this season and after Saturday it is two away games that will make up the remainder of our Yuletide run in. It makes you think there must be someone from Truro pulling the teams out of the hat!
It means that it is an early Christmas Party for the Saints, and we will be joined by the Dorset All-Blacks on their first ever trip to Tregorrick. Sherborne RFC were formed in 1980, so a relatively young club who are renowned for their friendliness. It is a well-deserved reputation as those who travelled to Gainsborough Park last September can vouch for, when our players and supporters were given a warm welcomed. We hope to reciprocate with some proper Cornish hospitality at the weekend!
Sherborne enjoyed a meteoric rise gaining six promotions in their first 12 seasons which saw them reach SW Division 1 (Level 5 of the RFU pyramid). In more recent times they have operated largely in the Southern Counties South (Level 7) gaining promotion again in 2018-19 up to SW 1 East. The restructure of the league structure for 2022-23 sees the Dorset Club as the geographic outlier for the predominately Cornwall, Devon and Somerset peninsula based Regional 2 SW Division.
Sherborne currently lie 11th in the league, which to be honest is a surprise to those who saw the first fixture between the two sides back in September. The Saints were made to work hard for a 22-7 victory which was as much about a resilient Cornish defence rather than our attacking prowess. Sherborne acquitted themselves very well that afternoon and they had all the hallmarks of a top-half side so there is some incredulity in Saints ranks to see them languishing at the bottom. They have only managed two wins so far, beating Teignmouth 43-41 on the opening day and more recently North Petherton 10-5. There have been had some near misses along the way, including Truro at home (19-24) and Chard away (7-15), but Sherborne have found league points hard to come-by.
They face top of the table Saints who are full of confidence after a 14 try extravaganza against Newton Abbott at Rackerhayes last weekend. While the Saints remained in front throughout the Devon “All Whites” proved to be stubborn opponents who deservedly secured a bonus point after notching five tries. Newton Abbott became the first team to score more than two tries in a game against us!
The Saints know from our earlier game that Sherborne are not to be taken lightly and will remain focused on securing a win to continue to keep Crediton at bay. The Devonians travel to Wadebridge Camels this weekend so let’s hope our cousin Jacks will do us a favour!
The Sinners slipped to their first home defeat of the season to Saltash.
Another tight game against one of the front runners that the Sinners just fell short in. Leading 10-3 at half-time thanks to a Peter Tuckley try, converted by George Hutchinson who also slotted a penalty. The game turned on a concussion injury to Callum Hayne and a yellow card that reduced the Sinners to 14 men. The Ashes took full advantage of their numbers advantage to grab a crucial second try and hold to win 16-10.
This weekend the Sinners will be keen to return to winning ways as they make the short trip to Clifden Park to take on Bodmin RFC. In the dry and firm conditions of October the Sinners won 36-8 at Tregorrick, but the wetter conditions of December will certainly play to the strengths of the Blues’ big pack. Another intriguing contest in prospect!
The Spartans completed the double over Helston IIs with a fine 29-7 win down on the Lizard. Tries Hugh Noott, Jamie Sloggett, Marcisse Campbell and a brace from Jack Channing were topped up by two conversions from Tom Spry.
We are waiting for confirmation of who the Spartans will be facing this weekend
Yours in Rugby
[b]In Other News[/b]
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Harvester Seafood comes to Frosties Ruck ‘n’ Maul Food and Drink Outlet
St Austell RFC are delighted to announce that Harvester Seafood will be providing matchday food for spectators in Frosties Ruck 'n' Maul!
The outside drinks service has already proved to be a tremendous success, making it easier for people to get canned drinks without having to trek up and down the steps to the Main Bar balancing pints!
Well Frosties has just got a whole lot better with local entrepreneurs Tressa and Will Hancock bringing the culinary magic of their fantastic and renowned Harvester Seafood business to Tregorrick.
Arrive hungry and fill up at Harvester Seafood at Frosties!
No Smoking or Vaping in the Stands or on the Balcony – A Gentle Reminder
Please remember that smoking or vaping is not permitted in the stands and the balcony (and under it) on game days.
When you want to smoke or vape, please go to either end of the stands (the other side of the end walls) where receptacles are provided for the butts. Thanks in advance!
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