Wadebridge 0 - 14 truro
By Andrew wilson
Banged up camels show pride in keeping it close
The final game before the Christmas break saw a fatigued and weary camels team face up unbeaten truro. Again with injuries and players having to cover this by playing out of position, the camels showed great character and strength of will in this good spirited game between two very good teams.
Playing against a strong and unpredictable wind in the first half the Camels started physically in the loose and the reshuffled back line appeared promising. Aaron made a fantastic dummy and then run to break the gainline. However the scrum took a little time to find their feet and the loss of a couple of tries against the head followed by some lovely runnin from the truro back line put truro up by seven.
After that it looked like the camels were hanging on by the skin of their teeth. They were put under a lot of pressure and unusually were getting pushed around at the breakdown. Any ball the camels did get was rushed and truro ploughed over for another try.
That was it though. The camels found their feet and went toe to toe with truro for the remaining three quarters of the match.
Up until half time the camels put the truro try line under a huge amount of pressure and looked to have scored with an Owen dive, but the referee didn't have a clear view of the grounding so Wadebridge remained scoreless at half time.
Some personnel and positional changes at half time improved the camel's play at the breakdown, and an ingenious chip by river was collected by the in form Aaron who almost ran away for a try.
The camels put a lot of pressure on the truro back line, turning over numerous balls but never quite having the cutting edge to get on the score sheet. As ever Joe was a monster with the ball in hand and callum unfortunately knocked on a line out move that he would have scored from had he held onto it. Aaron looked very comfortable at 10 and Jack standing out in the centres. George was his usual flawless self at the back and again the camels were unlucky when zac's charge down landed straight into truro hands.
The boys should feel very pleased with this performance despite the result. With the injuries and absences throughout the side, to keep the game close makes a repeat game after Christmas an interesting proposition.
This was a very physical and clean game, but injuries started to take a toll on the team. With forwards moving into the backs right from kickoff to cover absences, the boys did very well to prevent the dangerous truro back line from cutting loose.