Wednesday 9 December was a big day for the rugby teams as three sides contested for places in the latter stages of National Cup competitions.
The 1st XV were in action at home against Exeter College in Round 5 of the NatWest U18 Cup. Playing with a good breeze at their backs Truro started strongly with an early try by centre Rory Pugh, converted by Will Hooper, but were unable to capitalize on pressure until the last play of the first half when a delightful chip by Hooper was gathered by Matt Poole who went under the posts to give Truro an interval lead of 14-0.
The Truro forwards began to exert more pressure at scrum and lineout in the second half and a 20 metre driving lineout resulted in a try for hooker Sam Haywood, excellently converted by Hooper from wide out. Will Hooper then made a telling line break and gave a superb pass to Haywood who raced in from 30 metres to score his second try. The final score was an excellent solo effort by replacement wing Rory Heard again converted by Hooper to give Truro a hard-earned 33-0 victory.
Truro now progress to the last 16 schools in the country and prepare to face either St Peter’s Gloucester or Dauntseys in round 6 at home in the week beginning 25 January.
The Under 15 side was also playing away at Millfield in the same stage of the Under 15 NatWest Cup and were well in the game at the interval as they led 7-0 against their illustrious counterparts. Millfield raised their game in the second half and eventually pulled away 25-7 winners. Coach Mark Nicholas was full of praise for his players in competing so strongly against one of the leading sides in the country. Truro Under 15s now complete their season with the county cup final against Pool Academy at Falmouth RFC on Monday 14 December, 2.30pm KO.
On the same day the Under 13s made the long journey to Wales to play Glantaf in the Under 13 National Cup. Playing at the world famous Cardiff Arms Park, Truro came across a formidable side who ran out 79-0 winners. Although heavily beaten on the day this was nevertheless a terrific experience for the boys and they will no doubt respond well in next week’s county cup final against Newquay Tretherras at Redruth RFC, 2.00pm KO.
Also on Wednesday the Under 14 and Under 12 A&B sides travelled to Penrice for their last games of the season. The Under 14s lost 25-5, whilst the Under 12A drew 15-15 and the Under 12B side won 32-7.