Rugby Summary – Week Beginning 2 December 2013

Monday 2 December

Monday brought the news that Tom Pascoe, Truro School 1st XV captain in 2010, has been selected as hooker for Cambridge University in the Varsity Match against Oxford University on Thursday 12 December at Twickenham Stadium. Tom is in his second year studying at Cambridge and is our first ‘Blue’ since M.E.H. Peck in the mid-1980s.

 

Tuesday 3 December

On Sunday, a 30 strong touring party from King’s School, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia, arrived in Truro to be hosted by our 1st XV and 2nd XV players. King’s are one of Australia’s leading rugby schools, having produced 28 Wallabies, including four captains.

 

The 1st XV match on Tuesday proved to be an outstanding showcase for schools rugby with both sides providing great entertainment for the large crowd. King’s went into a 5-0 lead after 6 minutes and there was no further score in the first half as both sides’ defences remained strong.

 

Truro reduced the deficit to 5-3 with a Will Whitworth penalty shortly after the break, but defensive errors allowed King’s to score two tries to lead 17-3 midway through the half. Truro responded strongly and replied with an outstanding run and touchdown in the corner by young debutant Fran Lowry, converted superbly by Whitworth.

 

At 10-17 Truro exerted great pressure on the tourists, and almost scored through George Hooper and Mike Ahrens. With the last play of the match, Truro were camped on the visitors line and looked certain to score and draw the game, but an unlikely turnover and clearance gave King’s their victory.

 

Truro’s approach play and defence were superb for much of the match, but they will rue a lack of composure and execution of lineout plays, in particular inside the opposition 22m on too many occasions.

 

Wednesday 4 December

On Wednesday the 2nd XV played Redruth School 1st XV in their last game of the term and won comfortably 36-10 to take the lead in the Cornwall league table.

 

The Under 13s travelled to Newquay Tretherras in the county cup semi-final and won a tough game 27-10 to progress to the County Final next week.

 

The Under 12A side, in a rather ill-tempered game against Newquay, went into a 14-0 interval lead, only to lose 22-14, whilst the U12B team performed excellently to win 24-10.

The U15Bs also played the Newquay A team and lost 33-10.

 

Friday 6 December

Friday brought the news that seven of our U15 rugby team have been selected for the Cornwall U15 squad; Congratulations go to Jordan, Will, Joseph, Piran, Josh, Toby and Rory.

 

Sunday 8 December

On Sunday, a Truro 1st XV played a Cornwall U17 side in their final game of the term. This was an opportunity to play one or two younger players and 2nd XV squad and the match proved to be a very good contest in the first half, with Truro going into the interval 12-8 ahead. Truro pulled away after the break, winning comfortably 36-8. Truro’s six tries were scored by Locryn Williams, Will Whitworth, Dan Rutter, Jack Gleadowe, Toby Robinson and James Rowe. Will Whitworth kicked three conversions.

 

The 1st XV Nat West U18 National Cup match will now be played in January as the Richard Huish v Beechen Cliff fixture will take place on Thursday 12 December. Truro will be at home to the winners of this match in the last 32 of the competition.

 

 

Graham Whitmore

Director of Sport