On Wednesday 28 September the 1st XV travelled to Plymouth College for a very tough 1st round NatWest Cup match.
Plymouth started strongly and took an early 5-0 lead before Will Hooper’s penalty brought the score to 5-3. Truro began to exert pressure and midway through the first half full back Troy Sixton scored a fine try to give Truro a 10-5 lead with Hooper’s conversion.
Two further penalties by Hooper, followed by a converted try for Plymouth left the game in the balance at 16-15 to Truro. A superb team effort resulted in a fine try by centre Dom Goodwin, crucially converted from the touchline by Hooper to leave the score at 23-15 to Truro with little time left. Following the restart a box kick from Plymouth was hacked upfield resulting in a consolation score to the home side. The 23-20 final scoreline gives Truro a 2nd round home draw to Exeter School on 12 October.
On the same day the U15s also played in the NatWest Cup in an away tie at Devonport High School. Although dominating in the forward exchanges, missed tackles proved costly and although giving a much more encouraging performance than in recent matches, the side went down 15-60.
The junior sides also played on Wednesday at Penryn College, with the U12B side winning a good game against the hosts U12A side by 35-5. The U13s were well beaten by a good Penryn side and the U14s won convincingly by 40 points.
On Saturday 1 October nine school sides played against Blundells from Tiverton. In the home matches, the 1st XV lost their unbeaten record in a 7-17 defeat against good opponents. Truro were not helped by the loss of hooker Sam Haywood who was injured in the warm up, alongside Will Hooper, Matt Ellis and harry Whinney who were all injured during the match. The 2nd XV and U12s were well beaten, leaving the only home win by the depleted U16s due to an Art trip, who played well to win 31-19.
In the away games the U15 A&B sides and U14 A&B sides all played encouragingly despite losses, whilst the U13’s drew 20-20.