Rugby Summary – Week Beginning Monday 30 November 2015

This has been a relatively quiet week for the school sides as a number of our teams prepare for upcoming national cup and county cup matches.
On Wednesday 2 December the 2nd XV played their last game of a successful term with an excellent win against Redruth/Camborne Schools Combined 1st XV. Truro gave starts to a number of fringe players and these players were more than up to the task, with the excellent Tom Rimmington controlling matters at 10. Some fine work by the forwards resulted in a well-executed try by Rimmington early on. In the second half, Truro really started to dominate and superbly  taken tries  by Rory Heard, the powerful Cam Briggs and second row Calum Dunne-Rundle took the points haul up to 24. And gave the side its seventh consecutive victory.
Disappointingly, five of the six scheduled matches against Pool Academy were cancelled, leaving just the Under 14 fixture which was comfortably won by Truro 43-5.
On Thursday the Under 13s played their county cup semi final in dreadful conditions at Newquay Treviglas and under the control of outstanding scrum half William Becconsall and No8 Josh Allister, won 27-0 to progress to the final against Newquay Tretherras on Monday 14 December at Redruth RFC, 1.45pm KO.
On Sunday 6 December the 1st XV, having again rested several key players for the forthcoming NatWest Cup match against Exeter College, played Cornwall Under 17s. In a very closely contested match Truro took the lead with a penalty from Will Hooper before Cornwall replied with a pick and drive try under the posts. Truro replied with another well-taken Hooper penalty before a sweeping try from Cornwall gave the visitors a 12-6 lead. Hooper kicked another penalty before half time to narrow the deficit to 12-9.
Truro largely dominated the second half and a further Hooper penalty leveled the score at 12-12 before a rare visit into Truro territory led to a successful penalty by Cornwall to take a 15-12 lead.
Truro came back strongly only to see full back Brad Rowe lose the ball as he went over the line and Cornwall played out the last minute to win 15-12.
Considering the number of changes to the side for this game, Truro’s players acquitted themselves well and are to be applauded particularly for such a good second half performance.