Cornwall get in groove with a late rush of tries
A 40-METRE sprint by wing Robin Wedlake to release replacement Matt Bowden for a try in the final play rounded off a five-try rout for Cornwall.
Four tries in the final 20 minutes from Matt Ballard, Wedlake, Tom Notman and Bowden added to a firsthalf score from Redruth No.8 Barry-John Chapman as Trelawny’s Army started their campaign for a hattrick of county titles.
Cornwall coach Marek Churcher told TRP: “It was always going to be tough and Surrey showed their intentions early on trying to move us around.
“We had the ball for barely two minutes of that first half and we had a great response after halftime. To finish with a flurry of tries and a bonus point is very important.
“Our discipline was key in the second half. It was obvious Surrey didn’t want to kick the ball, we identified that and David Mankee used the wind to kick them back in that half.”
Cornwall showed their intent early with a fivemetre lineout leading to three phases on Surrey’s tryline before Chapman scored under the posts.
After that the first half was nearly dominated by the home side and in the tenth minute, fly-half Matt Noble broke through and offloaded to wing Kariym Irving for the try.
Surrey nearly grabbed their second with another break by Noble minutes later but a lack of support runners saw the opportunity go begging.
Cornwall scrum-half Jack Oulton saw yellow on the 19th minute for a technical foul on Surrey centre Ben Kitching just in front of the Cornish try-line but it wasn’t until the southwest side went down to 13 men with Chapman sinbinned for tackling Irving in the air nine minutes later that Surrey made use of the advantage.
From a five-metre scrum, the home side got a penalty try but leaked a penalty kick minutes later to the Cornishmen just after a crossfield kick by fly-half Mankee was just inches long for runner Wedlake.
With a full deck and the wind in their favour, Cornwall spent the first 20 minutes deep in Surrey’s half with lock Bryn Jenkin’s dominance at the lineout causing the home side all sorts of problems and leading to a catch-drive try just after the hour mark scored by replacement
hooker Matt Ballard.
Three minutes later Plymouth Albion wing Wedlake latched on to a break by replacement Grant Randlesome for a 50metre try in the corner.
In the 76th minute, centre Jack Simmons slid through a gap in Surrey’s line to release replacement Tom Notman left of the posts before Bowden completed the win by dotting down in the corner.
Surrey coach Armand Roux said: “It’s a shame. We had them against the ropes in the first half.
“We were trying to play it out and we weren’t clinical enough. Being 14-7 up, we should have won.”
Over he goes: BarryJohn Chapman opens the scoring for Cornwall
Noble art: Surrey’s Matt Noble breaks for the line