The R&Bs made another long trip into Cornwall last Saturday and on bright, but breezy day, ran out worthy winners, writes Allyn Chetland. The R&Bs made numerous changes from their last outing; Dan Goldstone made his debut for the 1st team replacing the injured Will Brewer at scrum
On their last trip to Cornwall The R&Bs started the game slowly and ultimately this cost them dear however on this occasion this was not the case and they made an excellent start to this encounter which set the tone for the whole game. Truro were soon penalised on their own line following a series of rucks, the industrious Chris Kitto caught the hosts napping taking a quick tap penalty to power his way over for the opening try which unconverted. Truro briefly regained the lead soon after with a converted try after lapse in The R&Bs defence. This lead was short lived when Goldstone crashed over for a try after great work by Liam Phillips. Alex Davey made no mistake with extra points. Further pressure & attacks ensued with Truro struggling to contain The R&Bs dangerous backline. This pressure soon paid dividends when Regan Walker muscled his way over for an unconverted then Nev Pitman finished off a superb attacking move to score his teams 4th bonus point try in the last 5 minutes of the half. This try went unconverted to make the half time score 7-22 to The R&Bs.
The 2nd period started in the same vain as the 1st with The R&Bs on top and causing Truro all sorts of defensive problems. Chris Batts finished off another fine attacking move to score underneath the posts which was converted by Captain Patrick Jarman to extend the R&Bs lead which effectively put the result of the game beyond any doubt. Nev Pitman then popped up and scored a stunning individual try, leaving would be tacklers floundering on the floor and grasping at thin air to score near the posts which was again converted by Jarman. Truro replied with a converted try of their own to reduce to the arrears before Pitman picked off a loose pass to gallop 80 metres to score his hat trick try underneath the posts which was duly converted by Davey to make the final score 12-43 to The R&Bs.
The basis for this excellent victory was laid down up front with The R&B pack outperforming their opposite numbers in all facets of the game. However, the R&Bs backline was not to be outdone, every time they touched ball they caused havoc all over the field. Chris Kitto & Jack Richards caught the eye up front, Ash Harney, whilst not getting on the score sheet, was a major threat all game and Dan Goldstone had an excellent game at scrum half.
Next week Wadebridge Camels visit The Athletic Ground. The Cornish side have made a slow start to the season but have started to hit a bit of form of late and their results have improved so the R&Bs will need to be prepared for a tough game, as it always is, against Wadebridge.
Squad: J.Richards, J.Dyke, O.Price, R.Walker, C.Kitto, D.Lee, L.Phillips, W.Hinchcliffe, D.Goldstone, P.Jarman(c), A.Harney, V.Gordon, C.Batts, N.Pitman, A.Davey, M.Walker, G.Hodgson, T.Jenkinson