Sun 06 Oct 2019 17:10

Penryn 35 Wadebridge 24

Penryn secured a second home bonus point victory of the season in three games, dispatching Wadebridge Camels in a thrilling encounter. It was the perfect response to previous disappointments for the Borough, who came into the game on the back of three consecutive narrow defeats.

It didn’t start well for the hosts though, who found themselves behind quickly after kick off. The Camels had Penryn trapped in their own 22 right from the off and after two consecutive attempts to clear their lines were charged down, the Borough found themselves behind 0-7.

Unflustered, Penryn responded well and were soon level. A fantastic attack was rounded off out wide by Josh Chambers and with Carter converting, the early fortune for Wadebridge was cancelled out. The home side, seemed to find their mojo quickly after the initial setback and deservedly took the lead soon after levelling the scores. This time it was the forward who took control, with John Lamsin eventually touching down after a series of punishing carries from the home pack. Carter converted for 14-7.

Penryn were good value for the seven point lead and although Wadebridge did pull back three with a penalty goal, the hosts would extend the lead further before the break. The Borough pack sensed an opportunity up front after their last venture into the Camels 22 and this time it was a well set drive that was the visitors undoing, as Hellier emerged with the ball off the deck. Carter’s conversion made it 21-10 at the break.

If the first half was comfortable viewing for the Borough, the second half was to be anything but in a topsy-turvy and tense affair. Wadebridge are a quality outfit and were far from out of the game trailing by 11, a point further emphasised when they scored the first try of the second half to close the gap to four and make for a nervy remainder of the contest, for a Borough side desperate for the points.

Four points was the minimum requirement for Penryn, but five looked very much on the cards when Adam Hughes crashed over to make it 28-17. The big moment of the game was yet to come though and when it did, it appeared as if it could be potentially decisive. With Wadebridge building a threatening looking attack, the visitors went wide only to be stopped at the last by prop Ryan Burley. Unfortunately for Burley, not only was his challenge deemed to be high, but a penalty try and yellow card was the outcome.

The Borough would have to see out the remaining time in the game a man light, as they looked to hold on to the five points currently in the basket. The Camels threatened and caused a scare or two, but it was a final intervention from Man of the Match Steele Barker that made sure, as he broke through to score a fifth and final Penryn try. It was a result that could prove to be a huge lift for Penryn this season and shows how much of a threat they are to any team in the division. The Borough will no doubt be looking ahead with relish to this week’s trip to Wellington.

Penryn: Saberton, Chambers, Hitchens, Seviour, Salisbury, Strick, Carter, Burley, Hellier, Pattison, Steele, Lamsin, Hughes, Jones, Randlesome reps: Cockrell, Birkett, Johnson

Tries: Chambers, Lamsin, Hellier, Hughes, Barker
Conversions: Carter (5)
Yellow Card: Burley