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Camborne RFC Ltd

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Bournemouth RFC

Bournemouth RFC

Season 2017/2018 • 31st League Season

South West Premier • Level 5

Camborne (10th) v Bournemouth (3rd)

Saturday, 13 January 2018, KO 2pm at Crane Park

Result: Camborne 7/tc v 13/tcc2p Bournemouth
HT: 0 v 13/tc2p

Treacherous conditions make the match a lottery

Bournemouth: Dan Stewart, Harry Davis, Danny Kirkpatrick, Scott Chislett, Alex Everett-Bolter, Grant Hancox/c2p, Sam Hardcastle/t, Tom Napier, Alan Manning, Luca Firetto, Adam MacDonald, Jack Hennings, Richard Sharp, Alexander Bennett, Joe Rees/C. Substitutes: Pat Fraser, Alex Sutherland, Mike Treloar. Touch Judge: Gavin Fisher. DoR: Will Croker. Coach: Jon Sanchez. Medical Team: Andy Curtis, Steve Trapp. Records: Scott Chislett extends his own league record of starts as inside centre to 177. Grant Hancox extends his own league record to 100 penalty goals. Sam Hardcastle extends his own league records to 310 starts (297 as scrum-half), 953 points and 184 tries. Joe Rees extends his own league record to 77 starts as No 8. Milestones: Alex Sutherland selected for the 75th time in the league. Grant Hancox plays fly-half for the first time.

Referee: Max Weston.

Bournemouth were forced to make changes to the back line that faced Weston last week as Adam Davies was out having suffered a hamstring injury in the match. Adam is replaced at fly-half by Grant Hancox. Grant’s place at full back was taken by Dan Stewart with Alex Everett-Bolter taking Dan’s place on the left wing. In fact the changes that were made when Adam was forced from the field of battle last week. A further change was necessary as Freddie Gleadowe was unavailable and his place at outside centre was taken by Danny Kirkpatrick making his fifth appearance of the season. In the forwards, just one change. Alex Bennett replacing David McDonald at openside flanker. Pat Fraser and Mike Treloar were again on the bench plus the returning Alex Sutherland not seen since the Newton Abbot game in early December.

The weather, to put a none too fine a point on it, was foul. Cold, raining with a cold Easterly wind. Rain overnight and throughout the morning including a downpour of Biblical proportions ensured underfoot conditions were treacherous calling into question whether the game should be played at all.

Camborne (Mankee) kicked off from left to right as viewed from the stand and to their left and into the wind.

The conditions made the ball like a piece of soap and a number of promising moves were cut short but Bournemouth played the percentages and generally kept it tight. This pressure told and yielded two penalties in front of goal. If kicking for goal can be described as ‘gimmes’ these might have qualified as such but in the circumstances they were far from it but new fly-half Grant Hancox nailed them both and Bournemouth had a 6-nil lead after half-an-hour. When Alex Everett-Bolter was penalized for ‘holding on’ when dealing with a Camborne chip into the Bournemouth 22m, fly-half Mankee might have chosen to kick for goal but chose to find touch to his right on the Bournemouth 5m. As they drove off the line-out, Camborne were penalized for ‘holding on’ in turn and when Sam Hardcastle took a ‘quick’ penalty, Camborne were marched back a further 10 metres for tackling the scrum-half inside the 10 metre zone. Hancox pushed them even further back when he found touch to his left on the Camborne 22m. Loosehead Tom Napier broke out from the line-out but the ball simply slipped from his grasp for a Camborne scrum. Bournemouth retrieved the situation by winning the put in and a strong break by No 8 Joe Rees from the base of the scrum down the shortside found Hardcastle in support. The scrum-half needed no second bidding to add to his formidable career scoring record and he was over before Camborne could get near him. Hancox from his ‘wrong side’ kicked an excellent goal and Bournemouth lead 13-nil with less than five minutes of the half left. So what might have been 6-3, was 13-nil. An exchange of kicks saw full back Dan Stewart do well in fielding the ball and setting up a counter attack down the left but when the move broke down referee Max Weston blew to end the half.

Camborne came out all guns blazing for the second and Bournemouth did well to contain the pressure. However it was the conditions that spoilt a number of chances for both sides. Despite that however, Alex Sutherland, on for full back Stewart, had a couple of runs taking play into the opposition half. Ali Bennett also caught the eye with his ‘darts’ taking play over the gain line. After nearly half-an-hour Hancox had a ‘pop’ from the Camborne 10m into a wind that was beginning to abate but a cry of anguish suggested he didn’t connect properly and the ball was short and wide for a 22m drop-out. Those extra three points would have meant Camborne needing to score three times to win but now they felt they were still in with a chance. They maintained pressure on the Bournemouth defence for that last ten minutes or so where the conditions induced a number of mistakes but the defence stood firm. However when Bournemouth were penalized inside their own 22m for not rolling away, Mankee found touch to his left on the Bournemouth 5m. Camborne drove off the line-out but Bournemouth resisted and won a scrum when Camborne knocked on. Bournemouth were penalized for being offside and Mankee again found touch to his left on the Bournemouth 5m. Camborne drove for the line but this time all fifteen players joined in and despite Bournemouth’s efforts they drove over to score. Mankee ensured at least Camborne had got a losing bonus point as he kicked the goal for Weston to blow for no side.

A hard fought encounter in the worse possible conditions. A bitterly cold squall driven in by that Easterly wind late in the second half almost brought proceedings to a close. Newton Abbot losing away to Cleve saw us move up to second place in the division, eleven points behind leaders Dings Crusaders. Suddenly, a play-off place is now in our hands. Now there’s a thought.

Next week we are at home to Cleve, KO 2pm.

Doug Warren