Under 15s season 2007/08
U15s Italy Tour
Pirates U15s 21 V Regional Selezione Lombardia U16s 29
Pirates U15s 33 V Lecco U16s 7
On behalf of all the boys and parents who were fortunate enough to be part of this thoroughly enjoyable and successful tour ( both on and off the pitch! ) I would again like to extend our thanks to ALL those involved that made it possible.Far too many of you to mention individually - but you know who you are, and so do we!
Pirates U15s Gain County Honours
The present Pirates U15s squad has always been strong as it progressed year by year, so it comes as no surprise that 10 of their members have been involved in county training and matches this season
Following a county game against Somerset, the Cornwall U15s team recently travelled to play Dorset & Wiltshire at Swanage & Wareham, from where they emerged victorious thanks to a vital match-winning try scored in the last few minutes of the game.
Of a total five tries scored in the match, three were actually scored by Pirates - two for Cornwall by Jack Lugg and Luke Cowan-Dickie, and one for the combined Dorset & Wiltshire team by their captain Chris Nicholas, who is a pupil at Bryanston School.
After the match the boys got together for a photo, the members of the Cornwall team due to play Devon next, whilst Chris is expected to line up against Bristol.
Pirates U15s 12 Penryn U15s 12
Pirates U15s 12 Penryn U15s 12
Having beaten Penryn away earlier in the season, the Pirates were hoping to ' do the double' on home ground at the Mennaye Nursery field, in another match that promised to be extremely close. Conditions were generally good, and the Pirates took control from the start, dominating all aspects of the game.
The relentless pressure applied, denying Penryn of any worthwhile possession, inevitably led to the Pirates crossing the whitewash after only 9 minutes - the conversion, however, going amiss. Five minutes later, the Pirates pounced again with flanker Ben Robinson claiming his brace, and Luke Johnson successfully slotting the conversion.
At this point it looked likely that the Pirates would ease away and finish the match comfortable winners.However, a lapse in concentration allowed Penryn back into the game and as the first half drew to a close, Penryn claimed a try of their own, and were also successful with a difficult conversion out wide.
The second half continued frustratingly for the Pirates in much in the same vein, with basic errors being compounded and resulting in the few opportunities being wasted.
Shortly before full-time, Penryn led an attack through their backs which looked to be well covered, but managed to elude the defence to level the scores. The conversion to take the lead and victory was unsuccessful, and the score remained tied, leaving the Pirates to ponder what could have been in this game of two halves.
Pirates squad: Jack Lugg, Harry Hoare, John Drew, John Hunter, Charlie Tokeley, Jonathan Badcock, Ben Robinson, Luke Cowan-Dickie(capt.), Taylor Wearne, William Banks, Felix Lovell, Jack Nowell, Andrew Tester, Oliver Badcock, Kyle Moyle, Luke Johnson, Guy Hobson.
Pirates U15s 5 Truro U15s 13
Sunday 3rd. February 2008
CUP 2nd Round
On a wet and windy morning,the Pirates faced their toughest opponents away at Truro - the victors of the match almost certain to ultimately lift the trophy.Playing against the wind, the Pirates were under pressure
from the start and after only 4 minutes conceded a penalty which Truro duly converted.Further sustained pressure from Truro saw them extend their lead with an unconverted try shortly before half-time through their speedy winger,Aran Struminski.With the wind in their favour in the second half the Pirates hopes were high, and they responded almost immediately when a loose ball was gathered by Andrew Tester to race over for an unconverted try. (Had the try been converted,the score would have been a carbon copy of the last time these two sides met in November,when Truro won by the narrowest of margins, 8 - 7 ).
With the Pirates trailing 5 - 8 the match was still very much in the balance with everything to play for.Unfortunately, however, the Pirates were unable to capitalise on the wind advantage and clear their lines,and Truro continued to keep them pinned in their 22.
Although the Pirates defended valiantly,the pressure and frustration began to tell, and as the game drew to a close Truro extended their lead with a further unconverted try to seal victory and end the Pirates six year reign as county champions.
There was very little to choose between the two sides - save the bounce of the ball, and the referee's call - our congratulations to Truro,and we look forward to reclaiming our crown next year!
Pirates squad: Sam Cartwright, John Drew, Jack Lugg, John Hunter, Keiran Brownfield, Charlie Tokeley, Ben Robinson, Luke Cowan-Dickie(capt.), Luke Johnson, Jack Nowell, Oliver Badcock, William Banks, Andrew Tester, Felix Lovell, Kyle Moyle, Jonathan Badcock, Jordan Oxley, Harry Hoare, Guy Hobson.Scorers - tries: Andrew Tester.
Pirates U15s 67 V Saltash U15s 14
Sunday 27th. January 2008
CUP - 1st Round
The Pirates, sporting their new strip, entertained Saltash in their 1st round draw of the Cup at home at the Mennaye.
Having had all fixtures cancelled over the past fortnight due to weather conditions and sickness, playing conditions could not have been more perfect, promising an open and fast game. Early Pirates' pressure saw them take the lead after only seven minutes with a converted try.
By the end of the half, the Pirates had extended their lead to 27 - 0, with only some excellent defence by Saltash halting the onslaught. Although the first half had taken its toll on the Pirates - with several key players retiring through injury - the second half started strongly, with some fine individual performances seeing them run in a further six tries. However, Saltash must be commended for their never-say-die attitude and were rewarded with two late tries.
The Pirates now commence to the second round and defend their Cup title next Sunday against Truro, in what promises to be a titanic battle!
Pirates squad: Jack Lugg, John Drew, Sam Cartwright, Keiran Brownfield, John Hunter, Charlie Tokeley, Ben Robinson, Luke Cowan-Dickie(capt.), Luke Johnson, Ben Brooks, Felix Lovell, Jack Nowell, Andrew Tester, Oliver Badcock, Kyle Moyle, Jonathan Badcock, William Banks, Jordan Oxley, Guy Hobson, Harry Hoare, Arron Vigus.
Scorers - tries: Felix Lovell(2), Sam Cartwright, Jack Lugg, Jonathan Badcock, Charlie Tokeley, Ben Robinson, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Luke Johnson, William Banks, Kyle Moyle.- cons: Luke Johnson(5), Ben Brooks.
Pirates U15s 56 V Bodmin U15s 14
Sunday 6th January 2008
Having last played Bodmin back in early October at the Mennaye,the Pirates played the return fixture away, under dry but heavy conditions underfoot.Unfortunately,Bodmin were only able to field 12 players, so their numbers were made up through the loan of 3 Pirates for the first half - Luke Johnson,Kevin Bodilly and Guy Hobson.The Pirates produced an excellent first half performance,and as half-time approached had run in 7 tries without reply.
As the second half commenced,the 3 players loaned in the first half rejoined the Pirates ranks,their place being filled by Pirates Kyle Moyle,Oliver Badcock and John Drew.These changes helped to strengthen the Bodmin side and the remainder of the game was far more closely contested with the Pirates running in 3 further tries and Bodmin notching-up 2.
Pirates squad: Kyle Moyle, Oliver Badcock, William Banks, Jack Nowell, Felix Lovell, Ben Brooks, Taylor Wearne, Luke Cowan-Dickie(capt.), Ben Robinson, Harry Hoare, Keiran Brownfield, John Hunter, Jack Lugg, John Drew, Sam Cartwright, Luke Johnson, Guy Hobson, Kevin Bodilly.
Scorers - tries: Kyle Moyle(2), Oliver Badcock(2), Felix Lovell, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ben Robinson, Sam Cartwright, Taylor Wearne, Keiran Brownfield.
Cons: Luke Cowan-Dickie(2), Ben Brooks
Pirates U15s 41 St.Ives U15s
Wednesday 12th December 2007
At home at the Mennaye and under floodlights, the Pirates were eager to address matters having recently lost to St.Ives - albeit fielding a depleted side - at a tournament in Newquay.
The Pirates started the half strongly running in two tries without response,but then indiscipline coupled with some poor decision making allowed St.Ives to remain in contention, and both teams traded touchdowns as half-time approached.St.Ives looked dangerous when they ran the ball, but too often their cause was not helped by opting to kick away possession.After the restart both sides again traded tries,but as play entered the last quarter the Pirates strength in the pack began to tell, and they eased away running in a further three tries.
Pirates squad: Sam Cartwright, John Drew, Jack Lugg, John Hunter, Keiran Brownfield, Charlie Tokeley, Ben Robinson, Luke Cowan-Dickie(capt.), Taylor Wearne, Ben Brooks, Oliver Badcock, Jack Nowell, Luke Johnson, Felix Lovell, Kyle Moyle, Guy Hobson, Jordan Oxley, William Banks, Kevin Bodilly, Jonathan Badcock.
Newquay U15s 3 Pirates U15s 31
25th. November, 2007
The Pirates headed up the A30 on Sunday to play the Newquay Hornets,which proved to be one of those classic games of two halves.
The Pirates started the half looking tired and lethargic,and were starved of any worhwhile possession.Newquay on the other hand were looking lively and tested the visitors relentlessly with probing runs.The Pirates were perhaps fortunate to limit Newquay to a single converted penalty by the end of the half.
By the start of the second half the Pirates had decided to play,and after only two minutes scored through prop Sam Cartwright.Further tries soon followed through second row Keiran Brownfield and a hat trick from capt. Luke Cowan-Dickie,with Luke Johnson sucessfully slotting three conversions.
Pirates U15s squad: Jack Lugg, Harry Hoare, Sam Carwright, Jordan Oxley, Keiran Brownfield, Jonathan Badcock, Charlie Tokeley, Luke Cowan-Dickie (capt), Taylor Wearne, Ben Brooks, Tom Barrett, Jack Nowell, Felix Lovell, Guy Hobson, Kyle Moyle, Luke Johnson, John Drew, John Hunter, Ben Robinson.
Scorers - tries: Cowan-Dickie (3), Cartwright, Brownfield; cons: Johnson (3).
Penryn U15s 10 Pirates U15s 22
Sunday November 18th 2007
On a damp and overcast morning the Pirates were on the road again, playing at Penryn for what promised to be another stern test.
The home team took an early lead when one of their centres carved a scything path to the line, the score acting as the wake-up call necessary for the Pirates to duly respond with a fine individual try of their own, scored by 'flyer' Andrew Tester.
In what had been an evenly contested match, the Pirates opened up a gap with two tries scored early in the second half through skipper Luke Cowan-Dickie and wing Kyle Moyle, and although Penryn managed to respond with one further touchdown of their own, a second try from rampaging No. 8 Cowan-Dickie, converted by Luke Johnson, ultimately secured a worthy victory.
Pirates U15s squad:
Scorers: - tries: Cowan-Dickie (2), Tester, Moyle; con: Johnson.
Pirates U15s 7 Truro 8
Sunday November 4th, 2007
The Pirates faced their sternest test of the season playing away against a strong Truro side, and without their inspirational captain Luke Cowan-Dickie, due to injury.
Lack of any worthwhile possession in the first half ensured that the Pirates were kept on the back foot, and in their own half.
Truro took the lead after 16 minutes with a penalty as the pressure mounted.Shortly before half-time they extended their lead with an unconverted try following a turnover.
The second half started well for the Pirates, and after two or three good phases of play were awarded a scrum deep in the oppositions 22.
No.8 Charlie Tokeley picked-up and sliced through the defence for a try, which was duly converted by Luke Johnson.With the game now in the balance both sides had opportunities to seal the match,but the scoreboard remained unchanged.
Pirates U15s 33 - Redruth U15s 0
Sunday 21st October 2007
On a near perfect autumnal morning,the Pirates faced a confident Redruth side at home. Redruth were on a 'high', having narrowly defeated Penryn the week before,and started the match strongly.
The Pirates cause was not helped by their indiscipline,resulting in numerous penalties against them. However, although Redruth continued to press the Pirates hard throughout, the homeside's strength in the pack and speed out wide proved too much for Redruth to contain.
Scorers - tries: Andrew Tester (3), Chris Nicholas (1), Jack Nowell (1). cons: Luke Johnson (4)
Liskeard 0 Pirates 76
Sunday October 14th
The Pirates U15s have started their season with two emphatic wins in two weeks over Bodmin and Liskeard/Looe respectively. A week later and on the road to Liskeard, the Pirates managed one better 'nilling' the home side on a wet and misty morning to win 76-0.
Pirates squad:Sam Cartwright,John Drew,Jack Lugg,Kieran Brownfield,Charlie Tokeley,Jonathan Badcock,Ben Robinson,Luke Cowan-Dickie(capt.),Taylor Wearne,Jack Nowell,Felix Lovell,Luke Johnson,Ollie Badcock,Kyle Moyle,Andrew Tester,Guy Hobson,Harry Hoare,Jordan Oxley,Kevin Bodilly.
Try scorers:Andrew Tester(5),Ollie Badcock(1),Jack Nowell(1),Luke Cowan-Dickie(2),Ben Robinson(1),Kieran Brownfield(1),John Drew(1)
Pirates 55 Bodmin 7
Sunday October 7th
Victory over Bodmin on 7th Oct. was achieved largely by the dominance of the Pirates pack,although Bodmin should be commended for their 'never-say-die' attitude and were rewarded with a late try. The Pirates eventually notching up 9 tries to win 55-7.
Pirates squad: Jonathan Badcock,John Drew,Jack Lugg,John Hunter,Kieran Brownfield,Charlie Tokeley,Ben Robinson,Luke Cowan-Dickie(capt.),Taylor Wearne,Ben Brooks,Ollie Badcock,Jack Nowell,Luke Johnson,Kyle Moyle,Andrew Tester,Callum Pickhaver,Jordan Oxley,Harry Hoare,Guy Hobson.
Try scorers:Andrew Tester(4),Jack Nowell(1),Ollie Badcock(1),Luke Cowan-Dickie(1),Kieran Brownfield(1),Jack Lugg(1)
Conversions:Luke Johnson(3),Luke Cowan-Dickie(2
Under 15s Training
Junior training times have just been confirmed for the forthcoming rugby season
Wednesdays from 5.30pm, starting on the 5th. September.
For more information contact:
All sessions will take place at the Mennaye Nurseries field.
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