Chiefs’ league status safe

Sidmouth 1st Xv 23pts, Camborne 1st Xv 50pts

Despite this heavy defeat at Camborne, the Chiefs will play in the South West One West league again next season. This was confirmed by Penryn’s defeat at Brixham, writes Terry O’Brien.

The Chiefs were competitive for much of this entertaining game played in perfect conditions. In the end a failure to receive kick offs effectively gave Camborne three simple scoring opportunities, and a lack of fitness allowed them to run away with things in the final 15 minutes.

The Chiefs failed to catch the opening kick off and Camborne regained possession to build up pressure in the Sidmouth 22. Eventually the number eight drove over from close range. The try was unconverted.

The Chiefs struck back almost immediately with an excellent try of their own. Following a turnover at a ruck, the ball was moved quickly to the right. With the defence stretched, the ball was switched back to the left where accurate handling sent James Powell in at the corner to level the scores.

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Camborne’s influential number seven put his side back in front with a strong individual run following a quick lineout. The scrum half converted. Sidmouth kept in touch with two Tom Whelan penalties. However, after the second of these, the restart kick was dropped. Camborne snapped up the loose ball and their forwards drove on to set up a try by the hooker.

Just before halftime the Chiefs lost possession on their own 22 and the Camborne number six scored with a powerful run. The conversion made the score 11-24 at the break.

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Ten minutes into the second half, the Chiefs got themselves back into contention when Sam Richardson scored from the back of a scrum on the 22. Whelan added the conversion.

The good work was immediately undone by a lack of concentration at the restart. Spotting a gap in front of him, the fly half took a short grubber kick. The number seven followed up and was only brought down a few metres short of the line. When the ball emerged from the resulting ruck it was moved to an overlap on the left for the winger to score.

Play was evenly contested for the middle part of the half until the Camborne full back joined the line at pace in the 22 to burst over for a converted try. Two more tries followed in quick succession, both from counterattacks started inside the home 22, which exposed some lacklustre Sidmouth defence. Both were converted.

Showing good spirit, the Chiefs fought back to score in the closing minutes. Jack Pyne drove over after a lineout maul had been driven 20 metres to the line.

?The Chiefs complete their league fixtures by entertaining bottom club Chosen Hill Former Pupils, 3pm ko. A bonus point win could see the Chiefs finish two or three places higher.

?The 3rd Team play South Molton 2nds at Sidford kicking off at 3pm.

?The Colts play a friendly against Topsham Colts kicking off at 5pm on the Blackmore.

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