Report by Josh Anderson - Team Captain
On Thursday 6th of December we played Penrice Academy in the County Cup Final. Play commenced at 2:30pm at Truro RFC. The game was very hard fought in the first half with both teams demonstrating good defence. Lander had some good possession but failed to create many clear cut scoring opportunities due to some silly unforced handling errors. There was one occasion when we came right up to Penrice’s line and passed the ball out to the corner where Fred Snell crossed over. Unfortunately the try was disallowed due to the pass being forward. With Lander pushing Penrice’s pack back at every scrum we began to retain the ball well once again but to no avail due to some bad luck or bad handling! Penrice were awarded a penalty 10 metres in front of the halfway and with this play being the last of the first half they decided to go for the posts. The kick came up short and Lander cleared to the touch line for half time.
With Lander heads down Mr. Williamson got us in for a team talk. We started the second half booming with a clever inside pass from Louis Rudin for Lewis Richards to score under the posts. The conversion added by Josh Anderson. From this point on we knew something special could happen and we started to turn the game around. With further tries from Frank Holmes and Cameron Bishop (2), and one conversion added by Harry Lampier, the score was 24-0. However, Penrice began to start playing some good rugby and with quick passing their winger crossed in the corner with the conversion just shy of the posts. This meant the score was 24-5 with 15 minutes to go. Lander worked hard both in defence and attack for the last stages of the match and Cameron Bishop crossed for his hat-trick in the final play of the match. At the final whistle the score was 29-5 to Lander. Our un-beaten run in Cornwall continues going into our 5th and final year. Thanks to Mr. Williamson and all our supporters. We now look to our Natwest Plate run where we play Canford at home in mid January.