Cornwall U20 64-3 Berkshire u20

Cornwall huddle ahead of opening match

Cornwall RFU Under 20s began their County Championship campaign with a superb win over Berkshire.

The Black and Golds thoroughly dominated the away side – who beat them in their campaign last season.

Team coach Mike Rawlings said after the game: “The guys were phenomenal, the skill level, the work rate and the enthusiasm was everything that we asked for.”

Ethan Tyler scored a hat trick for Cornwall with Toby Robinson, Will Gilder, Harry Smith and Seb Firth also getting onto the scoresheet.

After a shaky start it was the home side who broke the deadlock in the 18th minute through Robinson after a kick over the top wasn’t collected cleanly by the Berkshire fullback. Cavan Boyer could not convert leaving the score at 5-0.

Only three minutes later and the black and golds extended their lead to 12-0 after Berkshire’s Jacob John failed to kick past the Cornwall defence leaving Matthews to collect and charge 50 metres to score Cornwall’s second and Boyer added the extra two points.

Cornwall scored again in the 36th minute, Robinson involved again, this time with the pass to winger Tyler who scored just left of the posts. Boyer again converted taking the scores to 19-0.

“The guys were phenomenal, the skill level, the work rate and the enthusiasm was everything that we asked for.”

The Black and Golds came out for the second with the same intentions as the first, and it wasn’t long until they scored again, this time through captain Will Gilder who went over after a superb offload from Matthews and with Boyer’s conversion the scores read 26-0.

Mathews was involved yet again with Cornwall’s 5th try in the 52nd minute after a superb interception in his own 22 put him through with no defenders able to catch the speedy centre and Boyer again added the conversion making it 33-0.

In the 57th minute Cornwall made it 40-0, Boyer was able to capitalise on a misplaced pass from the Berkshire scrum-half which allowed the winger to race through under the posts from his own half and he then converted.

Berkshire were able to put three points on the board through a Jack Finlay penalty in the 59th minute from 20 yards out to make it 40-3.

Cornwall were a further seven points ahead through Ethan Tyler’s second try of the game in the 61st minute, his quick feet allowed him to get on the inside of the Berkshire centre and score under the posts. He then converted with ease.

Cornwall were thoroughly dominating by this point and scored again in through Harry Smith after the Black and Golds won their own lineout and drove over the line, however the conversion was not made.

Falmouth’s Firth added Cornwall’s 7th try after Matthews again broke the Berkshire defence before passing to his left to put Firth through to score, Tyler converted from the left meaning the scores read 59-3.

Cornwall’s final try was a superb team effort, first Mathews broke the defence before offloading to Firth, who offloaded to Tyler to score his 3rd try of the game and to round the scores off at 64-3.