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News Archive > Sport > Saints win Cornish derby

Saints win Cornish derby

By Gareth Rowett 20th September 2017

Saints win Cornish derby
St Austellís George Knowles in the thick of the action as the Saints defeated St Ives in the first Cornish derby of the season

ST AUSTELL Rugby Club made it back-to-back wins as they triumphed in the first Cornish derby of the season, beating St Ives 29-3.

The Hakes had won their first two games and deservedly sat on top of the league with the maximum 10 points and travelled to Tregorrick Park full of confidence.

But the Saints had other ideas and produced a great performance to defeat their fellow Cornish side in front of packed Tregorrick Park.

It was a thrilling game with two heavyweight packs and nimble backs slugging it out with no quarter asked or given.

The Saints knew that they had to win the forward battle to stand any chance and against strong opponents that is what they did.

The Saints director of rugby Steve Murley said: “After a sketchy start to the season with a loss and a win, a Cornish Derby was probably just what we needed and they don't come much bigger than St Ives, a traditional giant of Cornish rugby.

“I thought we started a little off the pace again but we refocused and I thought we looked a good side.

“Our defence was outstanding, to concede just the three points against a big hard-running side like the Hakes was really pleasing.

“We knew we had to put in low shots and had talked about it all week so for the lads to go out and execute as they did, great credit to them.

“With three games gone it's too early to really assess where you and others stand in the league, there is a lot of rugby to play. That said I am really happy to get the points we have on the board.”

It was another good performance against the Hakes on Saturday which was the catalyst for the victory and the Saints will be hoping for more performances like this in the season ahead.

Already the club’s youth system has seen another crop of Colts progress into the first team and one of those players George Tregilgas, has scored in every game so far this season.
Cavan Boyer also had another good day with the boot, scoring five penalties and kicking two conversions.

Murley added: “This is a young developing side. On Saturday five of our finishing back line were under 24, while our pack had a few youngsters as well.

“They have a lot to learn but Saturday’s game will have done them the world of good in showing them how to win those tough games.

“In addition our Sinners had a young side out against Falmouth and recorded a great win so there is some pressure building for places.

“We go to Tiverton on Saturday and although they are near the foot of the table we know that they have had some availability problems and we won't be complacent.

“This is just the kind of game that they will be looking to turn their season around so we have to be on the ball to get that away win.”

By Gareth Rowett 20th September 2017

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