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News Archive > Sport > 50 up for the cup holders

50 up for the cup holders

By Gareth Rowett 18th October 2017

50 up for the cup holders
George Knowles touches down

Director of rugby Steve Murley described St Austell’s 51-23 Cornwall County Cup win over local rivals Truro as ‘comprehensive and emphatic’.

After a 25-6 league triumph over the same opponents in their previous fixture, Saints once again overwhelmed Truro by running in nine tries with pack star George Knowles crossing four times.

The win see’s Saints continue their fine start to 2017-18 which has seen the Tregorrick outfit lose only once in the league and now, their County Cup defence is up and running too after another impressive showing.

“The win was comprehensive and emphatic,” Murley told the Voice. “We played some lovely rugby and scored some good team tries.

“Cup games are all about getting a win and in the hat for the next round. I know that’s a bit of a cliché, but when you put in a performance like we did, it holds us in really good stead for the rest of the season.

“The only downside for us were the tries we conceded however. In the last three league games, our defence hasn’t been breached so to let Truro cross three times perhaps gives us a little wake-up call.

“We can’t be that critical really as our players are amateur and only train on a Tuesday and Thursday and most of them have physical jobs.

“We are demanding of the players and ask them to meet certain standards, and our defensive display was a little disappointing, but we know what went wrong and how to rectify it moving forward.”

Despite Truro breaching the Saints rear-guard with ease on three occasions, Murley was keen to focus on the positives going forward and hitting the 50-point mark, for what he believes to be the first time ever at St Clements Hill was especially pleasing.

“It’s always great to come to Truro and win,” he added.” To score 50 also is brilliant and I can’t remember that last time we did that, it could be the first time ever too. We’re pleased with it, but as ever, there are little bits to work on going into next week’s league match at home to Burnham-On-Sea.”

Saturday’s match at Tregorrick kicks-off at 3pm.

By Gareth Rowett 18th October 2017

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