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Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Cornwall Devon Full time

Away Day Delight For Penryn

Ross Hancock reports on a great victory on the road in Devon.

Penryn made it two wins from two, with another bonus point victory in their first away game of the season at newly promoted Torrington. It was an excellent showing from the Borough, who despite last week’s convincing victory, still had plenty to improve on and they responded in kind with a comfortable win.

It was the opening quarter that troubled Penryn last week, but they were in no mood to let history repeat itself. On a sloped pitch and playing into a strong breeze, the Borough went about their task with confidence and precision, immediately taking control of the game. Playing at a high tempo, Penryn went close on a couple of occasions. There was always a feeling that the first score wasn’t far off and so it proved to be the case. Wing James Salisbury had plenty to do to finish well in the corner and did so after the first of several slick counter attacks. Mitchell Vague’s conversion was held up in the wind.

Salisbury caused more problems soon after for the home side, as he broke down the middle of the field, throwing an intelligent dummy as he held on long enough to put Andrew Seviour over for the first of his hat trick of tries. The wind again wreaked havoc on Vague’s conversion. At 10-0 the score line probably didn’t reflect the Penryn dominance, but they soon put pay to that. They stretched the home defence once again and Torrington simply couldn’t cope as Salisbury went in at the corner again. Vague was on target again, only to see the wind stop the ball going over the bar for a third time.

What would have been equally pleasing as the razor sharp attack, was the organised Penryn defence. Despite the home side playing with the wind at their back, the Borough line was up quickly time and time again to thwart any danger barring a final score right on half time. Penryn leading 5-15 at the break.

The Borough would have been delighted with their first half efforts, but there was still a sense of more to come. Penryn barely had to up their intensity to secure the bonus point and effectively kill the game off, as they were gifted a fourth try when Seviour pounced to intercept. Vague landed his first kick of the day with the wind at Penryn’s back.

Despite having the game seemingly in the bag, Penryn went about their job in a professional manner to firmly kill off any possible Torrington resistance. Two further penalty goals from Vague took Penryn to 28-5 ahead with no way back in sight for the home side. There was still time to put some gloss on the performance, as Seviour completed his hat trick late on. Vague converted to seal a thoroughly convincing 35-5 victory.

Borough coach Ian Morgan was delighted by what he saw: "It was really pleasing from a coaching perspective because we really controlled the game well, our game management was excellent, and we took our chances well. The score could easily have been more, but credit to Torrington, they worked really hard defensively and showed a lot of character."

Looking ahead to the visit of Wellington this coming weekend, Morgan said: "It'll be a tough game at home as Wellington are a good side who will fancy themselves coming down to us."

PENRYN: Wilmott, Chambers, Simmonds, Seviour, Salisbury, Vague, Oliver, Oldfield, Degenhardt, Goldsworthy, Hancock, Howson, Wielbo, Stanfield, Randlesome reps: Patterson, Hellier, Campbell.

TRIES: Seviour (3) Salisbury (2)
PENALTIES: Vague (2)

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