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Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Cornwall/Devon Full time

Penryn 40 South Malton 3

Penryn got off the mark for the season with a convincing home bonus point victory against newly promoted South Malton.

Penryn got off the mark for the season with a convincing home bonus point victory against newly promoted South Malton. It was a first half blitz from the Borough that did the damage, with the try bonus point in the bag long before the interval. Cornwall and Devon newbies gave a good account of themselves though, battling hard to ensure Penryn worked for their victory.

The Borough were eager to register a first win of the season to get back on track, after a disappointing opening day defeat in Plymouth and they wasted little time. A strong driving maul saw George Jones dot down for the first of six Borough tries on the day. Returning fly half Mitchell Vague converted on what was a good day from the tee.

Penryn doubled their lead shortly after, when John Followell barged over following several phases on the South Malton line with Vague again converting. James Salisbury showcased what the home backline were capable of midway through the half, as he evaded several would be tacklers for a fine individual score and his second in a week. Vague converted to give Penryn a healthy lead.

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The visitors carried hard and tested the Penryn defence throughout, but only had a solitary penalty goal to show for their efforts. Penryn confirmed their bonus point try with more physical play in the visiting 22. Captain Grant Randlesome the latest to score as Vague pushed Penryn out to 28-3 ahead.

There was still time to cap off an excellent half with a final try, as Viv Wilmott went over following more good work from the backs. Vague’s conversion made it 35-3 at the break. It wasn’t all smiles during the first 40 for Penryn though, losing Guy Howson and Danny Richards to injury. The changes caused disruption in the Penryn ranks, as the Borough would start the second period with four props on the pitch and centre Sam Hitchens at Flanker.

The disruption in personnel seemed to cause issues for Penryn, as they were no longer able to score at will in the second period. South Malton certainly came to play and gave Penryn a tough workout in defence, but thankfully it was one Penryn passed with flying colours. Points were at a premium, but the home side did manage another eye catching length of the field score which was finished off by James Salisbury as Penryn eased home to a 40-3 victory.

The Borough will be looking to pick up their first away win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Tavistock.

Penryn: Wilmott, Chambers, Hitchens, Johnson, Salisbury, Vague, Townsend, Oldfield, Pellow, Gratrix, Followell, Howson, Richards, Jones, Randlesome reps: Patterson, Goldsworthy, Hinchley

Tries: Jones, Followell, Salisbury (2), Randlesome, Wilmott
Conversions: Vague (5)

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