Archive for 31 May 2016

RFU Report -Cornwall beat Cheshire to retain Bill Beaumont Cup

Graham Dawe’s men controlled much of the first half and they deservedly went 12-0 in front after 11 minutes via Billy Searle and Sam Matavesi touchdowns.

Cheshire managed to keep themselves in contention through Paul Millea’s converted try and Jack Lavin’s penalty, but successive Matt Shepherd three-pointers kept them at arm’s length.

Lavin reduced the arrears at the start of the second period but the black and gold were dominant from thereon in, adding 17 more points through Herbie Stupple and Shepherd, who scored a try, two conversions and a penalty after the interval.

The North West-based outfit were hoping for a repeat of their last success in the competition when they defeated Cornwall 21-14 in 1998.

However, Dawe’s side had other ideas. Buoyed by ending several years of hurt against Lancashire in last year’s final, the Cornishmen started with confidence.

Their loyal supporters were also typically boisterous and the team’s opening matched the effort of the fans. Shepherd was particularly prominent and created the first try when he weaved his way through the opposition rearguard and sent Searle over the line.

It was not just the backs who were causing consternation in the Cheshire ranks as the pack began the game in the ascendency.

The first maul of the encounter marched Steve Rule’s men backwards while the opening scrum yielded a penalty. That pressure eventually reaped its rewards with Matavesi, the brother of former Exeter centre Josh, barrelling across the whitewash.

To Cheshire’s credit, they hit back and, after Lavin had reduced the arrears from the tee, Millea’s close range surge brought them back to within two points.

It was a setback for the defending champions but they regained their composure and earned a penalty which resulted in Shepherd kicking a three-pointer.

Cornwall extended their buffer to eight via the boot of the excellent full-back – this time after Tom Sanders had been sin-binned for a cynical breakdown infringement – as they moved 18-10 ahead at the interval.

The Cornishmen should have arguably been further ahead and they almost paid the price after starting the second period in tentative fashion. They were ill-disciplined and Cheshire benefited as Lavin added another from the tee.

However, Dawe’s men duly lifted the intensity and following Robin Wedlake’s superb break, Stupple powered onto the ball to touch down.

That score effectively secured the trophy but Shepherd made sure 15 minutes from time with a penalty.

The North West outfit kept going until the end but Cornwall had the final word when Shepherd crossed the whitewash unopposed.

Last year’s success was a tense encounter throughout but the confidence garnered from that win obviously aided Cornwall’s performance in 2016.

In contrast, Cheshire were playing in their first final since 2002 and that lack of experience was evident. Two tries in the first 11 minutes moved the Cornishmen 12-0 ahead and, despite a couple of nervy moments at the start of the second period, the intensity of that opening made the difference.

The North West side were outplayed for most of the match but their cover defence prevented Cornwall from scoring more tries.

That was partly down to the West Country side’s profligacy and lack of composure in the 22, but their opponents must also be credited for the resilience they displayed.

Full-back Matt Shepherd was undoubtedly the start performer behind the scrum, creating one try and scoring another.

He also kicked accurately, was a calm presence in the backline and deservedly ended on the winning team.

“It’s a special day for Cornish rugby. We were calculated and organised today which I think was the difference between the two sides,” said Cornwall Head Coach Graham Dawe.

“To win this competition two years in a row is fantastic and our team showed how good they are this afternoon. We came up against a very tough Cheshire side. We were very impressed by the quality of their players.

“This means a lot to the many supporters who are here and to all involved in Cornish rugby.”



Cheshire XV to play Cornwall in the Final

  1. Gavin Woods – Chester RUFC
  2. Paul Millea – Macclesfield RUFC
  3. Elliot Millar-Mills – Macclesfield RUFC
  4. David Marwick (C) – Macclesfield RUFC
  5. Tom Sanders – Caldy RUFC
  6. Nyle Davidson – Caldy RUFC
  7. Harry Broadbent – Rosslyn Park FC
  8. Ryan Parkinson – Macclesfield RUFC
  9. Joe Murray – Wirral RUFC
  10. Jack Lavin – Caldy RUFC
  11. Ali Baker – Wirral RUFC
  12. Rhys Hayes – Chester RUFC
  13. Forbes Edward – Caldy RUFC
  14. Jack Leech – Sandbach RUFC
  15. Charlie Venables – Macclesfield RUFC

16.    Ben Jones – Caldy RUFC
17.    Craig Harvey – Wirral RUFC
18.    Nathan Rushton – Caldy RUFC
19.    Tim Oakes – Sandbach RUFC
20.    Chris Roddy – Stourbridge RFC
21.    Nick Pearson – Sheffield Tigers RUFC
22.    Mike Craven – Chester RUFC

Travelling subs:
John Weir – Caldy RUFC
Tom Cornall – Caldy RUFC
Matthew Van Sertima – Wharfedale RUFC

Cup, Vase, Bowl and Plate competitions -2016-2017 Season

Invitation to compete in the Cup, Vase, Bowl and Plate competitions for 2016-2017 Season

The first round of next season’s competitions will be played on Saturday 27th August 2016; clubs will by agreement with each other and acknowledgment of the committee be permitted to play their matches at any time over that week-end of Friday 26th August – Monday 29th August 2016.

At this stage we are unable to confirm the dates for the later rounds of the competitions until we receive details of the structured league season.

Details of the draws and dates for later rounds will be advised as soon as possible but at the moment we are inviting clubs to complete the attached entry form and submit same to me via email .Entry fees in the form of a cheque for the entry fee of £40 made payable to the Cheshire RFU should be sent to Bryan Davies the Hon Treasurer at the address in your handbooks, please mark the reverse ‘Comps entry fee’ together with the name of your club, or pass them to a member of the Competitions Committee at the annual general meeting on 09-06-2016.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 23rd June 2016 at noon.

Please note that by entering the competitions clubs will be expected to comply with the competition regulations, including the requirement to complete the tie by dates specified.

Entry Form-March 16

Paul Lewis


Cheshire 15 group 2016/2017.

There will be no trials for Cheshire 15 group until the October half-term. The DPP will retain ownership of the three districts until the 15 group festival to be held at Carrington on Wednesday October 26th. The boys who are not in the DPP district teams will have an opportunity to play in this festival and compete for Sale and county places. Nomination forms for these boys will be sent out at the end of June and a trial will be held at Stockport GS on Wednesday October 19th. A squad will be chosen from this trial and they will play against the DPP district squads.

Boys for the Sale training group and the Cheshire A and B teams will be chosen at Carrington. Three training sessions will he held for the county sides and they will be held at St. Ambrose College and county matches will be played in December and January against Yorkshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire. The county season will be completed by the end of January.

Brian David.

Cheshire Play Cornwall in the Final

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Cheshire XV play Cornwall in the final at Twickenham for the
‘Bill Beaumont Cup’.
Sunday 29th May KO 12 noon.

County Championship news – Cheshire win at Sedgley Park

Cheshire beat Lancashire in the County Championship ‘Bill Beaumont Cup’  27-11 at Sedgley Park today and will now head to Twickenham on Sunday 29th May for the Final. Well done lads!