Coney Hill Rugby Club beaten again
CONEY Hill's winless start to the season continued as Camborne taught them an object lesson in wet weather rugby. As the heavens opened the Cornishmen turned a 12-8 deficit into a 20-12 advantage by keeping the ball tight, running hard, kicking into the home 22 and pressing for the error.
The errors duly came as Coney Hill struggled to contain the huge visiting pack and found themselves pinned in their own half for much of the second period.
Despite some powerful early runs from Andy Macrae and Alan Wheller's threat from deep in the rain-lashed second period, Hill rarely pressured the Camborne defence and their only points came from five Craig Holder penalties.
The game opened well for Hill as Holder quickly found his range with the boot slotting two early penalties before Camborne served notice of their intentions by mauling their way over from a penalty lineout for Ryan Spargo to score.
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Play was a little scrappy as both sides continued to infringe at the breakdown but Camborne's were the more costly as Holder added two more penalties to one by David Mankee.
Despite having Paul Richards in the sin bin for a high tackle, Hill looked good value for their 12-8 interval lead while the Cornishmen were struggling to get some fluency into their game.
All that changed in the first seven minutes of the second period as Camborne took a lead they were not to lose.
After Mankee had missed a penalty, Rob Floyd pounced on an error by Wayne Mulhern to slide over the line.
Three minutes later, a tremendous charge from number eight Dave Roberts saw him power over the line for a try converted by Mankee.
Coney Hill were further hit by the loss through injury of captain Macrae and fly-half Rory Baker, and though Holder slotted another penalty goal after Joel Matavesi had been sin-binned for offside, they could not get the field position to push for the score that would take them back into the lead.
With 10 minutes to go, Camborne sealed their first away win of the season and a bonus point with a try fashioned on forward power from Will Webster who was driven over from close range to cap an excellent second half for the visitors.
As a rainbow broke over Metz Way, Coney Hill were left still looking for their pot of gold.
Camborne had found theirs to maintain their position in the battle at the top of the table.
CONEY HILL: Wayne Mulhern; Tom Bebber, Gareth Firth, Matt Cock, Alan Wheller; Rory Baker, Craig Holder; Joe Mann, Ryan Nicholls, Leighton Correia; Alex Waters, Paul Richards; Sam Attwooll, Daniel Broady; Andy Macrae (Capt). Replacements (all used): Ryan Conforti, Jamie Hemming, Steve Griffin.
Scorers: Penalties; Craig Holder (7, 10, 19, 34, 59).
CAMBORNE: Grant Thirlby; Rob Floyd, Laurie Manna, Steve Kenward (Capt.), Adam Notman; David Mankee, Jason Jackson; Nigel Endean, Sam Bartle, Will Webster; James Goldsworthy, Ben Kemp; George Hall, Ryan Spargo; Dave Roberts. Replacements (all used): Leigh Hocking, Joel Matavesi, Cameron Bone.
Scorers: Tries; Ryan Spargo (14), Rob Floyd (44), Dave Roberts (47), Will Webster (69), Conversions; David Mankee 2 from 4, Penalties; David Mankee (39).
REFEREE: Phil Hallsworth (Gloucester & District)
STAR MAN: The side worked hard particularly in defence in the second period and in attack, Alan Wheller was Hill's most potent threat. However, even he could not see Andy Macrae's side to their first win.
Sin Bin: Coney Hill – Paul Richards (high tackle, 30), Camborne – Joel Matavesi (offside, 59).
Scoring sequence; 3-0, 6-0, 6-5, 9-5, 12-5, 12-8, (HT), 12-13, 12-20, 15-20, 15-27, (FT).