U20s MATCH REPORT GRFU v CORNWALL 11-02-2018
JASON LEONARD U20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
‘’ Gloucestershire County U20s (15) v. Cornwall County 20s (26)
Cinderford RFC 11-02-2108
The first championship outing this year for both Counties was played on a very cold and windy afternoon in Cinderford with Cornwall proving the stronger on the day.
Cornwall outscored their hosts 4 tries to two in a game that was played with real intent from both sides. Cornwall opened the scoring on 6 minutes but Gloucestershire fought back and after a determined attack forced Chris McCann over. The conditions were not helpful to the kickers on either side so scores close to the posts had a far better chance of being converted than anything out wide.
Gloucestershire seemed to realise that their greater mobility could work in their favour and a promising attack resulted in a well taken penalty for number 10 Dan Cole. However, Cornwall were always quick to exploit any lose ball and managed a further two converted tries before the interval.
In the second half the wind probably aided Cornwall more than Gloucestershire but the a very plucky Gloucestershire side looked at one point to be having the better of the exchanges and Ben McIlwraith running a great angle scored a lovely try converted by Dan Cole to keep Gloucestershire in the hunt. Cornwall hit back via their big pack and scored a converted try to settle it.
Richard Planchant Gloucestershire’s head coach said -
“It was not the result, which we as County wanted or have worked for. However, this Championship comes quick and fast. So, we cannot feel sorry for ourselves.
We will use the positives of which there were many yesterday to push forward. And we will look to develop from this game both individually and collectively. I feel that there is much more to come from this squad and we know after the debrief, the players feel this too.
There will be a positive reaction in two weeks time. Our focus is now on Dorset and Wilts. We will use the training session this Sunday to prepare for that challenge. ‘’