Saturday October 29th

The Ams host, for the first time, Topsham RFC with a 3pm kick off at the Mennaye Field. Newly promoted Topsham will provide an unknown quantity for the Ams who look to bounce back from a rough run of defeats. The Ams currently lie in 8th and Topsham 11th in the Cornwall & Devon League.

In a weekend full of local rugby the evergreen second teamers take the short trip to St Just on Sunday with a 2.30pm kick off, to take them on in the annual Feast Sunday fixture with plenty to look forward to on and off the pitch.

Ams v Topsham

Sam Skinner, Danny Toolan, Ryan Stanley, Keiran Stevens, Jamie Barrett, Tom Hutton, Charlie Goldsworthy, Tony Matthews, Liam Lonsdale, James Tresize, Joel Bick, Steve Evans, Issac Blackbourn, Ashley Weston, Dan Magee. Reps – Peter Cook, Rhodri McAtee, Luke Hollis

Team announced for Paignton home

1. Sam SKINNER

2. Danny TOOLAN

3. Ryan STANLEY

4. Dave LAW

5. Richard HUMPHRIES

6. Ben BRITTAIN

7. Craig STEVENS (C)

8. Tom SOMERS

9. Trev DUGDALE

10. Steve EVANS

11. Ashley WESTON

12. Josh SEMMENS

13. Rhys BROWNFIELD

14. Stephen KENT

15. Nick HICHENS

16. Kieran BROWNFIELD

17. Leigh EDWARDS

18. Jack NICHOLAS

Pirates Ams 41 – 3 OPM

THE Amateurs maintained second place in the table and their unbeaten start to the season with a sixth successive league victory.

They didn’t have things all their own way though as they were worked hard by a depleted Old Boys side, particularly in the first half before running out of steam in the second period when the visitors’ superior fitness levels and pace proved too much for the home side to cope with.

The Amateurs played up a deceptive slope in the first half and found it difficult to settle as the Old Boys started brightly.

However, with the visiting defence holding firm, some good handling from Trev Dugdale and Steve Evans created an opening for hooker Danny Toolan to cross in the corner for the opening score on 21 minutes, with Rhys Brownfield’s conversion attempt blown just wide in the wind.

OPMs responded with a penalty kicked by Gavin Rea and the Amateurs held onto their two-point advantage until a two-try burst just before the interval saw Toolan show good strength to dive over for another unconverted try. And almost immediately from the kick-off, Evans and Josh Semmens set up Brownfield for a try, with his touchline conversion this time hitting the upright, making the half-time score 15-3.

The second half was a very different story, with the Old Boys rarely threatening and having no answer to the Amateurs’ pace and power.

After going close when a superb handling move involving the forwards and backs saw the ball spilled on the line, the Amateurs made no such mistake after 48 minutes when Dugdale crossed for a try which Brownfield converted.

Further scores followed for Jack Nicholas (57) and the outstanding Ryan Stanley (64), before Sam Skinner, who impressed in the front row after coming on as a replacement, hurtled over the line under the posts. Brownfield again added the extra two points.

There was to be no further scoring but the visitors could be well satisfied with an impressive second half display, which saw some outstanding performances from the likes of second row Dave Law, No8 Tom Somers and skipper Craig Stevens.

Dugdale and Evans controlled the game for large spells while hooker Toolan took his try tally to 10 from six matches.

This Saturday the Amateurs are at home to sixth-place Paignton (3pm).

Pirates Amateurs: J Trezise, S Kent, R Brownfield, J Semmens, N Hichens, S Evans, T Dugdale, T Somers, C Stevens (c), B Brittain, L Edwards, D Law, R Stanley, D Toolan, K Brownfield. Reps (all used): S Skinner, L Hollis, J Nicholas.

The Amateurs 2nd XV were beaten 45-5 by a strong Redruth side including former Pirates Luke Collins and Peter Joyce at the Mennaye Nurseries on Saturday.

Team announced for OPM’s Away

1. Kieran BROWNFIELD

2. Danny TOOLAN

3. Ryan STANLEY

4. Dave LAW

5. Leigh EDWARDS

6. Ben BRITTAIN

7. Craig STEVENS (C)

8. Tom SOMERS

9. Trev DUGDALE

10. Steve EVANS

11. Nick HICHENS

12. Josh SEMMENS

13. Rhys BROWNFIELD

14. Stephen Kent

15. James TREZISE

16. Luke HOLLIS

17. Sam SKINNER

18. Jack NICHOLAS

Pirates Amateurs 104 – 7 Liskeard and Looe

THE Amateurs showed basement side Liskeard-Looe no mercy as they ruthlessly ran in 16 tries in a one-sided Tribute Cornwall & Devon League encounter at the Mennaye Field on Saturday.

An understrength Lions outfit had no answer to a rampant home side who oozed confidence and they had secured the medicines bonus point after scoring four tries inside the opening 13 minutes.

Star of the show for the hosts was full back Rhys Brownfield who scored 44 of his side’s points with four tries as well as slotting over 12 conversions.

After Ashley Weston opened the home side’s try-scoring account after just three minutes, further tries arrived at regular intervals with Brownfield notching his first after five minutes, before Danny Toolan went in under the posts and Charlie Goldsworthy added two in quick succession.

Weston and Toolan both scored their second tries of the game with Brownfield converting Toolan’s effort to make the half-time score 43-0.

The Amateurs started the second half with another five try burst with Brownfield converting scores from Josh Semmens, Tom Somers, Brownfield, Toolan and Jimmy Trezise inside the opening quarter hour.

But the biggest cheer of the afternoon from a good-size crowd was reserved for Liskeard-Looe’s Ben Kitto who showed good footballing skills to bring the ball under control the ball following a kick-ahead from the halfway line to dive over for a try which was converted by Pete Regan.

But it was to prove only a brief reprieve for the beleaguered visitors who conceded a further five tries before the final whistle, with Brownfield completing his hat-trick after 61 minutes before adding his fourth either side of scores for skipper for the day Steve Kent and Weston, who rounded off the scoring with another converted try a minute from time.

Liskeard-Looe chairman Alex McKay admitted that just getting a team out had been an achievement and said the result was largely irrelevant.

“At the start of the season we only had 17 players signed on and knew then it was going to be a struggle,” said McKay.

“Saturday was our worst case of unavailability this season. The only way to get a side out was to scrap the second XV game, which we didn’t want to do having only just built it up to strength again.”

“Cornwall RFU have been superb helping us and long-term I am sure we will be fine.

“Short-term we know we are going to be relegated this season – and anyone who thinks otherwise is sadly mistaken.

“We were 36 points down in the first 15 minutes, so although it looks bad, we did play better as the game went on,” he added.

While sympathetic with the visiting club’s plight, Amateurs chairman Paul Greaves was delighted with the attitude and performance of his team, who maintained second place in the table with a bonus point win.

“It wasn’t so long ago that we found ourselves in a similar situation when we went away to Exeter University last season and were on the wrong end of a really heavy defeat, so it just shows that it can happen,” Greaves said.

“But as it is often said in sport, you can only beat the opposition that is put in front of you and I felt we did that very well.

“We produced some excellent rugby at times, moving the ball around nicely, using the width of the pitch and the pace of our wings effectively and I thought we scored some fabulous tries.”

This Saturday the Amateurs cross the Tamar to play Plymouth outfit OPMs (3pm).

Pirates Amateurs: J Trezise, S Kent (c), R Brownfield, J Semmens, A Weston, S Evans, T Dugdale, T Somers, B Brittain, C Goldsworthy, D Law, L Hollis, S Skinner, D Toolan, R Stanley. Reps (all used): C Stevens, L Edwards, K Brownfield.

The Amateurs 2nds won 40-26 in their latest friendly fixture away to Hayle last Wednesday evening.

 

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Team Announcement for Liskeard/Looe home

1. Sam Skinner
2. Danny Toolan
3. Ryan Stanley
4. Dave Law
5. Luke Hollis
6. Ben Brittain
7. Charlie Goldsworthy
8. Tom Somers
9. Trev Dugdale
10. Steve Evans
11. Ashley Weston
12. Josh Semmens
13. Rhys Brownfield
14. Stephen Kent (c)
15. James Treatise

16. Kieran Brownfield
17. Leigh Edwards
18. Craig Stevens

Honiton 30 – 34 Pirates Amateurs

Honiton 30, Pirates Amateurs 34

THE Amateurs won the battle of two of the division’s unbeaten sides to climb into second place in the table after Saturday’s bonus point victory over the Lacemen.

But the visitors had to dig deep and show character and resilience in abundance against a strong Honiton side who suffered a rare defeat on home soil as the Amateurs celebrated a first ever league win at Alhallows Playing Field.

Winning the toss Honiton chose to play up the slope in the first half and with the visitors slow out of the starting blocks the home side were first to settle had plenty of ball in the opening exchanges but couldn’t break the Pirates’ defence.

And it was the visitors, having weathered the early storm, who took the lead when they worked the maul well and Danny Toolan peeled off a catch and drive from a lineout to crash over for a converted try.

Honiton used their big forward pack and quick backs to good effect and showed at times why they came into the game sporting an unbeaten record. And they fought back to score a 37th minute try in the left corner by Ben Small. Kicker Ben Webber put three easier missed penalties to the back of his mind and slotted an excellent touchline conversion to level the scores.

However, from the kick-off, the Amateurs broke down the right, and close to the line they showed good composure as Toolan went over for his second try, again converted by Rhys Brownfield for a seven-point lead at half-time.

Honiton started the second half well and two minutes of the restart Webber popped over a penalty to narrow the gap to 14-10.

With the Amateurs missing a few crucial tackles Honiton then turned the screw and Johnny House snuck through a gap to give the home side the lead for the first time at 17-14.

With Honiton seemingly in the ascendancy, the Amateurs again showed character to hit back immediately when the home side’s kick off went awry and Steve Evans’ beautifully judged kick was caught on the bounce by Josh Semmens who went over for an unconverted try.

This score was countered by a drop goal by Honiton’s Andy Canniford, but the Amateurs again came back with Brownfield slotting a simple penalty to make it 24-20.

Despite a retaken penalty from Webber reducing the deficit to a single point, Honiton’s play became increasingly error strewn, and the Amateurs sealed a bonus point with a converted try from Evans on 72 minutes.

From the kick-off Honiton penned the Amateurs in and Louis Lane crossed for a converted try which rounded off the scoring, although there was still time for the Amateurs to have what appeared a good try disallowed when Richard Humphries gathered the ball from the kick-off and having grounded the ball saw his effort ruled out for a knock-on as the ball bounced up.

The final whistle cued celebrations among the Amateurs players and supporters alike, including Keith Jenkin, younger brother of former Pirates favourite Jimmy Jenkin, who had travelled from his home in Dorset to watch the game.

This Saturday the Amateurs are at home to Liskeard-Looe (3pm).

Pirates Amateurs: S Kent, J Hoare, R Brownfield, J Semmens, J Nicholas, S Evans, T Dugdale, B Brittain, C Goldsworthy, C Stevens (c), D Law, R Humphries, R Stanley, D Toolan, K Brownfield. Reps (all used): J Hole, R Farley, L Hollis.