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 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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